Inspiration Projects

The Empowerment Plan: Breaking the Homelessness Cycle with a Coat

Maker: The Empowerment Plan

Challenge: “Veronika Scott was inspired to start The Empowerment Plan when a class at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit challenged her to create a product to fill an actual need in her community. Veronika took to the issue of homelessness and began spending time at a nearby warming center where the design for the EMPWR coat was born. While conducting her research, Veronika was angrily confronted by a homeless woman who stated that she did not need a coat—she needed a job,” (source).

Solution: The Empowerment Plan employs previously homeless people to make and distribute EMPWR coats which are donated to homeless people. The coat is made with recycled automotive insulation and can be transformed into a sleeping bag.

Results: So far, the Empowerment Plan has helped 39 individuals out of homelessness through employment. And 15,000 coats have been produced and distributed since 2011.

Learn More: The Empowerment Plan from The Empowerment Plan on Vimeo.

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