Doniece is the founder of Lava Mae, a nonprofit that began by converting buses into showers and toilets on wheels for our houseless neighbors. Driven by a fierce belief that everyone has the right to be clean, she launched Lava Mae after learning about the appalling lack of access to hygiene available to people experiencing homelessness. Her work has created a ripple effect, touching the lives of 33,000 unhoused Californians and inspiring 157 similar programs around the globe. As a result, on January 1, 2020, Lava Mae relaunched as LavaMaeX, a nonprofit accelerator focused on teaching more communities around world to launch and sustain their own programs.
Doniece credits the organizations international visibility to its focus on dignity and Radical Hospitality. She is a recipient of the following awards and accolades: 2019 Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford Fellow (SEERS), 2019 Jefferson Award, 2018 Global Good Fund Fellow, 2017 CNN Hero, and 2016 KIND People Awardee. She is, however, most proud of the moniker given to her by her 13-year old daughter who calls her a Homeless Superhero.