Friends of SKECH – this year in the spirit of the holidays we found a unique and important cause that together we can take part in to make a difference. Since we know you enjoy design, innovation, and technology, we think that you will find this cause unique and motivating. Β 

β€œThe Empowerment Plan” is a Detroit based nonprofit organization focused on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness. The organization hires single parents from local shelters and provides them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. These individuals are hired to manufacture a coat designed to meet the needs of those in the homeless community.Β 

The EMPWR coat is a water-resistant jacket, which can transform into a sleeping bag, or be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. The coat is constructed of durable, water-resistant Cordura fabric from Carhartt, upcycled automotive insulation from General Motors, and other materials provided by generous donors.
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