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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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Celebrating Everything You Do... Next Friday!

Each February, thousands of Houstonians gather for dinner and an evening of inspiration and education, in support of the homeless of our city. It’s the Star of Hope Annual Banquet, and it’s next Friday, February 8th at 7pm in the Lanier Ballroom at the Hilton Americas downtown. If you aren’t already planning to attend, we’d love for you to join us! Seating is limited, so register today. As a... Read More »
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A [Young] Heart for Service

Ben, a 7 year old boy, was on his way home from an Astros game and saw a homeless man with his wheelchair bound daughter on the street asking for help. Ben was really surprised that children might not have a home or the help they need. We talked about it that evening and Ben decided that he really wanted to help. As a result, he saved his money all summer and planned a visit to Star of... Read More »
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Helping Houston's Homeless with Home for Christmas

I have been singing since I was 4 years old, but I have always known that my voice was for more than singing, it is a gift from God that I am assigned to use to change the world, one person at a time. Recently, I had the honor of singing for the Star of Hope family during their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies, and my prayer is that I made someone’s Holiday better. The Bible says that the... Read More »
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Come Fill the Freezer for Star of Hope

The temperature may be dropping but not our hopes for filling the freezer at the new Star of Hope Donation and Distribution Center. In fact, we could not be more excited about our up-coming event with partners KSBJ, NGEN Radio and Kroger. With their help, we are planning to pack the freezer with 20,000 pounds of frozen food. If that sounds like a lot of groceries, then check this out. We... 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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Beacon + Star of Hope = A Better Community

Star of Hope Mission issued a mandate to the Houston community. They were in need of underwear for men of Star of Hope. Beacon Home Health Agency responded to this urgent need. Co-entrepreneurs Ricky L. Mayes & Lora L. Mayes, R.N. immediately began organizing a Boxers & Briefs Drive to collect new underwear for the men in need. “We often take for granted the small things. Something so simple as... Read More »
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The Dreams of Our Teens!

Do you remember your high school years...and the dreams you dreamed for your future? Would you become a doctor, or teacher, or scientist, or run your own business? Could you possibly attend college after you graduated? High school is such a great time to dream big, powerful dreams of what we want for our future. And yet for teens who are part of a family which experiences homelessness, the despair... Read More »
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Local Boys Raise Money for Homeless

Garrett & Austin will donate $132 to the Star of Hope Mission after setting up a lemonade stand to help the homeless. After leaving a Houston Dynamo game Garrett, 9, saw people getting ready to spend the night on the street. “It really made me sad,” said Simmons. The next day he wrote a business plan for a lemonade stand with the idea to give half the profits to charity. After talking with his... Read More »
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What We Take For Granted

Recently, I took some time out of the classroom at Ms. Mely’s request and helped her get the final things together for the camp that the kids and Star of Hope staff attended last week. We had to scan documents, pick out some dark colored shirts for the girls to wear over their swimsuits and collect toiletries to send with the children for the 4 days. As Melyand I were talking, she explained to me... Read More »
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Top Radio Stations Feature All Day Star of Hope Fund Raiser

This week two major radio corporations are featuring an Entire Day dedicated to helping Star of Hope make this a Summer of Hope for our clients. Thursday, June 28, beginning at 6 AM until 7 PM, Clear Channel’s top rated SUNNY 99.1will run commercials talking about Star of Hope’s summer efforts and asking listeners to go to our website and make a donation. As an added blessing, Houston Area Toyota... Read More »
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38,000 Bottles of Water for Houston's Homeless

“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.’” John 4:13-14 I am overcome by the power of living water as I was able to join some of the Star of Hope staff as we received a huge... Read More »
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Serving at the Shelter

I have been a volunteer at the Star of Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter for almost a year. I am going to tell you how I came to Star of Hope. My husband and I lived in Singapore for 5 years and were relocated to the Houston area. My 4 children were all grown and I wasn't sure about what to do with the next chapter in my life. I prayed that God would show me what to do. My focus came from... 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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Popular Restaurant Chain Collects Diapers For Homeless Babies

Eleven Houston Area Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will collect diapers for Star of Hope’s toddlers the weekend of March 24-25. The popular sports-themed eatery is calling the 2012 diaper drive “Homeless Babies – Help Us Cover Their End Zone.” Cathy Camp, Regional Marketing Director for the chain, has announced that locations in Spring, Wallisville, Cypress, Rosenberg, Conroe, Richmond, Victoria,... Read More »
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Something Better Out of Life

Ask John what brought him to Star of Hope, and he'll tell you, "A lot of brokenness. It was Easter Sunday. I had messed up, relapsing into drugs and alcohol, and I was separated from my family. I was just broken inside, and I wanted something better out of life." Watch this video and you’ll see that true life change is not only possible, it happens every day, at Star of Hope! We invite you to be a... 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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The True Message for the World Today

Check out this amazing video of Michael W. Smith, who gave this talk at Star of Hope’s annual gathering just two weeks ago. It was an incredible night! Michael spoke about “The Message for the World Today” and what the solution to our life Identity Crisis truly is. Join us at Star of Hope in serving those in our community who have lost their way, and need to solve their Identity Crisis once and... Read More »
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