Yesterday, Star of Hope Mission celebrated 105 years of ministry to the homeless in Houston. From the very beginning in 1907 one of the most exciting, consistent results of this ministry has been the restoration of families. What a legacy!
This photo was taken during a dinner at Star of Hope in 1932. Notice the sign on the wall?
"How long is it since you wrote to your MOTHER?"
I wonder how many letters, phone calls and emails have gone out from Star of Hope to worried moms? How many men have walked out of the doors of Star of Hope ready to start over and return to their families?
Over the years, the “face of homelessness” has changed and Star of Hope has continually met the challenge of change with new ministries, innovation and improvement. Today Star of Hope serves not only men, but women and entire families. Parents and their children can stay together in a safe, caring environment as parents get the help they need with addiction, education, personal skills and employment. Restoration starts here.
When I’m able to attend a commencement celebration at Star of Hope’s Men’s Development Center or Transitional Living Center it’s always one of the highlights of the month for me. What joy to see families of the graduates cheering them on! Countless times I’ve seen graduating sons and daughters apologize to their parents for the things that they’ve put them through. I’ve seen commencing moms ask their young children to forgive them for “not being a good mommy” and promising them a better life.
The legacy of giving hope to families in need is one of the reasons I feel so blessed to work with Star of Hope. Thank you Houston for giving your time, skills, finances and prayers to make this and so much more possible.