Southfield (CW50) – Capuchins came to North America around the 1850s, establishing themselves in Detroit during the late 1800s. In 1929 during the depression, the Capuchins would help serve the community after they opened up their own soup kitchen.

Brother Jerry Johnson of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, with Community Connect Host Lisa Germani (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

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On this week’s COMMUNITY CONNECT, Lisa Germani sits down with Brother Jerry Johnson of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen to discuss the history of the Capuchins in Detroit and what they do for the city today.

Brother Jerry Johnson of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

The core mission of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen is to serve the community by providing them with food, yet doing it in a way that makes people feel welcome and never judged or patronized. The idea is to treat people as if they are brothers and sisters in a family.

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Brother Jerry Johnson of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, with Community Connect Host Lisa Germani (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

The Capuchin Soup kitchen now has two big soup kitchens, a food pantry, a clothing distribution center, a bakery that employs ex-prisoners, a children’s program with an art therapist, and an urban farming program. The food pantry serves nearly 200 families per day. The organization also runs a substance abuse treatment program, serving men coming out of homelessness who need 24 hour care.

Brother Jerry Johnson of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

You can find out more about the Capuchin Soup Kitchen at CSKDetroit.org

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