In June 2014, Kerry Hoffman spent a day sharing soup and sandwiches with people living on the street. This relaxed social gathering and the regular monthly events that followed for the next five years, proved so transformative to all involved that it led to the establishment of Souper Troopers, an NPO & PBO that helps homeless people take whatever steps are necessary to make sustainable changes in their lives.
What We Do
We operate the Humanity Hub in collaboration with Mini Meltdown, Ladles of Love, Community Chest and the Seaboard CAN.
The Humanity Hub is a service centre at which we address the holistic needs of a human being, starting with the most basic needs (like clothes, food, toiletries) and working through a full range of services (including counselling, skills training, medical referrals, family mediation, job preparation, creative workshops, micro entrepreneurial opportunities).
At present, the Hub is situated in the Community Chest Building at 82 Bree Street and is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8.30–3. Together with our partners we are working towards finding premises for the Humanity Hub, which will then be open every weekday
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.
During lockdown we set up the Souper Troopers Hunger Relief Fund, which at its peak funded over 150 feeding schemes in the poorest areas of the Western Cape.
The schemes are run by community members who remain accountable to us and donors for how they spend the donations. We currently fund 10 schemes doing incredible work in their communities. To support this fund, please click here.