Meet Mitscoots Outfitters, an innovative Austin based clothing brand that is outfitting people trying to transition out of homelessness. The co-founder of Mitscoots Outfitters, Tim Scott, volunteered in 2008 to help the less fortunate and found that right after food and water, the greatest request among the homeless was quality clothing. So, in 2012 Tim and his wife Agata launched Mitscoots Outfitters with a mission; for every item purchased, there is an equal quality item that is given to someone in need. Mitscoots Outfitters goes a step further and employs the transitioning homeless at their company!
Mitscoots? What does that mean?
When Tim was a child he struggled with dyslexia. When he began learning how to write his name. Tim became Mit. And Scott became Scoot. Now the former Air Force Veteran is helping bring opportunity to the transitioning homeless in Austin through his amazing clothing company.
Below is a quick Q&A with Tim Scott, co-founder of Mitscoots.
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What inspired the Mitscoots Outfitters mission to provide resources and opportunity to the homeless in Austin, Texas?
Well, my wife and I have been volunteering in the homeless community for about a decade now. Every time we would go out with donations to help give assistance where we can and we were unfortunately always running out of hand-me-down clothing items. Things like beanies, scarves, shirts and socks would often either be in terrible shape or not fit. And even of those, we would run out. We thought that that was a pretty ridiculous problem to have to tackle when you’re facing the other enormous issues of homelessness. We saw an obvious problem and I’d always been taught in the military to tackle these types of things head-on.
We love your “Made in USA” products. Can you tell us a little about the suppliers you are working with?
What do you think is the biggest misconception on the 1 for 1 model?
The donation should be a touch point to create a human connection with someone else that is falling by the wayside. It’s our chance to bring someone back into the fold through opportunity, let them know that they’re cared about and not invisible.
Why do you think it is important to provide opportunity over handouts?
Tell us a little about the amazing people Mitscoots Outfitters has employed and how they have been economically empowered!
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