Kelleher travels from city to city, serving meals to the homeless, along with handing out gloves, hats, coats and other items. But he’s famous for his soup.
“I love helping people,” Kelleher said. “I’m gonna die doing it, and I’m not going anywhere soon.”
A year ago, Kelleher started the nonprofit Support the Soupman. His latest project involves purchasing portable shower trailers for the homeless.
Kelleher began helping the homeless after his son, Travis, died of an overdose years ago. For him, it was a way for him to ease the pain.
“He was such a good kid and fun to be with, when he wasn’t using,” Kelleher said. “He carried the demon. I loved him so much. I give back to the homeless because my son was on the streets, and he didn’t need to be.”
Each portable shower Kelleher buys costs about $50,000. He hopes sales from his famous soup, among other things, will help fund many more.
“My goal is to have salad dressings, sauces, the whole nine yards,” Kelleher said. “Look what (Paul) Newman did with the salad dressing. My last name isn’t Newman, but I’m telling you, we can put a shower in every major city and state in New England.”