Several Lawrence organizations are joining forces to offer free laundry and connection to community resources such as food, job training and reading materials for low-income residents.
Indianapolis resident Abby Vesga said she had wanted to conduct the initiative for several years before partnering with Pastor Wade Apel of Servants of Christ Lutheran Church to launch the service.
“It’s been a dream of mine for a little over four years to have a place for our neighbors to be able to come and not only do laundry, but for it to be a resource hub,” Vesga said.
Laundry and More is operating on a trial run, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesdays through March 5 at Post Road Laundry, 4212 N. Post Rd. After that, Vesga said the team will evaluate next steps.
“We will gather data to see if that continues to be the best time for families,” she said.
Apel said 41 families attended the first week.
“We do 150 loads of laundry each week, and the hope is that we are able to share with others,” Apel said. “This has been great for laundry, but good for outside of that, too. There was one family who had gone four months without clean laundry.”
Food and resources are offered to families who attend the free laundry events.
“It’s more than we’re just doing a load of laundry,” Vesga said. “It’s, ‘We are going to take care of you while you’re here.’”
The services are provided in partnership with Post Road Laundry, the City of Lawrence and Lawrence Township schools.
For more, visit servantsofchrist.org.