Love Where You Live: Betsy Ayrea Delfine builds community through Soup of Success, and relationships

Betsy Ayrea Delfine just feels at home in Elkhart.

Sure, she’s a Jimtown High School grad and she works in Elkhart as the director of the Soup of Success program.

But what Betsy really means is the friendships and opportunities here that are unique to the Elkhart County area.

“I love that it is so easy to know and be in relationship with so many good people,” Betsy says.

Many of those people have been touched by Betsy’s grace and kindness through her work with Soup of Success. The program at Church Community Services empowers women by helping them develop job and life skills and confidence so they can move forward and rebuild their lives.

Betsy Ayrea Delfine’s work with Soup of Success has touched many lives. (Photo by Grant Beachy)

“One of the things that I appreciate about Soup of Success is how it brings people together. Not only are we strengthening women in our community, but we are also offering a way for residents to plug in and give back,” Betsy says.

Betsy feels moved by the work and the outpouring of support from the community for it.

“The more that we can come together and talk with each other, embrace our similarities, and celebrate our differences, the stronger we will all be,” Betsy says. “I am humbled and honored that so many people feel led to support this mission both with their time and talents.”

It’s not all work for Betsy either. She loves the Elkhart Jazz Festival in particular, and she attends church, eats out and gets her hair done, among other things, all in downtown Elkhart.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t see a significant amount of people running, shopping, walking around, eating and enjoying downtown,” Betsy says.

We love how much Betsy has done for the Elkhart area and how much she loves where she lives by supporting local artists, restaurants and other businesses.

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