Veronika Scott is a twenty-one-year-old design student in Detroit, Michigan, but this young humanitarian wears many fine hats. A town of terrible winters, the homeless in Detroit suffer greatly at this time of year and Veronika created the Detroit Empowerment Plan to provide much-needed warmth to the city’s 20,000 street dwellers.
She could not eradicate the homeless situation, but as one single caring human being she could and did make a significant difference in the lives of these unfortunates by creating a coat called Element S. This self-heated sleeping bag is water-proof and doubles as a coat by day.
Created by the loving hands of a group of homeless women who are paid minimum wage for their efforts and are fed and housed while working, the end result of this empowerment program is not the product but rather the personal pride instilled in these workers by their accomplishments. Or put another way, it is not the coat useful though it may be, but rather the people behind the coat who shine and shine again under the auspices of this program.
A product design student at the College for Creative Studies, Veronika’s inspiration was actually a school project that directed her to “design to fill a need.” From there, she reached out to the 20,000 people living on the street of Detroit. She even worked for a while in a shelter. Soon after the idea for the coat took hold, it became much more than just a coat; it blossomed into a way to give back and benefit the community.
Veronika Scott is making a difference in the world of the homeless one Element S at a time.
Hooray for the Empowerment Program!