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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Dignity Matters Opens Warehouse in Framingham

From left to right: Jennifer Richtsmeier, Nancy Baker-Fowler, Pam Hastings, Sue Scandrett and Kate Sanetra-Butler (front row)

Dignity Matters, a Massachusetts based non-profit that provides feminine care products, underwear and bras to homeless women and school-aged girls recently moved their headquarters from Wayland to 7 Bishop St, Building 29, Framingham.

A staggering number of women living in homeless shelters in almost every community within Massachusetts do not have access to many of the items other women take for granted – namely, tampons, pads, new underwear, and new or gently used bras. Shelters and public schools cannot meet the demand and food stamps do not cover them. Every month, thousands of homeless women are placed in a crisis situation from dealing with infections to being unable to purchase sanitary supplies. Keeping safe and clean isn’t easy on the streets.

Kate Sanetra-Butler, a former corporate executive and mother of two was confronted with this reality when a homeless woman in Boston asked her for a spare tampon. In that moment, Dignity Matters was born. This non-profit organization is taking action by collecting and distributing these much-needed items to many homeless women and girls in Massachusetts. An all-volunteer organization, Dignity Matters is currently supporting 15 shelters, over 100 scattered sites for families, multiple domestic violence programs, food pantries, 11 after-school programs and 30 schools in the greater Boston area.

The rapid growth of Dignity Matters in just 18 months made it necessary to warehouse the many donations coming in. Thanks to a partnership between South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) and Dignity Matters which began as a result of Dignity Matters supporting SMOC’s shelters, Dignity Matters was able to secure a warehouse lease within a SMOC owned facility in Framingham.

Year to date 2018, the organization has tripled its in-kind donations from 120,000 to over 360,000 donated products. In addition, through the many new partnerships Dignity Matters has secured this year, distribution to those in need will also grow 3 times.

The move has provided a way to easily and quickly inventory and distribute donations to those in need. It also provides an opportunity for volunteers to work in the warehouse to assist with sorting, inventory, and distribution.

For more information on the many ways to be involved with Dignity Matters, please email info@dignity-matters.org. More information about Dignity Matters can be found at www.dignity-matters.org.

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