Will their tin cups runneth over?
Thirty-five-year-old Suzie and her three children were homeless and struggling with other poverty issues.
Today the single man and single mom are making long-term changes in their lives through two Salvation Army transitional living programs—Pathways and Project Break Through, respectively.
Johnny and Suzie, not their real names, will share their stories during the local Salvation Army’s first Tin Cup Lunch in April. They will be among a handful of people to give testimonials about the help they sought and received from the local Salvation Army.
After they speak, guests of the “soup kitchen” lunch will get to hear former UW Athletic Director Pat Richter speak.
“There’s a connection (to Richter) through one of our board members,” said Capt. Kirk E. Schuetz, commanding officer at the location Salvation Army.
“He has a powerful message to give and is a popular speaker so he is a draw to get people to come to this first-time luncheon,” Schuetz said.
“This is a big deal, and we’re putting a lot of effort into it in hopes of making it an annual fund-raiser,” Schuetz said.
Already, 180 invitations were sent to businesses. Another mailing to “600 names on my list” is yet to be sent, Schuetz said.
The hope is to raise between $20,000 and $60,000, Schuetz said.
Proceeds will be used to support Salvation Army services that include feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless and serving disadvantaged youth plus others who are less fortunate, Schuetz said.
“Our board is enthusiastic and interested in having this be a success,’’ Schuetz said.
The soup kitchen menu is simple and will feature several kinds of catered soup and bread.
“That’s the idea,” Schuetz said. “To keep it simple and like a soup-kitchen atmosphere. The poor don’t often have much more than that to eat—bread and soup.’’
If you go
Who: The Salvation Army in Janesville
What: Tin Cup “soup kitchen” lunch
When: Tuesday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Rotary Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville.
Cost: $100 per person; $1,000 for a corporate table of eight; $2,500 for gold cup giving, and $5,000 and up for the platinum level of giving.
Reservations: Call (608) 757-8300, up until two weeks before the event.