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 100 youth-serving and community organizations – including college campuses – to provide hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. 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.

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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: CATIE’S CLOSET

In recent years, Hope & Comfort is proud to have strengthened and expanded our partnership with Catie’s Closet. Catie’s Closet is a nonprofit organization that transforms unused spaces in schools with poverty rates of 50%+ into free, in-school “stores”, or closets. Closets offer Pre-K through 12th grade students access to a range of basic necessities – such as quality clothing and winter coats. By locating closets directly in schools, students can access the items they need to thrive with immediacy, in a discrete manner, without any red tape, and in a space that is familiar to them. Closets exist in over 50 schools across Eastern Massachusetts, including 21 in Boston Public Schools.

Since 2016, Hope and Comfort has provided over 40,000 products to Catie’s Closet to ensure that youth accessing the closets also receive essential hygiene products – such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and more. By “shopping” for their own essential hygiene products, students pack their own hygiene kits and can stock up on the items they need most. This exciting partnership reaches some of our state’s neediest youth, ensuring that they have what they need to make it through the school day, year, and beyond. In partnership with Catie’s Closet, Hope and Comfort meets students where they’re at…with dignity.