Millions of women in the United States are homeless or living below the poverty line. For such women, the cost of feminine hygiene products is an additional burden to their already stretched budget. BE A ROSE will provide these necessary products and offer health workshops to women in need in order to help them care for themselves and their bodies.
Women who are homeless or living below the poverty line rarely have access to feminine hygiene products - which are not covered by food stamp benefits! This is compounded by the shortage of safe and sanitary places where these women can access toilet and shower facilities, resulting in preventable infections.Unfortunately, menstruation is a taboo topic and affordable access to sanitary products is rarely discussed.
BE A ROSE is providing sanitary products free of charge to women in need, either directly or through partnerships with West Michigan day shelters, emergency homeless shelters, food banks, halfway and transitional housing facilities and churches. Additionally, BE A ROSE is hosting women's health workshops that cover the topics of puberty, menstruation and menopause. This will empower women with accurate information about their bodies and the ability to pass it down to future generations.
Ultimately, BE A ROSE aims to overcome the social taboo surrounding menstruation by raising awareness and easing the hardship that homeless and women living below the poverty line face to keep clean and healthy during their periods. Thus increase these women's overall well being and health outcomes.