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Published on February 26th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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12-year-old Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash

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Well, this is a bit of fresh air, especially with tween news like Baby-Faced Boy Alfie Patten Is Dad At 13.

12-year-old Max Wallack stole the show at Design Squad’s Trash to Treasure contest with his “Home Dome.” The contest asked kids to repurpose trash into practical inventions.

I wonder if the Home Dome gets an honorable LEED Certification?

The dome provides shelter for the homeless and is made from plastic, wire, packing peanuts, and flargstin. Pretty much, trash.

The trash-plex looks like a Mongolian yurt, and let Max walk away with $10,000 and a Dell laptop. He also got a trip to Boston out of it. But Max had this to say, “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people.”

This isn’t his first big win. “When I was six,” Max said, “I won an invention contest that included a trip to Chicago. While there, I saw homeless people living on streets, and beneath highways and underpasses. I felt very sorry for these people, and ever since then, felt that my goal and obligation was to find a way to help them. My invention improves the living conditions for homeless people, refugees, or disaster victims by giving them easy-to-assemble shelter.”

Go Max! We all look forward to your future inventions.

Source and Photo:  thedesignblog.org

BLACK WORKERS FACED HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT, COMMISSION DECIDES

The Herald News – Joliet (IL) July 14, 1999 The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined that 10 black employees who filed a discrimination suit against a Rockdale company in March were working in a hostile environment. The decision of the EEOC district director was based on alleged racially hostile and offensive graffiti at Apollo Colors, as well as racially derogatory comments, jokes and remarks; the presence of racially threatening symbols and racially motivated attacks on personal and company property. in our site hostile work environment

Company officials now have 14 days from the July 7 order to decide whether to settle the EEOC claim, said Bobbi Petrungaro, an attorney representing the 10 employees.

Apollo officials plan to talk to the EEOC about a settlement, said John Ott, the company’s human resources manager.

He didn’t know what a settlement would entail.

Ott also said the company’s position is that management had nothing to do with the alleged incidents.

The EEOC didn’t specifically name any supervisors or managers, Ott said.

He added that the company has been responsive to discrimination complaints, including conducting employee meetings, requiring diversity training for its supervisors and managers and even soliciting the help of Rockdale police and the FBI to help find the person or persons responsible. go to site hostile work environment

He said there have been no recent cases or complaints of discrimination at the plant, which employs about 200 people, including 170 non-managers.

“I don’t think we’re talking about a large number of people who would have been involved with this,” Ott added.

Rockdale Police Chief Richard Baum said company officials had called them out more than a dozen times to investigate.

Because of the pending lawsuit, he didn’t want to say what they found.

“But obviously, there was a reason for us to come back 12 times,” he said. He said it’s difficult to find whomever is involved because the division where the incidents are occurring has 170 people.

“And you can’t interview 170 people,” he said.

The only other recourse, he said, is a lie detector test.

Not only are the results of those tests inadmissible in court, Baum said, but he believes whomever is responsible wouldn’t cooperate anyway.

But Baum added company officials have done everything they can to prevent the incidents from recurring.

“But obviously there have been more,” he said, “and there probably will continue to be more.” Petrungaro said the federal lawsuit and the EEOC complaints still target the company as a whole.

She maintains supervisors and managers allowed the hostile work environment to exist.

Meanwhile, the federal discrimination suit was put on hold until Aug. 20 to see how the EEOC claim comes out, she added.

That lawsuit alleges that the company failed to erase the acronym “KKK” from highly visible areas or remove nooses that had been hung in conspicuous places in the Rockdale plant.

The lawsuit also accuses the company of discriminating against the 10 employees because of their race, by denying them transfers or raises. Petrungaro said the EEOC did not respond to that portion of the claim.

Petrungaro said one employee was added to the lawsuit since it was filed in March.

Of those employees, six still work for the company and three resigned.

One, who suffered from a medical condition and was repeatedly disciplined for missing work, was eventually fired, the lawsuit said.

Apollo Colors manufacturers organic pigments and flushed colors for the printing ink industry.




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  • Wapoys

    Speaking about pallet, on my place these are sold and used for building furniture such as cabinet, beds table etc. It’s all about creativity and productivity.

  • Wapoys

    Speaking about pallet, on my place these are sold and used for building furniture such as cabinet, beds table etc. It’s all about creativity and productivity.

  • makjessica

    i was expecting to read positive comments, but am suprised at how jealous ppl have commented their useless crap.

    why weren’t they brave enough to participate in the contest with their ideas???

    That is one innovative young boy who can use his brains positively. Go Max Go!!!! we know soon you’ll come up with even sthing else that will be even much better!!!!

  • makjessica

    i was expecting to read positive comments, but am suprised at how jealous ppl have commented their useless crap.

    why weren’t they brave enough to participate in the contest with their ideas???

    That is one innovative young boy who can use his brains positively. Go Max Go!!!! we know soon you’ll come up with even sthing else that will be even much better!!!!

  • nikki

    This was a fantastic idea. What an imagination this kid has and so much potential. It looks like a honey comb igloo. The Styrofoam makes a good insulation. The people that put this kid down are jealous and may someday be homeless.
    The only thing concerning is what if it gets windy?

  • nikki

    This was a fantastic idea. What an imagination this kid has and so much potential. It looks like a honey comb igloo. The Styrofoam makes a good insulation. The people that put this kid down are jealous and may someday be homeless.
    The only thing concerning is what if it gets windy?

  • VoiceOfReason

    Please! Obviously this kid is smart, talented, AND considerate.
    Any comments on here that are negative are (also obviously) from losers who can do nothing themselves but criticize behind a computer screen. Ragging on a kid who did a good deed. Shame on you!

  • VoiceOfReason

    Please! Obviously this kid is smart, talented, AND considerate.
    Any comments on here that are negative are (also obviously) from losers who can do nothing themselves but criticize behind a computer screen. Ragging on a kid who did a good deed. Shame on you!

  • GREAT JOB

    This was a wonderful idea. I know several homeless people from my line of work- who would be very appreciative of this type of shelter.
    In this economy Max’s invention is a prime example of the kind of progressive and compassionate thinking that we need. Thank God for people like Max.
    The intellect,consideration, and motivation to invent this is inspirational. Thank you Max on behalf of all families and folks in need for your contribution to make life for some that much better.

  • GREAT JOB

    This was a wonderful idea. I know several homeless people from my line of work- who would be very appreciative of this type of shelter.
    In this economy Max’s invention is a prime example of the kind of progressive and compassionate thinking that we need. Thank God for people like Max.
    The intellect,consideration, and motivation to invent this is inspirational. Thank you Max on behalf of all families and folks in need for your contribution to make life for some that much better.

  • Josh

    Id like to see ANYONE make that out or REAL trash. Not roles of plastic and gallons of peanuts. This is not a shelter made of trash. That thing was time consuming to create, too expensive for homeless, and NOT PRACTICAL AT ALL.

  • Josh

    Id like to see ANYONE make that out or REAL trash. Not roles of plastic and gallons of peanuts. This is not a shelter made of trash. That thing was time consuming to create, too expensive for homeless, and NOT PRACTICAL AT ALL.

  • Josh

    Ive been homeless. They want something small, sort and warm. Not big, plastic and drafty.

  • Josh

    Ive been homeless. They want something small, sort and warm. Not big, plastic and drafty.

  • AL

    We are now rewarding are children for living like every third world child already knows. The US as lost everything.

  • AL

    We are now rewarding are children for living like every third world child already knows. The US as lost everything.

  • everett marm

    @Jason:

    >Kind of a dumb idea, who would want to live in that >piece of crap? Maybe someone who is homeless already >and this thing would be better than sleeping on a >doorstep.

    Maybe someone who is homeless already, although I’ve heard there are people who become homeless just so that they can live in a box.

  • everett marm

    @Jason:

    >Kind of a dumb idea, who would want to live in that >piece of crap? Maybe someone who is homeless already >and this thing would be better than sleeping on a >doorstep.

    Maybe someone who is homeless already, although I’ve heard there are people who become homeless just so that they can live in a box.

  • CeCe

    I’ve read through several of the comments regarding this article and I really feel like many of the people commenting are entirely missing the point. This kid is not only finding a constructive use for his time and materials that are often thrown in the trash (recycleable or not). He’s also doing the best that he can to try and make a difference for both the environment and the construction of inexpensive housing for a growing homeless population. Why are there so many negative critiques on this site that are not condusive to either and are simply not helpful in any way in general?

    Max don’t listen to the ignorant and misguided people who clearly don’t understand your main objective commenting here. Keep giving your passion your all and I look forward to your future creativity and inventions designed for solving various global problems.

  • CeCe

    I’ve read through several of the comments regarding this article and I really feel like many of the people commenting are entirely missing the point. This kid is not only finding a constructive use for his time and materials that are often thrown in the trash (recycleable or not). He’s also doing the best that he can to try and make a difference for both the environment and the construction of inexpensive housing for a growing homeless population. Why are there so many negative critiques on this site that are not condusive to either and are simply not helpful in any way in general?

    Max don’t listen to the ignorant and misguided people who clearly don’t understand your main objective commenting here. Keep giving your passion your all and I look forward to your future creativity and inventions designed for solving various global problems.

  • Mike Ruger

    I really do applaud this young man’s actually doing something foor the Homeless.
    And true his dome intact would be warm and a dry shelter.

    Now the trouble all that plastic and packing peanuts getting oose.
    A doom suuch as his destroyed and aloud the wind and other natural element to scatter this building material. This would kill birds and fish if ingested.tHen most likely get into our own food chain if enough got into the environment.

    Another thing Homeless are on the move most of the time. While this doom is nice for them to rest. it is way too big to carry around. And what about fires?
    all that doom material is quite flamable.
    Another thiing the idea that homeless people could afford all that duct tape.

    The only practical way for that doom is to put it out in a place where few others go as a perminent shelter for several people. There you are having homeless invade private property.While I might be in favor of this .The law goes out of its way to protect the property owners.

    Again I salute this young doom inventor for his caring and his idea.
    What he needs to do is keep working and perfecting his ideas.

    a tip! Work on breaking these shelters down and making them portable but superior to the appliance boxes and tents.

    How about a sleeping bag made out of heavy plastic and some other material then plasttic peanuts for insulation. Perhaps hundred of those cursed plastic store bags arranged in such a way to insujlate and give padding for the cold hard ground or ement?

    At any rate i wish you well and many more ideas and successe
    Good Luck
    Mike

  • Mike Ruger

    I really do applaud this young man’s actually doing something foor the Homeless.
    And true his dome intact would be warm and a dry shelter.

    Now the trouble all that plastic and packing peanuts getting oose.
    A doom suuch as his destroyed and aloud the wind and other natural element to scatter this building material. This would kill birds and fish if ingested.tHen most likely get into our own food chain if enough got into the environment.

    Another thing Homeless are on the move most of the time. While this doom is nice for them to rest. it is way too big to carry around. And what about fires?
    all that doom material is quite flamable.
    Another thiing the idea that homeless people could afford all that duct tape.

    The only practical way for that doom is to put it out in a place where few others go as a perminent shelter for several people. There you are having homeless invade private property.While I might be in favor of this .The law goes out of its way to protect the property owners.

    Again I salute this young doom inventor for his caring and his idea.
    What he needs to do is keep working and perfecting his ideas.

    a tip! Work on breaking these shelters down and making them portable but superior to the appliance boxes and tents.

    How about a sleeping bag made out of heavy plastic and some other material then plasttic peanuts for insulation. Perhaps hundred of those cursed plastic store bags arranged in such a way to insujlate and give padding for the cold hard ground or ement?

    At any rate i wish you well and many more ideas and successe
    Good Luck
    Mike

  • mreelanc

    I think it’s a great idea and the kid should be rewarded and encouraged for trying to help others, everyone who wants to bash him or judge should take a good long look at themselves and see what they are doing to be a light in others lives instead of endulging the negativity.

  • mreelanc

    I think it’s a great idea and the kid should be rewarded and encouraged for trying to help others, everyone who wants to bash him or judge should take a good long look at themselves and see what they are doing to be a light in others lives instead of endulging the negativity.

  • loren

    so i read this and then read some of the comments.
    and for those of you who are bashing a 12 year old boy need better things to do with your lives.
    personally for a child that age deserves to win with an idea like that. he’s 12 and created that. i mean come on.
    if it helps the homeless then so be it. expecially if it keeps them warm.
    not everyone has money to buy a nice sturdy home.

  • loren

    so i read this and then read some of the comments.
    and for those of you who are bashing a 12 year old boy need better things to do with your lives.
    personally for a child that age deserves to win with an idea like that. he’s 12 and created that. i mean come on.
    if it helps the homeless then so be it. expecially if it keeps them warm.
    not everyone has money to buy a nice sturdy home.

  • kelly

    This is the best thing I have seen yet very good invention there are alot of homeless people who die every year because of extreme temps and this is a life saver.Not all homeless people get the chance to stay warm. And not all are in the position they are by choice so thank you for making the world a little bit better.

  • kelly

    This is the best thing I have seen yet very good invention there are alot of homeless people who die every year because of extreme temps and this is a life saver.Not all homeless people get the chance to stay warm. And not all are in the position they are by choice so thank you for making the world a little bit better.

  • Kaela

    HE IS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY! Why are grown adults criticizing him for his ideas and inventions. For homeless people, I’m sure it sounds like a great idea. Why is no one giving him credit for being one of the few good kids in their generation. People are always quick to say each generation keeps getting worse and worse and than when one actually wants to help out everyone has something negative to say. I saw give credit where credit is due. How many of you are actually trying to better the environment and help others out when it doesn’t benefit you. It may not be pure architectural work but he’s 12 and I can’t wait to see what further inventions he comes up with as he grows and gains more knowledge.

  • Kaela

    HE IS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY! Why are grown adults criticizing him for his ideas and inventions. For homeless people, I’m sure it sounds like a great idea. Why is no one giving him credit for being one of the few good kids in their generation. People are always quick to say each generation keeps getting worse and worse and than when one actually wants to help out everyone has something negative to say. I saw give credit where credit is due. How many of you are actually trying to better the environment and help others out when it doesn’t benefit you. It may not be pure architectural work but he’s 12 and I can’t wait to see what further inventions he comes up with as he grows and gains more knowledge.

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  • Dan

    There is “Green” renewable product that has many uses. It has incredible weight to strength ratio. It uses very little natural resources to manufacture. In fact, it requires carbon dioxide to manufacture and the byproduct of manufacturing is oxygen… It is called a Tree. So get off of your “Green” podiums and go plan a tree.

  • Dan

    There is “Green” renewable product that has many uses. It has incredible weight to strength ratio. It uses very little natural resources to manufacture. In fact, it requires carbon dioxide to manufacture and the byproduct of manufacturing is oxygen… It is called a Tree. So get off of your “Green” podiums and go plan a tree.

  • Mark

    This kid is awesome! Like the Luka comment. Lol! The US has been gutted by greedy developers, city council members sleeping with them, and a energy corp. evil. And this kid is going to give many of the resulting homeless in the country hope and inspiration. I would have loved something like this when I was homeless. I would put a raised bed underneath, tie the dome down with anchors, and paint it black or green. I love this kid!

  • Mark

    This kid is awesome! Like the Luka comment. Lol! The US has been gutted by greedy developers, city council members sleeping with them, and a energy corp. evil. And this kid is going to give many of the resulting homeless in the country hope and inspiration. I would have loved something like this when I was homeless. I would put a raised bed underneath, tie the dome down with anchors, and paint it black or green. I love this kid!

  • Mark

    Instead, I had a water-resistant (yeah right) military issue sleeping bag that kept me wet much of the time–it was during the massive rains that hit CA prior to Katrina, and had to sleep under a tree, on cement where a drain would drain the extra water. I could have used this and set it up in some brush somewhere and not gotten wet or dirty at all.

  • Mark

    Instead, I had a water-resistant (yeah right) military issue sleeping bag that kept me wet much of the time–it was during the massive rains that hit CA prior to Katrina, and had to sleep under a tree, on cement where a drain would drain the extra water. I could have used this and set it up in some brush somewhere and not gotten wet or dirty at all.

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  • pig butt

    wow

  • pig butt

    wow

  • christl

    i guess all negativity to the 12yr. old invention is jeallousy.. do you remember all tho victims of natural disasters in the past?? my guess is they would have loved to have “some” privacy, “some” shelter… and this might just fit the bill…
    keep going kid.. we need fresh ideas.. and they come from people like you.. since, abviously the “tried and true” isn’t working so well… times change and we need not be so closeminded…….
    oh, and one of my students become homeless just before christmas… i’m sure they would have preferred one of the “domes” over the street!!!!
    (well, they weren’t in the street.. thank goodness we have a mother-in-law suite…

  • christl

    i guess all negativity to the 12yr. old invention is jeallousy.. do you remember all tho victims of natural disasters in the past?? my guess is they would have loved to have “some” privacy, “some” shelter… and this might just fit the bill…
    keep going kid.. we need fresh ideas.. and they come from people like you.. since, abviously the “tried and true” isn’t working so well… times change and we need not be so closeminded…….
    oh, and one of my students become homeless just before christmas… i’m sure they would have preferred one of the “domes” over the street!!!!
    (well, they weren’t in the street.. thank goodness we have a mother-in-law suite…

  • Ella

    I think that is a good idea. You may argue that the materials used can be recycled but recycling also wastes energy and causes damage to the environment just less in amount. It is better to reuse the materials than to just simply recycle.

  • Ella

    I think that is a good idea. You may argue that the materials used can be recycled but recycling also wastes energy and causes damage to the environment just less in amount. It is better to reuse the materials than to just simply recycle.

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  • Jeanette & Fernando

    I am really happy to know that there are great kids like MAX he is a hero in my eyes and I hope he never looses his stride to make the world a better place
    keep up the great work MAX!

  • Jeanette & Fernando

    I am really happy to know that there are great kids like MAX he is a hero in my eyes and I hope he never looses his stride to make the world a better place
    keep up the great work MAX!

  • vanessa

    wow its very bad ha ha ha ……..

  • vanessa

    wow its very bad ha ha ha ……..

  • Adam

    Starting from the top:

    You are all fine, shining examples of idiots who criticize the work of others because you can’t or don’t do anything constructive in life. By the way, nobody cares about your opinion. HA! I TOTALLY got you!

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