A C A P S T O N E P R O J E C T T O P P E D W I T H D E L I C I O U S S A U C E !
C O M P A S S I O N THAT TASTES GOOD, TOO!
Innovative Health - Spring 2018
This is a story about community,
dreams and… sauce?
Hilda McShane, Bay City native,
moved to Flint in 1982. She has
worked with nonprofits for many years and
was looking for a way to give back to the
community when she was laid off from her
position as a marketing specialist at the
Genesee County Health Department last
September. Getting laid off would squelch
many people’s altruistic dreams of helping
others, but McShane took it as a sign that it
was time to do something different.
It had always been her dream to do
something special with her family’s
enchilada sauce recipe, and perhaps
getting laid off was the perfect time to
make that dream a reality.
McShane’s parents were migrant workers
from Texas, and she grew up eating
traditional, home-cooked Mexican food.
They had a strong sense of community as
do many migrant families, and McShane
says for as long as she can remember,
her family was always fundraising for a good
cause. Her mother was a founding member
of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bay City, and
she believed good food and community
Not one to sit around for long, she
approached Joan Clarke, Director of
Development at Catholic Charities in Flint
with an unique idea—that would not only
provide a fundraising opportunity but a
platform from which to test her sauce with
the public. Her idea was to sell cheese
enchiladas smothered in her delicious
sauce, with a side of homemade beans and
rice, every Friday during Lent.
If you are getting hungry, you might have
missed out, because McShane’s sauce,
“Holy Moley” is divine! Although she
intended for all proceeds to go to Catholic
Charities, the project is more than just a
fundraiser. She created surveys and did
sampling sessions to use the fundraiser as
a testing ground for creating a Catholic
Charities’ Holy Moley signature enchilada
“I believe that nonprofits should be self-sustaining,”
says McShane. “So why stop
at a fundraiser? My dream is to turn my