Empowerment Plan http://michiganradio.org en Business with social mission helps keep homeless warm http://michiganradio.org/post/business-social-mission-helps-keep-homeless-warm <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting a business can be hard. How about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? Well, that’s even harder.</span></p><p>Stateside’s Mercedes Mejia tells us about the Empowerment Plan. It’s a business with a social mission.&nbsp; The company makes coats that double as sleeping bags, and gives them away to homeless people.</p><p>After nearly two years, its mission is the same. But its business model is&nbsp;evolving.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:30:58 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 16919 at http://michiganradio.org Business with social mission helps keep homeless warm Helping Detroit's homeless with a multipurpose coat http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-detroits-homeless-multipurpose-coat <p>Even though summer has just begun, I recently visited three women who were sewing coats in a big, old industrial building in Detroit. Their goal is to make 800 coats for the homeless this year.</p><p>This isn&rsquo;t just any winter coat. While it looks like a super warm jacket with an oversized hood, there&rsquo;s a little flap at the bottom for your feet. This coat can double as a sleeping bag. And when it&rsquo;s hot, it can be folded up into an over the shoulder satchel.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 19:04:56 +0000 Vincent Duffy 7583 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Detroit's homeless with a multipurpose coat