03 Apr The Empowerment Plan
The Empowerment Plan (TEP) is a Detroit non-profit focused on serving the homeless population.
The Empowerment Plan hires from Detroit shelters and offers full-time employments in cut and sew manufacturing to individuals who are primarily single mothers with children. Support programming is also offered to ensure employees are equipped with skills and resources needed to address the barriers to transitioning to a financially stable and independent life. These programs include GED preparation and testing, financial literacy classes, digital literacy workshops, healthy living and nutritional sessions, a Family Life Success program, and more.
The Empowerment Plan employs a Case Manager and Social Worker to help employees obtain stable housing, reliable transportation, educational goals and resources, and steady childcare. By offering job opportunities and support services to housing insecure single-parent families, The Empowerment Plan takes a holistic approach to addressing these issues and serves as a stepping stone that creates permanent pathways out of systemic poverty.
Currently, the JLD Community Impact team is looking at working with the Empowerment Plan as they are in need of assistance in setting up an in-house clothing boutique for the men, women and their children at TEP. Community Impact is hoping to host an event for our JLD members to donate gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing. This will allow the boutique to provide clothing for increased job opportunities (job interviews) and to extend their finances.
In 2016-2017 the JLD provided modified Kitchen Kits to the Empowerment Plan and organized “Cooking in the Supermarket” program for TEP women. This program is based on sharing tips and practical advice on shopping for nutritious foods on a limited budget.