A good meal and clean clothes are easy comforts to take for granted. Unfortunately, for some residents of Detroit, these basic needs require a constant struggle to obtain. 87 years ago a knock on a door spurred the growth of a local non-profit that would ensure all hard struck Detroit residents had a place where they could find clothing, food and the resources to improve their circumstances. This organization would become the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. As a champion for the city of Detroit, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s relationship with Capuchin is unique. Our President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp has a personal and invested interest in the organization, and has contributed significant time and resources to ensure Capuchin continues to meet the needs of the community. The soup kitchen largely relies on donations, so working with other community partners, Dan Loepp has lead by example; passionately inspiring employee activation and support around Capuchin’s mission. Tricia Keith, executive vice president, chief of staff and corporate secretary, shares how Dan Loepp’s ongoing support for Capuchin inspired and rallied employees around this important cause.
Photo credit: Jeff Kubina This post and related podcasts are part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s ‘Investing in America’s Heath’ initiative – The Power of Blue. Learn more about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s commitment and investment in local communities here, and follow the #PowerofBlue hashtag. About the Capuchin Soup Kitchen Founded in 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen is a ministry of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, which is headquartered in Detroit and serves Capuchin ministries worldwide. It is funded primarily by donations, receiving no government assistance. www.CSKDetroit.org