Helping women in homeless shelters


By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger

Youths with the Education Committee of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council are collecting products for women as part of “Giving Back for Good Health.”

Mickey Sloat, a member of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Davenport and a junior at Davenport Central High School, said the youth advisory council selects a mission each year with a different goal. “This year we are pushing sanitary products for homeless women.”

Mickey is in charge of the Bettendorf and Dav­enport area. So far she has collection sites at Holy Family Parish and Central High School, both in Davenport.


“Since homeless shelters across the state of Iowa and the nation do not receive many donations of menstrual products, homeless women do not have many sanitary options.”

The drive began Jan. 18 and continues until early March.

The Education Committee of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) aims to present the opinions and fulfill the needs of minors across the state through legislation and service projects. This selective group is made up of 15-20 Iowans between ages 14-20 who are passionate about serving others.

If your parish or business is interested in being a collection site, or for more information, contact Mickey at (563) 508-5709 or email her at

She will pick up items at the end of the drive.

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