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Photo Gallery Shower for the homeless during coronavirus pandemic

Shower Power was founded by Teresa Renkenberger because she thought she was helping a friend who was homeless. The mobile unit is now helping many people in Jackson’s homeless population, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Renkenberger formed a friendship on Lakeland Drive with Bennie, a homeless person she met. She discovered that Bennie hadn’t taken a shower in the past year during their year-long friendship. Renkenberger said that they started out only showering Bennie. But it has grown to include 65 people. “The shower is the vessel we use to reach these people,” Renkenberger said. Renkenberger and Jarred Couch use a food truck as a mobile shower every Friday, from 9 a.m. until about 3 p.m. to help Jackson’s most vulnerable residents. They will also be open on Tuesdays due to the coronavirus pandemic. Renkenberger reached out to Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba and confirmed that her business would be open during shelter-in-place orders because it was considered essential.