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My Anchor Forever!

Start the New Year out with hope! In a couple of weeks it will be time for the Star of Hope Annual Banquet scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 at the Hilton Americas Hotel, featuring singer Christy Nockles - one of the best voices in Christian music! Star of Hope has so much to be thankful for because of our continuous trust in our ANCHOR. Thanks to our donors, volunteers, churches and other... Read More »
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Faith in Christ Brings New Hope

“Star of Hope is an empowering part of my life”, Shayla said. Growing up surrounded by family and friends who turned to drugs when the road got rough never gave Shalay much of a chance. It was easy to fall back on that lifestyle and those kinds of choices when life hit her hard, and Shalay eventually found herself arrested and convicted. Shamed by the memory, she shook her head and said, “I got... Read More »
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Celebrating 108 Years of Christ-centered Ministry!

As we celebrate the 108th anniversary of Star of Hope Mission this July 1 and its calling to serve the homeless of Houston, I can’t help but marvel at how God has used this mission to further His Kingdom in the Houston area! On the day Star of Hope opened its doors, the headline in the Houston Post read “New Religious Enterprise on Franklin Avenue Will Be Launched Tonight.” In his remarks, Dr.... Read More »
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A Former Resident

My name is Lawrence Scott. I am a former resident of Star and Hope Mission's Women and Family Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living Center. In 1992 my mother, younger brother and I moved back to the emergency shelter after a very brief stay 6 months prior. My mother, a single parent, had fallen on hard times and we found ourselves without a place to stay. I was 11 years old and was devastated... Read More »
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Thank You Star of Hope

In the early 2000's I was wandering the streets of Houston high from "crack cocaine" for almost 11 days in a row... paranoid, hungry, confused and 2000 miles from home (Toronto, Canada) - a friendly man stopped his car and asked me if I was ok? Turned out... he was the then director of Star of Hope. He picked me up and brought me to the center, turns out he was on his way to work that morning.... Read More »
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The Closed Mind

“Do you love Muslims?” he spat at me with hatred flashing from his eyes and a cynical tone in his voice as he handed back the tract I had given him. “Yes,” I said. Clearly, he did not believe me and fired a couple more questions at me. The questions were land mines. I had the sense that any misstep would result in an explosion, and the explosion came on the third question when I failed to answer... Read More »
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Chasing the American Dream

I was living the American dream. I had a good job, a family, a home with a white picket fence and a dog. By the standards that I grew up around, I was supposed to be happy and complete. But that was not the case. I went from living the American dream to chasing it, making more money, getting larger homes, moving up the corporate ladder, needing more external things to make me feel whole. By... Read More »
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The Star of Hope

Two days I have endured This tormenting spirit The one that is too strong for me The one that I have entertained for so long I needed to get us out for a few minutes A few snacks and hot chocolate in the warmth of the car There was this beautiful choir singing to me through the radio “I am standing… In the need… Of a blessing!” And my thought was this, God “is” the blessing As I looked up... Read More »
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This Season of Thankfulness

Hey guys!  I found these two photos of Thanksgiving lunch at the Star of Hope.      The first pic is from many years ago and the second is more current!  The parallels touched my heart in that, while years have passed, there are still the less fortunate in our city, who really need our help.  Every day, Star of Hope helps over 1,000 persons, about 1/3 are children.  The more I work in... Read More »
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Hope Floats Up - From a Distance

When I answered the phone Friday morning, I noticed the out-of-state area code.  I was uncertain who would be on the other end of the call when I picked up the call."I know someone who is at your shelter," the caller began, "and, I looked up Star of Hope on the Internet and that's where I got your name."I immediately began the "rote" answer in my head "I'm sorry, we cannot give out information on... Read More »
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Learning to Serve with Gratitude

Not only do Star of Hope Alumni (ACTS - Alumni in Community, Transformation & Service) return to the campus to serve and give back, they build relationships and enhance the spiritual life of programmers in a number of ways off campus as well.  Alumni conduct weekend spiritual retreat camps. They organize many types of fellowships such as bowling fund raisers, acts of service outings, and sporting... Read More »
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Happy Third Anniversary - New Horizons!!

June 6, 2011, marked the official Third Year Anniversary of Star of Hope's New Horizons program.  We moved in the first FIVE clients on June 6, 2008.  While none of those clients remain in the program today--several left successfully before completing the entire 3 year program--there are a few in their third year now. Sandra is excited about her future...she is working for Goodwill Industries and... Read More »
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The Best for Our Children's Education and Career

Congratulations and many blessings to our graduates, parents, and supporters of our children. I would like to encourage parents and supporters to continue praying for, paving the way, and providing for our children’s academic pursuits and career advancements. As we strive to achieve excellence in academics and for the perfect vocation, let us always seek God first and His righteousness... Read More »
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Teens "Souled Out" for Jesus

On Friday April 29th, the Star of Hope teens said their goodbyes, we loaded up in the two Stars of 2morrow vans and drove away to Huntsville, TX for another exciting weekend retreat with Hope for Youth.  This is our fourth year being included in their annual retreat. A week before the retreat, there had been a shift in leadership with Hope for Youth and we had wondered how this was going to affect... Read More »
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"Please Pray for Me" Part 2

It is a humbling experience to be at the mercy of others during a time of injury, illness or their need. And, that is exactly what I am facing. As Director of Star of Hope's New Horizons Program, I get to minister to the needs of others every day. I have the privilege of encouraging others in times of worry/distress and times of achievement/success.  I also get to pray with others on a daily basis... Read More »
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A Child's Present, A Father's Hope

The Bible says that the Messiah will "turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers" (Malachi 4:6). At the Star of Hope Men's Development Center we teach our men that there is a galactic difference between paternity and fatherhood. Paternity requires no relationship and no sacrifice. Fatherhood does. Paternity is the compromise of the Godless.... Read More »
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Helping Houston’s Homeless Find The Brightest Light

During my eight years working for Star of Hope Mission, I have watched over and over as homeless clients move from virtually “no hope” with total dependence, to beginning their independent walk in a new life.  Star of Hope is not just a Soup Kitchen in Houston!  We offer Christian Ministries with such services as drug rehabilitation, emergency homeless services, parenting classes, career building... Read More »
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25 Days of Christmas Miracles

In Colossians 3:19 the Bible instructs Christians that we are to "sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God." Here at the Men's Development Center that challenge is taken seriously. At virtually any time of the day, the sound of rejoicing can be heard emanating from some corner or corridor of this sacred building. There is an inbuilt gladness attached to being in a... Read More »
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Michael W. Smith - The W is for Whirlwind Visit to Houston

He's universally known as one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian Music. A three time Grammy Award winner with 40 Dove Awards and 13 million records sold, this Christian Superstar is an everyday Joe - I mean  Michael.  On October 18th, just 11 days past his 53rd birthday, Mister Smith went to Houston - and without singing a note - wowed hundreds and hundreds... Read More »
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103 Years Ago... New Religious Enterprise on Franklin Avenue

This morning I was reminded about the beginnings of Star of Hope Mission and the importance of what was then a "new enterprise" to our community over the last 103 years. The Houston Post reported this story on July 1, 1907: The Star of Hope Mission New Religious Enterprise on Franklin Avenue Will Be Launched Tonight The Star of Hope Mission will open tonight in its quarters, 714 Franklin Avenue at... Read More »
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