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Matt Patricia and Jarrad Davis facilitating surgical mask and gown production by Detroit’s Empowerment Plan

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Justin Rogers from the Detroit News has a story everyone ought to see. It is excellent, so i’mma just shut up and let Justin flow. Click through to read the whole article:

As mentioned in Rogers’ article, the team has worked with Empowerment Plan in the past, including an offseason visit last June by the incoming crop of rookies. The sleeping bag coat creators have gotten national recognition for their good work for many years. Founder and CEO Veronika Scott was hailed as one of CNN’s 10 Visionary Women in 2014. CNN recently followed up with a feature on her enterprise in January 2020, calling it “one of the most successful homeless employment programs” in the country.

According to Rogers, “the (Empowerment Plan) was already deep into plans to produce both surgical masks and hospital gowns, even though they weren’t sure how they were going to fund the crisis-driven pivot.” That’s where head coach Matt Patricia, the Detroit Lions, and team captain Jarrad Davis pitched in to organize financial backing and partners for this quick response project.

CEO and founder Veronika Scott is still sorting through many of the details, but the expectation is to bring back 15 sewing machine operators — the maximum allowed for safe conditions — who could produce up to 6,000 masks each week.

Facing critical shortages in masks and gowns for medical staff, Michigan hospitals have been forced to get creative in finding new supplies. Production from manufacturers with the sewing production capacity and expertise like the Empowerment Plan will be a huge boost in the ongoing fight against COVID, so big ups to all these tremendous people.

And now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:

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