HGH Launches 'Project Dignity' to Benefit Women in Transition

Humboldt General Hospital has launched its first annual feminine product drive this month to benefit local women in transition.

June 1, the facility located at 118 E. Haskell Street, debuted “Project Dignity,” in what organizers hope will be a community-wide effort to supply women seeking refuge from domestic violence or abuse with feminine products.

The drive will run from June 1 through July 7, 2018.

As part of the effort, local residents are asked to drop off disposable tampons, sanitary pads and/or panty liners to Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, located at 50 Melarkey Street in Winnemucca.

Donations may also be dropped off to the main lobby at Humboldt General Hospital, or to the HGH Rural Health Clinic (RHC). To access the RHC, residents should park in the new parking garage and take the elevator to the second-floor clinic.

Residents may also choose to order products from Amazon.com. A “Project Dignity” list site is available at http://a.co/5Nf8Ssn. At checkout, donors should choose to ship to Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, 50 Melarkey Street, Winnemucca, Nevada 89445.

According to HGH Chief Nursing Officer Darlene Bryan, the hospital was initially invited to participate in a feminine product drive through a Reno nonprofit. However, Bryan soon learned that drive would not benefit rural communities like Winnemucca.

“We definitely wanted to help spread awareness and help,” she said, “but we wanted to support our own community and our own residents.”

A quick reach out to WDVS confirmed there is a local need for feminine products—and supplies routinely run very low.

Program Director Stephanie Johnson said the shelter tries to keep supplies stocked for women in transition from violent or abusive situations, as well as for out-of-shelter clients who cannot afford the costly products.

“Consider that a year’s supply of tampons and pads can cost upwards of $70 and is not covered by food stamps,” said Johnson. “For women in crisis, homeless women or women in lower socio-economic situations, that cost is simply not absorbable.”

“But what was really shocking,” said HGH Community Education and Development Director Nicole Maher, “was when WDVS told us that some women are denied feminine products as part of their abuse, as a way to rob them of their dignity as women.”

Maher said that’s where the name for “Project Dignity” came about. “This is about so much more than simply purchasing feminine products,” she said, “this is about restoring at least some of the dignity these women have lost.”

Bryan added, “We want to help shine a light on this problem. We want more than an emergency fix for women; we want to provide long-term supplies that will empower women to plan ahead and be better equipped to manage this critical aspect of their health.”

For questions or for more information, please contact Humboldt General Hospital Director of Community Education and Development Nicole Maher at (775) 761-2624. Information is also available by calling WDVS at (775) 625-1313.

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