The Empowerment Plan is a Detroit based nonprofit organization focused on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness. They hire single parents from local shelters and provide them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. The individuals hired manufacture a coat designed to meet the needs of those in the homeless community. The durable EMPWR coat can transform into a sleeping bag at night or an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. Since 2012, The Empowerment Plan has provided employment to 39 homeless individuals—all of whom have now secured permanent housing for themselves and their families—and distributed over 20,000 coats to those in need across the U.S. and Canada.
The EMPWR coat is a water-resistant jacket, which can transform into a sleeping bag, or be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use.