Cards & Kits

Hospitality Cards are in a pilot stage, using Subway cards, to establish the potential for a much larger program. Currently, these cards are helping to feed between 5 and 10 people in Seattle.

NWH Kits are designed around a Universal Kit and several Accessory kits. The Universal kit is filled with generally useful health and hygiene supplies while the accessory kits are specialized for Feminine Hygiene, Youth, Pet, and Seasonal needs (some still being developed).

Our hospitality cards and kit distribution are funded by your generous donations.


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Universal Hospitality Kits

This kit contains generally useful health & hygiene products as well as a couple snack items and a list of local resources.

Kit Contents (details on the financial page in the expenses sheet): 
1 pack of sanitizing wipes, 1 13 gallon trash bag, 1 comb, 1 box of raisins, 1 first aid kit, 1 tube of lip balm, 1 oral hygiene kit (toothpaste and brush), 1 package of tissues, 2 granola bars all packed into a ziplock container (future versions will include the resource list).

Purchase kit supplies here and receive exactly what you need to put your own together. Prices listed are based on an average $8/kit and are adjusted to cover Paypal's processing fees and shipping to your location. Kit supply orders will be received by NWH and packaged to match your order. Any excess items - there are often a few extras when ordering in bulk - will be kept by NWH for inclusion in kits we put together unless otherwise specified during your order.

After ordering here you can expect an email to verify details of exactly what you need.

 
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Feminine Hygiene Accessory Kit

Our feminine hygiene accessory kit is designed to augment the Universal kit with essentials for women.

Kit Contents (details on the financial page in the expenses sheet):
14 sanitary napkins, 1 package wipes, anti-itch cream, 4 hair ties.

 

Hospitality Cards

Each Hospitality Card will be pre-loaded with $5-15 and distributed with the Universal Hospitality Kits and a note informing the receiver that the card will be reusable. On as regular a schedule as possible, depending on available funds and number of cards in circulation, these cards will be re-funded.

Long-term, NWH will be constantly searching for alternatives to the Subway card that will allow greater flexibility for the end user. Ideally we will set up a partnership with a debit card manufacturer and design a card specifically for this purpose. The following attributes are some options we will be looking to incorporate into the final card:

  1. Fundable from NWH accounts without tracking end-user demographics.
  2. Usable in multiple locations: grocery stores, restaurants, fast food establishments, pharmacies.
  3. Card use restricted to purchase non-adult items only: no alcohol or tobacco products.
  4. Card use restricted from peer-to-peer transactions. This might be an inconvenience but it would help limit drug and other illicit transactions.
  5. A QR code on each card would allow generous passersby to donate funds directly to that specific card by simply taking a picture with their phone and sending it money using any number of payment apps.
  6. Return address on each card to aid with recovery of lost or unused cards.
  7. Consider spending limits. Example structure: $30 per day ($10 max/purchase???); one day every two weeks card has $100 limit (designed for grocery store/pharmacy trip). 
  8. Ability to add hotel-stay vouchers to cards as expendable items.
  9. Feature to allow user to view card balance and other info (hotel vouchers, spending history?) online without requiring sign-in.
 

Products in Development

NWH will never stop adjusting and improving kit contents and there will be considerable flexibility because of varying item donations. Several accessory kits are planned but not yet researched and fully designed. 

Youth Accessory Kit

  • Pens/notebook
  • Reading material
  • Water bottle

Pet Accessory Kit

  • Dog Food
  • Toy
  • List of local veterinarian and pet store locations

Seasonal Accessory Kit

Winter Kit:

  • Warmer socks
  • Blankets
  • Hand warmers

Summer Kit:

  • Water bottle
 

Kit Distribution

At our current scale, the kits are being manually distributed by NWH staff and friends. Much grander plans are in the works and hopefully we'll have the opportunity to expand in the near future.

While a perfectly simple and useful distribution route would be to utilize contacts like OSL and distribute kits to the homeless while they are getting meals or other services, we do not want that to be the primary route for two reasons. First, the interactions through these wonderful services are with people who have at least some familiarity with the aid and services available to them. We want to be sure that we reach outside that demographic, into the population that may be less likely to know how to locate resources. Second, we want to encourage more community involvement. With that in mind we will be looking to engage schools, troops, churches, and other volunteers to distribute and maybe even assemble kits. In addition we would like to get assembled kits in front of as many people as possible - at grocery stores for example - so that people can always keep their car or backpack stocked with a kit or two.

We will not be shipping assembled kits to people for distribution. This is not cost effective so we will instead encourage people to make their own kits!

If you have an idea related to distribution or any other aspect of NWH we'd love to hear it, please contact us!