People of Soup —
Much love to you all for coming out this past Sunday. This was our biggest Soup yet and we’re all feeling the energy into the week. Thank you so much for your presence in support of great works sprouting in our community.
$662 raised (after costs) — a new record
44 people in attendance + 7 volunteers
THE WINNING PROJECT
An Ourshelves lending library for a homeless shelter in San Francisco -Kristina Kearns
Books are cathartic, empowering and everything in between. Kristina Kearns’ is working to give everyone, particularly those at the margins, access to books that enliven them in their journey of life.
Ourshelves, the lending library she started off of Valencia Street, uses the dues and donations from its 200+ members to build free libraries for people in need. Who’s in need?
Women and children in domestic violence emergency shelters. People without proof of residency; non-legalized citizens, temporary visitors, the homeless. Many seniors and/ or people with physical disabilities. People who live in assisted housing and are restricted to group outings or staff permissions. People in long-term physical rehabilitation.
She’s done a lot with very little - in a bit over a year, with the help of member dues, various in-kind donations, and a $1000 grant from the Awesome Foundation, Ourshelves has built a free library for a domestic violence shelter, as well as started two more in a seniors and disabled home and homeless shelter.
Kristina came to Soup working on a shelter that is SOOO close to set up with a lending library — the books are literally sitting in boxes waiting for shelves to house them. Why are the shelves such a big deal? Because of regulations to avoid bed bugs in shelters, the shelves must be brand new and made of metal. Translation: expensive. With the Soup grant, the library will be set up within weeks!