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Star of Hope - "Home to the Brave"

Homeless Vets celebrated everyday at Star of Hope Men’s Development Center Today is Veteran’s Day, and as I’m writing this blog, I’m reminded of the long heritage Star of Hope Mission has had in serving our Veterans who become homeless.  Way back in 1945-1946, Star of Hope was serving hundreds of Veterans each month, coming through Houston with no place to stay. Ever since then, Star of Hope has... Read More »
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NBTA - Part 4 - The Final Chapter

Each year at the NBTA trade show, Joe Carino, owner of CARINO Hotels & Resorts, raises money for a charity by holding a raffle. The prizes are awesome – weekend stays at one of his breathtaking resorts and destination airline tickets – and the raffle tickets are modestly priced.   This year, Mr. Carino joined forces with NBTA and selected Star of Hope as his beneficiary. Several staff members and... Read More »
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Volunteer Hosts assist NBTA volunteers - Part 2

National Business Travel Association project day finally arrived. However, before a single NBTA volunteer reached Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center, another group of volunteers was already onsite making final preparations. These special folks are Volunteer Hosts. No two of our Volunteer Hosts are exactly alike – they come from many different backgrounds and career paths. But they... Read More »
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The National Business Travel Association partners with Star of Hope - Part 1

It’s been a year since I received the first e-mail from Jeannie Eisenhart.  Jeannie works for Crowley Maritime in Florida and is on the Board of the National Business Travel Association.  NBTA members include airlines, hotels and resorts, travel agents and corporate travel departments, food service companies and temporary corporate apartment homes – just to name a few. Their 2010 international... Read More »
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GE Energy creates an evening of special memories

When volunteers from GE Energy hosted Family Fun Time at Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center, it was quite an adventure for Sylvia, a client in our New Hope program. “I’ve been around the world in the last hour!” she exclaimed with a broad grin. “I’ve met all of these wonderful volunteers from all over the world!”While in Houston, this international GE Energy group asked to include ... Read More »
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Homeless Families Double in Houston!

The Coalition for the Homeless in Houston recently published its 2010 Enumeration of those in our city who are homeless.  Over 40,000 have experienced homelessness in the past year in our city, up 20% from 2009.  With all the Star of Hope has been seeing since spring, it's not surprising that the number of homeless families has doubled since 2009. Now families make up 21% of Houston's homeless... 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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ACTS Bowling for Souls: August 7, 2010

Star of Hope's Men's Development Center Alumni (ACTS) are “Bowling for Souls” again on August 7th at Emerald Bowl at 9307 Boone Road Houston, TX 77099. This is the second year that ACTS is hosting a bowling tournament. Last year the event raised roughly $8,000, which included a 100% matching donation, which was used to meet the needs of individuals who are less fortunate in the city of... Read More »
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Celebrating the Service of MDC Alumni

On Friday, June 18, 2010, Star of Hope Men’s Development Center hosted the Fifth Annual Alumni Fellowship Celebration (AFC). We celebrated the victory of “new lives” in Christ. We celebrated the victory that God has given the alumni over drugs, alcohol, and habitual sin. We celebrated the victory that God has given them as servants of the Gospel of Christ. Men who have satisfied Client Services and... Read More »
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An Opportunity for Creative Expression!

It’s probably been a year since we first met perky art consultant, Sheri Hammonds. A dynamic MBA with a gentle, compassionate spirit, Sheri contacted Star of Hope about teaching art classes for our adult clients. Sheri described how she loves “to move paint” and how this creative outlet might help our clients express feelings for which they have no words.  Since that first meeting, Sheri’s... Read More »
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Are You Feeling The Summer Heat Yet?

I was asked this question a few days ago by a friend up north. My mind immediately went to the heat and humidity outside, but the question also struck a much deeper chord. While there is always so much in life to be thankful for, we all in the Gulf Coast area are feeling not only the summer heat, but also the unsettledness of the Gulf oil crisis. The economic impact and uncertainty it is having on... Read More »
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Scouts Bless Star of Hope!

Throughout the community, an exceptional group of young people are learning the skills needed to become our future leaders. These young men and women are part of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. What an honor it is to work with Scouts who select Star of Hope as the site for their Eagle Scout and Girls Scout Gold Award projects!   The project requirements are stringent. Scouts must submit a... Read More »
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Gables Day at Star of Hope

 “Taking Care of the Way People Live” is more than a catchy advertising slogan for Gables Residential, a company nationally recognized for excellence in the management, development, acquisition and construction of multi-family apartment communities. Last Thursday, Gables Residential shut down their entire Houston operation and sent about 150 enthusiastic, high-energy volunteers to take care of the... Read More »
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Happy Mother's Day!

This week we have all been bombarded with advertisements from greeting card companies, florists and jewelers enticing us to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.  We’ve seen images of adoring children gathered around mom, sharing moments of fun and laughter. But instead of those perfect family portraits captured by Kodak, just for a moment, imagine being a homeless mom with several small... Read More »
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Nonprofit Careers in Houston

I spent some time last week editing a video that we are producing for Star of Hope's HR department. As I listened to my colleagues talk about what brought them to Star of Hope and how God is using their skills and talents, I found myself feeling... grateful... and thankful. Watching, I remembered back to my first days around the Mission.Catherine Taylor, VP of Human Resources, was the first person... Read More »
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The Star of Hope Call Center Project

In the past, when people were homeless, or in an emergency situation such as domestic violence they would find their way to the doors of our shelters where they would be received by open arms and the services that would help improve their circumstances. Our staff were geared towards working those front doors, tending to the crowds in the intake centers and having face to face time with the people... Read More »
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Thank You, Star of Hope Volunteers!

Although others might disagree, I truly believe the Volunteer Services team has the best jobs at Star of Hope! Every single day, Julie, Billie and I have the privilege of working with people who come to Star of Hope simply because they have a heart to serve. They come as partners in our mission – not wanting anything in return. These amazing people are Star of Hope volunteers! Our volunteers bring... Read More »
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Star of Hope Volunteers Are Everywhere!

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 ministriesl  Local and out-of-town mission outreach groupsl  Businesses – Small businesses to... Read More »
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Star of Hope Gets National Exposure

Late last week, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a study regarding the nations' "First Time Homeless". The Washington office of National Public Radio featured comments from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and then, since Houston was one of the studied cities, they called Star of Hope - one of our country's largest and most effective homeless missions. Our spokesperson... Read More »
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Learning To Have Some Fun!

There’s no one on the Star of Hope staff I respect more than those who work each day on the front lines with our clients! I am always in awe of the tremendous care, compassion and empathy they have for all of the hurting men, women and children God sends through our doors! Clients come to Star of Hope burdened and weighted down with the worries and stresses of homelessness. But thanks to our... Read More »
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