He was once homeless. Now he's providing sinks, water and soap to help protect those on the streets from the coronavirus

A man washes his hands in a portable wash station in Atlanta's Hurt Park.

(CNN)Terence Lester is placing portable sinks with soap and water around Atlanta where the homeless congregate.

"All the news reports are saying wash your hands," Lester told CNN. "But the homeless population often can't."
Lester knows the challenges of living on the streets. He was homeless as a teenager and he is currently the executive director of the nonprofit Love Beyond Walls, which is dedicated to helping the homeless. But the difficulties the homeless now face with this pandemic are hard for him to fathom.
    "I was trying to think of how they will survive," Lester said. "How can they get through this when they can't even wash their hands? So, I decided to start there."
    He found a solution with portable washbasins that are sold for RVs and camping. These sinks have a foot pump to bring water from a 5-gallon tank to the faucet. A soap dispenser is built into each station.
    The Love Beyond Walls nonprofit cleans each portable sink daily. It also refills the water and soap containers and makes any necessary repairs.