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BENEFITING: The Empowerment Plan

Maurice Gibson


After the game is over, students are stumbling back to their rooms after exerting all their excited emotions and Vol spirit. The other team’s buses and fans have left in defeat. The frigid winter wind whips in the Tennessee night, ducking under bridges and stabbing through stressed seems of shirts and slacks. Trials have come to visit. Though not planned, these trials have been taken in and have overstayed their welcome. Their host: Knoxville’s tremendous homeless population. They bare this burden through the night and into the new day. This sheltered night for some is spent by those who are less fortunate on Cumberland Ave, East Magnolia, or wherever there’s a place to rest their head. Knoxville, like countless other cities throughout our country, face the ongoing issue of homelessness in our communities. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, a University of Tennessee Grad, has implemented and is in the process of completing a great agenda to demolish homelessness. Unfortunately, these agendas take time. While freezing days and nights go by, nearly 460 homeless people occupy the streets, according to the Knoxville Community Dashboard on Homelessness: Quarter 2 2016 (April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016). With less than half of the new homeless population requesting services, educating them on local services like the Helen Ross McNabb Center, Family Promise and Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries is helpful, but not enough. So what is the solution? The Empowerment Plan This program provides $100 Coats that are multi-functional by quickly becoming a sleeping or duffel bag. This is a two-way helping system of philanthropy by the coats being hand made by previously homeless women from Detroit. Curing homelessness is a process and the cold nights will continue to negatively impact the lives of those experiencing them until we make a change. Please donate to help me raise money and give out coats to Knoxville’s homeless this winter! Maurice Gibson



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