Capuchin Soup Kitchen opens bakery to provide skills, jobs

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which feeds thousands of homeless and needy metro Detroiters every year,

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which feeds thousands of homeless and needy metro Detroiters every year, is expanding its dining offerings with a new bakery that also teaches job skills to those who need it most.

The On the Rise Bakery Cafe at the Solanus Casey Center, which opened Thursday, offers work training for formerly incarcerated individuals or those who have completed a substance abuse recovery program. It’s part of the ROPE (Reaching Our Potential Everyday) program created by Capuchin Brother Ray Stadmeyer over 10 years ago.

It’s aimed at giving those in need a second chance, said Brother Gary Wegner,  executive director of the soup kitchen.

“Now we get referred through other programs,” Wegner said, places like the Salvation Army.

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen has been serving Detroit since 1929. 

“We continue to provide meals, hopefully in a dignified way, and hospitality to Detroit’s poor on the east side,” Wegner said. 

The bakery itself was started in 2009 and originally was located at 8900 Gratiot before moving to its new location at the Solanus Casey Center on Mt. Elliott.

Shoppers search for cookies at the grand opening of the On the Rise Bakery new location on June 9, 2022.

The goods are made at their bake house, where you can find cookies, doughnuts, bread, cakes, honey and other deli items like sandwiches on the menu. 

Prices range from $2 to $20, cookies and muffins are $2, and you can buy a whole 7UP cake for $17. Slices of cake start at $2 as well. 

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