Public handwashing stations are popping up in cities all over the country, and Trenton is one of them.
With the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, hand hygiene was immediately identified by the nation’s top health advisors as one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to stem the spread of the disease.
But for many TASK patrons who are transient, the simple act of washing their hands, is a challenge – especially when so many businesses are now shuttered or limiting customer traffic to restrooms.
In April 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that all commercial buildings offer accessible hand hygiene stations and enforce their use as people enter and leave public places. Many cities followed suit and provided public handwashing stations. Recognized for having one of the largest homeless populations in the country, San Francisco, CA. quickly expanded their existing “Pit Stop” Program, placing 20 handwashing stations across the city. Smaller cities, such as Pensacola, FL have also followed the hygiene trend, providing 11 handwashing stations in areas frequented by the city’s homeless.
Thanks to our friends at Restoring Hearts Ministries in Trenton, the group donated two handwashing stations to the city which are accessible to the general public. The city placed one station at the Rescue Mission of Trenton and the other in front of TASK on Escher Street in March. In addition to the handwashing stations, a portable restroom is also available to patrons. The restrooms, leased by TASK, were provided in response to patrons who found themselves without access to restrooms when many public spaces closed to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
“We are just trying to do what we can” said TASK Manager of Kitchen Services and Facilities Paul Jensen. “By responding to our patrons’ needs with basic resources such as a handwashing station, we are helping to control the spread of COVID-19, and that’s what matters most.”