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UPDATE: Homeless Backpack Care Kits

We recently received an update from Susan Cancro who came to speak to us back in February at SoupGrant. We’re very excited to have this partnership with Advent House and to participate in our community in this way. If you haven’t heard about our backpack project, this video will give you a basic overview – this project is still ongoing, by the way, so if you have something you would like to contribute, we invite you to bring it with you to SoupGrant on June 19!

Susan shared two specific stories with us in her e-mail.

First of all, two stories of how needed the backpacks are:

One man came to us after spending several months living place to place and under a bridge for much of the time because he didn’t want to be in a shelter (we have since convinced him to use the resources in the system and he is sheltered now). He was overjoyed at having the backpack, which he immediately used, as he transferred his clothing and important papers from a tattered, smelly backpack he had been using. He also put the personal needs items to use making himself feel “like a human being again” (he said).  A homeless woman came to us though our employment program and needing the new backpack, as well as the personal needs items, especially the feminine products.

We also got some feedback on what’s worked well and what we could rethink as we put together more backpacks in the future.

Overall they loved having the backpack itself (always useful as they wear out backpacks quickly). They also were so happy to receive the personal needs items–deodorant, toothpaste/brush, razors, feminine products, soap and facecloth, etc.; these items can be hard to come by on a regular basis.  Regarding the food items, they had some suggestions–the drinks were great, but some food items either didn’t stand up well to being in the backpack and moved around–such as crackers that would begin to crumble–or food items that were hard to eat–particularly a problem with things that are difficult to bite if a person has bad teeth, which is a common problem among our guests.  I’ll be talking with others on my staff this week to see if there are more stories or additional feedback for the project.

If you have anything you would like to contribute, let us know or bring it in on June 19! If you would like to put together a whole backpack yourself, that’s great. If you would like to bring in an empty, gently-used backpack or items that can be used to stuff a backpack, that’s just as important!

See you June 19!

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Feb 20 SoupGrant Winner

We would like to congratulate Mid-Mitten Homemade on winning our February SoupGrant!

With around 40 attendees, we had our largest crowd ever, raising a total of $157 to go towards lawyer fees for Mid-Mitten Homemade as they try to acquire 501c status.

Danielle from Mid-Mitten Homemade
Danielle from Mid-Mitten Homemade

Advent House and Grammies Goodies made it a very close contest. We’re very pleased to announce that Grammies Goodies will be back in March at our next SoupGrant! (And we’re hoping for more goodies, too! They were delicious!)

If you can’t wait that long for more delicious treats, go check out the Bath Township Farmers Market – where you can find Grammies Goodies every Thursday from 3-6. During the winter the market is at the Bath Township Community Center off Park Lake Road.

The SGL team will be meeting this Tuesday to make final decisions on the 10 final contestants in our logo makeover – it’s going to be a tough call! We’ve gotten so many good submissions and we’re excited to share them with you. Be on the lookout. You’ll see them here beginning March 3.

Feb 20 Presenters

We have three presenters lined up for Feb 20 #SoupGrant!

1. First up is Mid-Mitten Homemade, a new organization “that provides food skills and knowledge through hands-on practice.” MMH aims to bring knowledge and skills to the community through hands-on classes and by bringing talented people in to share their expertise.

How will MMH use the money if they win?

MMH provided us four goals they hope to achieve:

-Complete 501c non-profit status and begin hands-on cooking classes.
-Work with refuge services to help hone skills to share with the community.
-Work with immigrants to help bring their skills to Mid-Michigan.
-Begin a scholarship program for those unable to afford class fees.

2. Advent House, a long-time staple in the Lansing community, offers assistance for those wrestling with homelessness and poverty by providing “food, shelter, education, and employment assistance.”

How will Advent House use the money if they win?

If AH wins the micro-grant, they will use the money to support an Easter Holiday Celebration. More specifically, the money will go towards “food, crafts, and prizes… for our children’s programming offered on weekends during our Weekend Day Shelter Program.” The Weekend Day Shelter Program is one-of-a-kind in the Lansing area, since they are the only organization to offer three meals a day and “a safe place for at-risk individuals and families” every single weekend throughout the year.

3. Grammies Goodies is a regular over at Bath Township Farmers Market since August of 2013! This Grammie to seven – soon to be eight, we’re told – bakes bread, cakes, cookies, pies, sweet breads and more! While she has been doing this on the side for a while, Linette (aka Grammie), would like to go into baking full-time and open her own bakery/restaurant!

How will Grammies Goodies use the money if they win?

Grammie says, “The money will be used for equipment like pans, mixer bowls and beaters, plus the rental of a licensed kitchen.” As already mentioned, Grammie hopes to open her own bakery where she will serve sandwiches made on homemade bread, soups in homemade bread bowls and, of course, homemade desserts.

That’s just a preview! You’ll be sure to hear a lot more from our presenters next Thursday, Feb. 20, so join us at Grace Lutheran ELCA 6.30 – 8.30!

$5 donation at the door to go towards the micro-grant. Bring your own bowl & spoon! And, while you’re at it, bring a friend!

See you next week, Lansing!

SGL Makeover Deadline Feb 20

Bad news, good news.

Bad news: It’s Monday.

Good news: February SOUP is only a week and a half away!

We have a couple quick announcements for you.

  1. We are announcing that the deadline for our SGL Logo/Poster Makeover has been moved to February 20, the date of our next SoupGrant dinner, in order for the SGL team to have enough time to deliberate on the final selection and then to prepare for our March SoupGrant when all 10 will be on display and voted on. We couldn’t have predicted the incredible response that we’ve gotten and we can’t wait to show off your work! We will begin posting entries here on the SGL website beginning the first week of March in the lead-up to SoupGrant on March 20. In the mean time, be sure to spread the word about our Indiegogo campaign! The more money we raise, the more we give away!
  2. We are also happy to announce that Advent House’s Susan Cancro will be joining us at our Feb 20 SoupGrant dinner to accept our backpack donations! Advent House has been an important positive force combating homelessness and poverty in Lansing for decades and we’re honored at this opportunity. Be sure to bring in some granola or nutrition bars, toiletries, a gently-used backpack, or winter clothes item for project on Feb 20! Click here for a more complete list.

See you soon, everyone!