Plug-In-Pods: Shipping Containers for Social Good

Repurposing Shipping Containers As Affordable Housing And Small Business Spaces For Low-Wealth Communities

Rejuve Business Services March 29, 2017 at 1:14 am
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Project Description

Our Solution to Eradicate Poverty.

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Our solution is Plug-in-Pods– repurposed shipping containers as affordable housing and educational/commercial spaces for low-wealth communities. Spaces that inspire citizens to empower themselves; To plug into existing neighborhoods where all people are assets and connect them with the resources necessary to develop best-fit solutions to their challenges. Where citizens have a ‘sense of community,’ and purpose. Why? Because everything starts at home.

Uses for our Pods include:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Small Businesses (Diner, Coffee Shops, Retail, Accountant Offices, etc.)
  • Clinics (Mobile Oncology Clinics, OBGYN, Cardiology Clinics, etc.)
  • Urban Farming
  • Classrooms/Computer Labs

Inner city communities are plagued by increased housing costs, cheap land due to blight, lack of jobs and no access to services, technological and entrepreneurial resources and too many systems to navigate. As cheap property is acquired and then developed into high market housing existing families that can’t afford to stay are pushed out of their homes with no equity, no resources, no jobs, no ownership and no sense of community.

Our idea also creates jobs as it requires local citizen expertise in welding, construction and civic engagement. It will promote and sustain affordable quality live-work spaces, lessen the effects of gentrification (displacement), stimulate the local economy, promote resiliency, stabilize communities, develop entrepreneurs within low-wealth neighborhoods, create jobs and promote environmental stewardship.

Where To Begin?

The Plug-In-Pod initiative spans three fundraising phases. These phases are:

  • Phase I. (This Campaign) Funds to purchase a container and repurpose it into an affordable pod home 
  • Phase II (3-4 Months) Funds to acquire blighted properties; design/build several affordable housing and business containers; process development
  • Phase III (6-8 Months) Funds to purchase or lease a local manufacturing facility that will help me scale idea and IT/cloud application development (our knowledge-share capability to connect container communities around the globe)

What Will We Do With $20,000 Raised?

This phase I. $20,000 goal supports:

  • Build Prototype– purchasing and repurposing a 40ft container into an affordable-quality home (electrical,permits,equipment,marketing,welding,interior,materials,delivery,HVAC)
  • Marketing and Visibility– outreach and PR critical to expanding networks and attracting investors, philanthropic foundations and community partners
  • Fees- there are transaction fees associated with this campaign and included in the project goal

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*This is a fixed funding campaign, so all or nothing. Your support is vital to its success and providing an affordable home to a family in need*

So How Will WE Do It? iFundWomen, Sweat, Magic Dust, Helping Hands and Loving Hearts!

Our campaign is make-it-happen and let’s-build-community-together project! With your help, tweets, current support from family and friends, donations, partners, advisors and my team below, this is possible!

Our Team

Our team currently includes:

  • CGI International– my container supplier located in Atlanta, Ga
  • Professional Consultants- pro bono landscape architectural, architectural, contractor, welding services and artists
  • Advisors- Oxford Center for Entrepreneurship in Atlanta, GA and the Circular Board Women’s Accelerator based in Houston, TX

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Rewards

Our rewards theme is ‘women who build’– how we build communities, networks, families. etc. And Yes- Spreading the Word Counts!

Look to the right of this page- rewards include amazing girl power gifts such as:

I AM A BUILDER Hero Badge!

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I AM A BUILDER Coffee Mug

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“The Women Who Made New York” – Autographed by Julie Scelfo (a must read)

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I AM A BUILDER Tote Bag

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Campaign Logo Bumper Sticker

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Sponsor-A-Container and a local artist will beautifully wrap the unit with your name !

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Credits

Our company’s work incorporates women and minority-owned businesses as key partners. In fact we’ve collaborated for this campaign to bring you, our supporters, the best rewards as sincere thanks for your financial contributions.

Huge thanks to our partners (below) for helping us create these amazing rewards:

Julie Scelfo; Author and Contributor to the New York Times

Jaymes Carter; CEO of Imagicept Design

Meredith Fineman; Founder and CEO of FinePoint

Teia James; CEO and Founder of Sincerely Teia™, Customized Fine Artistry®

Johnny Jones; CEO and Founder of Zoë Pictures

Daveia Odoi, CEO and Founder of The DynaSmiles 

Lynsey Weatherspoon; CEO and Founder of Lynsey Weatherspoon Photography

LaJoyce Smith; CEO and Founder of Nubian Hue Non Brew Coffee

Images taken by my team or used with permission.

*Special thanks to iFundWomen, family, friends and supporters for feedback and helping me develop this campaign*

For more info about me (Nona) http://www.wanonasatcher.com/

@wajisa (twitter)

Social Media Support! When tweeting this campaign please use the following hashtags-

#pluginpods

#iamabuilder

#containersforchange

So What Is Rejuve All About?

Mission

To develop a systems approach that connects resources and opportunity in efforts to mobilize low-wealth communities to generate equitable solutions.

Vision

To inspire and uplift low-wealth communities through innovative urban design strategies that revolutionize engagement between citizens, government and private enterprise around the globe. 

Impact

Inspiring citizens to empower themselves to eradicate generational poverty, build agency and transform needs into scalable innovations that positively impact housing, land use policies, access to employment and entrepreneurial opportunity.

Shipping containers will allow me to develop permanent equitable communities and effective neighborhood services around the globe through cost-efficient and environmentally sound methodologies.

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