Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Familiar Shapes: Furniture for Transient Conditions

Intervention Description
Phoebe Webster
Overall Description: 
Each product proposed is meant to ease the transition in and out of shelter by providing provide unobtrusive, small scale interventions and additional storage for personal belongings within the living quarters. A larger storage unit, which can hang easily from the end of bunk beds or be mounted on a wall, is able to hold small personal items and clothes or toys. This item can be broken down into a smaller pack for travel or can be carried with items inside. It also has the capability of becoming a shelving unit when put together in an alternate way. small canopies can be attached to the beds to provide some privacy in the room if multiple people are using the space. When not in use, they can be pushed back into and unobtrusive bundle at the head of the bed. Members of each family are given a caddy that can be used for toiletries, making the communal bathrooms a little easier to use, or small items of the users choosing. The caddy has another use if the dividers are taken out; this allows the user to have a small window box for flowers or greenery. A more permanent set in the living quarters is the fold out desk and stools. These two products are made of more durable material, plywood, and give the users a place to sit and work in the privacy of their quarters other than their beds. The desk folds down flat and the stools can be hung on the wall or easily slid under a bed. The intention with each piece proposed is to give each person in the shelter more control and choice. The pragmatic is often overlooked, and although these pieces can seem mundane, it is the things we use each day that can be forgotten.
By providing guests with objects that they can choose how to assemble and where it belongs in their rooms, control is introduced immediately. These pieces are meant to give power to the user, even in the smallest way. When guests graduate and transition into new homes, the pieces they take with them could provide comfort and familiarity in a place where they may be taking very little with them.
The products are original.
These products revolutionize the shelter environment by providing guests with furnishing that can be made quickly and can be broken down quickly. They are light enough for a small child to carry and durable enough to hold a variety of items.
The products can be manufactured and implemented in under 6 months. The designs need further customization and specs must be made for manufacturing. Once that is completed, the manufacturing and implementation can begin as soon as possible.
Estimated Cost of Production: 
Do the production costs decrease as the number of units produced increases?: 
Space and Staffing Required: 
Because the furniture can be packed flat, the pieces can be stored most spaces. There is no need to for extra staffing.
Does your product require training of shelter staff to use appropriately?: 
Training Details: 
No training requirements
The number of pieces manufactured would be far beyond the amount of people Jane Addams Place can hold, so the initial production could last anywhere from a year to five years depending on the amount.
The products would be well suited for other shelter environments, each is small and light enough for any one to be able to carry with them, assemble, and disassemble. They could be implemented in most organizations of shelters. The pieces become personal belongings, and aid in the holding and transportation of other belongings, which could be useful for models that don't have rooms for guests.
The products could be measured by the frequency of use. The products will have high impact on the comfort and quality of the living spaces. They will be implemented and act on a personal scale, so the measurement of success depends on the users.

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