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Frances Swartsfager - Still Volunteering At Age 96!

This afternoon held one of those lovely, rare treats that we all cherish and hold close to our hearts. Sherri Ramos, from our Development department, and I were privileged to have lunch in the home of a most remarkable woman, Frances Swartsfager. Until her health began failing late last year, Frances was an active Star of Hope volunteer. But at age 96, she has certainly not retired!Sharing a... Read More »
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Never Too Late For College

As one of the "computer guys" for Star of Hope Mission I am usually so focused on the Hardware/Software aspects of my work, I rarely slow down to fathom the depth of the sea of miracles that exist at this special place. Today, as I climbed into the elevator at our Men's Development Program, the elevator, which I thought was already on its way up, noisily diverted my attention to the entrance as a... Read More »
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Is There Hope For Homeless Youth?

A car is pulling up with a family inside. The car stops and after yelling and some tears, a 13 year old jumps out of the car screaming and runs as fast as he can away from his family. The parents park the car and the dad chases after his son. They hug and return to the car. The dad then drives another block to the homeless shelter where they will be staying. With his son and two other children, he... Read More »
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God Moves In Dramatic Ways Through Your Support

Looking back on 2009 probably makes us all a little jittery, as we remember the uncertainty we have experienced individually and collectively, due to the economic downturn.  But I hope you feel the same satisfaction and excitement that I feel, knowing that, in spite of the difficulties, God moved in dramatic ways to touch and change the lives of thousands of homeless men, women, and children,... Read More »
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Community Service Houston

Recently, I pulled The Message off of the bookshelf and added it to my Bible reading. I'm also listening to it on my iPod. Here's Eugene Peterson's take on James 1:26-27:"Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the... Read More »
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