Helping the homeless

EST. 2012

The CITYPAK Project, an initiative of the Selma Breskin Kaplan Foundation, was founded by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Ron Kaplan. CITYPAK provides a safe, convenient and versatile backpack that is uniquely designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the homeless.

Inspired by the simple desire to create something that would make life on the streets of Chicago a little easier, Ron shared his idea with the design team at the international adventure travel gear manufacturer High Sierra. The ongoing goal: to design and provide a useful, high quality backpack for the homeless.

Built to Last


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    Side Compression

    Reduces excess space

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    Ballistic Nylon

    Tough exterior material

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    Large Mesh Pocket

    Made for large containers

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Discreet Branding

Logo is below the top-flap to avoid unwanted attention

Branding

Cinch-top Closure

Protects from weather and theft

Key Features


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    Sternum & Load Bearing Straps

    Helps evenly distribute weight of heavy loads

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    Anti-theft
    Webbing Loops

    Attach the bag to an arm or leg when needed

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    Reflective Webbing Strip

    Safety feature for traveling at night

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    Bottom Compression Straps

    Place bedding or other items here

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Integrated Rain Poncho

Covers both bag and person