The Empowerment Plan is the culmination of a class assignment to fill a social need. Veronika, after five months of working with a local homeless shelter, she designed a heat-trapping jacket that transforms into a warm and weather-resistant sleeping bag. At one point during her visits at the shelter, Veronika was approached by a woman who stated that "We don't need coats. We need jobs."
The Empowerment Plan is the organization created to hire and train homeless mothers to make the coats.
The mission is: "Our goal is to help build a better life for those that have become trapped in the cycle of homelessness. We mostly hire homeless parents from local shelters to become full time seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and gain back their independence for themselves and for their families."
The Detroit Athletic Club was the location of the event and as always, provided a wonderful meal, great service and an outstanding atmosphere.
If you're interested in what The Empowerment Plan is doing in Detroit, here is a short video to help you see and hear about the impact they are making.
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