History of the WPADB
In 2012, Rev. and Mrs. Phillip (Cathy) Battle founded the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank while serving New Light Temple Baptist Church as pastor and First Lady.
The diaper crisis was brought to the attention of the Battle family while in service at a church in Toledo, Ohio. When families were asked what service they most needed but was most frequently overlooked by government and/or private agencies, almost in one voice the reply was “Diapers!”
Pastor Battle researched the diaper need and found a diaper bank that was started in Tucson, AZ. He networked with other churches and agencies to begin one in the region he was serving, however, it did not come to fruition.
But the cry of those Ohio families remained in the heart and mind of Rev. Battle as he was later called to lead his new congregation in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.
Using his initial research, and with the assistance of his wife and congregation, Pastor Battle formed the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank to serve communities in Western Pennsylvania.