The homeless community of Atlanta seemingly had their prayers answered. One man going by the name of Jason Winter of Johns Creek, Georgia has dedicated his Saturdays especially for helping the poor and needy in the society. He drives around in empty parking lots bringing about a much-needed chance to the homeless.
Jason grew up in a well off home in the suburbs where he was fortunate enough to have everything he needed. As years passed, looking at the lives of the less fortunate in the streets he passed on a regular, he would realize how fortunate he had been to have it all.
Jason decided to play a role that would help ease their not so comfortable lives. Every weekend, he goes around helping these guys as a way of giving back to society. He started by collecting hats, gloves, and blankets to hand out on weekends during winter in Atlanta. But he soon found it more fulfilling than anything he ever put his hands on.
“As a kid, we had a lot of stuff. We were very fortunate,” Jason explained. “When I got older I realized that having all of these things — a house, a car, a bed, a job, it’s all great, but for me giving back, that’s my big fancy car. What makes me feel good is by helping the community.”
At one time in Spring, Jason was walking around asking the homeless of the one thing they would choose to have if they could possess anything in the world. To his surprise, all of them answered it by stating how much they would appreciate a good shower.
Yes, taking a shower is something most of us take for granted, but for someone with no home to be able to take a simple bath often is more than luxurious in his eyes. That is how Jason’s Hope Thru Soap was born.
Hope Thru Soap provides a mobile shower unit. Jason fills up the trucks 125-gallon water tank, which provides up to 27 showers and donates clean clothes for the homeless so that they can have something clean to put on after the refreshing shower.
With the help of well-wishers, Jason’s nonprofit organization has expanded, with more and more individuals making generous donations to this good course. They now offer free hot showers, haircuts, shaves, clothing, and food to the less fortunate. Volunteers collect, wash, fold, and sort towels and used clothing, and cook up hot dogs.
Weekends with Jason are typically a turn-up time for everyone around an abandoned parking lot with sometimes numbers of the present reaching up to 300 persons. There is music, people dancing everywhere, everyone invited, food and drinks available and not to mention the good vibe.
The noble cause helps everyone present regain their dignity as humans, and feel accepted and cared for, for having a chance to walk away with clean bodies, a bag of non-perishable food, new clothes, full bellies, and a united love.
“All people deserve to be treated with dignity. No matter who they are” stated Hope thru Soap Executive Director Megan VandeBogert.
Keep up the good work, Jason. May our good Lord provide for you every step of the way.