The Empowerment Plan

The Empowerment Plan

VERIFIED business since Apr 2015

We’re a Detroit-based non-profit organization dedicated to serving the homeless community. We hire homeless women from local shelters to become full time seamstresses. These women manufacture a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag, which is then given out to homeless individuals living on the streets at no cost to them. We believe in giving second chances to those who want it, and providing warmth to those who need it. The Empowerment Plan employs and trains homeless women to manufacture a garment that serves as both a coat and a sleeping bag. These coats are then distributed back to homeless individuals within the Detroit community and across the nation, at no cost to them. We currently employ 10 wonderful women as full-time seamstresses. Through training and steady employment these women are able to elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty. Within the first few months of working with the program, we actively help these women and their families move off the streets or out of shelters by finding them secure, furnished housing. These women are empowering themselves with the confidence and skills necessary for a more sustainable, financially stable, and healthier life. The Empowerment Plan has a dual mission as we not only run and function like a garment business making warm, durable coats for the homeless, but we also help our employees to advance themselves professionally through learning and effectively utilizing a unique trade skill.

1401 Vermont Street
Detroit, MI 48216
United States

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  • Environment

    All of our materials are recycled scrap. The insulation inside of our coats is part of General Motors' "Zero Landfill" program, and is made from car batting - the insulation found inside of car doors. 

  • Social

    As of December 2013, we employ 16 previously homeless women full-time. All of our ladies have moved themselves and their families out of the homeless shelter and into safe, affordable and furnished housing. In 2013 we produced and distributed 3,000 coats. In 2014, we will make and distribute 6,000 coats, and hire 3 more women from homeless shelters.  


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