Coats for the Homeless – Made by… Homeless Women

Back in May 2013 we reported about how Veronika Scott, a young design student, had come up with the brilliant idea of making coats that could turn into sleeping bags for homeless people of Detroit.

Now Veronika has taken her concept a step further, by employing homeless women to manufacture the coats themselves. The women are empowered and given a hand-up, allowing them to help themselves and their families while providing warmth for other homeless people


The Empowerment Plan has become so popular and successful that many media outlets have reported the story, hopefully inspiring similar projects in other communities.

As stated in their mission statement:

We believe in giving second chances to those who want it, and providing warmth to those who need it.

To read more or donate to The Empowerment Plan:



A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

Federal Identification Number (EIN): 46-3416157

P.O. Box 6654
San Rafael, CA 94903