We have all experienced what it is like to be cold. Fortunately, most of us have a place to go to escape when it becomes to unbearable. For many other people less fortunate than you and I, they cannot escape. They do not have a warm place to retreat to and are faced with surviving through the winter months on the streets or trying to get into crowded shelters. This year will make it even more challenging for individuals who do not have a home since the COVID pandemic will make it even more challenging to find a spot in a local shelter.
YOU can make a difference by supporting the purcahse of an EMPWR coat that can make all the difference in someones life. These coats will be donated to local non-profit organizations across Canada who have the ability to connect with individulas who are in desperate need of some warmth over the winter months.
On behalf of the fundraising team - we sincerely appreciate any contribution you can make to this important initiative.
1 EMPWR Coat: $125 USD (~165 CAD)
If you cannot sponsor an entire coat, that is ok. Any contribution that you can make will make a big difference
Corporate donations are also welcome. Please reach out to discuss your interest to make a difference in your community
What is the Empowerment Plan?
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. It is because of this model and the strength of those we employ, that every single person has moved out of the shelter within the first 4-6 weeks of working with us and no one has returned to homelessness once we’ve hired them. 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.
Tell Me More About the EMPWR Coat
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. The coat is constructed of durable, water resistant Cordura fabric from Carhartt, upcycled automotive insulation from General Motors, and other materials provided by generous donors.
Where Can I Go To Learn More?
More information about the Empowerplan Plan and their mission can be found on their website at https://www.empowermentplan.org