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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Soup, Soap, Hugs, Hope

This is a story about Brother Benno's (BBs) life-changing soup kitchen. Here, they say: “Our soup fills them up, Our soap cleans them up, Kay's hugs lift them up, and then a ray of hope starts, to shine into their difficult lives. A door has been opened for little miracles to happen."

Founded in 1983, everyone who works at Brother Benno’s is a volunteer. Even the Executive Director makes only $1.00 per year. All donations given to Brother Benno’s are used directly for the homeless. The organization’s administrative costs are covered by proceeds from a Thrift Store and furniture sales.

BBs operate ten facilities. In addition to the main Center at 3260 Production Avenue in Oceanside, CA, there are eight residences that provide housing for men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, for homeless women and women with children, and for their "Servants of the Poor." The Thrift Shop is located at 3965 Mission Avenue in Oceanside.

The group, although founded by a Catholic brother, is now a non-denominational organization that reaches out to those in need. They are all about love, and about building bridges instead of walls.

"Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame, but for greatness, because greatness is determined by service." –Martin Luther King
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