A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to ride along with Charles Williams in Star of Hope’s Love In Action Van. For several years Charles has been hitting the streets of Houston and inviting the homeless to “come inside” to find hope, shelter and an opportunity for a fresh start. It was amazing to see how many of the homeless men we talked with know him by name. As we handed out water, over and over I heard the words, “Thank you, Charles.”
One man, a Veteran from San Antonio, had been in Houston for a couple of days. As we drove him to the Star of Hope Men’s Development Center he told us he was waiting for an apartment to open up and only needed help for a couple of weeks. Someone had recommended not going to Star of Hope, “They’ll just take your name and tell you to come back in three days.” He had been sleeping in a sleeping bag on a floor. That night he slept in a bed!
Many of those Charles invites to the shelter tell him the same thing, “I'll come in a couple of days” or “Maybe next week.” He patiently keeps going out and continues to invite. “You never know,” he says, “Today may be the day they say ‘yes.’”
Currently, Charles is giving water donated by I AM Waters Foundation. Check them out at iamwaters.com. The foundation has pledged to donate 35,000 bottles of water to Star of Hope over the summer months.