Service Opportunities of Older People (SOOP) provides service opportunities for families and adults of all ages, provides short-term service opportunities in the Tucson metropolitan area.
Each year approximately 20 individuals come from all over the U.S. and Canada to spend 2-8 weeks in the Tucson area, serving the community while also enjoying the Desert Southwest.
Most bring RVs which they park in the designated spaces south of the church, or stay in other housing as available. These persons also often bring their spiritual gifts that they share with the Shalom congregation and with each other.
SOOP volunteers contribute their time to various organizations including the local food bank, community home repair, soup kitchen, various school libraries, thrift stores, adaptive technology, etc.
Many SOOPer’s have also blessed Shalom with their presence in our church community, sharing their talents there as well.
To learn more, go to Mennonite Mission Network’s webpage on SOOP.