ABC NEWS: Social Worker is “Person of the Week”

Jul 23, 2008

The ABC News edition of “Person of the Week” for July 11th featured Joanne Goldblum, LCSW. She was honored for her work founding The Diaper Bank. View Video:

While working as a social worker in New Haven, Conn., Joanne Goldblum had an alarming realization.

“I guess I’m a little bit singled-minded,” she said. “And I just got a little bit crazy about this idea that diapers are really a basic need. And somehow in our society we’ve turned them into a luxury that certain people can’t afford.”

Not only are diapers an expensive necessity, people on government assistance can’t use that help to buy them.

“I was really horrified to hear that food stamps put diapers on a list with alcohol, cigarettes and pet food for things that can’t be purchased,” she said of her inspiration to do something about the problem.

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