For our Guests....The Capuchin Soup Kitchen offers a variety of services to assist you.
- Food Pantry
- Shower Program
- Rosa Parks Children's and Youth Program
- Pastoral Care
- Appliance & Furniture
We have two Soup Kitchen sites. The two kitchen/dining room sites serve full-course, nutritious meals to hundreds of guests each day. While monetary donations are gratefully accepted, no one is denied a meal because of their inability to pay. There are no eligibility criteria, and meals are served in spacious, clean and attractive settings.
The Capuchin Services Center also has an emergency food pantry. There are no geographic eligibility criteria; however, all recipients of service are interviewed by a Guest Services Specialist. Identification must be provided for all individuals for whom assistance is requested. Families are eligible for food assistance every thirty days, and receive sufficient food to feed a family of four for a week. Each guest is granted a designated number of pounds of food, based on family size. Non-perishable items and frozen meats are included in the allotted pounds; but fresh vegetables, dairy items, bread and other perishable foods are not. Those items are available to consumers over and above their weight total.
The Capuchin Services Center location
6333 Medbury St
Detroit, MI 48211
For food, clothing assistance, and general information: (313) 925-0514
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We host what is officially known as a 12 step study each morning at alternating kitchen sites. We invite anyone who is interested in support & friendship. One need not be alcoholic or substance abusing to attend as it is an “Open Meeting.” Conner Kitchen on Monday & Wednesday mornings 9:30 – 10:30; Meldrum Kitchen on Tuesday & Friday 9:30 – 10:30.
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen also offers Jefferson House, a twelve-bed, residential treatment facility for indigent males seeking to reclaim their lives from addictions. Residents normally complete their stay in six to nine months. During that time they learn to practice honesty, courage and other virtues essential to recovery and to the development of a sober, healthy and happy life. They participate in twelve-step recovery meetings, and are encouraged to continue such participation following their departure from Jefferson House. The program also provides opportunity to work at other Capuchin Soup Kitchen locations, for which the men are paid a modest stipend. New residents to Jefferson House are admitted via referral from inpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Jefferson House is accredited by CARF International and is one of the top 3% of therapeutic communities who received no recommendations from CARF. Call for an admission interview. Admissions on a bed-available basis. Jefferson House, (313) 331-8900
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen's On the Rise Bakery is run by men who desire to truly change their lives. The bakers have recently been released from prison or have completed a substance abuse treatment program. To learn more, call (313) 922-8510
The Capuchin Services Center distributes men's, women's children clothing for anyone in need. There is no geographic eligibility criteria; however, all recipients of service are interviewed by a Guest Services Specialist. Identification must be provided for all individuals for whom assistance is requested. The clothing distribution area has a retail feel with racks are arranged in a consumer-friendly manner.
The shower program is located at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Meldrum kitchen site, 1264 Meldrum. There are a limited number of showers Monday through Friday. Limit: one shower per week unless extenuating circumstances. We try to provide a clean set of clothing but that is not always available. Sign up during the meal hours: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast; 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch.
Rosa Parks Children's and Youth Program
After-school tutoring and art therapy sessions are available for children ages 6-14 at our Rosa Parks Children's & Youth program located at our Conner kitchen site, 4390 Conner, 4:00pm - 6pm Monday - Friday. Also available: garden club, a lending library of over 15,000 books, teen boys and girls groups, a junior counselor program that focuses on the development of youth leadership. A three week summer peace camp for all children features art, drama, music and peacemaking activities. To learn more, (313) 822-8606, ext. 4220
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen stands ready to offer spiritual care to anyone who seeks it. Br. Robert Wotypka is available at our Meldrum kitchen site. Mr. Eric Taylor is available at our Conner kitchen site.
The Capuchin Services Center serves as the distribution site for appliances for families reestablishing households after a fire or a stay in a shelter. There are no geographic eligibility criteria; however, all recipients of service are interviewed by a Guest Services Specialist and must meet several eligibility requirements in order to receive appliances. Identification must be provided for all individuals for whom assistance is requested. Case management services are provided by degreed social workers. The Capuchin Services Center, 6333 Medbury St., Detroit, MI 48211 (313) 925-0514