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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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Back Pack Extravaganza Day

Together we did it!  We made this a Summer of Hope for 150 kids and absolutely no doubt couldn't have done it without you! All summer long you made smiles either from the time you dedicate, the camp flip-flops you gave, or the money you donated.  You made 2011 summer, a summer full of Hope up until the very end...the "Back Pack Extravaganza Day." Being my first "Back Pack Extravaganza Day" I... 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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Planning for the Future

As Star of Hope is into its SECOND CENTURY of serving Houston’s homeless men, women and children, we are working hard on partnerships and new life-changing programs which will move Houston "down the field and toward the goal line" of significantly reducing homelessness in our city! Our Board, leadership and many of you in our community have developed and approved a 5 year plan, called “VISION... 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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The Story of Redemption

Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center former guests all seem to have a raw story and most are willing to tell it. They are willing to share how they became homeless, no matter how humiliating, and then they tell you how God worked in their life at Star of Hope. They are proud of their story of redemption.   I have a story of redemption too…and so many times I neglect to tell people. I leave it... Read More »
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Hopeful Rainy Day Saturday Ideas

Since we are expecting some rain this weekend and we could be couped in the house all day I thought I could share some rainy day Saturday ideas that could bring hope to the homeless in your community!1. Write Camp Notes to Star of Hope teens who will be going to camp, so that they can experience a week of being a carefree kid! You will absolutely make their day. 2. Clean out your couch, collect... Read More »
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How Are You Hope....Where-Ever You Are?

Recently, you might have seen Star of Hope on the news for having 141 people, 55 of which were kids, sleeping on the floor in our overflow room. Because of the deep need this Summer we have had many people feel called to take action and be HOPE! Many have volunteered in our soup kitchen, given food and clothing donations, and provided long term hope by becoming a Circle of Hope Member. We deeply... 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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Do You Hear The Sound Of Happy Feet?

Forget the sound of music, we’re listening for the sound of happy feet, and there will be lots of it at Star of Hope in the coming weeks. Very soon, Sun & Ski Sports will arrive at Star of Hope with all the shoes it has collected for our kiddos, via its Back-To-School Shoe Drive. The drive is scheduled to run from August 1 through August 15th. So folks, if you have new or gently worn shoes-- that... 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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Donald Driver Shows His Heart for Kids at Star of Hope!

Donald Driver, well known superstar wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, held a football camp at Houston’s Delmar Stadium, for underprivileged youth which included several kids from Star of Hope this past Tuesday. This was a great treat for our kids, as part of our SUMMER OF HOPE program activities here at the Mission. Donald led a challenged life on the streets of Houston as a teenager, but... Read More »
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Score One for the Driver

You can quote me on this: I’m a huge fan of Donald Driver, not just because of the amazing win he helped to capture for the Green Bay Packers -–that was impressive, for sure. But what impresses me most is the character o f the man. So often, we hear our field and screen heroes rejecting the importance of their influence on the public as role models, whether for good or bad. But if you could have... Read More »
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Do You Remember Your First Night at Camp?

I didn't go to summer camp until I was 16 and honestly, I was excited about getting away from home. I remember some of the younger kids, though. A few were crying or clinging to mom... afraid of being away from home for the first time. Kids from Star of Hope will be heading to camp later this summer. For many of them this will be their time to be away from mom. They will have a great time making... Read More »
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Mike Chabala Kicks Off Summer of Hope with Star of Hope Kids

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to work on a video with Michael Chabala, Houston Dynamo #17. Mike took some time to hangout with some great Star of Hope kids and help them kick off Summer of Hope. Thanks Mike! Visit SummerOfHopeHouston.org and discover how you can make this summer a Summer Of Hope for Houston's homeless men, women and children. Give Today at Star of Hope Mission -... Read More »
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Happy Third Anniversary - New Horizons!!

June 6, 2011, marked the official Third Year Anniversary of Star of Hope's New Horizons program.  We moved in the first FIVE clients on June 6, 2008.  While none of those clients remain in the program today--several left successfully before completing the entire 3 year program--there are a few in their third year now. Sandra is excited about her future...she is working for Goodwill Industries and... Read More »
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