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Nov 5, 2019

Helping Amelia

Amelia loves her son. When she became a mom just 9 short months ago, she had not imagined the immense joy she would feel about this new life. But, it hasn’t been easy. The frustrations, challenges and difficulties continue to pile up.

Amelia lives in a rural area where access to resources is difficult. She needs to drive 30 minutes or more to places where she can buy essentials or access other support, such as WIC benefits to help feed her son. Even when the trip goes smoothly, and her baby doesn't cry for the ride, the cost of gas for this trip adds to the financial burden she already feels.

Across Wisconsin, an average of 30% of families cannot afford the basics of housing, food, healthcare, childcare and transportation (ALICE, 2018). Many live on extremely low income and lack access to basic needs and resources, with distance and transportation as a barrier. 

That’s why our Wisconsin diaper bank serves the local community in need. The Eastern Wisconsin Diaper Bank, an initiative of Jake’s Diapers, acts as a diaper bank for other community partners already providing comprehensive services that help lift families out of poverty and on to a path of self-sustainability. 

In July, we started work with Family Health/La Clinica WIC Program, which serves Green Lake and Marquette counties. Family Health serves people who live a step above making no income. Imagine a family with several children surviving on just $10,000 annually; that’s typical. These are people who live high risk lifestyles: high stress, dysfunction, drug use, isolation and little resources.

This additional resource - access to diapers - has been in high demand. We already know that access to diapers is increasing participation at Family Health by registered WIC families, meaning they are getting the help they need. The added incentive offsets the burdensome cost of the drive to the clinic, among other benefits such as increasing financial ability elsewhere and relieving the stress of diaper need. 

Family Health tells us that since we’ve started work together in July, on average two moms per day burst into tears over diapers because of the financial relief. In Amelia’s cause, this gift would allow her to instead buy formula and medications her son needs.

Thank you to our supporters who help us provide this essential resource to our community partners.

About Our Efforts in NE Wisconsin: Jake’s Diapers recognizes many families in our region of Wisconsin struggle on a regular basis with basic needs and hygiene necessities. This is why we’ve created the Eastern Wisconsin Diaper Bank Initiative to supply diapers to local families in need.

Make your impact today! A donation of $26 solves an entire month's diaper need for moms and babies like Amelia and baby J. 

Nov 4, 2019

Helping Babies in Washington, D.C.

 A mother and daughter were stuck in a cycle: though enrolled in a program that provides childcare and support for the mother to work towards self-sufficiency – the two attended only sporadically. The pair began receiving diapers from the Greater DC Diaper Bank, one of our Diaper Drop partners. Subsequently, attendance at this support program improved.

“The case manager asked her what had changed – they were delighted to be seeing more of the family! The mother replied that with the diapers coming from the program, she could now afford bus fare to get to the program regularly,” said Lisa of the Greater DC Diaper Bank. “As a result, her daughter benefited from early education and nutrition programs, and the mother got to work more closely with the case manager to address other challenges in her life.

The Greater DC Diaper Bank serves families living in the DC area, where recent studies show a base income of $106,000 vital to living moderately comfortable while raising two children. Since this is such an expensive area to live, families are stretching and making difficult decisions every day to ensure their kids have what they need, Lisa said.

“We are grateful to have the ability to offer options to the families we’re working with, and meet them where they are,” Lisa said. “One of our partners (the one who has been most interested in cloth diapers) is a doula program specifically for low-income African American mothers, who are most at risk for postpartum maternal health challenges. Packages from Jake’s allows this program to present cloth diapering as an option for these parents who might otherwise not have a choice.”

Working with Jake’s to supply diapers to her area has been extremely helpful to impacting people in that community.

 “The fact that the packages we get from Jake’s come ready to go,” she said, “Organized and understandable for mamas who are in the middle of life with a brand new one – makes all the difference in the world.”

 Thanks for helping babies! 

 ~ Stephanie

 

About Our Diaper Drop Partners

DC Diaper Bank is just one of our many Diaper Drop partners Jake’s Diapers features regularly to shed light on the stories of the people we serve in order to increase awareness about the impact a donation of hygiene products can have on a single individual.

Sep 30, 2019

Help for Samara & Jalen

While the waters have receded, the cleanup in the Bahamas has just begun. On Great Abaco Island, there is rubble as far as the eye can see. Samara and her 18 month old son Jalen survived Dorian, huddled together as the roof blew off their home. As the winds blew, the walls shook- and then collapsed. Luckily, they survived. Others weren't so lucky. 

 With such immense devastation, Samara and Jalen are just trying to survive. They've built a small shack out of plywood, and covered it with a blue tarp. They both received medical care from our partners on the ground, and thanks to you, diapers for Jalen. Samara's face lit up when she received the diapers, a burden lifted from her shoulders. Now, Samara & Jalen can focus on other crucial needs. 

Through people like you- people committed to caring for people - over 100 children have received diapers. Thank you for being a beacon of light. 

 

Blessings,

~ Stephanie

 

 
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