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Star of Hope’s Love In Action Van

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to ride along with Charles Williams in Star of Hope’s Love In Action Van.  For several years Charles has been hitting the streets of Houston and inviting the homeless to “come inside” to find hope, shelter and an opportunity for a fresh start. It was amazing to see how many of the homeless men we talked with know him by name.  As we handed out water,... Read More »
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Star of Hope to Open Volunteer Staffed Call Center

One of the most exciting IT projects I have ever been apart of was in 2008 when a generous donor gave the mission a substantial donation to upgrade its phone systems.  Star of Hope operates several programs at four separate campuses and we saw an opportunity to move away from disparate autonomous phone systems when VOIP became mainstream. This technology provided the infrastructure to consolidate... 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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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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Men's T-shirts, Underwear and Socks Needed!

Wow, Sunday is Father’s Day! And once again, I have put off shopping. Not because I’ve been too busy or needed to wait for payday. I honestly don’t know what to buy. It seems the dads in my life already have everything they want and need. I can’t bring myself to buy more golf shirts, CD’s, gift cards or Astros tickets. If you’re like me, here’s a thought……Many of the men who come to Star of Hope ha... 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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In Memory Of....

On Saturday, I was out in The Woodlands for my cousin, Jerry's, 60th birthday celebration.  Our dads are brothers.  I was the only one there from the Morrison side of the family, but there were lots of aunts, uncles and cousins from his mother's side.  It was my first time to meet some of them; others I hadn't seen since I was a kid.  Not only was it wonderful fun meeting and reconnecting, I also... 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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Homeless Men and Google

Friendswood Community Church has blessed our organization with 15,000 dollars to refurbish our Computer Learning Center at the Men's Development Center.   Today applications and tools are on the Internet so we are moving away from our old fat client desktop computer model that loaded down the desktop with applications like typing tutorials and Microsoft Office applications model to a web tools... Read More »
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The Long Journey Home... How your support saved Wendi’s family

I met Wendi and her daughters in June 2008. This was around the time they first arrived at Star of Hope’s Women and Family Emergency Shelter. On this particular day volunteers from Westin Hotels catered a meal and threw a big party for the families at the shelter.Wendi and her family soon moved from the Emergency Center and into the Star of Hope Transitional Living Center for Women and Families. ... Read More »
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Houston Homeless Children Breakfast with Santa

Once again our friends at the  Hard Rock Cafe live out their logo line "Love All Serve All." The staff has invited the families at our Transitional Living Center to join Ole Saint Nick for a rockin' Saturday morning Breakfast this weekend. The event, which is usually open to the public for a fee, will be a private party just for 85 kids and their families. The Hard Rock with a soft touch will even... Read More »
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What is your problem?

I met John and Caleb of What Is Your Problem a couple of weeks ago. They came to meet Switchfoot and donate to Star of Hope. In this video John and Caleb talk with Switchfoot's Jonathan Foreman about Star of Hope and Houston's Homeless. Brilliant! Show them some love at http://whatisyourproblem.tv/.Would you like to "give a hand up"? Give your time at Volunteer Jobs Houston or donate now at Donatio... Read More »
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Christmas Season Needs

With Christmas right around the corner, Star of Hope staff and volunteers are busy making this a very special Holiday for those we serve. Here's a short list of items that we need by December 11:Phone cardsJournalsBibles (for children and adults)Teen and adult make-up sets ($10-$15 range)Educational toys (with batteries provided)To see the rest of this list, other urgent & ongoing needs, and... Read More »
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Why Shouldn’t Homeless Kids Have High Hopes?

Recently, CNN aired a touching story about an honor student whose ambition is to be a Harvard grad, with a Ph.D in medicine. It’s not the kind of story you expect to see making national headlines, except this student is poor, homeless, highly intelligent and living in a California shelter with his mother and sister.I thought of Kelsey, one of our teens who lived at the Star of Hope Transitional Liv... Read More »
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Hot Summer Days Are Here!

Hopefully, your home air conditioner is holding out ok in all this heat. But what if you didn’t even have a home? Can you imagine what it is like to be homeless, hot, on the streets or living out of a car, and unable to find relief?June 21 was the first day of summer this year, and already Houston is experiencing record heat on a daily basis. With no rain in the past 30 days, and more heat... Read More »
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