Southfield (CW50) – Has Heart was founded in 2011 by a Veteran and a designer, who set out on a mission to bring their communities together. The world of art can be a powerful place for recovering veterans who are going through the transition process back into civilian life.

Has Heart is a Michigan-based nonprofit. Originally founded as “Fashion Has Heart” by 8-year U.S. Veteran, Michael Hyacinthe, and artist/designer, Tyler Way, who were introduced to each other over a cup of coffee and discovered the disconnect between the Veteran and art communities.

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Hyacinthe met a local quadriplegic Marine who has a love for t-shirts and asked Way to co-create a design for one. The collaboration sparked what is now known as the HERO series, where Veterans are paired with designers to share their story through the art medium.

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Community Connect Host Jackie Paige, with Michael Hyacinthe, US Navy Seabee Veteran – CEO & Co-Founder, Has Heart

Michael Hyacinthe, Co-Founder of Has Heart, joins Jackie Paige on Community Connect to talk about the organizations mission and what the future looks like as more collaborations take place.

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