Super Bowl Champions, Workplace Warriors Use Chaplains to Face the Hard Hits of Life

While the confetti and the streamers continued to fall at the noisy NRG Super Bowl LI stadium in Houston, the New England Patriots celebrated their championship win for the ages. Among the players and coaches commemorating the most improbable victory were New England team chaplain Don Davis and special teams veteran Mathew Slater.

That’s because the Patriots, newly crowned Super Bowl Champions, are one of the many professional football teams who use chaplains in their athlete workplaces, just as many Houston-area companies, some just miles from the Super Bowl site, use Marketplace Chaplains for their employees and family members.

“Three years from now, most people can’t tell you who the Super Bowl champion was, but we know the real champion is the work we’re doing in those guys’ lives and their families,” said Davis. “We’re here to help all and to care for all and that’s what is most important.”

Less than ten miles from this year’s Super Bowl location, leading insurance provider InsurMark has used Marketplace Chaplains for several years, bringing a needed benefit to the fast-paced industry and the growing business

“Having Chaplains associated with our team at InsurMark has been one of the most successful and fulfilling decision we have made for our associates and their family members,” said CEO Steve Kerns. “Seeing the relationship these dedicated men and women have with our people is one of the truly great things about going to work every day.”

Houston Baptist University was one of the sponsors of the NFL Super Bowl Breakfast the day before the big game, which awarded Slater its annual Bart Starr Award, but President Robert Sloan said Marketplace Chaplains has also made a big difference for his university. “Just to know they’re there on a regular basis and are available whenever needed, they’re a great representative of HBU,” Sloan said.

Slater, who spoke in person at the Super Bowl Breakfast before leaving for a Patriots team meeting, said having a chaplain has been very helpful both for his Super Bowl winning team and the workplace as a whole. “We all have problems and we all need someone to talk with about our problems,” Slater said. “As athletes and workers, we all have a platform in our lives, but without my faith and my help, I wouldn’t have a faithful platform to stand on.”

According to a Wikipedia research articleAmerican professional sports teams are among the most comprehensive and proactive in having chaplains. A 1982 international conference in Hong Kong expanded sports chaplaincy to various sports leagues in countries around the world.

Marketplace Chaplains CEO and Executive President Doug Fagerstrom said the use for workplace chaplains for both Super Bowl Champions and workplaces around the country has proven to be an effective workplace tool in an executive’s toolbox. “Every employee of every company, regardless of size or industry, needs someone to talk to about their hurts, pain, decisions, fears and failures,” he said.  “Our Marketplace Chaplains are available 24/7 to listen, encourage and offer hope with confidential non-judgmental care.”

Marketplace Chaplains currently serves in 770 companies in 3,000 different locations with more than 1,500 trained, caring and confidential chaplains serving 683,000 employees and their family members.

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.

Marketplace Chaplains Delivers Vital Assistance to Truckers on the Road

While the U.S. trucking industry is a $681 billion dollar industry, according to Bob Costello, president of the American Trucking Association, with 70 percent of all freight in America being moved by trucks, Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization, is tending to something of more value than the precious truck cargo—the hurts, hopes and struggles of truck drivers and their families.

Marketplace Chaplains works with several trucking and distribution companies in North America and have hundreds of chaplains ready to assist drivers with any life crises in which they find themselves.

“Our Marketplace Chaplains have been able to take us that extra mile with employees that truly makes their situation and our ability to serve them one that goes from average to where KeHE is truly this unique company,” said Rusty Bland, Vice President, Talent and Total Rewards at KeHE Distributors, based in Naperville, Illinois, and with locations all over the United States. “We have some very strong values and Marketplace Chaplains has been one of those ways that we’ve been able to live out our values as we engage with employees.”

Other trucking and distribution companies which use the unique strategic initiative of Marketplace Chaplains are Texas-based McLane Company, who has partnered with Marketplace Chaplains for a quarter century; Danny Herman Trucking, based in Tennessee; Dot Foods, just outside Chicago; and Spring Creek Carriers of eastern Canada.

Each company has a wide variety of truck drivers and other employees located in various locations, often hundreds of miles from their homes and families. While a problem or crisis can happen at any time, Marketplace Chaplains nationwide network of ready and available chaplains can address issues wherever they occur.

Recently, a Canadian truck driver was on a route outside Atlanta, Georgia, when his company learned the driver’s wife had suddenly passed away. They located the driver and dispatched a Marketplace Chaplain in Georgia to console him, drive him to the airport, and send him home to be with family in Canada. Canadian Marketplace Chaplains were waiting at the airport to help him and his family in their time of need and grief.

“Marketplace Chaplains have become a vital part of the Mt. Sterling Dot Foods family over the last 18 months. We highly value the great support the team provides to the staff and management of Dot Foods,” said Lori Cherry, Corporate Benefits Manager for Dot Foods.

Company employees can use the innovative MyChap smartphone application which allows them to interface with a chaplain via phone, text, email or to send a personalized request from any location—especially useful for truck drivers who spend the majority of their time on the road. There are also downloadable life issue resources the on-the-road employees can listen to for remote help.

The app allows employees, whether at a depot or company headquarters, to schedule a face-to-face meeting with their chaplain or to give updates on family members in the hospital, jail or going through other difficult situations.

“These hard-working men and women have been offered help and hope by Marketplace Chaplains throughout North America. Chaplains are always available to provide care and compassion to road-warriors wherever and whenever a personal crisis may arise,” said Marketplace Chaplains Executive President and CEO, Doug Fagerstrom. “On the road can be a lonely place to earn a living.  We are grateful for every truck driver who has a chaplain to call in time of need.”

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.