Five years ago, I moved to San Francisco to work in a Crisis Center. What I didn’t know at the time was that the greatest crisis I would encounter would not be in that work, but rather in my encounters on the streets of San Francisco where thousands of people were going to sleep every night.
The hygiene kits are handed to the patient or family upon leaving the clinic. A few staples are soap and menstrual supplies. Soap, for instance, operates in several forms for a family in Haiti and is typically used for bathing and laundry instead of solely for handwashing. Furthermore, particularly in rural areas, access to menstrual management products remain tough to reach and are often neglected. Without a way to access these products, millions of girls and women are prevented from going to school or work.
The propositions on San Francisco’s ballots can be confusing. There are a lot of misleading ads, sometimes it can be challenging to know the long term impact, and while many people in the community want to vote properly to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness - it can be challenging to know how to do so.
Emily Cohen has dedicated her life to changing the way homelessness is addressed in American cities. She has generously shared a guest-blog post with Simply the Basics to provide information on Proposition D for the June 5th ballot so that you can be better informed to vote in favor of our neighbors in need.
Oral health has a profound impact on feelings of dignity and is integral to Simply the Basics’ programs. Helping our neighbors feel dignified, in addition to addressing the long list of physical health concerns related to dental and oral health, are why we distribute thousands of new and unused dental hygiene products every month.
Partnered with Project Homeless Connect, we ensure access to dentures and dentists as well. Learn more here!
In response to the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida, and to the devastating fires across Northern California, Simply the Basics has once again cleared out our emergency disaster relief storage unit.
The Women's Empowerment Day was a spa day for survivors of domestic abuse and women experiencing homelessness. The day included facials, makeovers, hairstyling, massages, head-shots, clothing closet, food, online profile set up, bra fittings, and more! We believe in Dignity, Wellness, and Empowerment to lift women!