A cadre of Roper St. Francis executives donned aprons Feb. 20 and ladled out meals to more than 200 Charleston homeless at the Crisis Ministries soup kitchen.
The reasoning behind the philanthropic effort was two-fold. First, it was a celebration of the recent successful completion of a $500,000 Medical Society of South Carolina challenge grant to aid Crisis Ministries as it constructs a new health clinic.
The event also served to kickoff the shelter’s VIP Volunteer program in which Lowcountry executives are being asked to spend a day helping the homeless.
“We’ve had the privilege of working with Crisis Ministries for a number of years, and we’re challenging our colleagues in executive offices across the Lowcountry to spend a day working here in 2012,” said RSFH President and CEO David Dunlap.
A hand-written sign hanging in the Crisis Ministries kitchen detailed just how important the non-profit is to the area’s homeless population. In a single day, the shelter provides 544 meals and 80 hours of counseling, while housing 135 people.
Joining Dunlap in the soup line were Mark Dickson, VP, Mission; John Holloway, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Roper St. Francis Foundation; Johnny Jordan, CEO, Medical Society of South Carolina; Stanley Wilson, MD, President, Medical Society of South Carolina and; Frederick G. Worsham, MD, Charleston Pathology; Amanda Jones, Director, Pastoral Care; and Kim Keelor, Director, RSFH Corporate Communications.