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Benefit Star of Hope just by Christmas shopping!

As you prepare for a season of gift giving in the coming months, do you know you can help the hungry and homeless at Star of Hope at no cost to you? AmazonSmile and iGive are two simple, automatic ways to support Star of Hope just by shopping. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you will find the same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the... Read More »
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The True Message for the World Today

Check out this amazing video of Michael W. Smith, who gave this talk at Star of Hope’s annual gathering just two weeks ago. It was an incredible night! Michael spoke about “The Message for the World Today” and what the solution to our life Identity Crisis truly is. Join us at Star of Hope in serving those in our community who have lost their way, and need to solve their Identity Crisis once and... Read More »
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Things We’re Thankful For

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Helping Houston's Homeless with Social Media

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Hopeful Rainy Day Saturday Ideas

Since we are expecting some rain this weekend and we could be couped in the house all day I thought I could share some rainy day Saturday ideas that could bring hope to the homeless in your community!1. Write Camp Notes to Star of Hope teens who will be going to camp, so that they can experience a week of being a carefree kid! You will absolutely make their day. 2. Clean out your couch, collect... Read More »
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Do You Hear The Sound Of Happy Feet?

Forget the sound of music, we’re listening for the sound of happy feet, and there will be lots of it at Star of Hope in the coming weeks. Very soon, Sun & Ski Sports will arrive at Star of Hope with all the shoes it has collected for our kiddos, via its Back-To-School Shoe Drive. The drive is scheduled to run from August 1 through August 15th. So folks, if you have new or gently worn shoes-- that... Read More »
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Charlotte’s Lemonade feeds a Homeless Houstonian for Two Weeks!

Last week on “National Lemonade Day”, 8 year old Charlotte diligently prepared her lemonade stand for the day, as did so many other children around the country. But Charlotte’s motive was not just about learning to run her business and make a profit, it was much bigger than that. You see, Charlotte was determined to help the homeless in our city with her profits. And she donated not just some, but... Read More »
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Rapping up Haute for Hope

The spot lights are out, the stage is down, and the audience has gone the way of all audiences, when the show is over.  It will be a year before the Star of Hope Haute for Hope luncheon and fashion show comes around again.  But, hey, it’s only time, and time flies when you’re having fun, right?  Well, guess what?  We’ve had a ball over the past 13 years since the show first opened, and we have the... Read More »
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Young Adults Serving with Star of Hope

I am very confident in saying that 90% of the world’s most passionate and hopeful people are 25 years and younger. Look at college campuses during a presidential election year or the energy of a high school pep-rally. Revolutions are started by young people who have heard their parents talk about tyranny for a life time and have the hope and courage to start change. Here, at Star of Hope young... Read More »
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One Month Isn't Enough Time to Thank Volunteers

At Star of Hope, we celebrate volunteers every day. April has been National Volunteer Month. Thirty days that have passed so quickly - yet each of those days were filled with Houstonians giving their time and talents to reach out to our city's homeless men, women and children. Last year, 8.774 men, women and families served 31,892 hours. 128 individuals donated 13,601 hours of specialized skills -... Read More »
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Summer of Hope Plans Will Soon Spring to Life

Last year, actually last summer, we became aware of a staggering statistic. The number of Homeless Families in Houston has almost DOUBLED in the last year. We were dealing with Families in Crisis. During the summer of 2010, Star of Hope saw more homeless at our doorsteps than ever before. Ever ....since 1907! In order to take care of God's broken children and catch those who have fallen through... Read More »
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Star of Hope Featured in Local "Secret Millionaire" Taping

Popular radio personality Dana Tyson (Sunny 99.1) was asked by the ABC network to produce a "local" version of the new national reality TV hit Secret Millionaire. The national version features a millionaire who goes undercover doing homeless volunteer work in a charitable institution. At the end of the show - the "volunteer", moved by the charity and love that he is surrounded with - reveals... Read More »
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Looking Forward to Another Year of Ministry Together in 2011

In just two days, we’ll be closing out 2010 and celebrating the arrival of a new year, 2011!As I reflect on 2010, my thoughts crystallize on God’s amazing blessings to THEM, through YOU. YOU have enabled the GIFT OF HOPE to be shared with THEM…the thousands of Houstonians, who in 2010 have found themselves in the unique life situation of being homeless, and have turned to Star of Hope for life-tran... Read More »
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Helping Homeless Families in Houston

I am in early this morning to attend to the last details for our year-end. As I enter my office I see the wonderful picture of Ava, the three year old of a homeless family, on my office wall. Her sweet image gives me purpose and reason for my presence here this morning.You and all those wonderful folks who partner with us at Star of Hope, help provide hope and emergency comfort, resources... Read More »
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The Greatest Miracle of Christmas?

Well, Christmas is just around the corner, just a few days away. Our blogging team has been posting amazing stories for the past 25 days, of changed lives and personal miracles, here at the Star of Hope. Take a look at our other "25 Days of Christmas Miracles" Updates. It gives me chill bumps to think about all that God does through you, who help and serve here at Christmas, as He uses this sacred... Read More »
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Coats, Jackets, Sweaters...Just In Time

A few weeks ago I was sitting at my desk when I saw a tweet from Susan Leining (@sleining). Susan is a soccer coach in Santa Fe, Texas and one of her players was organizing a coat drive for Star of Hope. Mary Hunt set a goal for collecting 250 coats for Houston's homeless.Mary exceeded her goal and yesterday, along with her dad and Susan, delivered over 300 coats, jackets and sweaters to Star of... Read More »
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Good Orderly Direction

Guest Blogger: Brian KolbI’ve been a supporter of SOH (Star of Hope) for a few years now. The extent of my support historically has begun and ended with my checkbook. Until recently.My family had an opportunity to serve "Cookies and Goodnight" at the Women & Family Emergency Shelter where we engaged 300 residents with homemade cookies, juice and smiles.It was the single biggest impact my family... Read More »
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New Horizons... Getting Ready for Christmas

This morning Star of Hope's IT department delivered a Christmas Tree for formerly-homeless families and individuals in our New Horizons ministry:"New Horizons is the future made possible in the present for qualifying clients who need a bridge from transitional living to total self-sufficiency. The first of its kind in Houston, New Horizons is the road to permanent housing in a mainstream setting... Read More »
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Heading Hopeward

2000 years ago, three men set out on a journey in search of the one who would make a difference in the world and change things for the better.  It was a long, probably uncomfortable trip.  They were not cruising on a high-speed road in a luxury sedan, or listening to their favorite tunes through surround sound.  They were lumbering along for hours on the hard backs of camels.But they were... Read More »
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"Mom's Story Paints Picture of Homeless Families"

Nearly 21% of people staying in homeless shelters in Houston are families. If you missed it the other night on Fox 26 Houston, Kristine Galvan interviewed a mother at Star of Hope's Women & Family Emergency Shelter: Looking for a way to give back and help those less fortunate this Christmas? Please consider a gift today for Star of Hope. Donate online at Charitable Donations Houston. Read More »
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