DSRE Staff and Agents Participate in Annual Soup Bowl for Samaritan Center for Homeless Families of IRC

Common room area set up for pot luck lunch with tables covered in light blur tablecloths

VERO BEACH, FL/NOVEMBER 2019 – Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) staff and agents recently participated in the annual soup bowl to raise funds for the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families of IRC.  This is the seventh year that the company has participated in the event.

Participants were able to choose from a variety of eleven different soups, all made and donated by the staff and agents.  Soups included Black Bean & Ham Soup, Moroccan Beef Stew, Hamburger Soup, Corn Chowder,
Curried Butternut Squash, Chicken Vegetable Soup, Chicken and Dumplings Soup, Minestrone Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice and Cajun Bean & Ham Soup.  The event raised over $500 for the Center.

According to the Center’s Facebook page, the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families of IRC is a long-term transitional residential facility for homeless families in Indian River County with a structured step-based program with onsite 24-hours a day case managers that help pregnant women and homeless families develop the life skills needed for successful reintegration into mainstream society.  This is the 27th year that the Samaritan Soup Bowl has been held in Indian River County.  More than forty businesses and organizations hosted the event at their individual locations.

This is just one of many ways that DSRE gives back to the communities they serve.  With the company leadership cultivating the culture of giving, those within the company at all levels also consider themselves “community servants”.  Hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are donated on behalf of a multitude of non-profit and charitable organizations in the community and around the world.  Staff and sales agents volunteer on boards and at events, selling everything from soup to fish tacos, hosting parties, dancing in the local “dancing with Vero’s Stars” and traveling abroad to provide medical treatment for impoverished nations.  The company also hosts the Annual Vero Beach Easter Parade and Photos with Santa. 

Since 2014, DSRE has donated space to charities in its stand-alone real estate broadsheet in the Press Journal. The charities take advantage of this donation to market their events and fundraising purposes.  Organizations like The Boys & Girls Club, Environmental Learning Center, Riverside Theater, Indian River Community Foundation, Hibiscus Children’s Center, Harvest Food & Outreach Center, Children’s Home Society, VNA, Indian River Medical Center, Indian River Firefighters’ Fair, the Humane Society and others have all taken advantage of the generous donation.  The marketing piece gives the organizations a marketing opportunity they would never be able to afford otherwise. The company donates over $250,000 a year in advertising space alone.

For more information about Dale Sorensen Real Estate, visit their website at www.SorensenRealEstate.com; visit them on Facebook or call them at 772.231.4712.


Soup’s On! – Samaritan Center’s 27th Annual Soup Bowl Event

Samaritan Center Soup Bowl - Breaking Bread Together For The Homeless November 7, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. THE RIGHT MOVE

(Vero Beach, FL) September 16 – The 27th Annual Samaritan Center Soup Bowl will be held county wide on Thursday, November 7, 2019. More than 70 local restaurants supply the soup which will be served at the local places of worship and each business location provides their own soup. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and dinner locations will serve from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

The Samaritan Center provides transitional housing for homeless families with dependent children in Indian River County. Samaritan Center is a core program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach and a funded partner of the United Way. This event raises awareness and funds for the homeless families served by Samaritan Center.

“The Soup Bowl has turned into county ritual,” said Renee Bireley, Program Administrator. “Soup Bowl originated more than 26 years ago when the Samaritan Center Advisory Board brainstormed ideas on a community fundraiser that would bring awareness to the homeless population and would be affordable enough for everyone to attend. From that meeting, Soup Bowl was born. The fundraiser asks for a minimum donation of $5 for a bowl of soup and $15 for a soup-to-go; however, the idea is to donate what you would have spent on that meal had you gone out to eat instead.”

Soup Bowl Workshops started at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in mid-August where more than 1,000 wheel thrown bowls are created on and off campus by volunteer potters. The bowls will be available at all the public locations for a minimum donation of $15 on November 7.  Hand- crafted soup tureens, made by master ceramicists are raffled for chances that cost $1. The tureens will be on display at the Vero Beach Museum of Art from Thursday, October 25 through Thursday, November 7.

“Our center was built by a community coming together in 1990 to donate funds to build our facility. Now, the whole community continues to come together each year to support us with Soup Bowl. It is quite impressive.” commented Renee. “We have more than 40 local artists and volunteers helping during the Soup Bowl Workshop, hundreds more who volunteer at approximately 42 serving sites, more than 70 chefs who prepare hundreds of gallons of soup, plus our staff and Advisory Board members who organize it all behind the scenes.”

To learn more about Samaritan Center or get more information about Soup Bowl, please call 772-770-3039 or visit www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org.

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About Samaritan Center

Samaritan Center is a transitional residential facility for homeless families in Indian River County with a structured step-based program and onsite 24-hours-a-day case managers that help pregnant women and homeless families develop the life skills needed for successful reintegration into mainstream society. Admission is open to families of all faiths. Visit www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org/ samaritan-centertransitional-housing

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach provides 15 social services and ministries at eight locations throughout the Diocese of Palm Beach. Established in 1984, Catholic Charities responds to the needs of the poor and most vulnerable by providing quality programs that serve children, families, and homeless. Catholic Charities of the five-county Diocese of Palm Beach respects life in all of its stages. In living our faith, we create hope for people in need, without regard to religion. Through our programs and ministries, we empower individuals, deliver social services and collaborate with others in building just and compassionate communities. Visit www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach
Diocese of Palm Beach
9995 North Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Media Contacts:
Janelle Hoffman Catholic Charities of DPB 561-630-2695


The 26th Annual Samaritan Center Soup Bowl | Locations & Serving Times

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