DTE, DPD partner with nonprofit to distribute 500 coats to homeless people in Detroit

Posted at 3:45 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 17:28:39-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — It’s a massive campaign to help the homeless in Detroit with hundreds of warm coats and sleeping bags, thanks to a considerable donation from DTE.

This week and last week, Detroit police officers handed out 500 warm winter coats made by the nonprofit “Empowerment Plan.” The coats were funded by a $62,500 donation from DTE.

Back in November 2018, 7 Action News first gave you an up close look at the nonprofit’s important work. On Monday, Feb 17, CEO Veronika Scott also spoke about the impact of giving people who are homeless jobs at their factory.

“To be able to bless someone is a really cool feeling,” said Sgt. Steven Shank, who spent the day giving out coats.

Detroit police officers tell 7 Action News they are excited about the opportunity to help deliver warmth.

“This is a great news story and shows what’s possible when people come together to help out in our community,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The coats also have critical phone numbers and information for emergency resources inside. To learn more, visit