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Our Vision

Lighter Loads ATX aims to have a fleet of commercial shower trailers to provide mobile hygiene service to our homeless friends seven days a week.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a community where those experiencing homelessness are loved and served through hot food, clean clothes and a shower in a positive, loving atmosphere.

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Core Values

We at Lighter Loads ATX infuse hope, dignity and love into everything we do. We strive to provide compassion in a fun, engaging environment.

Our Story

James and Laura Ritchie

Laura and James Ritchie’s vision of helping the less fortunate began 10 years ago in Charlotte, North Carolina. They would gather with friends or just go by themselves to provide food and love to the less fortunate.

They moved to Austin, Texas in 2013, where they continued to serve people as much as they could with the resources and finances they had. A couple of years later, they met friends with the same hearts that loved to give their time and resources.

In October of 2018, Laura and James were attending their local church when their pastor’s words sparked a vision for Laura to take their ministry to the next level. They were taught from the Bible to love one another (1 John 3:11). After hearing their pastor put it in a different context (Love One and Then Another), a vision was born. After much research and conversing with other charities, Lighter Loads Ministries came to light.

Help Us Help Others…

Lighter Loads ATX is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donations help Lighter Loads give our friends their dignity back and get a clean start.