About Sheltersuit Foundation

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Bridging the gap since 2014

In a world where everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and should have access to shelter, Sheltersuit Foundation is committed to bridging the gap between those in need and those willing to help.

Our products, made from upcycled materials in our social sewing ateliers, provide immediate shelter and serve as an emergency solution. A first step towards a better future.

Latest updates

600 Sheltersuits distributed to homeless people in The Netherlands

650 victims in Sarajevo grateful and warm

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Surviving through friendship

“If I can change, anyone can.”

BRIDGING THE GAP

Our origin story

In the midst of his fashion studies, Bas Timmer received news that shook him. The father of a friend passed away while sleeping outside. He died from hypothermia, on an evening that was 8 degrees. He was sleeping next to a homeless shelter which on that night, wasn’t open. Bas felt uncomfortable. Especially because at the time, he was producing one-of-a-kind, luxury outerwear, something that felt so foreign to the situation. But Bas also felt compelled to change.

He looked at the jacket designs, pulled some materials together (an old sleeping bag and a tent) and in 5 hours made a jacket with an additional piece to become a sleeping bag. This is what would become the first ever Sheltersuit. He took it to a shelter and approached a man sleeping near the shelter, offering him the suit.

Immediately, Bas noticed him lower his guard, open up, and show interest. The man asked if he could share it with two friends, as they were living in conditions even worse than he. But Bas promised to return with more. After gathering the materials, resources and donations required, Sheltersuit produced their first 100 products. Bas returned, delivering the sheltersuits to the man’s friends, partnering with that shelter and founding Sheltersuit.

Since 2014, Sheltersuit Foundation is active in Europe, United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States. Each country offers products designed for the local climate, local people and their needs. We also saw an opportunity to hire people with a distance to the labour market to produce the products while using repurposed materials wherever possible. In this way, Sheltersuit Foundation provides impact that goes beyond the possibility of providing warmth, comfort and dignity.

Impact through meaningful partnerships

At Sheltersuit Foundation, we understand that working with people experiencing homelessness demands swift action, innovation and effective resources.

That’s why we've established partnerships with helping organisations, bringing dignified solutions to those who need it most.

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