The mission statement of the SoupMobile consists of 3 simple words spoken by Jesus himself: "Feed MY Sheep." We believe He meant more than just food. He also meant love, caring, compassion, and shelter. In order to fulfill the words of Jesus, the SoupMobile has 3 main missions:
Feed the Homeless
Shelter the Homeless
Founded by David Timothy a.k.a. The SoupMan in 2003, the SoupMobile is a 'mobile' soupkitchen that began feeding the homeless. Unlike a regular soup kitchen where the homeless come to you, the SoupMobile is mobile and we go to where the homeless congregate to serve them. In our first year of operations we served 5,000 meals. At the time we thought it was a lot...
Now the SoupMobile serves an incredible 200,000 hot, nutritious, tasty meals per year to the homeless on Dallas' South side. More than just food, we serve LOVE to our homeless friends.
With 10,000 homeless in Dallas and only 2,000 shelter beds, simple math tells us there is not enough "Room at the Inn." Without a place to sleep, keep their belongings (including clean clothes) and practice proper hygiene, it is almost impossible for a homeless individual to obtain a job and escape the pit of homelessness.
In 2009, SoupMobile launched its supportive housing mission: SoupMobile Village. Unlike some shelters that are just a bed for the night, and against the common prejudice of "not in my back yard," the SoupMobile has created a cost-effective and innovative model for not only housing the homeless, but also returning them to contributing members of their community.
The Village consists of a series of group homes located in the Dallas area which are designed to be 'supportive housing' for the formerly homeless. Supportive housing is a combination of housing and services intended as a way to help homeless men and women lead stable, productive lives. Our supportive housing is coupled with partner programs that provide social services such as job training, life skills training, counseling services and mentorship. That's the goal of SoupMobile Village — to teach them to fish and get them back on their feet as productive working members of their community.
One of our Senior Android Developers, Josh Ehlke, nominated SoupMobile for our monthly charity selection. Josh says, "They try to tackle a big problem at a local level. And, they do it by involving the community right here in Dallas. In addition to serving hot meal's, they regularly recruit dozens of people on the weekend to help make sandwiches that can be distributed throughout South Dallas. I've helped out on the weekend several times, and its always a great feeling to know I'm helping out those in my own community."
The SoupMobile and the SoupMobile Village are giving a "Hand Up," not a "Hand out."comment