Dignity Matters is a non-profit organization that collects and supplies feminine hygiene products and underwear to women and girls who are homeless or otherwise in need, in order to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity.
It is hard to imagine, but there are women in almost every community in the USA, who cannot afford these necessities. These women are often homeless and they are commonly single mothers, low-income mothers, or women and teens who escaped domestic violence and cannot safely return home. Well over 40% of these homeless women are employed. Indeed, just this year (2017) we visited many homeless shelters in Massachusetts where over 65% of the women are employed, but still can not afford a permanent roof over their head. These women desperately need help to stand back on their feet.
Homeless women, both sheltered and unsheltered, every month face the humiliating reality of no access to tampons or pads. Their dilemma of having to choose between buying food to survive or tampons is common.
Why homeless women DESPERATELY need tampons, pads, bras and panties:
- Food stamps do not cover them
- They are almost never donated to shelters
- Most shelters’ workers are given no funds to purchase feminine hygiene products for their clients, and they certainly can not afford to purchase new bras and panties.
You can tangibly improve the lives of women and teens by joining our cause. It can be as simple as organizing a drive to collect some items for us, giving 5 dollars, or donating a pack of tampons or a gently used bra that you no longer need. Your donations, among many other shelters, will benefit women at:
- Sage House in Framingham
- Woman’s Lunch Place in Boston
- Shadows and Meadows in Ashland
- Family Promise in Natick
- Drop in Center for Homeless in Framingham
- On the Rise in Cambridge
- Women Connecting Affecting Change in Dorchester
Dignity Matters also distributes products at varied events for homeless women, such as the Wellness Fair (organized by SMOC in Framingham) each June.
Dignity Matters is based in Wayland, MA, and oversees operations in Massachusetts and Georgia.
We pride ourselves on developing long-term and meaningful relationships with the shelters we serve. We spend a significant amount of time at each shelter we partner with to truly understand the unique needs of the population they serve, in order to prioritize helping those with the greatest need, and ensuring that no products is wasted.
If what we do sounds like something you would like to be involved in, we would like to hear from you.