S.O.U.L gets new headquarters

Pierra WillixSound Telegraph
S.O.U.L Inc co-founder’s Patty Powell and Eileen Giles have just helped the organisation move into its new premises.
Camera IconS.O.U.L Inc co-founder’s Patty Powell and Eileen Giles have just helped the organisation move into its new premises. Credit: Pierra Willix

A generous donation by two local businessmen has enabled Rockingham not-for-profit S.O.U.L. Inc to establish a permanent base.

The organisation, which stands for Servants of United Love, helps pregnant girls and women who are homeless, and also runs a soup van providing food across the streets of Rockingham twice a week.

S.O.U.L Inc co-founder Eileen Giles said the organisation had previously been using the kitchen of one of their refuge homes as the base for the soup patrol project, however the space was becoming far too small for the task.

“We had so much traffic coming through and were asked to try and find another area and we then had two local businessmen tell us they were prepared to buy us a premises and refit it to suit our needs,” she said.

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The new premises is a combined shop which sells upcycled furniture, ornaments, baby items, toys and Christmas decorations, while there is also an industrial kitchen where the soup run has now been operating from for two weeks.

“There are so many op shops in Rockingham, so we wanted to do something different and sell some different items,” she said.

Efforts to refurbish the space moved quickly, with the building secured in August and opening two weeks ago.

“We are so grateful for the help of these two men, who really stepped up to help out,” she said.

Co-founder Patty Powell said they had plans for the girls in their program to get involved in the daily operations of the shop and kitchen, giving them the chance to gain work experience to set them up for future employment opportunities.

“We don’t have any government funding and rely heavily on donations so hopefully having our own shopfront will make us more self-sufficient,” she said.

The organisation is putting the call-out for people with carpentry experience to help repurpose items to help sell in the shop.

S.O.U.L is at Unit 1/5 Cessnock Way, Rockingham and is open from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, and Saturday’s from 9am-noon.

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