In 2010, 20 year old Veronika Scott received a class assignment to design something that would fill a social need. Working together with the homeless community in Detroit she created a heat-trapping jacket that turns into a self-heated and waterproof sleeping bag. She continued to work with the homeless community to create new prototypes and improve the design of the jacket. Understanding the need to create jobs too, she hired and trained homeless mothers to make the coats with her company, The Empowerment Plan. Empowering, indeed.

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