The Empowerment Plan was founded by Veronika Scott, who developed the sleeping bag/coat hybrid during a class at the College for Creative Studies. Ms. Scott was deeply motivated to mass-produce the coat through her experiences working with the homeless population, both in shelters and on the street. Each coat costs approximately $100 to produce, and The Empowerment Plan has a goal of distributing 6,500 coats this year.
The Empowerment Fund: This grant supports a crucial part of the organization’s commitment to providing long-term stability to its employees by assisting its employees with essential needs and helps keep them off the streets.
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Angel received support from The Empowerment Fund to obtain a vehicle for reliable transportation. She was then able to participate in Launch Detroit, a program for emerging entrepreneurs, and has started her own jewelry business.
Tamika was hired as a seamstress with The Empowerment Plan in April 2016 and used funding from The Empowerment Fund to purchase a car. She is now able to take her daughter to a high-quality daycare and attend business training classes.