Coleen Sykes-Ray is the Founder and Executive Director of Bags of Hope Stockton Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non Profit organization meeting the needs of any menstruating person with sanitary supplies, resources and education. Coleen felt empowered to start her ministry in response to her calling to express her gift of healing to reach into the lives of others.
Bags of Hope Stockton Foundation (BOHSF) was founded in the late summer of 2016. Menstrual hygiene is often overlooked and is a still a taboo subject. However BOHSF felt empowered to tackle this issue head on. The first time BOHSF provided outreach services to encampments there was an overwhelming response to the menstrual hygiene kits that were prepared.
BOHSF had encountered many women who had lost hope, some were even walking around in “blood stained” pants. It was then when a decision was made to restore dignity and hope through one bag at a time. It has been the goal to provide a warm embrace, prayer if wanted and quality items that they don't necessarily receive on a regular basis.
Each bag distributed includes; liquid soap, feminine wipes, feminine wash, lotion, a small water bottle, lip balm, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, granola, chocolate and a hand written scripture card. It is proven that poor feminine hygiene can lead to multiple health risks. Many homeless women have no choice when it comes to reusing materials, often times they are unable to wash as needed. When women are not able to access clean sanitary products, they may also worry about things like smell, (and) stains from leaking blood, which can affect their ability to feel comfortable interacting with others in the community. “Overall, lack of feminine hygiene during menstruation can exacerbate certain health risks, trigger mental health issues, increase their susceptibility to discrimination and can put individuals at a higher risk for mortality.
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COLEEN SYKES RAY
Founder and Executive Director
Coleen Sykes-Ray is a native Stocktonian. She is passionate about empowering her community and committed to being a servant leader. Coleen founded Bags of Hope Stockton Foundation as a response to the overwhelming need to provide sanitary supplies to those who do not have access as well as providing education and resources.
Co-Founder | Outreach Director
Jordan Ray is a college student at San Joaquin Delta College where she is majoring in Child Development. She is the co-founder of BOHSF, a servant leader and passionate about educating youth in her community.
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