Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity serving Southeast Michigan, launched April 12, 2009.

Our mission is to build a network to help meet the unmet need for diapers in our community's most vulnerable populations -- babies from low-income households, the elderly and people with disabilities. There is no assistance for diapers, they're not paid for or provided by WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. Diapers are a huge hole in the "safety net."

Our vision is a community in which people who need diapers but don't have adequate resources can get diapers - helping preserve their health, independence and dignity.

Our model follows the example of the Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank, the nation's first, founded in Tucson in 1994 (read here about their history and inspiration).

The model recognizes that people and families who need diapers most likely need other social services as well. Instead of creating a separate social service delivery system, the Diaper Bank partners with other nonprofits who are already qualifying people for need and working with them toward "whole" solutions. We partner with family services agencies, homeless shelters, crisis nurseries, domestic abuse shelters, food pantries, senior agencies, faith-based organizations, disability networks and state human services agencies -- we become their diaper resource, increasing their capacity to more fully support individuals and families in need.

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