Our Staff’s Guide to the 901

Our Staff’s Guide to the 901

We’re less than two months away from our first week of summer camp! High school and junior high groups from all over the U.S. are gearing up to travel to Memphis. While they’re here, they’ll serve homeowners in under-resourced neighborhoods by providing critical home repairs. During camp, students will make a true and lasting impact on the city of Memphis – but they’ll also have a little fun while they’re at it!

The Wednesday of every summer camp session is Half-Day Wednesday, where groups are given the afternoon to explore the city. To help groups decide what to do during free time, some of our staff shared suggestions of where to eat and go while you’re in Memphis!

 

Kelly

Camps and Registration Coordinator

Favorite restaurant: Hog and Hominy

What to order: Thunderbird! 40 Twice!

Where to explore: Big River Crossing or the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Why you chose to live in Memphis: I grew up loving Memphis.

My parents did an incredible job of showing us the beauty of the city and modeling service in its most broken places.

Tyler

Camps and Programs Coordinator

Favorite restaurant: The Bar-B-Q Shop

What to order: I always get the rack of ribs to share and sweet tea!

Where to explore: Visit Shelby Farms Park to bike, kayak or play disk golf. The park has so much to offer, especially to someone trying to escapethe sounds of the city for a minute.

Why you chose to live in Memphis: I fell in love with the city after spending a few summers here with SOS. I permanently moved here after completing the SOS Academy and accepting a full-time job with the organization.

Emily

Construction Administrator

Favorite restaurant: Maciel’s Taco Shop

What to order: Gazpacho salad or Tacos de Lechuga

Where to explore: Broad Avenue

Why you chose to live in Memphis: I was born in Memphis, but I moved away with my family when I was 7. The SOS Academy brought me back a few years ago and I’m grateful to be apart of such a diverse and thriving community!

Sidney

SOS Academy, Builds Intern

Favorite restaurant: Casablanca

What to order: Chicken shawarma and baba ganoush

Where to explore: Graceland (don’t forget to take a picture with Elvis’ horses!)

Why you chose to live in Memphis: I have always loved Memphis. I have family here and grew up visiting a lot. I love the music, the people and the soul of the city.

 

Jake

Assistant Director of Camps and Programs

Favorite restaurant: Casablanca

What to order: THE TEA (hot or cold) with shawarma and hummus!

Where to explore: Broad Avenue

Why you chose to live in Memphis: I moved to Memphis to do the SOS Academy.

Marlon “Big Dog” Brown

Assistant Construction Director

Favorite restaurant: Texas De Brazil

What to order: Steak

Where to explore: I like going to Mirimichi Golf Course.

Why you chose to live in Memphis: I came to Memphis for my job opportunity with SOS!

Ally

Director of Camps and Programs

Favorite restaurant: Elwood’s Shack

What to order: Texas patty melt

Where to explore: SOS! Come on out for a workshop on a Builds day or for a parking lot dance party on a camp morning. Visit the Cooper Young Farmer’s Market, see a show at Levitt Shell, have breakfast on the patio of Stone Soup Café or grab ice cream at La Michoacana!

Why you chose to live in Memphis: I moved to Memphis to do the SOS Academy.

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