Help Us Provide Immediate Protection and Warmth to Unsheltered San Diegans
According to the 2020 Point-in-Time Count conducted by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, nearly 4,000 people live unsheltered in San Diego county on any given day. As winter approaches, the need to provide immediate protection from the elements increases. To that end, the Lucky Duck Foundation has partnered with Aqualia International Foundation, LTD, to provide 2,000 EMPWR transformative coats to people experiencing homelessness in San Diego.
The coats are made by Empowerment Plan, a social enterprise nonprofit based in Detroit that hires homeless parents to do the manufacturing while providing them with case management and other support services. The weather-resistant coats are made from upcycled materials, fold out into a sleeping bag, and can be worn as a shoulder bag. They will be distributed through our food and water initiative, which has provided over 300,000 meals to date and currently serves 1,000 people per day.
While these coats immediately benefit those experiencing homelessness by providing warmth and protection from the elements, they are no substitute for real shelter. As a community, we must do more. Specifically, we call on our political leaders to open empty or underutilized government buildings for shelter, permanent supportive housing, and employment opportunities for those experiencing homelessness such as Empowerment Plan. In the meantime, the least we can do is partially alleviate the suffering of homelessness with these coats.
LDF and Aqualia International Foundation challenge other organizations, businesses, and individuals to fill the gap by providing coats for every unsheltered person experiencing homelessness throughout San Diego County. To that end, we thank Alliance Healthcare Foundation and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless for being the first organizations to pledge a combined 200 coats!
Will you accept our challenge to provide EMPWR transformative coats to all 4,000 unsheltered San Diegans?