Keeping The Homeless Warm
Organized by: Ras Samson
Hello my name is Oma Strachan, a young man trying to do great things. During my Intro to Business class I heard about Viktoria Scott and learned of her story on how she started The Empowerment Plan. It amazed me at how a simple idea of hers turned into such a remarkable movement. Motivated by her I thought of a way to replicate her concept. Now I would like to obtain 1,000 pieces of this product to handout to the homeless of my community.
I'm from The Bronx, New York where the homeless is a problem. Here alone in my borough there are twenty-two shelters. While these shelters do provide adequate protection from natures elements there is no security from eminent danger. Many complain and fear the abuse that occurs in these shelters, and because of this would rather face natures elements on their own.
I have seen others, like Chance The Rapper, take it upon themselves to provide this same service to the homeless. I am in the process of obtaining funding and grants to purchase this amazing product. Each coat is made with a donation of $100, and as stated before I would like to have 1,000 coats. Obtaining this will help me provide at least one hundred people with protection from natures elements. The Empowerment Plan has received endorsements from companies such as Carhartt and General Motors and others. The coat is made of of strong, water proof Cordura brand material provided by Carhartt, upcycled automotive insulation provided by General Motors, and other materials supplied to them by well wishers.
If you can point me in the right direction I would appreciate it. In addition I have contacted nearby community programs who are willing to lend a hand by utilizing the youth in in this outreach. I would love to hear back from your corporation before I approach my local councilman ,Andy King, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Based off of recent Department of Homeless Service reports there about 60,000 homeless people in New York City, adult and children. That leaves around 12,000 per borough documented so we can imagine how many are out there undocumented? Supplying these 1,000 coats to those in need won't make a difference to the almost 60,000 homeless people in New York City but it will make a big difference to someone in my community and start a fire that will spread throughout my whole city. Help me start Empowering those who need a start.
The second part of my project would be to replicate what the empowerment plan has done in Detroit. In the summer of 2017 I would like to be able to purchase a building that can be turned into a factory. There we would hire the homeless community to make the same jackets. Allowing them to help other like them while earning a living to Chang the way they are living.