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Why Volunteer at Star of Hope?

Why do people throughout our community volunteer at Star of Hope? Just ask Ann, a retired social worker, about the benefits of volunteering.  Ann began volunteering in the Computer Learning Center at our Transitional Living Center in 2005. Although she loved helping clients who were eager to learn new computer skills, the timing just didn’t fit with Ann’s busy schedule. She moved to our Women &... Read More »
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Volunteer Gregg Lattier, a Houston Texan Community Quarterback

“Volunteering at Star of Hope is a demonstration of my faith in the LORD,” is how Gregg Lattier explains his ongoing commitment to serve Houston’s homeless men, women and children through his partnership with our mission. Gregg attended one of the first orientation classes I held for perspective new volunteers almost 13 years ago - and he enthusiastically continues to touch hundreds of lives by... Read More »
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Chevron's Human Energy Blesses Star of Hope

Recently, while running errands, my husband pulled the car into a Chevron station. As he filled up the tank, my attention focused on the poster hanging beside each pump, which showcased the many ways Chevron volunteers contribute “human energy” to make our community a better place. Not only was I delighted that local Chevron volunteers were recognized, but also thrilled that Star of Hope was... Read More »
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A Very Cougar Thanksgiving and Christmas!

For the last 20 years, the Hard Rock Cafe has closed its doors on Thanksgiving Day. Although this popular downtown Houston eatery is closed to the public, the kitchen and waitstaff are quite busy. Instead of celebrating Thanksgiving with their own families, everyone at the Hard Rock volunteers on their day off to host a gourmet dinner for clients at Star of Hope’s Women & Family Emergency Shelter ... Read More »
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Beautiful Blankets to Keep Our Children Warm

Every child needs a special blanket with which to cuddle – one that makes him or her feel safe and secure. Thanks to three awesome volunteer groups, the children at Star of Hope have blankets made just for them with lots of extra love. When you walk through the doors of Dancewear, etc, (located just west of I-45 South on Fuqua), you immediately enter a world that’s filled with tap shoes, ballet... Read More »
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Bank of America - Greenspoint turns into Santa's Workshop

When more than 100 local Bank of America managers wanted to do something for Star of Hope clients during Christmas, they came up with a unique idea. Instead of volunteering at one of our facilities, they turned the second floor of the Greenspoint branch into another Star of Hope Christmas Workshop.  Bank of America ordered all of the gifts and wrapping supplies from the WalMart at South Post Oak... Read More »
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Merry Christmas from Star of Hope's Christmas Workshop!

Merry Christmas from the Star of Hope Christmas Workshop! As volunteers get Christmas gifts ready for the many homeless men, women and children who come through our doors, it’s like having the North Pole right here in Houston, Texas!   Thanks to our good friends at ProLogis, we have an awesome space that has become Santa’s Workshop! Volunteers are busy sorting donated gifts, selecting something... Read More »
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Willis Volunteers Staff Call Center and So Much More!

Imagine what it must be like to be out on the streets with no place to call home. Frantically, you search for shelter and a safe place to fall asleep. That’s when you remember that someone told you about Star of Hope. In desperation, you put your last two quarters in the payphone, hoping with everything you have left inside that you can talk with someone, that you don't get a recording. Although... 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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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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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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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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