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

Feminine Hygiene Supplies

Other Goods

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Long-term impact

Reduced Familial Stress

Economic Well-being

Reduced Health Risks

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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. Baby-proofing

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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Population Served

Parents and Caregivers of children ages 0–4

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Area Served

Bexar and 12 surrounding counties

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Services
  • Parenting Education Courses
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Impact—2018
  • 578 individuals
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Calm Parent Program Partners

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Diaper Assistance

The Diaper Assistance Program focuses on providing families access to diapers, wipes, and other healthcare items through the Texas Diaper Bank facilities or partner agencies. In addition to basic baby needs, this program also offers educational parenting and health classes, all free of charge.

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Population Served

Newborns and children up to the age of 4

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Area Served

Bexar 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—2018
  • 4,000 unduplicated individuals
  • 740,000 diapers
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Qualifications

Household income not exceeding 150% of the Federal Poverty Line

The following documents must be brought to the Texas Diaper Bank office:

  • Parent/guardian photo ID
  • Proof of guardianship
  • Proof of income
  • Child’s birth certificate
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Diaper Assistance 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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Diapers distributed to date

Over 6 million diapers

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Disaster aid provided to
  • Hurricane Harvey (2017)
  • Houston Flooding (2016)
  • San Marcos Flooding (2015)
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Impact—2018
  • 14,350 individuals
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Disaster Relief Program Partners

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Healthy Women Period

Healthy babies start with healthy moms. In conjunction with the National Diaper Bank Network’s Alliance for Period Supplies, the Texas Diaper Bank addresses the lack of access to period products and the effect that has on women’s lives.

Visit www.allianceforperiodsupplies.org for more information.

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Population Served

Female clients

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Area Served

Bexar County

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Services
  • Feminine hygiene product distribution
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Impact—2018
  • 3,633 individuals
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Qualifications

Household income not exceeding 150% of the Federal Poverty Line

The following documents must be brought to the Texas Diaper Bank office:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of income
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Incontinence Assistance

Incontinence supplies, wipes, and other healthcare products are available to individuals aged 65 and older. During an interim application period for a Texas Medicaid Program, individuals aged 5-64 can also receive incontinence products with a doctor’s prescription/diagnosis.

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Population Served

Clients ages 5–64

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Area Served

Bexar County

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Services
  • Product Distribution
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Impact—2018
  • 10,000 unduplicated individuals
  • 985,000 incontinence products
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Qualifications

Household income not exceeding 150% of the Federal Poverty Line, Prescription/diagnosis of incontinence

The following documents must be brought to the Texas Diaper Bank office:

  • Photo ID (Caretakers must be formally designated to receive items through a formal letter or Power of Attorney)
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of guardianship for those 18 years and younger
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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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Population Served

Parents and Caregivers of children ages 0–4

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Area Served

Bexar and 12 surrounding counties

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Services
  • Parenting Education Courses
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Impact—2018
  • 2,058 individuals
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My Healthy Child Program Partners

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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.

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