In January this year, the Diaper Bank was able to open an application process for new partner organizations. Having far exceeded our fundraising and diaper acquisition goals in 2015, we had an opportunity to distribute A LOT more diapers than we had been distributing. We were so pleased with the robust response to our first ever application cycle and are so excited to announce that SEVEN amazing organizations have joined the Diaper Bank’s partner list – bringing us to TEN total partners! These partners collectively receive over 25,000 diapers each month from the Diaper Bank and distribute those diapers to nearly 1200 children in the St. Louis area. Prior to this application cycle, the Diaper Bank was serving three organizations with 10,500 diapers each month.
Our Partners are: (Click on the names to be taken to each organization's website!)
This organization was the Diaper Bank’s very first partner! Operating at St. Mary’s Hospital, Sweet Babies prepares bags full of newborn essentials – diapers, blankets, clothing, feeding supplies, and books – to go home with low-income moms who deliver at St. Mary’s Hospital. Approximately 60 moms each month happily receive a bag from Sweet Babies with 50 Diaper Bank diapers inside!
St. Louis Public Schools Parents as Teachers Program:
The Diaper Bank’s second partner, PAT distributes diapers through their monthly home visits to folks living in the school district with children from birth to 5 years old.
Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry:
A major collaborative partner with the Diaper Bank, the Food Pantry offers space in their warehouse for the Diaper Bank to call home and we provide them with diapers for their clients! The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP) provides food, personal care items and community resource referrals to help individuals and families through difficult times. The HKJFP is dedicated to alleviating hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds..
And the seven new partners:
Hancock/Bayless Parents as Teachers Program:
Parents as Teachers families in the Hancock Bayless School District receive:
* Personal Visits- during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address parenting concerns.
* Parent group meetings- which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
* Screenings- to assess your child's overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.
* Resource Network- that link your family to other community services.
Hazelwood Bright Futures Foundation:
Bright Futures is made up of multidisciplinary team members that meet on a monthly basis to address the needs of the families in the area. The team members attempt to help families meet their basic needs that are not met by other resources in the area. The team members assist families who may otherwise "fall through the cracks", while attempting to link them with resources to assist them in future crisis situations and to help with self-sufficiency.
Southside Early Childhood Center:
SouthSide Early Childhood has been serving the St. Louis community since 1886, when a group of Unitarian women opened a "day nursery” whose mission was “to prevent pauperism by assisting bread winners with young children on their hands, to earn an honest living.” Today, the center serves 135 children ages six weeks to five years. More than two-thirds of these children receive Head Start and Early Head Start funding--they live below the federal poverty line--and 40% of our students come from immigrant families. SouthSide offers a high-quality early childhood education that prepares children for kindergarten, both academically and socially. In addition, the program provides a number of support services, including case management, mental health and developmental therapy, parenting support, and an onsite nurse.
Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns:
The Strong Start program includes:
Care Coordination from an interdisciplinary team (Ob-Gyn clinical team, Nurse Navigator, and Prenatal Care Coordinators).
Biopsychosocial risk assessments to identify prenatal risk factors and stressors.
Prenatal Care Coordinators provide brief counseling and supportive services through home/community visits, telephonic, and in office encounters.
Access to nutritionists, childbirth education classes, smoking cessation, substance abuse counseling, family planning, and behavioral health services.
Reliable referrals to community resources such as WIC, housing, employment, educational resources, domestic violence, baby items, clothing, and food.
Assistance with Medicaid application and approval process.
Raising St. Louis:
Raising St. Louis works with families beginning in pregnancy and continuing until your child is ready to enter third grade. We offer, free of charge, the combined benefits of two great programs, Nurses for Newborns and Parents as Teachers. Services are currently available to residents expecting a child who live in one of the following zip codes: 63106, 63107, 63112, 63113, 63115 and 63120.
St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Ferdinand Church in Florissant:
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our community who have nowhere else to turn for help. As important, SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion.
Bethany Christian Services:
Bethany Christian Services seeks to serve vulnerable families parenting children ages prenatal through 6 years of age. Family Empowerment Program seeks to serve the entire family--to strengthen parenting and budgeting skills and stabilize the family. One outreach provided for all families in FEP or not is: Free Diaper Friday. FDF occurs one time per month, typically the first Friday--depending on legal holidays. We receive referrals from a variety of sources, from many hospitals, WIC, and other agencies serving vulnerable families. We have held this over the last year and receive about 300 adults per month.