SOOP

   

What is SOOP?

Service Opportunities for Older Persons is an affiliate of Mennonite Mission Network, a mission of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) of Canada.  SOOP programs can be found at over 70 locations across the United States and Canada.   Each program is operated by local churches or coordinated by local volunteers who see SOOP as an important mission in the community.

Phoenix SOOP program

The Phoenix SOOP program uses the Hospitality Services Center (HSC) with its 6 bedrooms as the center for various volunteer programs that also provides a community setting for the participants. SOOP volunteers frequently find their service is in the area of their interest and giftedness.  Volunteers work on the average of 20-25 hours each week.

SOOP in Phoenix

Typical Day in SOOP

Monday to Friday breakfast is the responsibility of each person.  Start times for work assignments can vary but in most cases volunteers will leave around 8am.  Assignments may be around 4 hours each morning, however, some will be 2 hours and others may be over 4.  Lunch is again the responsiblity of each person with the food choices available at the Guest House.


How you spend your afternoons is entirely up to you.  The evening meal is the time for everyone to share the meal around the dining table or on the patio.  All SOOP volunteers will take their turn in the evening meal preparation.

Work assignments

Your hosts will assign each person to the different choices each day.  These assignments may be given out the prior evening.  Hosts will try to assign according to interest and skills, however, it is encouraged that everyone try more than one assignment.


Transporation will be provided to go the the work sites, however, it may be necessary to use personal vehicles if available.  Mileage will be reimbursed when this is needed.

Leisure time

Afternoons and weekends are open for you to spend as you prefer.  We ask that you let the Hosts know of your plans.


Group activities will occasionally be planned for those who wish to participate.  These may include sightseeing, concerts, hiking, museums and others.

Finances

Operation of the Guest House used for the SOOP program is costly and it is necessary to charge fees for room and food.  We ask for $40 per room per day double occupancy and $30 per room per day single occupancy.  Transportation to work sites and any other costs associated with your stay and work are included.


Payment should be made to our Hosts upon arrival.  Credit cards are accepted.   Hospitality Services Center depends on donations in addition to the SOOP income to achieve sustainability.

Transportation

For those traveling to Phoenix by air the Hosts will arrange to pick you up at the airport.   If you wish to rent a car we recommend you rent at points off the airport.  You should not need to rent a vehicle unless you want to plan a weekend getaway.


If you choose to use your vehicle for your work assignments you may be reimbursed for your mileage. If you use your vehicle for other group activities we expect that riders share in the cost of the use of your vehicle.

Policy Handbook

We ask that you become familiar with our handbook outlining policies and expections for your SOOP experience.  This includes sexual harrasment, alcohol and tobacco, household chores, laundry, meals and others. 

Testimonials

House of Refuge/House of Hope

Thank you SOOP volunteers for serving at House of Refuge/House of Hope Sunnyslope!  We appreciate your help with our general needs of repairs, painting, cleaning, sorting, etc. throughout the year.  Thank you also for the crew to rebuild our "Rock House" which contains men clothes and shoes so our residents have access to the clothing they need.   We have been blessed to have your many volunteers from around the country spend time here and assist our working men and single moms with kids.

Hope for Hunger

On behalf of the Hope For Hunger staff and the residents we serve, we THANK YOU for all that you have done and continue to do!  We know you have a choice on where you choose to make a difference and it is a BLESSING that you have made Hope For Hunger your home.  I want to personally Thank the hosts Bill and Edna Ressler of SOOP for your commitment and dedication to the community.  Your organization has been a very instrumental part of our existence since the inception of our vision to have "Hunger Free Communities". Bill and Edna, would you please pass our sincerest gratitude to ALL THOSE who have been involved.  In 2013 we served over 100k individuals and this would not have been possible without your help! 


Thank You and GOD BLESS! 


Randy Rodriquez

Glendale Fire Department

Hope For HungerPresident 

 Hospitality Services Center    4443 West Vista Avenue  Glendale, Arizona 85301 

 623-847-0314                                          phxmennoguest@gmail.com