Project Hope for the Homeless serves an estimated 30 adults and children each month, providing emergency services to Lake County’s homeless population. “As an emergency homeless shelter, we often have guests enter the shelter with nothing. By being able to provide the women entering the shelter with a bra that will more than likely be in better condition than the one they enter with, we [are] able to help them restore some dignity and improve their self esteem”, Denise Jones, staff member at Project Home for the Homeless stated via email.
The Bra Recyclers mission is to encourage, inspire and “support” women and girls in need with a clean bra, while also reducing the number of textiles entering the waste stream. “A clean and properly fitted bra to wear is often furthest from the mind of homeless women and girls. Other priorities, such as food, shelter, and safety, are at the top of the list. The Bra Recyclers provide a simple encouragement to lift a homeless woman’s spirit, boost her self esteem, and ultimately help re-shape her life. Not only are we able to provide this important gift at the time of need, but bra recycling also helps delay the number of textiles entering the waste stream,” Birks-Mitchell said.
For more information about The Bra Recyclers, including charity organizations they support, please visit www.brarecycling.com or contact Elaine Birks-Mitchell:
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The Bra Recyclers is based in Gilbert, AZ. A textile recycling company specializing in recycling bras, the organization does its part to help the environment by delaying the amount of unused bras and textiles that go to landfills, thus reducing the pressure on virgin resources. For more information, visit www.brarecycling.com.