Bob Hodgdon has always treated his 100 employees at Hodgdon Powder Co. in Overland Park, Kansas, as family. However, there are times when even the closest families need outside support.

"We had a lady in our office who died of breast cancer a couple of years ago," says Hodgdon, whose company manufactures propellants for gun hobbyists who load their own ammunition. "We did what we could to help, such as sending employees with her when she went for treatment, but it still was hard as a staff to deal with the emotional stress and grief."

That experience led him to look for additional resources to help employees through difficult times. Later that year, he hired a corporate chaplain.

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