Pads for Progress – helping women maintain their health and dignity every month.

Homelessness means a daily struggle to access your basic needs: food, somewhere to clean up/bathe, access to a restroom.  Surviving at poverty level below creates a constant challenge to cover rent, food, transportation, and other bills; a challenge over 19% of Denver Metro area residents have every month.

Every month women have an additional challenge, trying to cover the cost of feminine hygiene products. A minimum average of $75 annually (but easily can be double) might not seem like much, but can be just another thing to go without.

And having soiled clothes can add to issues around the appearance and odor, a clear obstacle to obtaining or keeping employment. Adding to the humiliation and damaged self esteem, there’s the physical health risks. Poor health is closely tied to poverty and improvising with soiled rags, or leaving products in too long leading to infections.

How can you retain your dignity if you can’t keep yourself clean (and healthy) during your menstrual cycle?

Pads for Progress is a program to gather and distribute feminine products and other hygiene supplies to Colorado families in need through our collaborative partners. We are beginning in the Denver Metro area but plan to expand throughout the state of Colorado. Supplies include, but are not limited to:

  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Pantyliners
  • Menstrual Cups
  • Adult Incontinence
  • Reusable Pads/liners
  • Razors
  • Soap
  • Wipes
  • Shaving cream
  • Deodorant

Feminine hygiene products are an essential supply. They are rarely donated to food pantries and homeless shelters though the need is great. It’s possibly because from a very young age, women are taught that periods should be secret. The need for these supplies, most definitely, is no secret.