Homelessness Marathon blog

... ending homelessness isn't a matter of charity, but a matter of changing the way our society is structured. -- Homelessness Marathon founder, Jeremy Weir Alderson, aka Nobody.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More on the Capucin Cash (Holy) Cow

I just spoke to Roy Hoelscher.  He's the man who made the announcement at the DAC meeting that they, the Capucins, would be accepting contributions for Haiti.  He made a mistake, he said regretfully, in terms of the timing of the announcement, because he miscalculated when checks would be arriving.  But be that as it may, the results are in. 
          The soup kitchen serves on the order of 300 every day for breakfast, 500 for lunch and 600 for dinner (what do those numbers, at just one establishment, tell us about Detroit?).   The DAC contributions were mixed with the contributions of other patrons, but the patrons are pretty much in the same social strata.  Some are squatting illegally, some are in shelters that don't serve meals, some have marginal housing and have to save money, and some, maybe at the top of the heap, are people who have been widowed and come more for the companionship.   But even these relatively wealthy widows and widowers are in no condition to be chit-chatting over hors d'oeuvres  and aperitifs at the yachting society were they not otherwise engaged at the soup kitchen.

          Out of this group, the Capucins were able to raise over $800.  I think it is best to provide that figure without commentary.