Plug-In-Pods: Shipping Containers for Social Good

Affordable Chic Housing And Small Business Spaces

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Project Description

So Where Are We?

Here's our timeline for completion: We hope to finish the prototype by the end of May. Time's a tickin'! Thanks for supporting us through this project. We're not writing a book or developing an app. We're building community and it takes time. Challenges with our container work have been: city permitting/inspections and developing a quality design team. But we believe in what we're doing and know our solutions are needed. We see challenges as design solutions and please continue to follow our progress.

Thanks for believing in us!

Your Funds Help Us Hire Locally!

Because of you we're able to stay true to our mission which is to hire locally and most important hire women! Below I'm speaking with our welder Magdalena. Notice my shirt! :)

Our electrician is busy installing our wiring.

We've Been Busy!

Check out our latest article feature:

https://atlantaintownpaper.com/2018/05/41810/

Our initial funding goal was $20k. Through the process we've realized that we're able to build a successful prototype without $20k. We don't say no to any support but we're looking to raise another $2500. This will secure our success and our first Plug-In-Pod container entrepreneurial space/live unit will be complete! $20k is awesome but so is $2500. Help us raise the remaining funds. 

$2500 will:

  • Complete purchases of all construction materials (insulation, drywall, flooring, amenities such as lighting and small furnishings)
  • Marketing

The prototype is showpiece for major philanthropic and local/state public policy organizations here in Atlanta. Trust us- your $$ counts!

 

Here are images of our Plug-In-Pod prototype...Construction underway!

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We've Been Building But We Still Need Your Help To Reach $20k!

Your generous contributions have helped us begin building our prototype.

With 60% raised we've been able to:

  • Purchase the pod
  • Purchase construction materials (insulation, electrical, heating and air, windows)
  • Hire locally (electrician, HVAC)
  • Partner with local community college

The rest of the funding will help us to COMPLETE BUILD! We still need to purchase:

  • Flooring, drywall, door, lighting, handicap ramp
  • Hire local welder
  • Hire local artist for brading

Here are images of our Plug-In-Pod prototype...Construction underway!

 

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Delivery                                                                 Insulation Inspection                            Architect Rendering- Jerryn J. McCray, AIA

Fund us today. $7500 is needed to reach our goal!


 

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Plug-In-Pods.

Simplifying construction and design with sustainability in mind.

 

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  (Image shows two pods, one home and one office space)

We at ReJuve Corp. want to make it easy for anyone to affordably build a home, buy a home and build a successful business where they live!

Plug-in-Pods are repurposed shipping containers as chic affordable housing and entrepreneurial spaces.

Plug-In-Pods employ recycling, manufacturing and industrial design as an equitable community development strategy that provides affordable and adaptive spaces for all.

We're re-building community through sustainable products.*

We're rewriting the construction industry.*

We're re-imagining affordable housing as a rapid industrial manufacturing process.*

The potential global impact for rapidly built affordable living and work spaces is huge, especially as our urban centers grow. We intend to disrupt the $400 billion construction industry by the materials we use, how we recycle them and how we deliver.

We do this to strengthen communities, stabilize neighborhoods and transform urban spaces into inspiring places for all.

*Uses for our Pods include:

  • Housing (Single Moms/Dads, Homeless, Veterans, Seniors, Millennials, Teachers, Doctors, Nurses, etc.)
  • Small Businesses (Startups, Diner, Coffee Shops, Co-working, Retail, Bookstores, Accountant Offices, etc.)
  • Clinics (Mobile Oncology Units, OBGYN, Urgent Care, Cardiology Clinics, Pediatrics, etc.)
  • Accessory Units (Baby Nurseries, Assisted Living, Mobile Gym, etc.)
  • Urban Farming (Mobile Farmer's Markets)
  • Classrooms/Computer Labs (Youth Robotics, STEM Labs, etc.)
  • ...and more

What Will We Do With $20,000 Raised?

This $20,000 goal supports:

  • Build Prototype- purchasing and repurposing a 40ft container into an affordable-quality space (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.

 

So Who Are We?

We are landscape architects. We are builders. We are community developers. We are scientists.

Our vision is to reuse and upcycle materials to develop permanent equitable communities and effective neighborhood services around the globe through cost-efficient and environmentally sound methodologies.

"We're bridging manufacturing and industrial engineering with landscape architecture." - Wanona Satcher, ReJuve Founder/CEO

Our team also 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 For Donating To Our Campaign

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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 What Next?

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

  • Phase I. (This Campaign) Purchase a container and repurpose it into an affordable pod space 
  • Phase II (3-4 Months) Acquire blighted properties; design/build several affordable units; process development
  • Phase III (6-8 Months) 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)

For more info and updates please follow us:

@rejuve2 (Instagram) and @wajisa (Twitter)

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

#pluginpods

#containerchic

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*

The Project FAQs

Plug-In-Pods FAQS

What is the size of these pods?

Through basic application and customization container buildings spread a wide range from 320sf (minimum) and larger. Think of a 1-bedroom studio apartment to a 4,000sf single family home; for the purposes of this campaign our focus is 320sf-640sf.

Why shipping containers?

Shipping containers are mobile and sturdy. They’re flexible and adaptive to site constraints. They’re great to upcycle and lead to local manufacturing jobs. Their basic structure allows for quicker repurposing, less waste and easy quality control.

What about permits?

Localities differ. Certifications to upfit a container into a pod and pass local inspections is no more challenging than constructing a house or commercial space. Zoning requirements are also critical component in our engagement process with local government officials.

 

How can these pods eradicate poverty?

Great question! Pods are one of our many tools within our larger program. In phases II and III we will begin to incorporate a land trust model to blighted properties we redevelop as well as an investor program. This investor program will allow our funders to acquire properties, that we determine together with the community, as sites perfect for our pods. Our investors become what we call ‘micro-real estate developers’ who now have a personal stake and impact in neighborhood growth. As the market increases and as communities prosper so does their return.

How does your team know where these pods should go?

Our focus are low-wealth inner city communities. We have a community engagement model where citizens define their real needs and partner with us to determine what kinds of pods will solve this problem. Some may need a cancer treatment clinic pod due to lack of access to healthcare, others may need an IFundWomen pod in their neighborhood to attract and aid single mothers to become entrepreneurs and positive role models to their children. In fact, we’ve already been contacted by a large hospital and university in North Carolina to develop mobile clinics for poor rural communities. Pods are flexible and can be upcycled for any use. Our engagement model also includes partnering with local government to identify strategic properties to gain the most impact.

Why IFundWomen as funding platform?

I’m a woman-owned business and find this platform to be empathetic to the needs of women entrepreneurs by providing coaching, access to networks and a user-friendly site. It also provides my team the opportunity to fund and promote other women businesses.

Where will $20,000 go?

We will use these funds to purchase a container and repurpose it into a pod. This includes labor fees, permits and materials. We’ve chosen this amount to develop a quality product of the largest impact for the lowest cost and least amount of time. This cost-effective prototype will allow us to grow exponentially and help more low-wealth citizens. But we have to build to test and engage.

What challenges have you faced with traditional funding?

I am not in the business of making widgets. I am in the business of building communities. My work happens before technology comes into play. As a social enterprise, nonprofit and startup it’s been difficult to attract angel investors and VCs as my deliverables are long-term and exit-strategies take on an entirely different meaning. Pods do allow me to make impactful iterative change. But let’s face it- poverty is multi-generational. The greatest change takes time and often the most risk. But I believe our children, our seniors and our planet are worth it. Don’t you? Our team is developing a for-profit arm within our nonprofit to supplement our mission.

Another obstacle is the shipping container-marketing shipping containers as creative spaces and quality housing is not easy. At first glance they’re not attractive, boring, hot or very cold and have lots of dings and dents. But like with everything a little TLC goes a long way! Also they’re affordable in the current state but can get exorbitant once repurposed. Our few competitors’ pricing is extremely high per sf. This is why we have to reach our goal to test our belief that we can deliver quality affordably and quickly. We want to be the subject expert in quality, locally-constructed wholesale pods.

What other obstacles do you face?

The main challenge is not having the financial resources. Most startups fail as do many minority-owned businesses as they have the least access to capital. It’s hard to ‘lean-in’ when you haven’t been invited into the room. Currently I must bring my folding chair to listen through the door. But with your help and IFundWomen I can now sit at the table and build the building. I’m super excited that Karen Cahn, founder of IFundWomen, chose us for this platform and believes in our vision.

Another obstacle is my profession. Most landscape architects and city planners don’t own social enterprises nor lead nonprofit organizations. As a designer for social impact it’s hard to find mentors and networks to help me navigate these entrepreneurial waters. My biggest competitor is the status quo.

How will my donation to your campaign show on my bank/credit card statement?

Your donation will show as payment to ‘iFundWomen.’

How will you keep backers updated?

Check the ‘updates’ and ‘comments’ section of my campaign regularly. I will post updates here and on my social media pages. You can follow me on twitter, Instagram and snapchat @wajisa

Is this the only funding you’re raising?

No. I’m continuously applying for grants, fellowships and searching networks in the impact investing space, private donors and philanthropic institutions. However, it’s imperative that we reach this $20,000 goal to leverage more dollars to scale.

I’ve backed this campaign-now what? How can I become more involved?

You get cool rewards. HUGE THANK YOU for supporting the campaign. I do need you to tweet, call, write articles and annoy your friends, family, social media followers and colleagues my campaign link so they too can donate. I have included hashtags on the main page. So please spread the word!

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Cup O' Nona
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I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)
$50
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I AM A BUILDER BADGE
$30
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I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)
$50
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I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)
$50
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Builders Book Club
$2,500
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Part O' The Team!
$75
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Monetary Contribution of any size!
$250
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Monetary Contribution of any size!
$25
Monetary Contribution of any size!

A big sincere and digital THANK YOU! Every $$$ counts!

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I AM A BUILDER BADGE

Your very own badge and digital THANK YOU

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I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)

Your very own badge, a digital THANK YOU, bumper sticker with campaign logo and social media mention to let everyone know how COOL you are!

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$75
Part O' The Team!

IAB package PLUS a picture of our construction crew holding a banner in your honor!

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IAB package plus a mug with logo to enjoy your favorite latte, coffee or herbal tea. If you were here I'd take you out for coffee and personally thank you!

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Who's Your Maker? Women (WYMW)

Learn about the AMAZING women who helped make New York the awesome place it is and how they opened doors for women like me. You'll receive an autographed copy of The Women Who Made New York by my buddy and author Julie Scelfo!

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Limited reward WYMW package PLUS tote bag, personalized journal, Tshirt, mug for your cup o' Nona and a special Thank You postcard! For supporters in NYC you'll receive a special VISIT from Julie Scelfo-author of The Women Who Made New York! Only 12 rewards available!

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Girl Power Startup Pack

Only two available! You were born to rock! To help you reach stardom you'll receive an hour branding consultation from my buddy Meredith Fineman of FinePoint Co., logo and visualizing consultation from my pal Jaymes Carter of Imagicept Design, Builders Book Club and IAB THANK YOU packages!

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Go Girl! Builder Set

It takes a village. Limited reward for our YOUNG builders includes a LITTLE BITS invention set, 2 IAB badges, 2 tote bags, THANK YOU postcard, 2 journals, 2 bumper stickers, social media mention and 2 limited edition

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Sponsor-A-Home

Because we LOVE YOU and the world should know it, we will wrap your name around the entire shipping container home! Talk about awesome marketing for your company! You'll also receive 2 IAB packages, part o' the team picture, website mention, 2 Builder Book Club and Girl Power Startup Packages! Only 2 rewards available!!!

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Build-A-Home

YOU'RE AMAZING and covered in magic dust! Your HUGE contribution will build an affordable home for a family in need or an affordable business space for a budding entrepreneur in a low-wealth neighborhood. You'll receive a special invite to join me at the ribbon cutting, meet the family/entrepreneur and lots of HUGS! All the above rewards are included! Only 2 available!!!

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution of any size!

A big sincere and digital THANK YOU! Every $$$ counts!

61 Supporters
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$25
I AM A BUILDER BADGE

Your very own badge and digital THANK YOU

7 Supporters
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$50
I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)

Your very own badge, a digital THANK YOU, bumper sticker with campaign logo and social media mention to let everyone know how COOL you are!

9 Supporters
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$75
Part O' The Team!

IAB package PLUS a picture of our construction crew holding a banner in your honor!

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$100
Cup O' Nona

IAB package plus a mug with logo to enjoy your favorite latte, coffee or herbal tea. If you were here I'd take you out for coffee and personally thank you!

9 Supporters
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$500
Who's Your Maker? Women (WYMW)

Learn about the AMAZING women who helped make New York the awesome place it is and how they opened doors for women like me. You'll receive an autographed copy of The Women Who Made New York by my buddy and author Julie Scelfo!

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$2,500
Builders Book Club

Limited reward WYMW package PLUS tote bag, personalized journal, Tshirt, mug for your cup o' Nona and a special Thank You postcard! For supporters in NYC you'll receive a special VISIT from Julie Scelfo-author of The Women Who Made New York! Only 12 rewards available!

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$5,000
Girl Power Startup Pack

Only two available! You were born to rock! To help you reach stardom you'll receive an hour branding consultation from my buddy Meredith Fineman of FinePoint Co., logo and visualizing consultation from my pal Jaymes Carter of Imagicept Design, Builders Book Club and IAB THANK YOU packages!

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$7,500
Go Girl! Builder Set

It takes a village. Limited reward for our YOUNG builders includes a LITTLE BITS invention set, 2 IAB badges, 2 tote bags, THANK YOU postcard, 2 journals, 2 bumper stickers, social media mention and 2 limited edition

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$10,000
Sponsor-A-Home

Because we LOVE YOU and the world should know it, we will wrap your name around the entire shipping container home! Talk about awesome marketing for your company! You'll also receive 2 IAB packages, part o' the team picture, website mention, 2 Builder Book Club and Girl Power Startup Packages! Only 2 rewards available!!!

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$20,000
Build-A-Home

YOU'RE AMAZING and covered in magic dust! Your HUGE contribution will build an affordable home for a family in need or an affordable business space for a budding entrepreneur in a low-wealth neighborhood. You'll receive a special invite to join me at the ribbon cutting, meet the family/entrepreneur and lots of HUGS! All the above rewards are included! Only 2 available!!!

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We Are Family!

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