Pope Francis Laundry Opens With Whirlpool’s Help


The service, located in an old hospital in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, includes six brand-new washers and dryers along with several irons, donated by Whirlpool Corporation, in line with its Corporate Giving Policy that includes “provision to families with adequate, safe and affordable housing solutions.”   Laundry detergents needed for the service have been donated by Procter & Gamble.

The laundry room is managed by the Community of Sant’Egidio and will be run by volunteers who will wash, dry and iron the clothes and blankets for those who can’t clean their belongings.

The initiative is a key step of a bigger social responsibility project that includes showers, a barber, wardrobe, medical services and distribution of essential goods.