Todd McPherson, Development Director for Integrated Family Community Service (IFCS) in Englewood, accepts the 500,000th diaper collected by the Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot from Joan Youmans, Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot Operations Director.
Local congregation lives out the Four Areas of Focus by meeting the needs of the poor in metro Denver, CO.
The Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot’s 100% volunteer team works hard to ensure that families with babies/toddlers living in poverty in the metro Denver area have enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy. There are 60,000 kids below the age of 5 living at or below the poverty level in metro Denver. With disposable diapers costing up to $100 a month (and food stamps do not cover the cost of diapers), many parents living at or below the poverty level are often forced to choose between buying food or diapers.
In order to make the diapers last longer, some kids are kept in the same diaper for a day or longer. Some families reuse wet diapers resulting in series health issues. Cloth diapers are not an option as most of these families don’t have washers and dryers, and public laundromats do not allow diaper laundering. Many child care centers require parents to provide diapers for their child’s stay…and without child care, many parents can’t work or attend school.
In operation since 2014, the Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot collected the 500,000th diaper as part of the 43,379 diapers donated during a recent diaper drive at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, represented by Reverend Mark Feldmeir, Senior Pastor at St. Andrew UMC. IFCS staff have received thousands of diapers from RMDD since its inception in 2014. Sunday July 1, 2018.
Joan Youmans, Operations Director for the Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot, noted that “There is no red tape with us. You donate the diapers and we distribute them to 20 agencies who work with babies and toddlers living in poverty in the metro Denver area. These agencies have social workers who make sure the donated diapers get to the babies and toddlers in need.”
Visit rmdiaperdepot.org for information on hosting a diaper drive or contributing diapers or baby wipes.
Bill Youmans, Director of Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot
One of seven apportioned giving opportunities of The United Methodist Church, the World Service Fund is the financial lifeline to a long list of Christian mission and ministry throughout the denomination. Through the Four Areas of Focus churches are Engaging in ministry with the poor with their communities in ways that are transformative.