TOGETHER, WE CAN
PREVENT HOMELESSNESS
COMBATING HOMELESSNESS WITH COMPASSION. Formed in 2004 in conjunction with the
Housing Coalition and later became a stand alone event. As of January 1, 2020 Soup for All has
become its own 501c3 so we can hold more events throughout the year and fight
homelessness all year around. We raise funds to help the homeless students in our area, help
with utility and rent assistance for emergency situations, fill food pantries and so much more.
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Vision

Soup for All is completely volunteer run. Our board members and committee members are all community members who believe there is a great need in our community and are dedicated to bringing awareness to and fighting the homeless battle in our own area.

Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness to the homeless situation in West Michigan. In raising awareness we work to raise funds to help fight the homeless issues that are becoming more and more prevalent in our community.

Who We Serve

Each year we have supported the organizations within our community who serve a need to help fight homelessness. We split our funds between assistance for housing – whether that is utilities or rent or something else – and food pantries. We formed our own 501c3 because we are seeing a need throughout the entire year – not just around our event in November. We are a resource for these organizations to reach out to when they have a specific need and may not have the funds to do this. Soup For All functions as a central location for people to donate to in order to help battle homelessness in our area. We can then make sure the funds go to organizations that are in need without them having to do a public plea. We send the funds within days of them request – so they have those funds immediately at their disposal.

These are the organizations that we have supported in the last few years:

  • Grand Haven Area Public Schools – for their Homeless Service Program (for their Food/Special Needs Pantry & housing assistance)
  • Hope Church – for their Homeless Prevention Program (rent assistance, utility assistance, other related expenses)
  • Love In Action – for their Homeless Prevention Programs (budget counseling, homeless shelters, and other related expenses)
  • The People Center – for their Homeless Prevention Programs (to help with the costs of housing homeless in our community)
  • Spring Lake Public Schools – for their Homeless Service Program (for their Food/Special Needs Pantry & housing assistance)
  • The Salvation Army Grand Haven Corps – for their Rental Assistance Program (assisting those who may need a little help to keep caught up while counseling them to better budget to not be in this place in the future)
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church – for their Homeless Prevention Programs (rental assistance, utility assistance, and other related expenses)
  • St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish – for their Food Pantry
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church – for their Food Pantry

Who We Serve

Each year we have supported the organizations within our community who serve a need to help fight homelessness. We split our funds between assistance for housing – whether that is utilities or rent or something else – and food pantries. We formed our own 501c3 because we are seeing a need throughout the entire year – not just around our event in November. We are a resource for these organizations to reach out to when they have a specific need and may not have the funds to do this. Soup For All functions as a central location for people to donate to in order to help battle homelessness in our area. We can then make sure the funds go to organizations that are in need without them having to do a public plea. We send the funds within days of them request – so they have those funds immediately at their disposal.

These are the organizations that we have supported in the last few years:

  • Grand Haven Area Public Schools – for their Homeless Service Program (for their Food/Special Needs Pantry & housing assistance)
  • Hope Church – for their Homeless Prevention Program (rent assistance, utility assistance, other related expenses)
  • Love In Action – for their Homeless Prevention Programs (budget counseling, homeless shelters, and other related expenses)
  • The People Center – for their Homeless Prevention Programs (to help with the costs of housing homeless in our community)
  • Spring Lake Public Schools – for their Homeless Service Program (for their Food/Special Needs Pantry & housing assistance)
  • The Salvation Army Grand Haven Corps – for their Rental Assistance Program (assisting those who may need a little help to keep caught up while counseling them to better budget to not be in this place in the future)
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church – for their Homeless Prevention Programs (rental assistance, utility assistance, and other related expenses)
  • St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish – for their Food Pantry
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church – for their Food Pantry

Board Of Directors

Erin Lyon

Chair

Erin Lyon is the owner of Jumpin’ Java in Grand Haven. Through her business she has supported our community in many ways. Erin has sat on many committees and boards (and still does) and helps promote our community. She has been on the committee for Soup For All for 2 years but a supporter for much longer.

Stacey Ruwe

President

Stacey Ruwe is a local Realtor with Ruwe Homes at Five Star Lakeshore. She has served on the Soup For All Committee for 5 years and was the chair in 2019. With the formation of Soup For All as a stand along 501c3 Stacey is acting as the president. She has served on and chaired many boards and committees along the lakeshore for the last 15+ years.

Cara Galbavi

Secretary

Cara Galbavi is the owner of Cara Galbavi Law in Grand Haven. She has helped on many committees and events throughout the years (and currently). She has been a member of the Soup For All Committee since 2017 and has been a long time supporter and volunteer.

Dave Ruwe

Treasurer

Dave Ruwe is a local Realtor with Ruwe Homes at Five Star Lakeshore. He was the committee chair from 2016-2018 and has been a part of the committee or event held annually in November since the inception of Soup For All 17 years ago. He is involved in many committees and boards and has been since moving to the area in the early 2000s.

Committee Members:

Colleen Gibson

Marketing Marketing Manager for SERVPRO of Muskegon & Holland/W. Ottawa County

Kristy Streng

Stay at Home Mom

Bob Woodworth

Retired Volunteer at St. Patrick’s/St. Anthony’s Church in Grand Haven

Kathy Mazurek

Retired Teacher Spring Lake Public Schools

Cris Holstrom

Retired Teacher Spring Lake Public Schools

Jennifer Smelker

Owner of Tandem for Two

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We can not do what we do without the support of our community – our sponsors help carry us through and get the funds out to the people that need it! Thank you to our 2019 sponsors! If you would like to sponsor us in 2020 please click the become a sponsorship link below!

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