Transition house gets ‘giant hug in a bowl’

Non-profit organization donating homemade soup on a monthly basis.

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers is creating a stir in the Surrey community this fall for Evergreen Transition House, a local shelter which has been operating since 1986.

Evergreen provides a safe, secure and confidential refuge for women and children who are at risk of or fleeing from abusive and/or violent intimate relationships. Evergreen provides a 10-bed shelter and related services (meals, basic immediate needs, etc.) and is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Last year, Evergreen helped 72 women and 70 children. The transition house offers temporary shelter for up to 30 days.

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers is non-profit organization that partners with commercial certified-kitchens to share soup-making secrets while ladling up support for a good cause. It launches in Surrey on Oct. 15.

“Historically, women have expressed sensitivity and support by bringing soup to individuals going through a difficult time,” says Sharon Hapton, Soup Sisters’ founder. “Our huge growth across the country tells us quite a lot about people in our communities and our innate need to give in meaningful and tangible ways. This is a giant hug in a bowl.”

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers will be providing Evergreen with a monthly supply of fresh, homemade soup made from the heart under the guidance of Phillip Aguirre, owner of Bistro 72, located at the Old Surrey Restaurant.

“The women and children at the transition house come from very diverse backgrounds and circumstances” says Deara Dirk, senior program manager at Evergreen Transition House.

“Our goal is to make the transition house feel welcoming, safe, and comfortable, says Deara. “Soup Sisters have now become a part of this goal. Through their caring and kind-hearted gift of comforting soup, Soup Sisters is making a difference in the lives of women when they need it most.  It means a great deal to women when they know that someone else cares about them.”

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