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Campaign seeks sponsors for warm coats for Detroit’s homeless population

January 07 2014 | 5 comments

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We first introduced you to Veronika Scott last February.

Scott started the non-profit Empowerment Plan—providing employment and hope for formerly homeless women.


The women, 17 currently,  learn to sew on machines at the organization’s Detroit office.  From their labor, weather-resistant coats are made, coats that double as a sleeping bag and carryall for those individuals still on the streets.

During the brutally cold days and nights being experienced this week, no one should be without shelter. In a city with a homeless population of at least 20,000, a warm coat can make a huge difference.

“People disappear into the landscape here,” Scott told Detroit 2020. “You’ve got a lot of abandoned buildings, a lot of abandoned spaces. You can’t survive that, it’s too difficult, so really what we’re doing is trying to help them out.”

Scott’s organization is encouraging others to support their efforts by sponsoring a coat.

“When you give, a lot of the time, you don’t get to see a connection,” said Scott.

A tag with your name, or a personal message, will be sewn into one of the coats for a $100 donation to the Empowerment Plan.

“It’s just a tag but it makes a big difference,” said Scott.  “Also,  I think it offers a sense for the person that’s wearing that to know that they’re not alone.”

500 coats a month are being produced and distributed through outreach centers but even that number doesn’t cover the need that exists.

“This is a very durable, made for pretty extreme circumstances style of jacket that we’re very proud to have out on the streets and the ladies that make them are very proud of the product that they’ve made as well,” Scott said.

If you’d like to sponsor a coat, click here


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  1. Keisha Young January 15, 2014

    I represent sisters non – profit organization in Detroit, & we are interested in finding out about more of what your organization does and the need for coats this winter. Is it okay if w donate coats, or do you only want monetary donations so that they can be handmade? Also, we are looking into working on a job placement program this year, and would like to know what your organization does as far as offering jobs.


    Detroit 2020 Reply:

    Hi Keisha–

    Thanks for your email!

    Here’s a link to the Empowerment Plan website with contact information for the organization:!contact/c17jp

    Hope that helps!


  2. Detroit 2020 January 8, 2014


    Thanks for your email. Here’s a link to the organization’s website for contact information.

    Glenn Bar
    Detroit 2020!contact/c17jp


  3. Detroit 2020 January 8, 2014


    Here’s a link with contact information for the organization:!contact/c17jp

    Glenn Bar
    Detroit 2020


  4. Detroit 2020 January 8, 2014

    Hi Krystina–

    Thanks for your email.

    Here’s a link to the website of a Macomb County organization you may be interested in helping:

    Thanks, and please let me know if you’d like additional information!

    Glenn Bar
    Detroit 2020


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