The Empowerment Plan: Textiles and tech on the road to self-sufficiency

The Empowerment Plan: Textiles and tech on the road to self-sufficiency


So when we first started, we wanted to
prove that we can do two things: that you know one that we can make the coat
period, and that we can hire people from shelters. When Empowerment Plan first
started it was initially about the coat and then we realized that it was about
the jobs and really making sure that everyone was getting as many
opportunities as possible. We’re a stepping stone between being in the shelter or being on the streets and being financially stable and independent. So we get stay true to what we do, which
is production employment, and we get to partner with all these other amazing
organizations to do the rest. You give so much access and so much information you have people really be able to help themselves is the biggest
thing about what we’re trying to do here. I told them going into each of my
interviews, my number one thing is to get my thoughts easier and then now I’m
working towards that. I’m pursuing a degree at Henry Ford Community College for computer information systems. So regardless, if you are wanting to go back to school or you have this dream job in mind, they’re going to help you obtain that. So I
really wanted to grow with the company I really don’t want to leave. I want to work
next to Veronika. I want to be VP or I want to eventually bounce off and do
my own thing. You really get to see what matters, so sometimes you forget why you’re doing it, you forget why it matters and at the end of the day it’s about the
people. They remind me everyday.

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