delivered with a smile.
Kerry Hoffman spent a day sharing soup and sandwiches with people living on the street back in 2014 and was moved to establish an organisation that would make a meaningful and lasting difference to the lives of the most marginalised individuals – people living on the streets.
Today, Souper Troopers holds regular socials with the help of volunteers, both homeless and homefull, to give people living on the streets a safe space to relax, feel dignified and socialise. Guests enjoy food, music, games, haircuts (given by the Troopers themselves), pop-up clothing ‘shops’, birthday celebrations, entertainment, toiletries and other basic necessities.
Souper Troopers is built on the founding principles of DIGNITY.LOVE.RESPECT but we also believe in ‘doing’ and not just talking. These socials are the start of a journey that we invite them to take with us to reconnect and re-integrate with society. Our work is on-going to help our Troops apply for ID cards and earn an income for themselves. In 2018, we launched our Souper Market to sell beautiful handmade goods such as jewellery and glass products made by the Troops.
Looking forward, we want to expand selling these goods at other craft markets and outlets and we plan to launch a Souper Cafe, Souper Salon and Souper Style Outlet to expand our ability to make a tangible difference to the homeless.
Become a Souper Star – Make a donation towards our monthly socials by stop order, Zapper or Snapscan.
Become a Souper Champion – Help us reach our target to establish a dedicated Souper Troopers Headquarters. Champions dedicate the proceeds they raise from their Backabuddy campaigns to Souper Troopers to help us impact many more lives from an established premises.
Become a Souper Hero – We invite corporates, SMMEs and other organisations to become regular sponsors for monthly events, special projects and/or monetary donations towards our Souper Troopers Headquarters fund and social enterprise initiatives.
We just want people to acknowledge that we are also people.George - homeless trooper