PARTNERS

Individuals need access to basic needs throughout their lifespans.

In order to help meet this growing need, Reliant Behavioral Health and Community Services and the Diaper Bank of CT have partnered together to distribute feminine hygiene supplies, youth incontinence products, and adult incontinence supplies to low-income individuals and families.  Too many in our community are going without these basic needs, and having to go without them often forces people to forego social, educational and work opportunities – which can make breaking the cycle of poverty even more difficult. With the help of our partners, these programs are giving people access to these crucial resources.

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Diapers for Newborn to Toddlers (Sizes 1-4T/5T)

Diapers are essential and help improve the health and wellbeing of both a mom and her baby. Babies’ overall health improves when families receives diapers.  By providing families with a supplemental supply of diapers, we can reduce the incidence of preventable diseases such as diaper dermatitis, which can lead to more serious bacterial infections including staphylococci; and prevent urinary tract infections, leading to jaundice, fever, vomitting and renal failure.  Additionally, having access to diapers supports a mom’s mental health and can reduce the risk of child abuse.

Locations

419 Whalley Avenue,
1st Floor-Suite 101
New Haven, CT. 06511

 

Contact:
Steffon Jenkins, Clinical Liaison
 (203) 439-5555 Ext. 2

Augusta Troup Magnet School
259 Edgewood Avenue
New Haven, CT. 06511

 

Contact:
Ms. Tamra Green, Site Coordinator
Family Resource Center
 (475) 220-3000

Fixing Father’s Inc.
2911 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT. 06514

Contact:
Dr. David Asbery Owner & CEO

 (718) 288-0768

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Feminine Hygiene Products

Our Beam, a program of The Diaper Bank of CT, is the Connecticut Chapter of the Alliance for Period Supplies, which helps ensure individuals can access essential period products they need to fully participate in daily life.

Locations

419 Whalley Avenue
1st Floor-Suite 101
New Haven, CT. 06511

Contact:
Ms. Steffon Jenkins Clinical Liaison
(203) 439-5555 Ext. 2

444 Orange Street
New Haven, CT. 06511

(New Haven Academy High School Students only during school year-thereafter all supplies can be accessed at 419 Whalley Avenue location)

Contact:

 (475) 220-6600.

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Location

419 Whalley Avenue,

1st Floor-Suite 101

New Haven, CT. 06511

Contact:
Ms. Steffon Jenkins Clinical Liaison
(203) 439-5555 Ext. 2

Adult Incontinence Products

It’s something no adult should ever have to worry about, but far too many do: how they will afford the incontinence products they need. This is a common occurrence that affects many older adults. Research shows, but many don’t seek treatment for it – even though there are simple and effective methods to deal with the problem. Often, people are embarrassed, or simply view it as an unavoidable part of getting older. An estimated 13 million Americans have suffered from urinary incontinence. There are various conditions that can lead to incontinence among adults: weak or overactive bladder muscles; weak pelvic floor muscles; nerve damage due to diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or diabetes; arthritis, an enlarged prostate and others. On top of the physical effects of incontinence, individuals also grapple with feelings of depression, isolation and feelings of low self-esteem as a result of the condition.

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Location

419 Whalley Avenue,

1st Floor-Suite 101

New Haven, CT. 06511

Contact:
Ms. Steffon Jenkins Clinical Liaison
(203) 439-5555 Ext. 2

Youth Incontinence Products

The Shine program helps families that are raising youths (ages 4 to 20) access incontinence supplies. Incontinence products for older children are expensive. Incontinence products for older children can cost between 70 cents and $2 per single use item, and the average family will spend between $180 and $215 a month on incontinence products.  Parents cut back work hours to care for youths with medical needs.  22.1% of Connecticut families whose children have medical needs spend $1,000 or more per year out of their personal finances for medical expenses for their child; 15.7% of these families have experienced financial problems and 21.9% of these families have had to stop working or cut back on their hours, according to the Connecticut Chapter of the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs.