Imagine walking around outside on the coldest night you can possibly fathom. Now imagine the same situation, but this time without the warmth and comfort of a winter coat. This is a sad reality for the countless homeless individuals that struggle to survive season after season. At The Empowerment Plan, we aim to not only provide homeless individuals with a warm coat that can transform into a sleeping bag to help protect against the elements, but we also employ single parents from local shelters to make the coats. By hiring directly from the population that is on the receiving end of the product, we are not just providing a band-aid for a system issue, but taking action to help put an end to generational homelessness. We work tirelessly to equip those we hire with the skills needed to regain their confidence and independence and provide the resources needed to help secure housing, reliable transportation, and ultimately financially stability. We currently have a team of 19 seamstresses working full-time to manufacture the sleeping bag coat. We have distributed the coat across 29 states and 4 Canadian provinces are on track to produce and distribute 6,500 coats this year alone.