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God Is Always With Us!

It is always great to see our children enter Star of Hope Mission's doors with a huge smile on their faces. This month was filled with many blessings for our children’s department. After Star of Hope's Summer Camp and Back-to-School Backpack Party for children of homeless families I was able to witness children filled with joy because of an amazing summer and new school supplies! With the amazing... Read More »
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God's perfect timing!

God’s timing is perfect! Today at Star of Hope, God showed this in a very special way. A few representatives from Texas Mutual Insurance stopped by today to delivery over 500 new and gently used towels and washcloths collected by their staff members. This donation is incredible all on its own! However, the “perfect timing” is that our childcare manager was about to purchase the towels needed for... Read More »
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Sportsmen Against Hunger

Safari Club International is a leader in the fight against hunger and the promotion of wildlife conservation. Several years ago, SCI Houston adopted Star of Hope as its charity-of-choice and found Star of Hope to be a great fit for these programs. Through the Sportsmen Against Hunger program, hunters share their wild game harvest with those less fortunate. Since beginning our partnership with Star... Read More »
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Applauding our volunteers!

I would like to share a story with you I heard today, that captures how we feel about our volunteers at Star of Hope! A group of volunteers had just finished serving lunch at our Men’s Development Center earlier this week and was walking out, when they received an enthusiastic round of applause from the appreciative crowd of men still in the dining room. Allow me to join in their applause for ALL... Read More »
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School is now in session!

School is now in Session! Children received brand new shoes, uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies for the new school year! Last week our children started school and what better way to start them off on their first day than with celebrating the new school year! Texas Citizens Bank underwrote the purchase of 230 pairs of children's shoes for the Trees of Hope Shoe Party at Sports Authority! Our... Read More »
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By Faith there is Sight!

Many of the guests at Star of Hope Mission are not able to attain the necessities that most of us can acquire on our own. With God's continued blessings, the generous amount of time our volunteers sacrifice, and all the kind donations we receive, we were able to provide our guests with the essential things that they need.  In particular, an improved eye sight is what many of our guests need and... Read More »
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Girl Scout Brownie Troop #9668

Brownie Troop 9668 split into two groups to provide enough snacks to feed about 450 residents at two Star of Hope facilities. They brought with them several car loads of gently used clothing, linens, books, toys and stuffed animals as well as some toiletries for the residents. While many of these girls are accustomed to gathering items to donate or participating in fun activities that benefit... Read More »
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Divas With Hattitude a Red Hat Society Chapter Gives Back

Our Red Hat Society Chapter Divas With Hattitude began volunteering in November of 2011 and returned in 2012. We volunteer one Saturday every November at the Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter. We start our day by celebrating our chapter members November birthdays at a restaurant, and conclude with dinner service at the center. We help prepare and serve the meals to the many residents... Read More »
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My Mission is Close to My Heart

My husband and I have been financial supporters of Star of Hope for many years. I have always been impressed with the strong Christian work that Star of Hope has provided to thousands of people in need. Once our youngest child received her driver’s license (lots of prayers said!), I felt it was time to donate my time to Star of Hope as well. I went to a volunteer orientation class and waited for... Read More »
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Lessons from the Clothing Room: God Provides!

Every Wednesday morning at Star of Hope’s Donation and Distribution Center is a scavenger hunt of sorts. With a list of specific client clothing needs in hand, Abigail, Kristin and I sift through boxes and bags of donations, searching for the right garments. We make a game out of locating and capturing these items - size 18 pants, women's socks, dresses with sleeves, any brand new business... Read More »
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Our Good Samaritans

I am often asked why people should volunteer. Time is pressed and the demands for our attention come from every direction. How is it possible to add one more commitment to an already packed schedule? The answer is easy. It is biblical to volunteer – it’s what Jesus commands all of us to do.   When asked, “Who is my neighbor,” Jesus answered with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Remember... Read More »
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VOLUNTEER and Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus!

Each year, thousands of folks from every walk of life come to one of Star of Hope's six locations and volunteer their time and talents. They come from around Houston, the United States and even from foreign countries. They do this to serve our guests who are recovering from homelessness and seeking a new life! In so doing, they are fulfilling the Bible's teachings that: "Each of you should use... Read More »
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How Can I Help the Homeless?

There are lots of ways you can help… One of the questions I hear over and over from folks in our community is this: "How can I help the homeless?” When we see someone on a street corner begging for money, or hear about someone struggling to pay their bills and about to lose their housing, we feel compelled to help. Yet we almost immediately feel helpless as to what’s the best thing to do. When I... Read More »
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Star of Hope's 2011 Ministry Report

Star of Hope's 2011 Ministry Report is available now. Take a look inside to see how your support is changing the lives homeless men, women and families in our community. In 2011, you helped accomplish that mission through your support for: 615,068 healthy, nourishing meals to reassure the hungry 87,218 donated articles of clothing and 5,910 toys and gifts to help families rebuild their lives... Read More »
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Leap Year...Leap of Faith

On this "Leap Day" 2012...I want to share a leap of faith that two of the New Horizons clients have taken. Pam and Sharon have both been dealing with this difficult job market. Both were laid off last Spring and have been searching endlessly for work--ANY work.  As "mature" women, they are often disregarded in favor of a younger applicant.  As individuals with "a past" that is not as promising as... Read More »
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Praying for Your Role in Helping Houston's Homeless During Lent

The Lent season is one I cherish.  I feel that during this period of sacrifice and intentionality we acknowledge God more often and therefore become more intimate with him.  Just as the Israelites, I am a forgetful person and every day I forget who provides for me.  I not only forget who provides for me, but how well I am provided for, which is one reason I love having my Church family participate... Read More »
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Making a Difference in the Lives of the Least and the Lost

A few years ago I was offered an opportunity to work at Star of Hope as a Temp during the holiday season. The Director of Operations told me about the wonders of working for such a strong organization with it Christian values and strong family environment. He explained to me that Star of Hope had changed his life and if I came aboard that I would never be the same. From the very first day I saw... Read More »
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A Night With Friends

When Michael W. Smith sits down at the piano, as he did at the recent 2012 Star of Hope Banquet - Above All, you get more than a great performance; you get the feeling that you are in the company of a gentleman and a friend. That said, on the evening of February 2nd, the Lanier Ballroom at the Hilton Americas was transformed into a glorious sanctuary where the theme of the program: Above All... Read More »
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Life Change

We had the Star of Hope Annual Banquet last week and it was amazing to see just some of Star of Hope’s donors attend. It was held at the Hilton Americas. As we learned more about Houston’s homeless needs, we found that: • There are 13,500 homeless right here in Houston. • Star of Hope, a local homeless shelter prepared and fed over 620,000 meals during the 2011. • The number of homeless families... Read More »
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Hope for Houston's Homeless

Last Thursday evening, Star of Hope supporters, volunteers and friends gathered for our annual Anniversary Banquet - Above All. It was truly an amazing night! As always, the stories from Clients who’ve graduated from Star of Hope’s programs were so powerful. Below is the Hope for Houston’s Homeless video we showed that night. If you were there, please watch it again. If you missed the Banquet this... Read More »
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