Smoketown Laundry uses an innovative approach to developing community-wide strategies to improve the health of Smoketown residents by transforming an unused property into a laundromat, with multi-functional spaces that facilitate holistic health including physical, economic, and social well-being.
The laundromat will be a place where residents can learn new skills, obtain health services/education, while providing community meeting spaces that enable community networks to be built in between doing laundry. Smoketown Laundry partners include:
- YouthBuild Louisville
- IDEAS xLab,
- Simmons College,
- Bates Community Development Corporation,
- Jewish Career and Family Services, and
- KentuckyOne Health.
Smoketown Laundry is inspired in part by the Laundromat Project in New York. The initiative is being developed with support from Leadership Louisville's Bingham Fellows 2016 who first developed the idea and initial concept after learning that a new laundry and new business opportunities were among the top items for which the community had expressed a desire in several community surveys and convenings.
Bingham Fellows Team includes:
- Keisha Steward (Concentra),
- Debra Mumford (Louisville Presbyterian Seminary),
- Theo Edmonds (IDEAS xLab),
- Rachel Kamau (Signature Healthcare),
- Monique Ingram (University of Louisville),
- Robert Curran (Louisville Ballet),
- Marie Dever (DDS Consulting).