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Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.” 

Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets. 

Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets. 

When she started out, Veronika states,

“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.” 

And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”

Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”

You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.

To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit

For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.

For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness at or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit

Important in so many ways.

This is amazing and wonderful.





no shade @ anyone but i pray to god that i’m not on in my late 20s/early 30s but instead my career is peaking i’m making bank i got a nice house and i got somebody waiting at home for me god damn it

oh honey.


Remember, kids, when you hit 30, you have to give up all of your hobbies. That peaking career and nice house and romantic partner mean you will have zero time to get online and dick around looking at cat gifs.

sohypothetically replied to your post “sohypothetically replied to your post “When all your mutuals get the…”

That’s awesome. I didn’t read it until after MJ was out either. Thank God. Or I would have died waiting. How is your word count a day thingee going? I think of you ever day while I try to do the same thing.

Sadly, RL got in the way and I pretty much abandoned it.  Not that I wasn’t writing, but I wasn’t writing every day.  Word count wise, I probably ended up making my total goal, but daily writing didn’t work out so well.


No matter how long Gale lived in District 2, no matter how nice the home he was given was, no matter how perfect his job was for him, District 2 would never be his home. It took him months to even wake up without quick breaths as he wondered where he was, and it would take him two more to sleep a full night through. 

People admired Gale. He was strong, handsome, hardworking, and smart. They tried to talk to him for the first month, but he couldn’t bring himself to say more than a polite hello and an excuse of being ‘too busy’ or having ‘an important meeting.’ He only left his house, which he refused to call home, when he really needed to. It was more than missing Katniss; it was missing that old life, which was something he never thought he would do.

Gale hated his life before, hated his family starving and fearing the reaping every year. He dreamt of a new life after a revolt against the capital, but this isn’t what he had pictured. Those days in the woods he pictured happiness, laughter, freedom, and only after the war did he realize that Laughter would always be short when you had seen the sort of things he had. Gale was strong, but you would have to be more than human to see souls slip from bodies and keep all of yours. 

whiskeysnarker asked:

B, T, Q, Z

B. A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind.

That would be your very own Hayhanna (that’s Haymitch Abernathy/Johanna Mason, for those who aren’t aware).  :D

T. What are your favorite male/male ships or female/female ships?

Gaeta/Hoshi from Battlestar Galactica in a romantic sense and Aeryn Sun/Chiana from Farscape in a friends/family sense.

Q. A ship you’ve abandoned and why.

Sarah Connor/Derek Reese from Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles.  I still like the ship, but I really started liking Jesse Flores/Derek Reese better.  (I wish they hadn’t canceled that show — I liked writing for it, but it just doesn’t spark anything anymore.)

Z. What’s a ship that you want to ship publicly, but everyone on tumblr hates it so you keep your mouth shut about it?

Shhh….  It’s a secret, ‘cause I’ve already lost 3 followers since last night, but…  Johanna Mason/Finnick Odair.  And maybe a little bit Katniss Everdeen/Finnick Odair.  But then, even thought Annie/Finnick is my OTP, I can ship Finnick with pretty much anyone.

arathesane asked:

D, E, J, N, Y.

GRRRR….  Tumblr ate my amazingly well-thought out and articulated post!  D:


D. What was the first thing you ever contributed to a fandom?

My very first fandom contribution was also my very first fic - Morning Sickness, written for Farscape.

E. Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what?

Already answered here.

J. Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.  Of course I read the books before I watched any of the show.

N. Your favorite fandom (for the people; not the thing you fangirl over).

That’s a tough question!  It’s kinda sorta most of the way to a three-way tie between Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, and the Hunger Games.  I’ve met people in all three of the fandoms who I consider to be friends for life.  <3

Y. A fandom you’re in but have no ships from.

None.  I ship, therefor I am.

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