Record Rainfall, Storm Damage Give Workplace Chaplains a Chance to Address Storms of Life

February’s record rainfall in California and all along the West Coast caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses. Marketplace Chaplains, America’s original, largest and leading workplace chaplaincy organization serves many of the affected companies assisting also with the personal storms in employees’ lives.

Marketplace Chaplains currently serves 770 companies in 3,000 different locations, including dozens on the West Coast, with more than 1,500 trained, caring and confidential chaplains serving 658,000 employees and their family members.

The week-long West Coast storm brought record rainfall to southern California along with what local weather officials termed a 100-year flood in northern California with mandatory evacuations in the San Jose area.

As Marketplace chaplains scrambled to check on companies, company owners expressed their gratitude for the chaplains’ help in storms, literal and personal.

“This is without a doubt the best investment I’ve made for my employees and their family members,” said Paul Granlund, CEO of Northwest Commercial Carpet and Floor Cleaning located in Portland, Oregon. While his company did not suffer much commercial damage in the record winter storm, he said he is very grateful for the chaplains’ help during the stormy times of everyday life.

Another West Coast Marketplace company which is dependent on the weather, Abundant Harvest Organics located outside of Fresno, California, said they remain grateful for Marketplace Chaplains presence in their company. “We already had a health care policy, but people’s eternal health is just as important,” said company CEO Vern Peterson.

While the weather may have slowed some of his daily production of thousands of edible products, he said having his chaplain team has helped him and his employees get through many storms. “It is simple. An employee that feels cared for is a better employee, there is no question about it.”

The flooding expanded from Washington, down to Reno, Nevada, where Marketplace Chaplains had to help each other out with flooded homes while also helping employees in need.

“While major storms make the headlines, the personal storms of life go unnoticed, but not by our chaplains,” said Doug Fagerstrom, Executive President and CEO of Marketplace Chaplains. “The storm of a broken relationship, a tidal wave of a major loss or the uncontrollable ravage of cancer are thwarted by caring chaplains in the workplace every day.”

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured in Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains:  To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain, contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657

Marketplace Chaplains Assist during Hurricane Matthew and the Storms of Everyday Life

Marketplace Chaplains, America’s original, largest and leading workplace chaplaincy organization, has helped innovative business leaders and their employees for more than three decades navigate the storms of life. Recently, those chaplains helped people with the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew as it came ashore on the East Coast, hampering Marketplace-served companies and employees.

While the largest forecasted hurricane in a decade did extensive damage to the East Coast, Marketplace Chaplains helped companies impacted by the storm. At North Carolina’s The Generation Companies, an employee lost everything when the powerful hurricane flooded her home. CEO Mark Daley called the help Marketplace Chaplains provided a key piece in what they do for his thriving companies in the Tar Heel state.

“Our chaplain connected with her; we got her connected to the company benevolence fund for clothing and essentials,” said Marketplace chaplain Luke Witte who helps oversees the chaplain service at The Generation Companies. “Actually, this is a typical response, but one that was tremendously appreciated. That is what we do all the time to help others.”

In Florida, the storm slammed into several Marketplace-served restaurants which operate under the name of Squid Lips, causing damage to their docks, their signs and the pond at the facilities. Chaplain’s also comforted employees who were concerned and felt ill-prepared for the storm. They were able to help them deal with the stress and offer prayer support.

“Caring and hope in an uncertain time, that’s what Marketplace Chaplains offers our employees at all times,” said CEO Buz Underill, owner of the group of seafood restaurants in Florida.

“Chaplains are there to deal with stress and help in any way possible,” added Florida chaplain Roland Barlowe.

Marketplace Chaplains offers numerous employee care services and are available for employees in the stormy times of life which is why over 110 new companies this year have added this unique workplace offering for their employees and family members.

“When a storm comes to create havoc, Marketplace Chaplains come to create hope and help,” say Marketplace Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom. “Our chaplains show up as first responders, because they care.”

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured in Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain, contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.