Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There is no laundromat in Naked City, an area of town that sits near the Stratosphere. For the people living there, clean clothes is a luxury they cannot afford. Now Casa De Luz, a small church in the heart of that neighborhood, is helping with an outreach program called Washed Clean.
Once a month, Laura Chapel with Casa De Luz drives a flatbed truck through alleys and streets, collecting laundry and friends. "By taking care of a real practical need for them, it's a great way to show love and service. It's a great way to serve our neighbors and help out and work alongside them and do a household chore like laundry."
Some apartments do have laundry facilities, but Laura says they're not always safe. So the residents often hand wash laundry until the monthly Washed Clean trip when they can launder everything, including blankets and bedding.
Juanita Villalobos says the outreach is a huge blessing to her family. "Oh my. This is so helpful to us. My husband and I are retired and the apartment we live in, there is no laundry facility. So we would have to lug everything on the bus or get shopping carts to do our laundry."
Casa De Luz collects laundry soap and quarters all month long for this outreach. Once at the laundromat, they put all the supplies out to share with everyone. Even those who just happened to be in the laundromat that day.
"There is something dignifying about having clean clothes. Sometimes that's an expense that's at the bottom of the list. There are more important things to take care of like housing and utilities."