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Star of Hope Volunteers Are Everywhere!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
by Elizabeth Hatler

Every day I find that people in our community are eager to know more about Star of Hope, the services we provide and how to get involved.  One question I am often asked is, “Where do you get your volunteers?”  The answer is simple – from everywhere!  

l  Churches, Bible studies & various ministries

l  Local and out-of-town mission outreach groups

l  Businesses – Small businesses to global conglomerates

l  Professional organizations and societies

l  Universities – student associations and professional groups, sororities & fraternities, athletic programs, alumni organizations, etc.

l  Traditional high schools to boarding schools and home school organization – clubs, athletic programs, honor societies, etc. 

l  Civic, philanthropic and charitable organizations

l  Social clubs

l  Other non-profit partnerships and collaborations

l  Families

 

I can’t imagine a community more generous than the one in which we live.  Each year, thousands of Individuals and groups give their time, energy and resources to help those less fortunate through Star of Hope’s onsite and offsite volunteer opportunities. We are grateful for each volunteer and consider this a "God thing" - the way He continues to impress people's hearts to partner with our ministry, enabling us to do far beyond what we could have ever imagined for over 100 years! 

 

Want to know more?  Check out the ways you can make a difference in the lives of Houston’s homeless men, women and children at Volunteering Houston.


Needed Items

Thursday, March 25, 2010
by Scott McKinley

A great way to help the homeless is by donating needed items to an emergency shelter or long-term program. Also, consider organizing a collection drive with your friends, church, colleagues, school or organization.

Star of Hope Mission's urgent needs for this week include:

  • Women’s Deodorant
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Blue Label Similac
  • Flashlights & Batteries
  • Pull Ups (2t, 3t, 4t).

Thank you for helping!

Coordinate a drive for needed items: Volunteering Houston. View our current needs list: Donating To Charitable Organizations
 

A Friend in Need…

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
by Marilyn Fountain

You gotta love the folks at Marriott International and Glazier Foods. Together, they delivered 5 tons of much-needed, non-perishable food to our Storehouse and unloaded every box, bag, and bundle by hand—well with a little help from a fork lift.

This was a definite hallelujah moment for our kitchen staff and all of Star of Hope, for that matter, because with nearly 1,000 hungry, homeless men, women, and children to feed, daily, the words “5 tons” weighs in at the top of the blessings scale.

This is the fourth year that Marriott has rallied their family of hotels around the city to help the homeless at Star of Hope, through their Spirit to Serve initiative, collecting thousands of pounds of food for the people in our shelters. But this year, Glazier Foods upped the ante by matching Marriott’s effort pound for pound, doubling the donation and making it an awesome feed-for-all. 

Thank you Marriott International and Glazier Foods. You are a friend indeed.

Watch the video: Donating To Charitable Organizations Houston

Homeless Men and Google

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
by Andrew Holmes

Friendswood Community Church has blessed our organization with 15,000 dollars to refurbish our Computer Learning Center at the Men's Development Center.   Today applications and tools are on the Internet so we are moving away from our old fat client desktop computer model that loaded down the desktop with applications like typing tutorials and Microsoft Office applications model to a web tools based model that will take advantage of free Google Applications such as Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live. The men will be taught how to find and leverage resources on the Internet to build resumes and find jobs. During the course of their stay they keep journals and document their life history all of which will be saved secure online so when they leave they will know how to access their data from any computer.  I was pleased to find out that the men that work in our labs are serious and dedicated to skills building and are committed to learning about computers and the Internet. Many of these men have never had the opportunity to own or even touch a computer and we all know that even basic jobs will leave these guys behind if they don't have this opportunity.

We are so thankful for the donation and we are going to use the opportunity to bring an experience to our clients that will continue to change their lives for the better.

Learn more about Star of Hope and how you can help by visiting Charitable Organizations Houston.

Give Comfort & Joy To Houston's Homeless

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
by Scott McKinley
Are you working on your Christmas gift list? Consider giving a special gift to honor a friend, family member or colleague and help Houston's homeless.

Visit Star of Hope's 2009 Christmas Gift Catalog. You can provide Meals, Education, Shelter, Medical Care, Spiritual Care and Children's Critical Care... all in the name of a special someone.

Don't forget you can also send an eCard to let them know how your gift in their name will be used.