Downtown Soup Kitchen

Hope Restored, Hearts Renewed and Lives Transformed

aka Downtown Hope Center   |   Anchorage, AK   |
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Downtown Soup Kitchen

EIN: 92-0141715



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Executive Director

Sherrie Laurie

Main address

PO Box 202684

Anchorage, AK 99520 USA

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Subject area info

Job training

Free goods distribution

Dining services

Shelter and residential care

Food aid

Population served info

Widows and widowers

Alaskan Natives

Pacific Islanders

Economically disadvantaged people

Victims of crime and abuse

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NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Soup Kitchen

Approximately 400 Cups of Soup and Bagged Lunches are served Monday-Sunday 12PM-1:30PM. Our Soup Kitchen functions with the help of 20% staff and 80% volunteers.

Population(s) Served

The Women's Shelter was established in December of 2015 as a cold-weather shelter and has since become a safe haven and home for homeless women in Downtown Anchorage. The Women's Shelter safely houses approximately 55-70 women each night, year-round. Dinner, prepared by Feed Me Hope Culinary Students, is served in the early evening while the women color, read or spend time with each other in our secure courtyard. Three daily meals, showers, laundry, and basic toiletries are available to the guests during shelter hours.

Population(s) Served

Our Shower House and Clothing Room provide a warm and encouraging atmosphere to help our guests feel refreshed. Showers, clean clothing, and laundry services give Downtown Hope Center guests the opportunity to prepare for job interviews, replace worn-out clothing, and maintain basic hygiene.

The Shower House provides approximately 25 showers and loads of laundry every morning to any person who signs up the day prior. Clothing needs are handed out to any guest that greets our doors. All of our guests are welcome to use our mailing address to receive their mail.

Population(s) Served

Feed Me Hope Bakery is a job training program available to women. The Bakery Program helps women who have experienced trauma involving men transition back into a work environment near men, but not directly working alongside them.

Students learn everything from basic food preparation and food safety to intricate piping techniques. They gain experience catering for events and fundraisers, as well as fill daily orders and produce baked goods and pastries at mass production level for our Feed Me Hope Food Truck. We have seen a remarkable transformation in the lives of our students as they begin to walk into their healthy futures.

Population(s) Served

Feed Me Hope Culinary School is a job training program available to men and women. Students learn classic culinary techniques, obtain their food safety and sanitation cards, and are assisted in job placement.

By the time they complete the program, students should excel in ten core competencies: Attendance, Personal Responsibility, Coachability, Food Safety, Time Management, Customer Service, Culinary Arts and Knife Skills, Equipment Knowledge and Kitchen Math. We have seen a remarkable transformation in the lives of our students as they begin to walk into their healthy futures.

Population(s) Served

Suite Hope is an 18 Unit Apartment Complex that sits adjacent to the Downtown Hope Center. Suite Hope offers housing to our students enrolled in our Feed Me Hope Job Training program. Having a consistent place to sleep increases a students chance of completing the program.

Suite Hope also offers safe, subsidized housing to women needing trauma care and treatment for abuse, addiction and to victims of human trafficking.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Downtown Soup Kitchen
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.69 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Downtown Soup Kitchen

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Downtown Soup Kitchen

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Downtown Soup Kitchen

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $5,559 $93,597 $259,831 $487,847 $264,134
As % of expenses 0.4% 6.9% 17.0% 26.7% 12.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$109,871 -$21,556 $138,183 $334,290 $102,054
As % of expenses -7.0% -1.5% 8.4% 16.9% 4.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,451,876 $1,453,356 $1,984,235 $2,215,412 $2,364,724
Total revenue, % change over prior year 3.3% 0.1% 36.5% 11.7% 6.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.8% 8.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 16.0% 19.7% 14.9% 12.4% 10.9%
All other grants and contributions 80.1% 77.8% 83.2% 80.3% 80.5%
Other revenue 3.9% 2.5% 1.9% 3.5% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,451,082 $1,358,759 $1,525,404 $1,827,565 $2,200,590
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.0% -6.4% 12.3% 19.8% 20.4%
Personnel 46.2% 52.6% 55.0% 53.4% 49.3%
Professional fees 6.8% 5.3% 2.8% 2.0% 2.4%
Occupancy 8.4% 7.5% 6.8% 7.6% 8.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.9% 2.7%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 38.6% 34.5% 35.4% 35.1% 37.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,566,512 $1,473,912 $1,647,052 $1,981,122 $2,362,670
One month of savings $120,924 $113,230 $127,117 $152,297 $183,383
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $117,771
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $1,832,244 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,687,436 $1,587,142 $1,774,169 $3,965,663 $2,663,824

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 0.0 0.7 1.8 0.5 0.6
Months of cash and investments 0.0 0.7 1.8 0.5 0.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.5 0.3 1.4 0.2 0.3
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $1,434 $77,254 $230,822 $79,781 $104,080
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $27,989 $37,470 $241,201 $153,958 $46,615
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,261,513 $4,267,358 $4,376,254 $6,208,499 $6,274,766
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 16.6% 19.3% 21.4% 17.6% 19.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.4% 2.3% 2.5% 24.3% 22.4%
Unrestricted net assets $3,500,260 $3,478,704 $3,616,887 $3,951,177 $4,053,231
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $1,000 $200,000 $100,000 $0
Total net assets $3,500,260 $3,479,704 $3,816,887 $4,051,177 $4,053,231

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Sherrie Laurie

Sherrie Laurie has served as Executive Director of Downtown (Soup Kitchen) Hope Center since 2014, prior to serving in this position she was secretary of the Board of Directors of DHC for 5 years. Sherrie began volunteering at Downtown (Soup Kitchen) Hope Center in 2005. During her years as a volunteer she had the opportunity to build the Shower House and Laundry program at DHC’s original facility. She helped design the new building and has since established a 70 bed women’s shelter along with a Culinary and Bakery job skills training program and student housing. Prior to volunteering at DHC Sherrie was an Airline Pilot for Fed Ex for over 20 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Sherrie moved from California to Alaska in 1992 and has 2 grown children. She is an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast, enjoys camping and fishing in Alaska, along with spending long weekends at her remote cabin.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Downtown Soup Kitchen

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
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Board chair

Lorraine O'Neal

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/7/2024

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