Dignity Matters is a non-profit organization that supplies feminine hygiene products and underwear to women 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 your community and almost every community in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 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.
Homeless women, 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 and bras:
- They are rarely donated to charities
- Food stamps do not cover them
- Asking strangers for sanitary products is humiliating
- Most shelters cannot cope with the demand for these items (indeed, tampons and pads are needed every month) .
Having limited, or no access to female hygiene products leaves some women alone – in what amounts to a monthly crisis. Here, at Dignity Matters, we could not pretend that this is not happening. As WOMEN, we decided to do something about this issue. We are here to help other women in a practical and personal way.
You can tangibly improve the lives of women and teenage girls by joining our cause. It can be as simple as taking 5 minutes out of your day, giving 5 dollars, or donating a pack of tampons or a gently used bra that you no longer need. Your January donations, among other shelters, will also benefit women at Sage House in Framingham, MA.
Dignity Matters is based in Wayland, MA, and oversees operations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you are interested in joining our efforts in any capacity we would like to hear from you.