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Helping Meet Diaper Need Across Metro Detroit

November 5, 2016
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As the Detroit Area Diaper Bank website officially closes, we’re moving the information we’d left on the home page there here to our blog, which will always be available.
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If you’re interested in donating diapers or running a diaper drive, please connect directly with one of the nonprofits listed below.
Thank you for helping make a difference with diapers!
Keep in mind this map shows the main office locations, many organizations serve a much larger area around SE MI; visit their website or call them for more specifics.

WAYNE COUNTY

Adult Well-Being Services
Serving SE MI adults over age 18.

Ph: (313) 924-7860

 

American Indian Health and Family Services
Serving all of Southeast Michigan, the office is in Detroit.

Ph: (313) 846-6030

 

Arab-American and Chaldean Council
62 W. Seven Mile Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203

(313) 893-6172

 

Bright Beginnings / COTS
Supporting homeless families served by COTS in Detroit.

Ph: (313) 831-3777

 

Children’s Outreach, Inc.
Serving children in River Rouge, Ecorse and Southwest Detroit.

Ph: (313) 896-1642

 

Community & Home Supports, Inc.
Based in Detroit, providing services in Oakland, Macomb & Wayne Counties.

(313) 964-2566

 

Community Living Services
The Senior Services division supports seniors in Wayne, Oakland & Macomb Counties.

(734) 722-6389

 

Crossroads of Michigan
Serving Detroit and surrounding areas from 2 locations.
W.Grand Blvd Ph: (313) 831-0213

E. Jefferson Ph: (313) 822-3930

 

Downriver Community Conference
Serving the Downriver and Out-Wayne County areas.

Ph: (734) 362-7070

 

Downriver Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry
Serving all of Downriver, located in Taylor.

Ph: (734) 442-0031

 

First Step: Project on Domestic and Sexual Violence
Serving Western and Downriver Wayne County.

24 hr. help line: (734) 722-6800

 

Hand Up Inc.
Helping under-served families in Westland, Inkster & other parts of Western Wayne County.

Ph: (313) 523-3991

 

Health Emergency Lifeline Programs (HELP)
Assisting individuals at-risk, infected, or affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in SE MI.

Ph: (313) 832-3300

 

Helping Operations for People Empowerment (H.O.P.E.)
Serving the people and communities of Metro Detroit.

Ph: (313) 897-5503

 

Help’s on the Way
Located in Dearborn Heights, also serving Inkster, Westland, Detroit, Romulus, Taylor & Lincoln Park.

Ph: (313) 908-7104

 

Infant Mortality Program
Serving Detroit and Wayne County areas, office is in Highland Park

Ph: (313) 868-8420

 

Inkster Department of Human Services, State of Michigan
Serving the Inkster District of Wayne County.

Ph: (313) 792-7700

Matrix Human Services – The Center

Serving Northeast Detroit.

Ph: (313) 526-4000

Northeast Guidance Center – Child & Family Services

Serving all of Wayne County

Ph: (313) 245-7000

Redford Pregnancy Counseling Center

Ph: (313) 952-2147

Rising: Advocates for Young Children

Supporting Detroit families w/young children attending collaborative early care sites as well as those in the community of Brightmoor

Ph: (313) 387-8720

Sara’s House

Serving homeless & pregnant teens in Wayne & Oakland Counties.

Ph: (313) 549-6751

St. Mary Outreach Center
Serving areas in and around the city of Wayne.

Ph: (734) 326-2234

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Westland (in SS Simon & Jude)
Serving parts of Western Wayne County

Ph: (734) 722-1343

 

Starfish Family Services
Serving all of Southeast Michigan with a focus on Western Wayne County, based in Inkster.

Ph: (734) 728-3400

 

The Children’s Center
Serving children from all over Wayne County.

Ph: (313) 831-5535

 

The Lennon Pregnancy Center
Serving Dearborn Heights and surrounding areas.

Ph: (313) 277-5637

 

The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps
Serving Plymouth and its surrounding townships.

Ph: (734) 453-5464

 

The Salvation Army – Wayne-Westland Corps
Serving the cities of Wayne, Westland and surrounding cities.

Ph: (734) 722-3660

 

The Senior Alliance
Serving Western and Southern Wayne County.

Ph: (734) 722-2830

 

Warm Hearts Organization

Hosts a baby shower 2x/year for low-income moms & new moms in and around Westland.

 

Wayne Co. Dept. of Public Health/
Wayne County Babies/WIC
Serving Wayne County residents.

Ph: (734) 727-7100

 

Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
Serving all of Southeast Michigan

Ph: (734) 284-6999

 

Women In Touch
Serving Detroit, Oakland County & out-Wayne County.

(313) 737-7168

 

OAKLAND COUNTY

Active Faith Community Services
Serving the area within South Lyon School District.
Ph: (248) 437-9790
Mon, Wed, Thurs 10am-5pm

CARE House of Oakland County
A leading resource in the prevention of child abuse in Oakland County.
Ph: (248) 332-7173

Detroit Pregnancy Center
Serving the areas around Oak Park and Detroit’s west side.
Ph: (248) 399-8620

Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan
Serving all 7 counties in SE Michigan, main regional office is in Oak Park.
Ph: (248) 968-0100

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Shrine Conference – Royal Oak
Serving people in need in parts of Oakland County.

MACOMB COUNTY

Compassion Pregnancy Center

Serving Clinton Twp and surrounding areas.

Ph: (586) 783-9620

Macomb County Health Department – SE Office

Providing a Diaper Depot for all of Macomb County

Ph: (586) 466-6800

Mt. Calvary Family & Community Center

Food & baby pantry serving S. Macomb Co. & E. Detroit since 1978.

Ph: (586) 759-0190

New Haven Food Pantry

Serving New Haven, Lenox & Ray Township

Ph: (586) 339-0868

 

WASHTENAW COUNTY

Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach (DAPCO)
Serving Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.
Ph: (877) 832-1277 ext. 103

Hope Clinic
Serving Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties
Ph: (734) 484-2989

Manchester Community Resource Center, Inc.
Serving areas in and around Manchester.
Ph: (734) 428-7722

Saline Area Social Service, Inc.
Serving the Saline Area School District.
Ph: (734) 429-4570

SOS Community Services – Homeless Family Services
Working to end homelessness for families in Washtenaw Co.
Ph: (734) 484-9940

MONROE COUNTY

Serving the city and county of Monroe.
Ph: (734) 243-6550
 
Serving families in need in Monroe County.
Ph: (734) 269-2752

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5 Great Years … the Detroit Area Diaper Bank says Goodbye

April 12, 2014
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Today, April 12th, marks 5 years since I launched the Detroit Area Diaper Bank.

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I knew on that day in 2009 that Metro Detroit needed a diaper bank, that the diaper issue needed to be brought forward and people made aware of the need, but what I couldn’t have imagined on that day is how our community would respond.

SO MUCH generosity, enthusiasm, and compassion! You, our donors and supporters, have helped us collect and distribute almost 2 million diapers to help our neighbors in need over the past 5 years – that’s absolutely amazing. And I hope you will continue your enthusiasm for the issue and remember that this need never goes away. Nonprofits all across the area continue their good works and need your support.

Things are beginning to accelerate toward our move date, so I’m considering today the technical “close” date for DADB. I have one more distribution of adult diapers coming up and then our resources will finally be exhausted. These past 5 years have been beyond fulfilling, an experience I will carry with me always – thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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#GivingTuesday and Fall Drive Goal=obliterated

December 3, 2013
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday … after two days of shopping, a day to give back.

Today is #GivingTuesday.

Please consider a gift today and remember the Diaper Bank in your year-end giving.


We met our big Fall Diaper Drive goal, we shook its hand, and then ran right past it.


THANK YOU to ALL of our Donors and Diaper Drive Hosts and participants and Dropoff Locations. Thank you to volunteers Bruce Will, who picked up most of those diaper drives and donations at our dropoff locations, and Melva Parks, who took ALL of the open and partial packages and loose resources and got them distribution-ready.


Big, big thanks, too, to the Canton Public Library for hosting the anchor event for our Fall Drive for the 5th year in a row, it was another phenomenally successful “Stuff the Truck!” event on November 20th and 21st. A record number of diapers came in again this year, bringing the amount the Canton Library has helped collect for the Detroit Area Diaper Bank to 158,116 over the past 5 years!

 


Our deep thanks, too, to Fat Chef in a Little Coat Catering and the Hulett Family for allowing us to use their beautiful bright yellow truck to “stuff” for the 4th year in a row. And thanks to ALL of the volunteers who came out to help in the truck over the 2 days, particularly Lisa Kluka, who has helped BOTH mornings of EVERY year for the past 4 years!!

You can see pictures from this year’s Stuff the Truck event HERE.


THANK YOU to everyone who made our 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive such a phenomenal success, it will help us help our nonprofit partners through the holidays and into the winter months. Distributions, in fact, start at the end of this week! Thank you for helping us make a difference with diapers.


THANK YOU to all of our donors and supporters for your help and support in 2013!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


The Detroit Area Diaper Bank Launches 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive

August 1, 2013
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METRO DETROIT, MICH. (August 1, 2013) – The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charity providing diapers for people in need across Southeast Michigan, has launched its 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive. The goal of the drive is to collect 250,000 diapers (or the funds to buy them) by Thanksgiving 2013.

No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, SNAP (Food Stamps) or Medicare. Nonprofit organizations and state agencies working with families and individuals in crisis across Metro Detroit consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need. The Diaper Bank partners with these organizations, working to give them access to an ongoing diaper supply and increasing their capacity to more fully support our neighbors in need.

An average infant can use up to 12 diapers per day, a toddler up to 8 per day. But in low-income households, a baby may be in a single diaper all day or longer, increasing the chance of health problems and putting the child at risk for abuse. Parents who can’t afford diapers can’t leave their child at daycare to go to work or school. Some children with disabilities never outgrow the need for diapers and seniors who can’t afford incontinence supplies often become home-bound or end up in a nursing home.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank exists to address this largely unknown and chronically unmet need. The Annual Fall Diaper Drive helps drive donations into the Diaper Bank so it can fulfill more of its partner agencies’ families’ needs throughout the winter holidays and into the start of the new year, a time when donations tend to slow down.

“Our primary goal for the ‘250,000 by Thanksgiving’ Diaper Drive is, of course, to bring in resources that we can distribute to our partner agencies working with our neighbors in need. But we also hope it helps raise awareness of the diaper issue and engage the community in our mission. We are always in need of individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations and places of worship to run diaper drives and fundraisers to support the Diaper Bank, whether it’s before Thanksgiving or not,” said Marybeth Levine, Founder and Director of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. “The diapers go out just as quickly as they come in, so we are looking for year-round partnerships and support to help us really make a difference with diapers.”

The Diaper Bank calls upon the community to engage in this effort throughout the fall and conduct a diaper drive or make a financial donation to help reach the overall 250,000 diaper goal. The drive’s anchor event, “Stuff the Truck!” at Canton Public Library, will be held November 20th & 21st from 9am to 9pm each day.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank’s mission is to raise awareness about the large hole in the “safety net” resulting in the unmet need for diapers in our community’s most vulnerable populations — babies from low-income households, the elderly, people with disabilities — and build a network to help meet it. For more information, please visit www.detroitareadiaperbank.org.

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Yes, Even the ‘Diaper Lady’ Will Likely End Up Needing Diapers

February 21, 2012
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I’m 43, I had 3 huge baby boys, and I’m currently suffering from one of those rib-cage-rattling coughs that grabs on and just won’t let go.

The irony is not lost on me that ‘the Diaper Lady’ has found herself shopping in the Poise aisle while battling this cough. And experiencing that fearful hope-beyond-hope that the pad I’m wearing can prevent any ’embarrassing accidents’ when I’m in public and a coughing jag comes on.

This may be TMI for some people, but really, ladies especially that have had children, as we get older, the likelihood is that we’re all going to need some kind of incontinence supply. In fact, I’m sure I’m not the only one in my age-range dealing with this now.

If you’re among the fortunate ones that will be comfortable enough in your retirement to be able to afford the (crushingly expensive) personal hygiene products you’ll need to go on living life normally and discreetly, that’s great. But for scores of seniors who enter their “golden years” with just their Social Security check and Medicare to rely on, it just may not be possible. Most seniors will tell you their Social Security check doesn’t fully cover rent, utilities, food & medicine to get through a month, and Medicare won’t pay for or provide incontinence items.

I imagine what I’d do if I was struggling with this cough, which I can’t control, without the protection for my independence and dignity against “accidents” while coughing, which I also can’t control. I guess I’d stay home and avoid the possibility of having ‘an accident’ in public, but there goes my independence and dignity.

What would you do? What will you do??

Diaper need doesn’t just affect low-income families with babies, it also affects people with disabilities, seniors with incontinence issues, and heck, even Diaper Ladies with a bad cough. Let’s not shy away from these ’embarrassing’ conversations – more of us can relate than you think or that might admit it.


Meet Maggie

September 24, 2011
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Maggie, 86, has lived in her home in Warren for the last 35+ years and still takes care of herself. She has a son nearby who checks on her and helps her out, but the only other support she receives is Meals on Wheels. She lives entirely off of her Social Security check, which she said barely, and often doesn’t, stretch the whole month.

Following an illness and hospital stay, Maggie experiences urinary incontinence and uses pads to limit accidents when she can. On top of being costly, Maggie says the pads she’s used are thick and uncomfortable and chafe her. She has to carry several with her if she leaves the house in case one gets wet, but then, she says, “I’m embarrassed and afraid someone will see them in my purse.”

So Maggie usually stays home. “It’s not as big a deal if I have an accident around here,” she says.

She keeps one diaper her neighbor gave her in a drawer, waiting for the day she has to go to her doctor appointments. Maggie was positively effusive about how fantastic the diaper was – the last one she wore “fit her like a glove”, it didn’t leak, it was comfortable, and she wasn’t worried about having an accident. You’d think adult diapers were a brand new thing on the market, listening to her go on about them.

But to Maggie, they’re a luxury. They’re expensive and she can’t get out easily to get them.

After reading this article in the Warren Weekly, Maggie called both the article author and me, asking about the Diaper Bank and explaining her situation. “I just thought I’d give it a try and see if this might be what could get me some help. It just seemed like such a blessing,” Maggie told me.

Thanks to all of our generous donors and supporters, the Detroit Area Diaper Bank can help make sure Maggie has access to the basic hygiene items she needs to be more comfortable both at home and when she leaves the house.

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Dignity. Independence. Health. Security. Confidence. Aren’t those the things that everyone in their golden years deserve?

Aren’t those the things we all want?

Helping wonderful neighbors like Maggie is exactly why the Detroit Area Diaper Bank exists. Maggie could not have been more touched, thrilled or grateful.

This is what it’s all about.

Thank you to everyone who supports us, encourages us and helps us make a difference with diapers!


We can’t forget the adults

April 5, 2011
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A donor sent a $100 donation and asked that it specifically be used to purchase supplies for seniors. It was perfect timing because one of the Area Agencies on Aging I work with had contacted me just a few days prior to tell me they were running low and needed diapers.

As in the case of children’s diapers, Large and X-Large-size adult diapers tend to go the quickest and are not donated as often as the smaller sizes. And like children’s diapers, there are less per package as the sizes go up. Our partner said they get asked for Large and XL the most, so that is what I went out to purchase with this wonderful donation.

I don’t think I’ll ever get over the sticker-shock of adult-size diapers. We hear a lot about how expensive children’s-size diapers and pull-ups are, but adult-size diaper costs are just insane. Especially when you do the per-diaper cost of the Large and XLarge sizes.

I spent $129.91 and came home with 204 diapers. If you do the math, that’s an average of 64 cents PER diaper. When I break down the separate packages, the per diaper costs ranged from 53 cents to 86 cents. And keep in mind that I can purchase tax-exempt, so my dollars stretch just a little bit further, someone buying the same # of diapers would have paid $137.70, so their average cost would have been more like 68 cents per diaper.

This is a crushing expense for someone who may be living only on Social Security. We need to remember our seniors and adults that require incontinence products for any reason, be it health or disability. Making sure people have what they need to take care of their basic health and hygiene supports their independence, and perhaps more importantly, provides and retains their dignity. Aren’t those things we all want in our future?


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The Detroit Area Diaper Bank was a 501c3 charity that provided diapers to nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan from 2009-2014. No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. Diapers are a huge hole in the "safety net" for our youngest and oldest neighbors in need. Please continue to donate and make a difference with diapers in Metro Detroit!

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