The Empowerment Plan started out as a class project and turned into a life-changing endeavor. The assignment was to design something that could fulfill actual need. Veronika Scott, founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan, designed a dual-purpose coat for Detroit's homeless community.
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It is a coat by day, and a sleeping bag by night. From there, Scott realized these people needed more than just a way to stay warm during the winter, they needed a way to change their lives. They need jobs.
In 2011, Scott opened The Empowerment Plan and hired the very homeless she was giving her product to. Creating a single coat takes 3.5 hours and costs $100. The organization has made over 9,000 coats since its existence. Studies have shown that for every 1,000 coats that are distributed, 14 people's lives are saved and healthcare costs are reduced by more than $58,000 a year.
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For more information or to help out please visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/.