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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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The Sound of Music

A few days before Christmas I was walking through the lobby at Star of Hope and saw three boxes. They looked like they contained musical instruments…I got really excited when I realized someone had donated three guitars!  Rachel Haverkorn, a Volunteer Liaison at Star of Hope, told me this story: The teen department let us know that the some of the kids had expressed interest in learning to play... Read More »
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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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Give Us This Day, Our Daily Bread

(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); })(); There are only a few weeks now until Thanksgiving and whatever plans we are making, they most certainly will include a gathering event focused on... Read More »
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Things We’re Thankful For

(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); })(); Thanksgiving is a time we all count our blessings, and I want you to know that hundreds of Star of Hope’s residents and graduates are thanking God for you!... Read More »
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Sharing a Lifetime Lesson Taught by a 3 Year Old

(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); })(); Recently, a 3 year old named Evan, found out many kids didn't have toys of their own.  He immediately began finding the ones he wanted to share with his... Read More »
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From Homeless to Most Likely to Succeed

(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); })(); When you think about the homeless, do you see tragedy? We see the pain of homelessness every day, as men, women and families pour into our centers for... Read More »
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You Won't Believe What This Eight Year Old Said

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Helping Houston's Homeless with Social Media

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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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