#goldentampon was founded in 2017 by Shanda Golden and is now an annual event that distributes tampons and pads for homeless women. Shanda believes that by working together and providing feminine hygiene products for our sisters in transition we can help homeless women restore their dignity. These are the basic principles of what Shanda calls “The Compassion Cure”.
The number of families in the US needing assistance continues to increase every year. The lack of access to menstrual health products for people who are either homeless or low-income is appalling. SNAP or welfare programs do not cover the cost of these necessary products. Many times a woman must choose between food and her hygiene products. This leaves countless women without the necessary products required not only for her health, but also for her dignity.
It is estimated that the lifetime cost of a women’s period will be over $18,000. The fact that menstruation is a taboo topic, to begin with means that people, who are able help, often aren’t even aware that such a vast need exists.
The “Golden Tampon” drive benefits women receiving services at "Our Place".
In Washoe County, all sheltered homeless residents are housed in one location. These mixed populations create issues in an already-challenged environment for those facing homelessness. Our Place will separate populations with the goal of reducing assault, human trafficking, and property theft while providing a tailored approach for each population.
In an effort to identify barriers and address root causes of homelessness for women and families, the Washoe County Human Services Agency (HSA) partnered with the State of Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services to renovate existing buildings on the State Campus to accommodate and serve individuals experiencing homelessness using a different model.
Our Place is an outcome-based campus designed to create a safe and stable environment where women and families who are experiencing homelessness are treated with dignity and respect while being connected to services.
DROP OFF AT:
Bizarre Guitar - Command Center
2677 Oddie Blvd.
Reno, NV 89512
775-331-1001 or 775-848-0958