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In the world we see, women, children and families living in poverty are no longer victims. Instead, they are the architects of their own future. They are educated. They are employed. And they are empowered.

More than 550,000 people experience homelessness on a given night in the United States and roughly 10,000 live in Michigan.

Homelessness is a cycle in which becoming trapped is all too easy. One young college student knew firsthand what an unstable childhood stuck in poverty could mean. With that in mind, Veronika Scott set out to create an opportunity she wished her own family had been given. Initially, this opportunity took the form of a coat—a coat that could turn into a sleeping bag. Pursuing this vision, Veronika spent a semester designing this coat not only for individuals in need, but also with them.

 
 

It wasn't until a homeless woman approached Veronika that she realized the true potential of her project. This woman did not want a coat; she wanted a job. It was at that moment Veronika committed to hiring parents from shelters across Detroit to manufacture the coats in an effort to help families break that vicious cycle of poverty and become financially secure.

 
 
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“This is the first job that has given
me a sense of self-worth and value.
I feel like I am part of something
bigger and feel a sense of support
and community when I come to work.”

–Sherika Lane, Seamstress

 
 

In the years since founding in 2012, Empowerment Plan has evolved from an idea in a college class into an internationally recognized workforce development organization. By pairing full time employment with a wide range of supportive services, we have helped dozens of individuals achieve financial stability and independence for the whole family. Our holistic approach addresses everything from housing and childcare to transportation, education and more.

 
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The Empowerment Plan creates significant economic impact by serving as a stepping stone out of poverty into a state of stability. The core of our work stems from our intensive 2-year employment model focused on providing job readiness training and support services to our workforce.

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.

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The Team

Aaliyah Ruffin

Seamstress

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Aaron Branch

Inventory & Logistics Specialist

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Aleathia Dennis-Cherry

Seamstress

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Amber Hinton

Production Support

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Angel Tyler

Production Specialist

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Bahati Lee

Seamstress

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Bernadine Kale

Seamstress

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Briana Bicy

Seamstress

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Briana Horton

Seamstress

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Bryan Thomas

Manufacturing Director

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Cassandra Grimes

Seamstress

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Coy Mosley

Director of Human Resources

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DeAsia Taylor

Seamstress

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Ebonie Sharper

Seamstress

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Ebony Jones

Career Advancement Manager

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Eljeana Lee

Seamstress

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Erica Fenderson

Seamstress

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Erica McKinstry-Walls

Seamstress

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Erika George

Chief Development Officer

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Frenchie Moore

Seamstress

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Hailey McInnis

Special Projects Coordinator

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Jessica West

Seamstress

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Kareena Blanton-Peake

Seamstress

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Kelsey Grigal

Case Manager

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Labrita Dobine

Seamstress

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Lauren Knill

Development & Outreach Coordinator

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Rachel Hutterson

Production Specialist

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Matuaka Brown

Senior Programs Manager

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Morgan Ealy

Seamstress

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Necholle Hatcher

Seamstress

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Pamela Warren

Seamstress

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Renata Riley

Seamstress

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Robert Keyser

Seamster

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Robin Hunter

Seamtress

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Ryan Harte

Accountant

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Shauna Singleton

Seamstress

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Shacara Whatley

Seamstress

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Sherika Lane

Seamstress

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Sheronda Brown

Material Handler

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Sonia Livingston

VP Ops and Finance

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Tawana Thomas

Seamstress

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Tynisha Wright

Seamstress

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Veronica Williams

Operations & Facilities Support

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Veronika Scott

CEO & Founder

Our Board of Directors

Steve Hamp

Board Chair
New Economy Initiative, Michigan Education Excellence Foundation

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Alex Galeano

Ford Motor Credit

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Alexis Wiley

City of Detroit

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Chad Kilpatrick

Spreetail

Chris Hull

The Highline Partners

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Cynthia Ford

Civic Leader

Denise Restauri

GirlQuake

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Edsel B. Ford II

Civic Leader

Ed Terris

Peckham Industries

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Julie Fisher-Cummings

The Max M & Marjorie S Fisher Foundation

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Lori Wingerter

General Motors

Peter Remington

The Remington Group

Robyn Glaser

The Kraft Group

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Sheilah Clay

Neighborhood Service Organization

 

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