Carebag Inc

Covering the Treasure Coast & Palm Beaches from head to toe

aka CareBag Inc.   |   Port St Lucie, FL   |  www.carebagfl.org

Mission

Proper hygiene is a right not a privilege. Hygiene insecurity exists when people don’t have regular access nor can they afford basic hygiene products. Yet, as we look at the communities we live, work, and play in, there is an incredible number of individuals who don’t have access to something as simple as soap. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do not cover hygiene products. This makes getting essential items a huge challenge. Our mission is to provide essential hygiene products to support and improve the health, self-esteem, and hygiene education of school-aged children and young adults in need. Our vision is that one day everyone living in the US will have access to essential hygiene product to feel clean, confident, and healthy.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Mr. Mark Cunningham

Main address

7548 US Hwy 1 Suite 262

Port St Lucie, FL 34952 USA

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EIN

81-5073954

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CareBag Inc. (CareBag) is, at its most basic level, a grassroots effort to provide basic needs to homeless individuals and families in the Treasure Coast region of Florida. One of the greatest unaddressed challenges for those who are homeless is access to clean water and sanitation. Access to these simple commodities is not only essential for self-esteem but also has been declared a basic human right by the United Nations. To empower the homeless and families at risk through basic human rights and restored dignity reaffirms our organization’s historical commitment to helping our community’s most vulnerable residents have access to clean water and sanitation. CareBag is committed to serve those who are most vulnerable – homeless individuals and families who lack the access to opportunities that create a basic quality of life. Through our mobile shower unit, we provide a safe environment in which to access basic hygiene needs and reconnect these vulnerable persons with their dignity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CareBag Mobile Shower

CareBag will be serving the over 2500 homeless men, women and children that live in horrific conditions in St. Lucie County. According to the St. Lucie County school district in 2018 we have over 1500 school age children that have registered as homeless to some degree, over 700 children, men and women are living in tents, cars and conditions that are deemed uninhabitable. A lack of hygiene leads to health issues for our community and them, our residents with-out walls deserve better than that.
Our mobile shower unit will fill a critical need for our local homeless and at-risk population. We offer theses services in collaboration with agencies and together we can change lives while empowering them to go further. One shower unit is permanently located in Palm beach every Tuesday and Thursday. As the 2nd shower unit is used in various locations.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

The Carebag Mobile Hygiene Pantry (CMHP) is a community partnership devoted to the regular monthly, distribution of basic hygiene products to persons in need on the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. The Carebag Hygiene Pantry contributes to the health, dignity, and self-worth of persons below the poverty line, by making available at no cost basic personal hygiene products through partnership referrals. Our office is open to those in need for personal hygiene items.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Multiracial people, Pregnant people, Economically disadvantaged people, Ex-offenders

Related Program

The Carebag Hygiene Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At CareBag Inc. we envision a future in which all have access to essential hygiene products. But, unfortunately, the Treasure Coast, West Palm Beaches and the United States are dramatically underserving the market. It would require millions of products a year to resolve hygiene insecurity in our community, and billions more to address the issue nationwide.
CareBag’s commitment to finding a scalable solution has led to the creation of the Reform project. This could mean hygiene smart cards, web-based vouchers, or even a mobile app to sustainably address hygiene insecurity. Our ultimate goal is to offer the end users maximum choice, quality and dignity.
This is a journey we are just at the beginning of, stimulating future-forward thinking about models that may present more efficient and dignified means of distribution. In the meantime, we will continue to expand and optimize our current distribution model.
The Reform project will also allow us to advocate for policy change. In recent years we have seen states pass legislation to improve access to menstrual products, and we would like to encourage Florida to follow suit.
We were thrilled to launch the Reform project in 2021 with the support of incredible major donors. This fund represents CareBag’s Inc. mission to “thinking big” about ultimate solutions and models to address the issue at degrees.

We make this happen by Basic Needs Service, Sustainable Operating Model & Collaborations
Ensure that CareBag has mobile shower units available 4 days a week in the identified locations by July 2020.
Develop a sustainable operating model that includes a steady-state organizational structure, identifies key processes, policies, and procedures, and assigns responsibility to the appropriate person. Based on the four types of the partnerships needed to support our operations (location partners, task force partners, referral/intake sponsors, financial support partners), develop and engage in at least 1 strategic partnership in each of the four areas by the end of each year in the planning period. By Identifying the appropriate person or organization that aligns with our mission, vision and values. By also determining the key services and resource referrals needed by the clients served.

Our products immediately impact low-income families with small children, students, battered women, veterans, seniors, former prisoners and the mentally ill. Our products help children attend school feeling fresh so they feel comfortable in the learning environment and they assure adults have the dignity they need so they can gain employment.
We bring dignity, health and opportunity to thrive to struggling children and adults through procurement, fulfillment and distribution of hygiene products.
These hygiene items immediately help low-income families with small children, students, battered women, veterans, senior citizens, former prisoners and the mentally ill. Our services provide products that allow children to attend school feeling fresh, comfortable and open to the learning environment. They help young adults address issues needed to gain employment and have an opportunity for improved health, hope and dignity. From homeless teens to single moms, veterans to recently released prisoners, CareBag Inc. positively impacts members of our community from many walks of life. We serve children and families of all ethnicities and religious beliefs.
We have seen that showers are one of the greatest unmet needs of the homeless community. While there are some organizations doing their part to meet this need, for which we are very thankful, the number of homeless continues to exceed any one organization's capabilities. . Even with the help of these community partners, there are still so many people lacking access to a clean shower. Through conversations and experiences with homeless individuals in our community about this need, our Mobile Shower units came to the rescue. It was designed to provide a clean, safe and comfortable place to shower that is completely mobile and can go to various locations around the community. We show love, provide dignity by providing our mobile shower to homeless individuals in the community. We believe that a shower is an essential part of a person’s well-being and self-worth.

Since April 10th, to October 2019 Carebag Inc. has given over 200 hot showers to our “neighbors without walls” and families in need. They are provided with the basic items needed as clean towels, toiletries, new underwear and socks along with gentle used cloths in our 2 private stall bathrooms. We visit agency sites that cater to the homeless population and in a private, secure and safe environment providing our services. One of our partners comes to our sites and provides to our client’s free health screenings, which gives them the opportunity to visit the health center at any 16 locations throughout the Treasure Coast.

During the Hepatitis A outbreak, we have scaled back on-site visits to assure that our unit is thoroughly disinfected to provide optimum services. The health department from the various counties will come along to offer the Vaccine for Free to our clients. When dealing with the families with homeless children we have in place volunteers who are vetted for this process only.

Started November 2019 our Mobile Hygiene pantry program deals specifically with the needs of the community for personal hygiene items to families below the poverty line. Working in conjunction with partnering agencies, community services is through a referral program. Also, CareBag Inc. will be receiving another mobile shower unit by the end of 2019. We will duplicate what we already have 2 showers, toilet and sink. Our growth is a direct result of the needs of the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    CareBag Inc. serves the homeless and marginalized families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2017 CareBag Inc. mobilized a Mobile Hygiene pantry to meet the need of families directly in their communities. Many had no transportation and their basic needs could not be met.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    CareBag Inc. notices as we build a conversation, we can better give advice and it is received with open arms.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Carebag Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Mark Cunningham

FPL

Term: 2018 - 2024

Amber Woods

Miles McGrath

Kathryn Hensley

Karyn Ridgely

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability