Community Partner Spotlight: Diaper Bank of Central Arizona
Did you know that 1 in 3 families in Arizona struggle to afford clean diapers, putting children at risk for poor health and infections? In fact, 32% of low-income families have even reported reusing diapers in order to be able to pay a critical bill such as rent, childcare, or utilities. Diapers cost an average of $80 a week per child, a huge expense for a family facing homelessness. Sadly, cloth diapers are not always a solution when families lack consistent washers and dryers. With 87% of the families that we serve here on the Homeward Bound campus led by single mothers; , our onsite diaper bank is a vital resource for us to be able to provide for those utilizing our shelter program.
One of our key partners to our onsite diaper bank is The Diaper Bank of Central Arizona. This non-profit works to collect and distribute diapers to other non-profits, such as Homeward Bound, to help our most vulnerable neighbors within our community. Last year, they successfully distributed 644,000 diapers to families in need, and they have a lofty goal of 700,000 this year!
The Diaper Bank of Central Arizona is very near and dear to our hearts. It first began in 1999 by Eileen Rogers and Allegra Marketing as a drive to benefit the families of Homeward Bound. In 2012 they had collected 400,000 diapers and began providing diapers to those in need all around the Phoenix Metro area. Today, they are the only Diaper Bank in Arizona, serving around thirty non-profit agencies around the valley. When they began, they were the first Diaper bank in the country and have since paved the way for dozens of other agencies in other states working to ensure no child has to go without clean diapers.
Making sure that the families here on campus have their basic needs met is just one of the many ways we work to support them in their unique needs on their journey home. Homeward Bound would not be able to deliver impactful programs to families facing homelessness without the support of our community partners like The Diaper Bank of Central Arizona. Learn more about how you can get involved in the fight to end homelessness by visiting www.homewardboundaz.org today!