Simply the Basics has two Impact Goals:

  1. Improving the health and wellness for people experiencing homelessness.

  2. Saving nonprofit partners time and resources so that they can focus on their Missions.

What is the significance of Basic Hygiene on Health?

For most people, personal hygiene is simply a matter of walking into their bathroom and engaging in "washing up" and getting clean. The basic act of staying clean is something that people often take for granted in terms of feeling human and being healthy, and requires great resourcefulness for those experiencing homelessness. For people who live on the streets, maintaining proper hygiene and a sense of dignity is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous endeavor.

As compared with people who have homes, people experiencing homelessness are more likely to have dermatological problems, functional limitation, seizures, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, foot pain, and decayed teeth. Additionally, people who spend most of their time outside are at high risk for immersion foot, frostbite, and hypothermia, especially during the cold and rainy periods. The risk of death is increased eightfold in people who experience these conditions.

In a recent survey, 67% of homeless reported one or more preventable health conditions and 34% reported that this health condition made it difficult for them to keep a job, maintain relationships, or to handle basic activities of daily living. 

2019 Impact Results:

89% of Recipients noticed an improvement in their wellness and dignity.

69% of Recipients noticed an improvement in their physical health.

I cannot overstate the value of Simply the Basics. Two weeks ago, we had a participant come up in tears to tell us that she was going to bleed through her pants but couldn’t afford a tampon. The relief as we gave her one and she sprinted off to the bathroom was palpable.
— -Nonprofit Partner

How does Simply the Basics solve nonprofit operational challenges?

A recent survey conducted by Simply the Basics of over 100 nonprofit organizations serving the homeless and low-income individuals demonstrated that majority of nonprofits do not have a staff person responsible for managing in-kind (physical) donations. On average, staff spends roughly 14 hours a week managing donations, including sorting and re-distributing donations that are not needed or have space for at that time. One nonprofit surveyed said they spend up to 40 hours of staff time a week just seeking enough feminine hygiene products! 100% of the homeless programs surveyed said that they could achieve more program goals if they weren’t so consumed with securing basic needs for their clients. 

Simply the Basics solves these operational challenges by picking up unneeded donations, then redistributing the items to programs based on their needs and storage availability. Through our support, nonprofits are given an entire day every week to turn their focus back to clients and program goals. 

2019 Impact Results:

100% of Nonprofits reported that they are “better able to achieve their Mission” because of Simply the Basics

98% of Nonprofits reported that Simply the Basics has saved them time and resources.

Our clients who do not have housing are able to keep clean and this helps in preventing illness and improves the way in which they present themselves while in the streets. While our clients are surviving and trying to navigate their situation, Simply the Basics helps in improving their self-care.
— -Nonprofit Partner