Programs

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Closing the diaper gap in Texas

Focusing on closing the diaper gap, the Texas Diaper Bank strategically creates its programs to target the diaper gap’s root causes: physical, mental, and economic well-being. Through a combination of programmatic components, each program intently tackles one or more of these areas to ensure long-term impact.

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Education

Job Readiness/ Work Force Training

Higher Education

Parenting Education

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Support Services

Case Assessment or Management

Housing/ Shelter

Referrals

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Goods

Diapers

Incontinence Supplies

Other Goods

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Long-term impact
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Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance directly provides Bexar County families and seniors in crisis access to diapers, incontinence supplies, wipes, and other healthcare products.

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Earn and Learn

Earn and Learn reduces the diaper gap by combining two vital components of self-sufficiency: education and access to resources.

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Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief supplies those affected by natural disasters in Texas with diapers—the only organization in Texas specifically providing victims diapers.

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South Texas Alliance for Period Products

Healthy babies start with healthy moms. PERIOD.

A program of the National Diaper Bank Network, the Alliance for Period Supplies is working with the Texas Diaper Bank and over 50 other agencies throughout the U.S. to shed light on the consequences that the lack of access to period products can have on the lives of individuals.

With founding sponsor U by Kotex, the Texas Diaper Bank will be able to distribute tens of thousands of period products to mothers and women in need through direct services and various participating Partner Agencies.

1 in 4 women

struggled to purchase period products within the past year due to lack of income.

1 in 5 women

reported missing school, work, or similar events due to a lack of access to feminine hygiene products.

88% of women

agree that period products are a basic necessity.

Lack of access 

to period supplies is linked to using substitute products (toilet tissue or socks) and stretching product usage beyond its recommended timeframe.

Visit www.allianceforperiodsupplies.org for more information.

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Emergency Assistance

This program provides diapers, incontinence supplies, feminine hygiene products, and other healthcare supplies to those in need.

Once qualified, clients are then able to receive one free pack of diapers, incontinence supplies, and feminine hygiene products per qualifying child and individual every month.

To see if you qualify for Emergency Assistance services, the following documents must be brought into the Texas Diaper Bank offices:

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Population Served

low-income families and individuals in crisis

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Area Served

3 counties (Bexar, Hays, and Kendall County)

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Services
  • Case Assessment, Enrollment in Parenting Education, and Referrals – Texas Diaper Bank
  • Case Assessment or Management, Housing/Shelter, and Referrals – Partner Agencies
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Impact
  • 5,800 individuals
  • Over 375,000 diapers and other goods

Emergency Assistance Program Partners

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Earn and Learn

The Earn and Learn program reduces the diaper gap by combining education and access to goods which lead to physical, mental, and economic well-being of individuals.

The Texas Diaper Bank strategically partners with colleges, universities, and nonprofit agencies that provide on-site daycare services.  By providing diapers to these daycares, the organization allows students to take advantage of their services and successfully go to classes with less stress and complete program training certifications or degrees.

The organization partners with nonprofit agencies to provide parenting education.  Parenting education covers various topics, such as diapering, potty training, home safety, prenatal care, nutrition, SIDS prevention and other important topics.  Individuals who attend these classes then gain access to diapers, and other goods to supplement their learning, namely bottles, books, car seats, clothes, potty chairs, wipes, etc.

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Population Served

low-income families and individuals in crisis

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Area Served

10 counties (Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson County)

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Services
  • Calm Parent – Texas Diaper Bank
  • My Healthy Child – Methodist Healthcare Ministries (exclusive to Texas Diaper Bank)
  • Parenting Education – Partner Agencies
  • Diapers and other goods – provided by Texas Diaper Bank to Partner Agencies and to Calm Parent and My Healthy Child participants through Market Days
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Impact
  • 9,500 individuals
  • Over 375,000 diapers and other goods distributed
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Calm Parent

While many nonprofits offer parenting skill classes, many neglect the importance of creating a stress—free environment. Filling this void, the Texas Diaper Bank developed its own curriculum that uniquely incorporates stress-reducing techniques. Through facilitators, the Calm Parent project teaches clients basic parenting skills. Participants not only gain valuable parenting skills, but also kits with the resources necessary to implement these newly-learned skills. The Texas Diaper Bank offers a set of 3 classes:

  1. Diapering
  2. Potty training
  3. Babyproofing

For example, a Calm Parent Potty Training kit contains a potty training chair, potty training children’s book, pull-ups, wipes, and reward stickers. Each class training module includes a “readiness checklist” of goals, as well as a list of common problems and calm parent solutions.

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My Healthy Child

Lessening the physical health impacts that the diaper gap inflicts, the Texas Diaper Bank focuses on child health and wellness classes. Through an exclusive partnership with Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the Texas Diaper Bank offers My Healthy Child classes in 8 counties. Taught by its team of professional Wesley Nurses from Methodist Healthcare Ministries, these workshops cover child healthcare topics that enable participants to parent better. To complement the skills that parents learn in the My Healthy Child class, the Texas Diaper Bank supplements materials that class participants learn about to apply these skills later.

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Market Days

Attending My Health Child classes, clients earn “Baby Bucks”. For its monthly Market Days, the organization fashions its warehouse to resemble a market. During Market Days, clients can shop for donated items, aside from the diapers and wipes they receive through the organization’s Earn & Learn projects and Emergency Assistance program, such as baby clothes, breast pumps, formula, car seats, and strollers.

Results: In FY 2017, Market Days allowed for the distribution of 15,500 items.

Earn and Learn Program Partners

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Disaster Relief

In the chaos of a natural disaster, many evacuees lack the time or space to bring many items, especially diapers, wipes, and other healthcare products.

The Texas Diaper Bank fills this ignored gap by providing these healthcare products. Without these products, individuals may develop diaper rash, which may require medical treatment. In a disaster, treatment may not be an option, which can lead to fatal complications.

Similar to how federal funds do not pay for diapers, no international disaster relief for diapers exists.

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Population Served

families and individuals in crisis

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Area Served

Texas Diaper Bank has provided disaster aid to the Texas Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey (2017) and during the floods that affected Houston (2016) and San Marcos (2015).

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Disaster Aid
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Wipes (any brand)
  • Other healthcare products
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Impact

To date, over 6 million diapers have been distributed to families affected by disasters in Texas.

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