How We Distribute Essential Hygiene Products

Hope & Comfort is the only organization in Boston solely dedicated to addressing youth hygiene insecurity. The many requests for hygiene products we receive tell the story of thousands of youth without access to the essentials. Often, these young people are embarrassed to go to school and isolate themselves. Supplying items like soap and deodorant can help improve the health and self-esteem of a young person, giving them the confidence to succeed.

Hope & Comfort works with more than 150 youth-serving and community organizations – including college campuses – to provide hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and feminine care products. Our partnering organizations listed below help distribute essential hygiene products to at-hope youth, a term we use for children and young adults who have the ability to succeed when given the proper tools and knowledge.

Are you a youth serving organization or other community organization interested in receiving products from Hope & Comfort. Click here to request items.

Schools

Argenziano (Somerville)

Bates (BPS)
Beacon Academy
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Berklee College of Music
Blackstone Innovation (BPS)
Boston Adult Technical Academy (BPS)
Boston Community Leadership Academy (BPS)
BPS Homeless Education Resource Network
BPS Nurses Training
Bradley Elementary (BPS)

Brandeis University

Bridgewater State University
Brighton High (BPS)

Brockton Public Schools

Bruce (Lawerence)
BTU K-8 Pilot (BPS)
Bunker Hill Community College
Burke High (BPS)
Charlestown High (BPS)

Condon K-8 (BPS)

Conley Elementary (BPS)
Connery (Lynn)

Dante Alighieri (BPS)

Dever Elementary (BPS)
Edison K-8 (BPS)
English High (BPS)

Everett Elementary (BPS)

Fletcher Maynard Academy (Cambridge)

Framingham Public Schools
Gardner Pilot Academy (BPS)
Grew Elementary (BPS)
Guild Elementary (BPS)
Haley Pilot (BPS)

Haynes Early Education Center (BPS)
Henderson Inclusion (BPS)
Hennigan (BPS)

Hernandez K-8 (BPS)
Higgins (Peabody)

Higginson-Lewis (BPS)

Horace Mann School for the Deaf (BPS)

JG Whittier (Haverhill)
King School (BPS)

Kennedy-Longfellow (Cambridge)

Kennedy Middle (Waltham)
Lawrence High
Lee K-8 (BPS)
Lilla Frederick (BPS)

Lyon K-8 (BPS)
Manning (BPS)
Mario Umana Academy (BPS)

Massasoit Community College

MassBay Community College

Mattahunt (BPS)

McAuliffe (Framingham)

McKay K-8 (BPS)
Michael Perkins (BPS)

Middlesex Community College
Mildred Ave (BPS)
Mozart (BPS)

Murphy K-8 (BPS)

Nathan Hale (BPS)
Ohrenberger (BPS)
Orchard Gardens (BPS)

Patrick J. Kennedy (BPS)

Philbrick Elementary (BPS)

Samuel Adams Elementary (BPS)
Sarah Greenwood (BPS)
St. James School (Haverhill)
Suffolk University

TechBoston Academy (BPS)
Trotter (BPS)
Revere Public Schools
Roosevelt K-8 (BPS)
Russell (BPS)

UP Academy Dorchester (BPS)

UP Academy Holland (BPS)
Winship Elementary (BPS)

Youth-Serving Organizations

ABCD

African Cultural Service

Belle of the Ball
Birthday Wishes

Boston Girls Empowerment Network
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Boys & Girls Club of Lynn

Boys & Girls Club of Woburn

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Catie’s Closet
Charlestown Coalition

Christmas in the City

City Year

Cradles to Crayons
Freshman Fresh Start
Healthy Chelsea
Hyde Square Task Force

Malden YMCA

MetroWest YMCA

RAW Art Works

Rise Above Foundation

School on Wheels
ShortStop (Wayside Youth)
South End Community Health Center

Storytime Crafts

Tempo Young Adult Resource Center

The Home for Little Wanderers

The Theater Offensive
The Wily Network

United South End Settlements

Waltham Boys & Girls Club

Waltham Partnership for Youth
Wonderfund
YMCA of Greater Boston
YouthBuild North Shore
YW Boston

Y2Y Youth Shelter

Families

A Place to Turn Pantry
Acton Community Supper

Brazilian American Center

Bread of Life Pantry

Centre Street Food Pantry

Charity Guild Pantry (Brockton)
Dedham Food Pantry

Eliot Family Resource Center

Family Aid (Boston)

Healthy Waltham

Interfaith Services Food Pantry
Jewish Family & Children’s Services
JFS MetroWest
Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry

Natick Service Council

Needham Community Council

Neighborhood Villages

Newton Food Pantry

Open Table Food Pantry

Quincy Community Action Programs Food Center

Rose’s Bounty Food Pantry

South Boston Neighborhood House

St. Joseph’s Pantry

St. Mary’s Pantry
St. Patrick’s Pantry

St. Paul’s Pantry
Sudbury Food Pantry

Voice of the Tabernacle Multi Service Center
Wellesley Food Pantry

Community

Boston Medical Center

Boston Public Health Commission

Caritas Communities

Casa Myrna

Catching Joy
Catholic Charities

Circle of Hope

City Mission

City of Boston Health and Human Services

City of Newton Health and Human Services

Dimock Center

Friends of Boston’s Homeless

Friday Night Supper Program

Lazarus House
Lowell Community Health Center

My Brother’s Keeper

Nuestra Comunidad

On The Rise

Outreach Van at Boston University
Pine Street Inn

Provision Ministry

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Rosie’s Place

Salvation Army

South Middlesex Opportunity Council

St. Francis House

Sudbury Board of Health

The Kraft Center for Community Health

Uncommon Threads

Uphams Corner Health Center

Women’s Lunch Place

HYGIENE DISTRIBUTION PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: MENSTRUAL + HYGIENE PRODUCT PILOT PROGRAM

Hope & Comfort is proud lead an innovative, three-year pilot program which distributes comprehensive, personalized menstrual + hygiene product kits to Greater Boston youth in need monthly. This program is generously funded in part by CJP’s The Miriam Fund. Select participating partners include our longtime collaborators at Beacon Academy, Charlestown Coalition, Hyde Square Task Force, Raw Art Works , School on Wheels MA, South Boston Neighborhood House, Waltham Boys & Girls Club, Waltham Partnership for Youth, and YouthConnect. These inspiring partners each provide frontline services to young people in need across Greater Boston, bolstered further by Hope & Comfort’s support through frequent essential product distributions.

Our pilot program addresses the widespread issue of period poverty, which goes hand in hand with overall hygiene insecurity. Did you know that 9 out of 10 participants we surveyed reported having to miss at least a day of school due to insufficient access to pads or tampons? Using a distribution methodology that is responsive to the highly individualized needs of our clients, we not only supply a comprehensive suite of both period and hygiene products on a rolling monthly basis, but also collect data on the prevalence and impact of period poverty. Our interim findings can be viewed in reports covering Pilot Program Report: Year #1, built on further in Tackling Period Poverty and Hygiene Insecurity in Greater Boston: Year #2.

As we work to build awareness around this often-overlooked issue and increase support for young people experiencing both period poverty and hygiene insecurity, we invite you to do the same by donating menstrual products, supporting Hope & Comfort’s work, and sharing our latest report. Together, we can end hygiene insecurity and advance equity for women, girls, and others who menstruate.