On a grey morning in early August, a handful of people gather on the cement patio outside of the Capuchin Services Center in Detroit’s Gratiot Town-Kettering neighborhood. Inside, several women are waiting to check in before picking up necessities like groceries or clothing from the nonprofit’s distribution program.

The line of visitors is part of an influx that staff and volunteers at the 93-year-old organization, which provides food and services to low-income and homeless individuals and families in the city, started noticing around the beginning of the year.

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