In the shadows of Detroit’s tallest skyscrapers, dozens of homeless people shiver in the 17-degree cold.
Ferocious wind gusts of 15 mph feel like cold knives stabbing the face. Such conditions claim the lives of countless homeless people every winter — especially those without warm coats.
Now, a nonprofit aimed at solving that problem has accidentally led to one of the most successful homeless employment programs as the country’s homeless crisis keeps growing.”This is so much bigger than anything I could have imagined,” said Veronika Scott, the 30-year-old CEO and founder of the Empowerment Plan. The plan hires homeless people and teaches them how to make coats for the destitute suffering on the streets.