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From Ending...to Beginning

With Endings...come new Beginnings... “Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts. So, when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope and chance to float up. And it will.”  quote from "Hope Floats" On December 17, 2011, two families "ended" their three years in Star of Hope's  New Horizons Program. Cheri L. and Sandra H. were the first... Read More »
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So What’s Ahead for the New Year?

That’s the question we are all asking, isn’t it? And when we consider that for our homeless men, women and children in Houston, we know that “2012 will be a year of significantly more needs to be met.”Star of Hope has always been on the cutting edge of ministry to the homeless. Over the past 105 years of service there have been three distinct transitions in the homeless need: Serving men-only for... Read More »
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A Banner Year Thanks to YOU!

You have helped restore almost 7,000 lives in Houston in 2011 As I am sitting here in my office, taking a deep breath and thinking back over this past year, I am amazed and humbled at all God has done in our community through the Star of Hope. Record numbers of people have become homeless in Houston this past year, and as a result, Star of Hope has served more individuals than ever before in... Read More »
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Hope for Christmas

As we celebrate Christmas, let us know that our hope is not found in man, the gifts others give, but in the 'baby' that came so that we may truly know the hope of man!Christmas is a joyous time for many...but, for those struggling financially and emotionally, it can leave them with little or no hope.  The Star of Hope--its staff and programs--are here to show guests and clients of the true Star of... Read More »
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Room in the Inn this Christmas

Christmas is my very favorite time of the year, and I often read the Christmas Story along with my family this time of year. As we read it, I have thought many times, as you may have, about that innkeeper who turned Joseph and Mary and the unborn Jesus away that Christmas evening. What was he thinking when he did such a seemingly uncaring deed? I’ve thought to myself and you may have too, “I’d... Read More »
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This Season of Thankfulness

Hey guys!  I found these two photos of Thanksgiving lunch at the Star of Hope.      The first pic is from many years ago and the second is more current!  The parallels touched my heart in that, while years have passed, there are still the less fortunate in our city, who really need our help.  Every day, Star of Hope helps over 1,000 persons, about 1/3 are children.  The more I work in... Read More »
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Grateful Every Day

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I’m counting my blessings — and I want you to know you are a big part of my gratitude! This has been such an exciting year of service at the Star of Hope, as record numbers of individuals and families have come for help. You have shown the true spirit of our Lord and of the compassion of our city. It has truly made a difference for thousands… because of your... Read More »
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Hope Floats Up, Even In The Hardest Of Times

God provides in the most unique and profound ways…and, three of Star of Hope's New Horizons Residents are experiencing that right now!   Experiencing a job loss is something MANY can relate to when this country has an unemployment rate near 10%.  But, the issue strikes too close to home for Curly, Sharon and Pam. When asked “What do you want for Christmas?”—children are not answering with the... Read More »
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From Homeless to Most Likely to Succeed

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You Won't Believe What This Eight Year Old Said

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Are You Praying For Rain?

(function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that every day now, we are confronted with a new, major crisis in our world. Here at home in Houston, we have... Read More »
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What does a 32% Increase Mean?

Recently, Hank Rush, Star of Hope's President & CEO announced that so far this year we have had a 32% increase of men, women and children in comparison to last year. So, what exactly does that mean? Last year total we were able to: Serve 406,140 well nourished meals Have 170,642 stay with Star of Hope at night Have 730 served by our outreach van Help 192 find jobs Help 397 get permanent housing... Read More »
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Thank You for Giving Hope

Audrey Daniel is an amazing young woman who took it upon herself to organize 50 gift bags for our clients at Star of Hope. As a girl scout seeking her Gold Award, Audrey embodied leadership by gathered donations and enlisting volunteers to assist with her monumental task. She hand-made beautiful fleece blankets and categorized each by age group. Indisputably, Audrey is someone with a heart... Read More »
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Homegrown Lessons in the Shelter

Star of Hope kids are having a great end to a not so perfect summer.  When you ask some of the kids around here to describe their home they think of the yard they always wanted or left behind, the couch they fell asleep on, and the Mom and Dad that may or may not have been around. For some kids this is the happiest time of their life.  Despite the fact Star of Hope is a huge blessing it is not a ... Read More »
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When the Only Way to Look Is UP

As I am writing this, we have just experienced a night of unprecedented need at Star of Hope's downtown Women & Family Emergency Shelter. Last night, 141 families and single women were admitted to our already full family shelter. The only place for them was on the floor on a mat, but they were grateful and came anyway. Thirty five families with their 55 children and 51 single women all came... Read More »
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Fresh Starts, New Beginnings and a Summer of Hope

Star of Hope’s July Interactive News is available online. We are still getting kids ready for Summer Camp, but soon the focus will be getting them ready for school. I hope the stories and pictures will inspire you to make this summer a Summer of Hope.Read stories, watch video and share it with your friends! var mag = new TinyCatalog(373929, "Star of Hope Mission - 2011 July... Read More »
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Summer of Hope on Your Radio

As you listen to Houston's SUNNY 99.1 and Newstalk 740 KTRH over the next several weeks keep your ears open for our new Summer of Hope spots. Each features a Star of Hope resident sharing a quick story of how their lives have been transformed at Star of Hope through the support of donors, volunteers and other friends. Here are a few previews...     Thank you for caring for Houston's homeless... Read More »
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Teachers at Age Three

Aleja, the talkative mom-like sweetheart, always has a lot to say. She is her mama’s girl and never lets me forget it. When I asked her what she liked about class she said, “Miss Kylee, I like to listen because my mommy taught me to.” I thought this was great and hoped it would rub off on some of the rambunctious fellows who seemed to think their agenda was more important than anything... Read More »
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Camp Notes: If You Believe in Them, They will Believe in Themselves!

During the summer my parents would always ship me out to summer camp. One of the most memorable times in our schedule was mail time, which was after lunch. When my parents, family and friends came through with notes they rejuvenated something in me. Honestly, I believe getting a camp note was subconsciously empowering. If you knew someone cared and believed in you, you believed in yourself and all... Read More »
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His Plan

God works in fantastic, wonderful, enigmatic ways. That is really the only way I can fathom how and why I ended up working in the preschool class at the Transitional Living Center of Star of Hope. At the beginning of May I was supposed to be working at Camp Ozark, a Christian sports camp in the hills of Arkansas, for the summer; but when I decided to play soccer for my school, that plan flew out... Read More »
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