Circle of Change

by Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Circle of Change
Circle of Change
Circle of Change
Circle of Change

The holiday season is an especially difficult time for individuals struggling financially, and we believe that no one should go without basic needs during this time - hopefully restoring a sense of self-worth during this should-be celebratory time.

For more than 70 years, Goodfellows of Clintonville has been working to ensure there is “No family without a Christmas in the Clintonville and Marion school districts.” 

The Goodfellows of Clintonville and Marion, through an Annual Holiday Distribution, provide food vouchers, winter coats, boots, blankets, personal care items, and toys for the children and families in need in their communities. 

The drive begins in early November, when volunteers begin collecting the names of potential recipients. Local churches, service organizations and businesses have contributed everything from toys, mittens and caps to blankets and comforters, with every item contributed, finding a good home.

Many of the same organizations have provided countless volunteer hours towards making the annual event a success by their assistance during distribution week.

In 2020, Goodfellows of Clintonville partnered with Jake’s Network of Hope to help stretch their dollars to get the items needed to support their families.

“I love that we can find many of the items our families need in one place. I love that the people that work at Jake’s have such an abundance of hope and compassion,” Mari Hintz, Goodfellows of Clintonville and Marion. 

Goodfellows of Clintonville utilizes Jake’s Hope Hub to purchase many of the basic toiletries items including; diapers and wipes for nearly 1,000 families with children in the home during the holiday season.

“Basic personal hygiene can go a long way to positive self image. That can only help families struggling to take a step forward,” Mari Hintz, Goodfellows of Clintonville and Marion. 

Donate today to provide personal hygiene and basic care needs to families during the holiday season.


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With a mission to provide the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost to chemically dependent persons and their families, Nova Counseling Services is a State of Wisconsin-licensed provider of medically monitored treatment for people suffering from alcoholism and other drug addictions. 

“Recently with all the changes in state policies we have been getting lots of homeless and incarcerated clients,” said Ann Resop, Nova Counseling Services. “All of the items we receive we use to help these individuals so they are able to partake in treatment.”

Nova Counseling Services and Jake’s Network of Hope have partnered up to supply diapers, period products and other basic hygiene items to help individuals fully engage in treatment. 

“We have found that having a supply of diapers on site is helpful at visitations. Sometimes parents forget to bring backups, so it has allowed us to ease the burden on the family. During treatment we all run into hiccups, lots of times our females don't have women's products - so, we are supplying them.  Thank you for all you do to help all of us,” Ann said.  

Through our partnership with Nova Counseling Services, we are working to allow every person a step up toward living healthy, feeling safe and experiencing self-worth so that individuals and communities thrive.


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Oshkosh recorded its highest number of homeless in February 2022, according to the Oshkosh Kids Foundation (OKF). This problem is dramatically affecting families and area youth: in the Oshkosh School System, the poverty rate among enrolled families is 43%.


To address the problem of safe, affordable housing, the OKF has teamed up with 17 local community partners to introduce the Tiny House Village - Jake’s Network of Hope is thrilled to be one of these community partners!


The Tiny House Village will provide affordable, short-term housing for families while they learn life, financial, and home management skills. This program is to provide these families with stable and safe housing and prevent homelessness. Through our partnership, Jake’s will provide essential hygiene products as well as furnish the homes for each new family. 


The Oshkosh Kids Foundation provides a simple needs assessment so that struggling children and families find the emergency help they need, and navigate the wide stream of compassion in Oshkosh. The housing program, combined with services and education, will help these families learn skills in a community environment while they learn how to thrive in a rental or purchase a home.


In 2021, the OKF housed 41 families and 92 kids with motel stays, rent assistance, or security deposits. COVID increased the homelessness problem in Oshkosh, and OKF began helping 127 families with 378 kids. That is a total of 1,111 nights provided in motels at the cost of $55,111.33. 


For those families in rentals receiving rent assistance, OKF provided 40+ mattresses, beds & bedding, food, gas cards, hygiene products, clothes, lice kits, household items, and paid for fees. But this trend is unsustainable, which is why the tiny house village is vital to the area.


Jake’s is proud to be partnered with the Oshkosh Kids Foundation to provide bedding, small kitchen appliances, dishware, and other household items. These items will be furnished for each tiny home, and when a family leaves they get to keep the items to provide families with a great headstart in their next chapter. We are excited to see the positive impact of the Tiny House Village on the community! 


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Cloth Cares for Kids in Kyiv
Cloth Cares for Kids in Kyiv

Cloth diapers are offering a layer of comfort for a pair of sisters and their young children, separated from their husbands and dads as the conflict in Ukraine continues. 

Claudia Pardo is hosting the Ukrainian refugees in her Switzerland home. Some Ukranians working at the United Nations created a nonprofit to connect hosts and refugees, and when she found out she applied. 

“They are from Kyiv. They left when the bomb/war started,” Claudia wrote. “The dads wanted them to be safe.  They left and spent days/weeks moving around in Europe (Poland, Romania, Bulgaria). Once I confirmed I could host them, they came here.”

The group includes the two sisters and their 3 children, all ages 2 and younger. Their husbands and parents are still in Kyiv, as men ages 18 to 60 years old are not allowed to leave Ukraine unless they have more than 4 children or have disabilities, Claudio explained.  

“They feel grateful to be here and safe, but guilty they can have peace while the rest of their family/friends are under conflict,” Claudio said, adding that the uncertainty of the conflict takes its toll, too. “The moms are always very anxious until they can have the daily call with family at home to make sure they are still alive/good.”

Claudia reached out for cloth kits from Jake’s to ease the financial burden of diapers on the group. There was a transition getting used to the new material and cloth process, but Claudia said it has already made a difference. 

“They still don’t feel comfortable wearing cloth when they go out, but are getting there bit by bit!  So far, it’s been really helpful given the high costs of diapers!” she wrote. 

As the conflict continues, its unclear how long these refugees will need to continue sheltering in Claudia’s home. She said they use Google translate to overcome language barriers, and have adjusted to the extra activity that an additional 5 people brings to one home.

“It's really difficult for them to go from having completely independent lives to feel like a burden.  The amount of times they don't want to interfere and be discreet is amazing.  One of the moms shares a queen bed with the 2 year old and the girl falls off the bed multiple times in the week (although I added a bed rail) so when I suggested to add a mattress on the floor or a toddler bed for her, she said ‘I rather be awoken by the cries of my child because she fell off the bed than because we are being bombed.”


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As Jake’s continues to grow, we want to shed light on the diversity of the impact we make. Our partners include 501c3, school-based and faith-based groups that serve a diverse set of community needs, from foster care to afterschool programs, family needs and domestic abuse shelters, refugee work, poverty support, cancer patient programs and more. 

These collaborations mean partners can re-allocate time and money to instead focusing on their programs, while meeting human needs in the community. 

Today we are highlighting our partnership with Lakeshore Foster Families,  a Manitowoc County based, all-volunteer 501c3 that supports “foster and kinship children and the families who care for them by raising awareness and providing resources and support,” according to its website. In 2021, the program served 55 foster families and 170 children in foster homes.

Among the items foster families require are often, of course, diapers as well as feminine hygiene products. Lakeshore Foster Families and Friends receive diapers, pullups, wipes, and feminine hygiene products from Jake's. 

“Without this service, we would only help supply these items one time to new placements,” said Board President Molly Stolp. “This has had a huge impact on our families. In 2021, through this program, we were able to supply 706 packages of diapers, pullups, or feminine hygiene products. We are grateful.”

Foster families echoed the help our partnership provides. Here’s just a few words from foster families in the program: 

"We foster two children and this has helped offset monthly expenses. It makes fostering less burdensome financially.”

"It is one less thing that I have to worry about buying every month and every little bit helps.’

"Being able to give our foster kids the same love and support as our biological children.”


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Jake's Diapers, Inc.

Location: Neenah, WI - USA
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Twitter: @jakesdiapers
Project Leader:
Scott Sawinski
Neenah, WI United States
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