Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
Daisuke Hirakawa as Rei telling Tsubasa Yonaga to study in Free!
Daisuke Hirakawa as Rei telling Tsubasa Yonaga to study in Love Stage!!
riku has done some pretty despicable things, granted most of which we’ve come to forgive him for
but him telling 8 year old sora there’s no such thing as santa is just fucking unacceptable
(This is gonna be a bit harder on my phone but I’m gonna try!/laptop out of commission but I’m not going to not-post because of it!)
As usual, will always have spoilers:
-what the flying eff, that was legitimately kind of creepy of an opening!
-Nagisa, while present in a strong way last season, surprisingly remains relatively unknown if you never listened to the Drama CDs. But even then his background is relatively hidden for the most part. Once again, this anime addresses things there weren’t present before but is nice to be brought up for character development and I love this episode as much as Rei’s.
-with the above said……this was a pretty damn sad episode??? With Nagisa as the lead no less??? If you told me that last season I probably wouldn’t believe you.
-this actually really hits home with me so maybe I’m bit biased about it. At first i thought it was sort of a silly reason for running away but as revelations came up, well, it wasn’t. I get it. I get Nagisa whole heartedly. I never ran away from home but even so. Nagisa had something to lose and I didn’t.
And it makes me happy to know he has a passion. He loves swimming and loves his friends. They’re what makes him motivated in life. I hope he gets to live out his dream of traveling!
-there surprisingly isn’t much to say about this episode. I love it, I got teary, I love the direction it went, the pacing, and I love that I found something in Nagisa that I can relate to. In a span of a single episode, this anime made Nagisa all the more human; showing us the extent of what makes him sad/what breaks him and simultaneously explains why he is so happy otherwise.
-I’m excited for next episode. They foreshadowed a couple of things this ep and those prior but I hope Mako and Haru get to have the talk I’m dying to hear/see.
Nitori hasn’t even roomed with Minishiba for more than a minute and he is already 999% done with him.
rin "my eyes are up here" matsuoka
i cant believe its actually canon that rins body is so A+++ that even guys stare at his boobs