The Empowerment Plan: Detroit Nonprofit Hires Homeless To Make Combination Coat/Sleeping Bags

Thanks to The Militant Negro site for posting this article about an empowerment plan in Detroit to help the homeless and to give them employment opportunities as well. Please, read on…

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Coats for the Homeless Tackles Two Problems

Detroit Nonprofit Hires Homeless to Make Coats/sleeping Bags

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press

Veronika Scott simply wanted to get an “A” on her product design project. And she did — with an idea that has changed her life and those of countless others. Now, the coat she created that can transform into a sleeping bag is providing warmth to homeless people and jobs for many who used to be so themselves.

Scott, 25, built a nonprofit, the Empowerment Plan, which employs and trains homeless single parents to manufacture the coats that were her project for a class at Detroit’sCollege for Creative Studies four years ago. She believed the coat could help the city’s sizable homeless population during the brutal winters.

“If I get stuck out in the cold, I can stay warm,” said Timothy Harrington, 34, who…

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