Coat That Transforms into a Sleeping Bag Warms Detroit’s Homeless

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You think you’re cold? Try being one of Detroit’s 18,000 homeless. Veronika Scott, a junior at the Center for Creative Studies, for one, isn’t about to shiver on the sidelines. To help her city’s chronically destitute, a quarter of whom are children, the 21-year-old designed a heated, waterproof jacket that turns into a sleeping bag at night. But the Elements S(urvival) coat, which geminated as a school project, is more than an instrument of warmth. By employing homeless people to produce the jacket, Scott hopes to create jobs, impart valuable skills, and restore dignity.

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SHELTER ME

Made from Tyvek, which is used in the construction industry as a thermal and moisture barrier for buildings, as well as heavy-duty insulation such as wool army blankets, the Elements S(urvival) coat has undergone countless design iterations based on input from Detroit’s homeless.

The coat is made from Tyvek, which provides a weather barrier for buildings, as well as heavy insulation such as army blankets.

But although Scott pumped in $2,000 of her own savings to create the prototypes, she had to enlist the help of expert manufacturer Carhatt to kick her full-fledged humanitarian mission into gear. Carhatt, which makes tough-as-nails work overalls, donated several industrial sewing machines, 300 yards of quilted nylon and sherpa lining, industrial cutters, pattern-making materials, and thread.

Scott also partnered with the Cass Community, a local homeless shelter that is providing room, board, and minimum wages for the people who are making the coats. Besides streamlining the coat-making process, Scott plans to finishing 25 coats by the end of February. In the long run, her goal is to make the patterns open source, so other shelters around the world can make their own.

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7 Responses to “Coat That Transforms into a Sleeping Bag Warms Detroit’s Homeless”

  1. Cailientology says:

    This is GENIUS.
    I respect you so much for creating this. The homeless are so often forgotten and this is not only a gift for them, but an empowerment tool and a life-saver.

    Thank you for caring!

  2. louis kaplan says:

    I am so moved by your caring and Ingenuity I that would donate some time to helping contact other organizations you feel could help the cause in getting yoour product to the people that need it most. I spent 30 years in the apparel business.
    Thank you for your efforts!

  3. Lmf319 says:

    I think this is great idea, but I do see one flaw; the color. Gosh forbid a person be sleeping in Michigan on the ground in a snow storm and get plowed over. Maybe a floresant orange or have some sort of reflective material on it. Just a thought. Keep up the good work!

  4. Roger says:

    I think is so great what you are doing, I would love to help you out any way I can, I would donate my time on what ever you need.Im from Iowa and have alot of free time. I dont have much but Ill try and help you out what I can. Fill free to email me

  5. myra pierce says:

    I just found your site. I live in the Detroit area and would be willing to make some of these coats/sleeping bags. I have a lifetime of sewing experience.

  6. twins2708 says:

    Hi, is the pattern available as I would love to make these for our homeless ?

  7. angus says:

    How do I go about geting one?

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