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Shake Shack x Refoundry: Built to Last

May 19, 2016

This Old Shack. The Flatbush Shack team hooked up St. Hope students with burgers as they toured the Shack's charity partner, Refoundry. In their Brooklyn Navy Yard woodshop, Refoundry trains formerly incarcerated people to repurpose discarded materials into one-of-a-kind home furnishings.

St. Hope students enjoying some delicious Shake Shack at a long white table

Refoundry's model is designed around creative activities that build skills, self-worth and community. Each piece produced is crafted by hand from reclaimed material and values the maker’s experience.

Shake Shack burger in front of Refoundry sign

The Flatbush Shack donates 5% of sales from the Brooklyn Pie Oh My frozen custard concrete to Refoundry and partners with the organization on local events.

James, Refoundry all-star, teaches students about the furniture he's built with a blog of finished wood

James, Refoundry all-star, teaches students about the furniture he's built. 

Red, white and blue painted hand at Refoundry

After students finished their burgers, they picked up paintbrushes. Refoundry invites people from all over the world to participate in a co-creative public art project called Hand-In-Hand. Participants' hands are painted and imprinted on reclaimed pieces of pine as lasting symbols of the strength and versatility of the human hand. The project, in part based on the fingerprinting of an arrested person's hand, affirms the creativity, value and individuality of all citizens.

Hand print paintings on reclaimed pine

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Refoundry table at Brooklyn Flea

Refoundry bench seat made from solid wood at Brooklyn Flea

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