FYC: A Home Amongst Coats

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For Your Consideration | July 16, 2014

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Founder Veronika Scott hands out their Sleeping Bag Coats in Detroit

Welcome back to our series highlighting the considerate ways in which we engage those that suffer on the margins of society. Want to leave your own comments or considerations? Visit our Facebook Page to reply to the series posts directly. Enjoy!

This week we are looking at something pretty ingenious! And while it may not be cold enough for everyone to need a warm sleeping bag, these folks are getting ready – and creative! – for the winter months ahead…

Stephen Schock, a teacher at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, challenged his class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Fashion student Veronika Scott took up the challenge and designed a coat that could transform into a sleeping bag for those experiencing homelessness. Not only did her design win a 2011 International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s now become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which has gone one step further to ensure the support of those on the margins by hiring people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. In the end, the mission is simple: To create jobs for those who desire them, and to provide coats at no cost for those who need them.

It’s a coat! It’s a sleeping bag! It’s… considerate.

Learn more about the Empowerment Plan HERE.

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