How It Began

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.

What We Do

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.

What We Do

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.

Mutual Respect

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 many 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’.

Our Motto

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.

Our Motto

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.

Our Aim

Our aim is to set up social enterprises to employ Troopers and provide income for Souper Troopers. We have just launched our Souper Market, a shop selling beautiful handmade goods (jewellery and glass products) made by the Troops.

We will train more and more Troops to make these products and sell at craft markets too. Future plans include a Souper Cafe, Souper Salon and Souper Style Outlet.

Souper Facts

We are laying the operational and systematic foundations to establishing a
permanent presence in Cape Town. These include:

Souper Troopers is now a level 1 B-BBEE contributor and registered NPO (soon PBO, too)

Setting up a central and easy-to-access human hub. This will be the first port-of-call for people looking for help reintegrating into society.

Profiling and tracking each person’s development through our customised Salesforce CRM system (currently we have a database of over 1000) to enable us to partner with corporates.

Establishing social business initiatives to generate income for both the project and the currently unemployed Troops. We are currently planning a Souper Café, a Souper Market, a Souper Salon and a Souper Style outlet.