2019 Support Dignity Campaign

Thanks to you and people like you in communities near and far, over TWO MILLION products were provided to women experiencing homelessness from Seattle to Tampa, Australia to Canada.

Women living on the streets suddenly find themselves unable to afford or access bras, menstrual hygiene products and underwear.

Your donations allow women like Maxine (see story below) to maintain their dignity and self-respect!

The chronic stress of living on the streets shouldn’t be compunded by the search for basic personal necessities. This is why your donation is so critical- you help prevent health problems and allow them to stand taller.

This is why we are launching our 2019 Support Dignity campaignBy the end of 2019, our goal is to raise $30,000 to provide a year’s supply of basic necessities for 2,000 girls and women experiencing homelessness.  You can be part of the success, someone helping to maintain dignity.

Please consider donating today for those who can’t ensure their monthly needs as a woman. Dignity, self-respect and access to basic personal necessities begin with your donation.

Thank you for your continued support!

MAXINE’S STORY

A red, lacy bra. That’s what Maxine (not her real name) wanted.

Maxine is a painter. She loves art. In her free time she composes poetry. Or at least she did until she unexpectedly found herself living on the streets of Tampa. Now her time is spent worrying about daily survival.

Maxine has worn the same bra for 3 years. “My back hurts from the lack of support,” she said, showing us her stretched-out underwire bra. “It’s embarrassing to walk around all day with a sagging, ill-fitting bra.”

Her daughter Shannon is in 10th grade. Her teachers speak glowingly of Shannon’s abilities and intelligence. However, for roughly 1 week every month, Shannon is marked absent. She has her period and no access to menstrual hygiene supplies. Shannon stays away from school and falls behind her peers.

Dignity starts with the little things. Access to basic necessities, for starters.

We met Maxine when she came to a local shelter. She was in search of products for her and Shannon. Maxine was ruffling through the bras laid out on the table. She knew what she wanted.

It’s just a red, lacy bra. What’s the big deal? It would be buried under layers of clothing and no one would see it.

But to Maxine it was important because SHE would know what she was wearing.

“It means a lot because your clothes fit better, you feel better.”

Maxine left the shelter that day with 2 bras and a few months supply of menstrual products for Shannon. It may not seem a lot but her upright gait and the smile on Maxine’s face said it all.

Her self-esteem was high. Her dignity restored.