Woman Got Yelled At For Giving Homeless Person A Coat — What She Did Next Will Floor You (VIDEO)

Veronika Scott is a true hero. What began as a mission to provide better coats to homeless people so they can stay warm in the oppressive winter weather became so, so much more.

Scott designed a coat that converts to a full sleeping bag that can help stave off the cold, but what is special about the coats is how they are made. Through her non-profit, the Empowerment Plan, Scott not only produces something useful — but the way the coats are made is absolutely perfect.

When Scott took a coat to the shelter in which she designed them, she realized that she still wasn’t doing enough.

“I remember taking a coat back to the shelter that I designed the coat in, and this woman literally is screaming at me. She goes up to me and says, ‘We don’t need coats. Coats are pointless. We need jobs.

And really, she was completely right, because a coat is just a band-aid for a systemic issue. And what really would have an impact is hiring the population that would need them in the first place.”

So Scott began hiring and training homeless individuals to make the coats — something that has a positive and lasting impact on people who don’t want everything handed to them but, instead, seek an opportunity to improve their lives.

Teia Sams, a seamstress at Empowerment Plan, says she loves her job. “In three months, Teia’s gone from living in a shelter here in Detroit to her own house, and getting all of her kids back and living with her again,” Scott explained in 2013. “Because I found the right people, they prove that this model can exist, and that it works, and that my idea isn’t just a nice idea.”

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Scott has won numerous awards, and has received backing from some major players. General Motors donated 2,000 yards of sound absorption material used in vehicles for Empowerment Plan to use as insulation in the coats.

“Veronika’s a unique humanitarian with a really wonderful concept who’s already done a lot of good not only in the Detroit area, but also in spreading that good in other urban areas across the country,” said Sharon Basel, a spokeswoman for GM.  “We feel proud about providing one small thing to help her efforts.”

Clothing company carhartt also helped with donations of materials and machines.  “Veronika’s remarkable passion to create a program that offers warmth and shelter and ultimately jobs to help the city’s homeless population is inspiring and necessary to be involved with,” said Tony Ambroza, vice president of marketing for Carhartt. “We are honored to be a part of this inspiring movement that Veronika has started right here in our city.”

The coats, which cost about $99 each to make, are ordered by nonprofits for free distribution to the homeless and are used by the Red Cross for disaster relief. Scott says she wants her business model to become the norm for U.S. manufacturing.

“You need to invest in people the way you invest in your machine,” she said. “You’re going to get a longer term of very high quality work.”