ALTON — Lts. Bryan and Teri Ellison announce the Soup, Suds, Salvation & Service luncheon to highlight homelessness from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Alton Salvation Army.
“This is a uniquely designed lunch that will bring community members together with members of our homeless community and those recently served by the Alton Corps,” Bryan Ellison said. “We hope that the conversations that are shared over lunch will provide new insights and an appreciation that we are all just one lost job, one poor decision, one life circumstance away from being in a similar situation ourselves.”
Herman Allen, director of the Booth House Homeless Shelter, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon. Social Service Director Holly Allen will share information about the Salvation Army’s Pathways of Hope program.
“Pathways of Hope is an exciting new program of the Salvation Army that assists our families in a holistic way to get healthy and back on their feet as productive members of society,” Holly Allen said.
Alton High School choral students under the direction of Joe Foltz will provide musical entertainment.
Tickets are $20 each and include lunch for the participant and lunch for a member of the community’s homeless population or those recently served by the Alton Salvation Army. Group seating for three or four (for a business, church or organization) is also available and may be requested at the time reservations are made. Advance reservations are required by calling Melissa at (618) 465-7764. RSVPs are appreciated by Wednesday, April 20. Lunch will be a simple menu of soups made by Salvation Army Staff members, salad and dessert.
“Everyone in attendance will also receive a Salvation Army Mug (which we will use for serving the soup) that will be used by members of the homeless community for water or coffee or cocoa when the weather gets cold, and for our community members in attendance, we hope it’s a reminder of the lessons learned and relationships made during the lunch,” said Greg Gelzinnis, director of community outreach for the Alton Corps. “We are also encouraging our community attendees to bring soap, shampoo and other hygiene items with them to the lunch, which we will distribute as needs arise.”
Proceeds will go toward the Alton Corps’ continuing efforts to assist those in need. For information, call Gelzinnis at (618) 465-7764.