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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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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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25 Ways to Help the Homeless

There are so many ways you can help the homeless in our community! Here’s a list of some things you may consider doing between now and Christmas.     Organize a drive for Christmas Gifts. Items are needed by December 10.     Donate online to provide Christmas Gifts. Visit Star of Hope’s Christmas Gift Catalog.     Create We Care Houston Packages and give them to homeless men and women you see on... 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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Thank You for Helping Us Care for These New Families!

A few weeks ago, I shared with you that the number of homeless families in Houston has doubled in just the last year. Our family shelter in downtown Houston has been full with overflow every night. This shocking trend appears to be continuing as we move into Fall and the holidays. During just one recent weekend, ten families came to Star of Hope’s Women and Family Emergency Shelter for food and... Read More »
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Is Summer 2010 Ever Going to End?

I’ve been sharing with you and with our community since June about the unusual trends we’re seeing this summer, as hundreds more families have been coming to Star of Hope’s Women & Family Emergency Shelter and others throughout the city, in crisis and in need of help. So far this year, we at Star of Hope have served 50,000 more meals than we did during the same months last year, and that was a... Read More »
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Virtual Volunteers

Around Star of Hope we have a lot of on-site volunteer opportunities. Check out Community Volunteer Opportunities Houston and you'll see what I'm talking about. If your searching for volunteer opportunities we also have a few off-site, "virtual" volunteer opportunities you may be interested in.When I first began thinking about how I could help the homeless my first thoughts centered around serving... Read More »
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BMC Software Volunteers Help Clients Learn to Succeed

The personal and career development programs at our Transitional Living Center help clients learn to shine when they interview for jobs. We want our clients to be so polished, poised and professional that they have a variety of job offers from which to pick. But for many clients, job interviews are very difficult and create enormous anxiety. Baggage from the past - such as an unstable work... 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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Where Do You Find Your Hope To Go On?

In our daily “trenches of life," we each must look somewhere for the Hope to Go On another day. Do you ever wonder why you do what you do? Why you’re where you are in life? Does anything you’re doing really matter? Where do you get your Hope to Go On? I’ve just returned from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions convention for all those in North America who serve homeless people in... Read More »
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UT Students and Faculty Reach Out to Houston's Homeless

Last Saturday, about 40 students and faculty members from the six schools of UT's Health Science Center put down their I-Pads and picked up a paint brush  as they helped Houston Homeless Shelters spruce up for Spring. In addition to collecting towels, underwear and socks to donate to various Shelters in Houston, the group started early in the morning and painted a large and long fence around Star... 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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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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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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Serving In The Kitchen - A Volunteer Favorite

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in….” Matthew 25:35Assisting in the kitchen is one of our most requested volunteer jobs and a favorite of both long-term and one-timevolunteers. Kitchen volunteers do everything from assist with food preparation and set-up to serving the meals and clean-up. ... 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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