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Teenager Designs Coat For Homeless That Doubles As Sleeping Bag

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 19:56
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Veronika Scott invented a coat for the homeless that doubles as a sleeping bag at night.

Screenshot Sleeping Bag Coat via NewsHour

A few years ago, Scott, now 23, set up a coat manufacturing business in a graffiti-covered building in an old Irish manufacturing neighborhood of Detroit. She had a few sewing machines and a drive to help the homeless.

She wanted to make a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag, originally intended just for Detroit’s homeless. But when she presented it at Aspen Fashion Week a year ago, some in the audience asked where they could get their own coats.

Since late 2010, Scott and her employees — 10 formerly homeless women who moved into housing only after they started working for Scott’s nonprofit company, called The Empowerment Plan, have made more than 1,000 of the coats, which have been distributed for free to the homeless nationwide — mostly by nonprofits in Detroit and Ohio but also in San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Aspen and Philadelphia. This year, she plans to make four times that amount.

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