NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The first of six mobile handwashing stations coming to the city is scheduled to open today.

The first station will begin piloting daily at the United Methodist Church at 323 George St. in conjunction with its food program. Hygiene access, care packs, health education, free masks and more will be available from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The handwashing station is presented by Archangel Raphael's Mission in partnership with Elijah's Promise, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Coming Home of Middlesex County Inc., the City of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Coalition of Faith Leaders.

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Archangel Raphael’s Mission, or ARM, is a New Brunswick-based group that, among other programs, arranges for hygiene units and handwashing units to be parked in places that are convenient to people who do not have access to handwashing facilities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for mobile handwashing units is more important than ever. According to ARM’s website, its goal is to offer “mobile dignity, when it’s needed most.”

Since being founded in 2014, ARM’s mission is to provide health and hygiene services to those who need it. ARM believes that no one should have to live without these necessities.

ARMS will be seeking to park the other five handwashing units near areas of congregation and geographically diverse locations.

ARM is also seeking donations of hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, surgical masks (handmade or purchased), bleach and paper towels.