In Phoenix/Mesa, 23% of children live in poverty.
*Kids Count Data, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Underwear is only one small part of supporting children who struggle with the many consequences of poverty. 7 pairs of new underwear can increase regular school attendance and boost self-esteem for the neediest among us.
Child Protective Services (CPS) located in Phoenix and Mesa are branches of Arizona’s social services department responsible for cases of child abuse and neglect. Children found to live in dangerous situations are removed at a moment’s notice and often leave without any belongings. An assigned social worker takes each child “shopping” in a room stocked with basic needs where they receive UFE underwear.
Community closets are spaces where individuals and families in a community can donate and borrow gently used clothing, household items, and other necessities. These spaces often operate on a free or low-cost basis and are designed to provide support for those in need. Community closets can be found in a variety of locations, such as churches, schools, and community centers.
Phoenix and Mesa’s public school districts support students enrolled in the federally mandated homeless department. Most of the students are “couch surfing”, many fewer students live in shelters with their families. The department makes sure these children attend their home schools, assuring continuity in their education. The department also provides basic needs, including UFE underwear.