|The Souper Center Committee shops, prepares and serves a meal for the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) Souper Center on the fourth Saturday of each month. We prepare the food the Friday night before and the following morning at the parish kitchen. We then transport the meal to and serve the meal at the Souper Center in Richmond. Occasionally the group prepares meals for the GRIP shelter and other outreach programs.For names of the team members, see the Parish Directory. For more information, please contact Judy Valladao, Chairperson, at the parish office at 510.525.0876.Clothing Drive for the GRIP Souper CenterGRIP (Greater Richmond Interfaith Program), a non-profit organization sponsored by a number of churches and synagogues, operates the Souper Center in Richmond. The center provides meals, clothing, job search assistance other services for individuals and families in need. It also operates a Winter Shelter program. Our parish has been a member of GRIP for approximately twelve years.St Jerome parish conducts two clothing drives each year, one in Spring and another in Fall, for the men, women and children of the Souper Center community, individuals and families who are the working poor, the homeless and those who have few resources.
During these drives, we collect clean, repaired and immediately useable clothing. Most needed items are underwear and socks, new and used. We also collect towels (hand and bath), soap, shampoo, razors, tooth brushes, tooth paste, combs, laundry detergent, diapers and sanitary napkins.
During the Fall drive especially needed are warm clothing, coats, jackets, rain gear back sacks, sleeping bags. We also collect bedding, blankets, (no electric) and sleeping bags for the GRIP Winter Shelter.
The Souper Center does not charge for any of the items distributed.
For more information, contact the Parish Office at 510.525.0876.