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Souper Troopers

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Kerry Hoffman spent a day sharing soup and sandwiches with people living on the street and that experience led to the establishment of Souper Troopers, a level 1 B-BBEE contributor, registered NPO (and soon PBO, too) that aims to restore dignity to homeless people and reintegrate them into society, thereby achieving its purpose of eradicating homelessness.

 

Souper Troopers holds regular gatherings together with volunteers, both homeless and homefull. We invite homeless guests to enjoy food, music, games, haircuts (given by the Troopers themselves), pop-up clothing ‘shops’, birthday celebrations, entertainment, toiletries and other basic necessities. These socials provide a safe space for people who live on the street to relax, feel dignified and socialise. The benefits of these gatherings are that barriers are broken, connections are formed and perceptions are altered.

 

We’ve built up relationships of trust and mutual respect with our homeless Troopers, many of whom run the events with us. In fact, our recent events have been managed largely by our homeless volunteers, whom we affectionately call Troopers or Troops. Some help in the kitchen, others give haircuts, and most of the people attending always help with keeping an eye out, making sure everything runs smoothly. These ‘socials’ give homeless people dignity, fun and a chance to feel and be seen as human beings rather than ‘vagrants’.

 

Souper Troopers motto is DIGNITY.LOVE.RESPECT, all of which are the principles Kerry has instilled in everyone associated with our Souper community from the very beginning. We are a platform for human beings to join together and assist in any way possible to make the changes we wish to see in our world from a very authentic space, believing in the philosophy of 'doing' not just talking.

 

Instead of aiming to solve this complex problem with a complex solution, we are humanising it and keeping it simple, using human engagement as a catalyst for change, breaking barriers by creating moments of human connection.

 

We are all human. We all have a story. Together we are the change.

Please visit our facebook page to follow our stories

 

 

Donor Messages

Tarryn & Steven Cohen
Well done Jo!!!
Selikowitz Cohen and Levin
Run run beat the gun! Love Brett Nicole and Belinda and fam
blaszkiewicz family
Good luck Jojo
Grandpa
All the way Jo...
Mom, Dad & Zak
Go do it JoJo.
Phineas
woof woof, (run run). wag wag (you are great)
Jocelyn Freed
Good luck Jojo,so proud of you!!xxx
Jonathan Brenner
Run Joseph, run! Enjoy and mazaltov. Love the Brenners
Craig Lauren Joshua and Gabrlie
Way to go Jo. We are behind you all the way!!! Love from the Kluckow-Davis' clan

Activity feed

Tarryn & Steven Cohen donated R 257 to Souper Troopers via Gun Run for Souper Troopers
05 Nov 2018 R 257
Mark N Allen and Tracy Diamond Allen donated USD $ 31 to Souper Troopers via Sam's Park Run 4 Souper Troopers
05 Nov 2018 USD 31
Fran & Michelle donated R 2 056 to Souper Troopers via Sam's Park Run 4 Souper Troopers
04 Nov 2018 R 2 056
Cuz (assuming) #1 donated R 185 to Souper Troopers via Sam's Park Run 4 Souper Troopers
02 Nov 2018 R 185
Ruth Levin-Vorster donated R 206 to Souper Troopers via Sam's Park Run 4 Souper Troopers
02 Nov 2018 R 206