House of Mercy gets convertible sleeping bag-backpack-coats

The BodyMind Float Center donated 50 Empowerment coats to the House of Mercy in Rochester. The coats can convert to sleeping bags and also backpacks for people who live on the streets and will not go to shelters. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - One of the lead organizations that helps to care for the homeless in Rochester is getting some help.

The BodyMind Float Center donated 50 Empowerment coats to the House of Mercy in Rochester.

The coats can convert to sleeping bags and also backpacks for people who live on the streets and will not go to shelters.

"These help them survive better," said Sister Grace Miller, who runs the House of Mercy. "They don't have to be afraid; they know they are can be warm and can wear them and use them. I've never seen anything like it before. It's a great invention."

Sister Grace said the coats will be given to people living on the street who don't like crowds and want to be alone.

In January, Good Day Rochester hosted a demonstration on the empowerment coats that you can watch here.

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