DETROIT, Mi. - The fortunate have a warm bed to brave cold winter nights. For the homeless, it can be life or death. Dan Chester, a philanthropist from Chicago, came to Detroit to buy 130 of the special coats for the homeless in the Windy City.
"A couple weeks ago in Chicago, we had a homeless man who died while sleeping in the park. We thought that this coat could potentially have saved this man's life," Chester said. "Last year we gave out hats, gloves and socks, and this year, a friend of mine and I were sitting on the couch and it was, what do we do this year? What do we do to up our game?" he explained.
But it's not just the final product that is helping people. The Empowerment Plan employs 22 people that were once on the streets, and elevates them from the generational cycle of homelessness-- employees like seamstress Tamika Evans.