The Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row has been helping the homeless for more than 75 years. Last week, it received a little help of its own.

The Glendale office of general contractor PCL Construction completed a full renovation of the mission’s dilapidated outdoor restroom at no cost.

Herb Smith, the mission’s chief executive, said the upgrade helps make life a little kinder for those experiencing homelessness.

“We are extremely grateful to PCL and its partners for constructing this extremely needed facility at the Los Angeles Mission,” Smith said. “Ending homelessness begins with little steps like a meal or bathroom.”

The city required the mission to provide a restroom that was accessible to the public 24 hours a day, in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. But the old restroom had no door and needed a facelift.

PCL, based in Denver, stepped in and spent four weeks renovating the space, which now includes a fence, gate, and a door. A new stall and sink were added, along with outside lighting and occupancy light on the door.

Jack Sample, vice president and district manager at PCL’s local office, said the company was happy to donate its time and resources to ensuring the mission was able to offer a safe and accessible restroom for the community.

– Subrina Hudson

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