The Shower Truck/Shower Up
6019 Thrush Court
Spring Hill TN 37174-6249
ShowerUp Mobile Shower Truck in front of capital in Nashville
Mission Statement
Our mission is to build relationships, restore hope and dignity, and show the love of God with those in need by providing them with shower services and personal care. 
We do this utilizing a Mobile Shower Truck that is designed to provide a clean, safe and comfortable place to shower that is completely mobile and can go to various locations around the community. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Paul Schmitz
Board Chair Paul Schmitz
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
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Projected Expenses $37,988.00
Projected Annual Revenue $38,000.00 (2017)
Our mission is to build relationships, restore hope and dignity, and show the love of God with those in need by providing them with shower services and personal care. 
We do this utilizing a Mobile Shower Truck that is designed to provide a clean, safe and comfortable place to shower that is completely mobile and can go to various locations around the community. 
ShowerUp began in 2016 as an idea to connect with the homeless in a way that wasn't being served. With the understanding that there are thousands of homeless in Nashville and only a handful of places for them the get showers and hygiene services, we began to look at what we could do. 
In talking with and serving many of our homeless friends and neighbors around the city for years, we began to see the connection between hygiene and hope. While food, clothing and shelter were the primary needs and focus in their lives, something as basic as a hot shower was a daily reminder of their situation. We believe that if we can provide a hot shower for someone who can't have ready access to one, then they start to feel like themselves again and they start to think of life's possibilities. Hope and dignity can be restored.
We also knew that when working with the homeless to make lasting positive change in their lives, everything starts with relationship. We see a hot shower and personal care as a way to rapidly advance the relationship and help real impact to happen.
ShowerUp gave it's first shower in May of 2017 and will give over 1000 showers in 2017.
People have told us about new jobs they have gotten, family relationships that have been restored, housing that has been obtained, and how knowing that someone cared and believed in them made a big difference in their lives.  
Since giving our first shower in May of 2017, ShowerUp has provided hundreds of showers all around the Nashville area. By the end of 2017, over 1000 showers will have been given. 
ShowerUp has received over 500 lbs of donated shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Over 1200 razors, 1000 toothbrushes, and 250 towels have been donated so far.
We have also been able to mobilize over 50 volunteers to serve the homeless community.
Through our partnership with professional barbers who volunteer their time, in 2017 over 500 haircuts will be provided for the homeless.
In 2018 we estimate that over 5000 people will be served with showers and personal care including haircuts as we expand to more locations and additional days. In order to do this, we will also be hoping to add our 2nd Mobile Shower Truck in Nashville. This will allow us to activate more volunteer teams and serve more locations around the city.
ShowerUp will also need to add a full time staff member to coordinate volunteer teams, manage social media, and coordinate donations of toiletry items.  
Our most pressing needs include:
1) Our 2nd Mobile Shower Truck for Nashville ($48,000). This will allow us to reach more of the homeless and those in need who don't have access to showers.
2) Full time staff member ($36,000) to coordinate volunteer teams, manage social media (the source of many of our volunteers), and coordinate toiletry donations.
3) Volunteer team leaders who will be able to oversee, set up, operate and serve ShowerUp locations and days around the community.
4) Donations of toiletry items that will be used to create ShowerKits that will be given to everyone who gets a shower.
5) On-going monthly support that will allow us to cover needs such as propane gas fuel for the trucks, water costs, towel service, maintenance and cleaning supplies (the showers get cleaned after every individual use.)
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Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Homeless Services/Centers
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Tertiary Organization Category Unknown / Unknown
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Williamson
We serve middle Tennessee including Nashville, Murfreesboro, Antioch, Fairview and the surrounding areas where there are homeless camps and services being provided. We cooperate with other homeless outreach organizations and programs. ShowerUp will also be expanding to other cities across the country. 
CEO Statement
We believe that when someone experiences homelessness, they aren't just experiencing the loss of a house, they lose hope and dignity. Where a hot meal feeds the body, we believe that a hot shower feeds the spirit of the person. In so doing, we know that we have an open door to build a relationship with that person to remind them that are of value and that they are loved. ShowerUp is not about making dirty people clean. ShowerUp is about giving the marginalized hope...Hope that tomorrow has possibility...Hope that they aren't alone...Hope that all is not lost. 
One of my greatest joys as a result of serving the homeless has been seeing the volunteers that have joined us. Some are volunteering for the very first time in their lives and they are excited about the change they are experiencing in their own lives. 
With ShowerUp, we truly do want to ShowerGrace, ShowerHope and ShowerLove!
-Paul Schmitz, Executive Dir. 
Our on-going operations includes providing mobile shower services and personal care for those in need. The operation of a ShowerUp event includes providing shower kit supplies, towels, etc. The expenses specific to an event include vehicle fuel, propane for the water heater and generator, fuel for the additional generator, water and sewer expenses, cleaning service and supplies. 
Operational costs include administration, insurance, professional services, fee and subscriptions, vehicle maintenance, truck supplies and repairs, office supplies, misc. 
Budget $75,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success Getting a shower for many of the people we serve is a rare thing. With thousands of homeless in Nashville, the access to showers is limited to about 5 or 6 locations throughout the city and only about a dozen shower heads. Providing basic hygiene helps their immediate and overall health physically, plus getting a shower is an emotional and even spiritual boost.
Long term Success Many of the people we serve find that they have renewed hope and optimism plus a sense of dignity and self-worth and as a result, see a better future for themselves. Many have applied for jobs, become employed, moved into permanent housing, and made positive strides away from homelessness.
Program Success Monitored By We work very closely with our volunteers and board members who serve at our events. We track when we give showers, where, how many, the names of people, and gender. We also speak with those that we serve directly and hear their stories. They are always so appreciative and grateful that someone would care so much for them. Many people say they feel "human" again after getting a shower and our personal care. 
Examples of Program Success
Kenneth was one of the first people to get a shower with us. When we first met him, it had been 49 days since he'd had a shower. We found out that he was an army veteran and dealing with health issues including ptsd. He came back each week for about 5 weeks until one day he came back to tell us that he didn't need to get a shower and he didn't want to be late...for his new job!
We have several people in that similar scenario. We also meet people who are brand new to homelessness like Chris and Crystal and they don't know where to go to get the services they need. We are able to provide them with showers and help they get the other services they need.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Paul Schmitz
Term Sept 2016 to Sept 2019
Board Members
Carl Leiker Voting
Leah Leiker Voting
Augie Martorano Voting
Gaby Martorano Voting
Rhonda Schmitz Voting
Pete Wilson Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 14%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Paul Schmitz
Term Start Sept 2016
Paul has been in Christian radio for over 30 years serving in nearly every capacity including on-air talent, programming, and management. For the past 5 years, he has been a major gifts development officer with a Christian media organization. 
In 2009, Paul and his wife, Rhonda started People Loving Wichita, serving the homeless in Wichita, KS where they were living at the time. They started providing 25 meals on Sunday afternoons.  Within 6 months, it had grown to 250 meals every Sunday and soon church groups, community groups and volunteers joined them. They left Wichita in 2013 but that organization continues on. Since coming to Nashville, they have served the homeless with a number of organizations and have developed relationships with many of the groups and organizations reaching out to the homeless. 
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $38,000.00
Projected Expenses $37,988.00
Detailed Financials
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Form 990s
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Permit
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
2017 Budget2017 Financial Comments

This organization filed a 990-N form with the IRS, which does not provide specific financial information. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.

Kathryn Bennett 8/25/17.
Nonprofit The Shower Truck/Shower Up
Address 6019 Thrush Court
Spring Hill, TN 37174 6249
Primary Phone (615) 516-3113
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Paul Schmitz
Board Chair Paul Schmitz
Year of Incorporation 2016

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