Restoring dignity through hygiene services

Insurance Protection Specialists is helping Shower Power provide hygiene services to people experiencing homelessness in Jackson, MS. To cast your vote, use the social media buttons to share this story and leave a comment below. If they reach 500 votes, the $5,000 donation they’ve already earned doubles to $10,000!

When most people think about homelessness, two big needs come to mind: shelter and food. But what about a shower? While people experiencing homelessness face many challenges, lack of access to hygiene services is among the greatest. Even when folks can get to a shelter, there’s no guarantee there will be a shower there.

This is what motivated Teresa Renkenberger to found Shower Power, an organization that provides clothing, food, showers and hygiene items to people experiencing homelessness in downtown Jackson, MS.

Bringing self-care to the community

Insurance Protection Specialists (IPS) got involved with Shower Power in August 2020 after IPS agent Clancy Walker, who goes to church with Renkenberger, told her colleagues about the organization’s needs.

The agency had previously been volunteering at Grace Place, a homeless mission in downtown Jackson, but Grace Place closed during the pandemic. Working with Shower Power was a creative new way for the IPS team to continue serving the Jackson homeless population that is near to their hearts.

Restoring dignity through hygiene services 2
Inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” – IPS agents donate more than 20 bags of winter clothes to Shower Power in January 2021.

The team quickly got to work, with every single IPS employee getting involved. They made and delivered hygiene packs, held a massive clothes drive and contributed funds to one of Shower Power’s many housing initiatives, helping to house nine people in hotels during two extremely cold winter weekends.

“We’re able to do so much more for the community with the help of Insurance Protection Specialists,” said Renkenberger. “In addition to supporting our focus on hygiene, the team has helped us look toward developing laundry services and expanding our housing support programs, too.”

 

“We’re able to do so much more for the community with the help of Insurance Protection Specialists.”

– Teresa Renkenberger, founder of Shower Power

Restoring dignity through hygiene services 3
IPS agent Clancy Walker (middle) and IPS owners Bubba Howell (left) and Chip Jones contributed funds to help Shower Power house nine people in hotels during two extremely cold winter weekends.

Creating new possibilities

Shower Power has taught Insurance Protection Specialists just how impactful access to hygiene services and clean clothes really is. Walker recounted one of their clothes delivery trips to Shower Power in which a client needed a dress she could wear to a funeral the next day. Walker, who had sorted the delivery, knew there weren’t any dresses to offer, but a group text to her colleagues garnered a quick response from agent Bridget Portis. Within an hour, Portis delivered an unworn black and white dress to the client in need.

“Shower Power helps restore people’s dignities in so many ways,” remarked Walker. “Clean clothes, which so many of us take for granted, enable people experiencing homelessness to comfortably have experiences with people outside their immediate communities.”

 

“Shower Power helps restore people’s dignities in so many ways.”

– Clancy Walker, agent at Insurance Protection Specialists

 

Restoring dignity through hygiene services

IPS Agent Clancy Walker prepares ice cream sundaes for the Shower Power MS crowd. In addition to the ice cream provided by an IPS client, the agency brought canned food, 2 cases of mosquito spray and 48 backpacks for the homeless who are served by Shower Power in Jackson

An enduring commitment

Shower Power is growing its services to provide more for its communities and respond to more of their needs. For example, the organization used the initial $3,000 contribution it received from Liberty Mutual and Safeco for winning a 2020 Change Agents award to help improve the interior of the building.

As Renkenberger’s friend Benny said to her while he was experiencing homelessness, “More than food, I need a shower.” Shower Power honors that and so much more – bringing hospitality to the streets and helping people feel cared for.

Restoring dignity through hygiene services 1
Clancy Walker (left) presents a 2020 Change Agents award check to Teresa Renkenberger, founder of Shower Power. Shower Power used the funds to improve and make more functional the interior of the building.

To vote, simply share this story using the blue icons to the left, comment below, or both. Every vote and comment gets Shower Power one step closer to a $10,000 donation, which will go toward Project Hope, a housing initiative to provide shelter for clients. Visit Insurance Protection Specialists and Shower Power to learn more.

Subscribe
Notify of
509 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Christy Jones
27 days ago

ShowerPower makes such a difference for our homeless friends in downtown Jackson. Thanks, Liberty Mutual!

Judy Rogers
27 days ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual for all you have done for ShowerPower and the community.

Bridget Portis
27 days ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual for helping us support such an amazing place like Shower Power!

Mary Ann Kirby -- Shower Power MS
27 days ago

We’re excited to see the life-change that will come from this incredibly generous opportunity. Thank you to everyone who is making this possible.

qt=q_95.jpg
Clancy Walker
27 days ago

Thank you so much Safeco/LIberty Mutual for giving back to this amazing non profit, Shower Power!

Hiller Banks
27 days ago

We appreciate Liberty Mutual for providing and backing IPS in helping our community provide resources for those in need.

LisaJenkins
27 days ago

Shower power is such a fantastic community outreach. Really life changing to people, both the people needing assistance and the people assisting!!

Bubba Howell
26 days ago

Thanks to everyone for joining with us to make a difference in peoples lives right here in our community!

Eden
26 days ago

I’m so proud of my grandfather’s insurance agency!

Claire
26 days ago

I’m so glad that ShowerPower is helping our friends at Grace Place!

Callie
26 days ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual for the opportunity that you are giving Shower Power!

Grace
26 days ago

My best friends grandfather’s company is so cool!

Brooks
26 days ago

I love IPS!

Laurence
26 days ago

I love IPS and I think it is an amazing agency!

Chip Jones
26 days ago

I am so proud of our agency for continuing to support ministries in our community.

Fred Ravenhorst
26 days ago

They do amazing work for people in need.

Elise Smith
26 days ago

I support the efforts of shower power

Lyn Howell
26 days ago

Thanks to everyone for joining with us to make a difference in peoples lives right here in our community!

Dina Stubbs
26 days ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual for supporting such a wonderful charity like Shower Powrt

mary scott bishop
26 days ago

Please support Shower Power!

Sarah
26 days ago

Doing amazing things for the less fortunate!

Sarah Shaw
26 days ago

Please support shower power MS

John David Bishop
26 days ago

Go shower power

Craig Smith
26 days ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual!

Grace Mills
26 days ago

Love shower power!

Meridoth
26 days ago

So proud of IPS

Britton
26 days ago

We love having Safeco through IPS

Stuart
26 days ago

We are proud that our insurance company helps so many people

Courtney Sanders
26 days ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual!!! Making a difference in people’s lives!

Vera Moulder
25 days ago

People who are really making a difference in people’s lives.

Graham Bodie
25 days ago

Go IPS!!

M Stuart Jones
25 days ago

Very proud of IPS and our commitment to helping others in the community

Christy C Jones
25 days ago

So thankful that ShowerPower remained open last year and helped our Grace Place friends

Phyllis Givens
25 days ago

Thank you,Liberty Mutual, for supporting Shower Power.

Sarah Kirby
25 days ago

It’s getting HOT in Mississippi! Help support ShowerPower and send SHOWERS of blessings to this group. Be sure to VOTE so their $5K donation can be DOUBLED! I did!

Dina Stubbs
25 days ago

We love Shower Powrr

Brooke Witcher
25 days ago

I’m delighted to support this great ministry! Teresa and Clancy with IPS are ROCK STARS in my book!

Christy
25 days ago

We saw Mary Ann and Teresa from Shower Power on tv this morning; thanks for the publicity, Liberty Mutual!

Clancy Walker
25 days ago

Thankful for Teresa and Mary Ann and all they do being the hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you Safeco/Liberty Mutual for supporting IPS in helping them!

Grayson Walker
25 days ago

I enjoyed helping when my mom took me to Shower Power!

Mandi Prestage
25 days ago

Thank you so much for giving back to the community! Shower power is a blessing to so many people who are less fortunate.

Celeste Hurst
25 days ago

Great ministry, impacting Jackson in a mighty way!

Vickie Davidson
25 days ago

I support the shower power for homeless

Melissa Mckissack
25 days ago

Praying for this awesome company and powerful ministry! ✝️ God is so good!

Michele Chambers
25 days ago

I’m so thankful my insurance agent, Clancy, loves not only to help her customers but anyone in need. Go IPS!

Kristin Creel
25 days ago

This is a wonderful ministry! No one can know just how incredible this is for helping to bring restoration through something as simple as this until you witness it for yourself. The love, care, and concern for those who so desperately need to be reminded that they are not forgotten, is shown through this ministry of hope. Without hope we have no desire for more. It is through a glimmer of hope that we are able to truly see the One who cares for our smallest of needs. It may just seem like a simple shower for some, but for… Read more »

Carla Young
25 days ago

Thanks for giving back!

Karen McCarty
25 days ago

Shower Power is the real deal! Helping those in need.

Kathy Ravenhorst
25 days ago

Wonderful service provided to people in need.

Marlys Vaughn
25 days ago

Shower Power is a wonderful outreach for the community.

Make More Happen - How to Vote

  • The nonprofit has received a $5,000 donation on behalf of the agent and you can help them win $5,000 more by voting!
  • There are two ways to vote: click the blue social media icons and share the story to your feed, or leave a comment at the bottom of their story here.
  • That’s right: you can vote up to four times to help them win!