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Looking Forward to Another Year of Ministry Together in 2011

In just two days, we’ll be closing out 2010 and celebrating the arrival of a new year, 2011!As I reflect on 2010, my thoughts crystallize on God’s amazing blessings to THEM, through YOU. YOU have enabled the GIFT OF HOPE to be shared with THEM…the thousands of Houstonians, who in 2010 have found themselves in the unique life situation of being homeless, and have turned to Star of Hope for life-tran... Read More »
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Helping Homeless Families in Houston

I am in early this morning to attend to the last details for our year-end. As I enter my office I see the wonderful picture of Ava, the three year old of a homeless family, on my office wall. Her sweet image gives me purpose and reason for my presence here this morning.You and all those wonderful folks who partner with us at Star of Hope, help provide hope and emergency comfort, resources... Read More »
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The Greatest Miracle of Christmas?

Well, Christmas is just around the corner, just a few days away. Our blogging team has been posting amazing stories for the past 25 days, of changed lives and personal miracles, here at the Star of Hope. Take a look at our other "25 Days of Christmas Miracles" Updates. It gives me chill bumps to think about all that God does through you, who help and serve here at Christmas, as He uses this sacred... Read More »
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Coats, Jackets, Sweaters...Just In Time

A few weeks ago I was sitting at my desk when I saw a tweet from Susan Leining (@sleining). Susan is a soccer coach in Santa Fe, Texas and one of her players was organizing a coat drive for Star of Hope. Mary Hunt set a goal for collecting 250 coats for Houston's homeless.Mary exceeded her goal and yesterday, along with her dad and Susan, delivered over 300 coats, jackets and sweaters to Star of... Read More »
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Beautiful Blankets to Keep Our Children Warm

Every child needs a special blanket with which to cuddle – one that makes him or her feel safe and secure. Thanks to three awesome volunteer groups, the children at Star of Hope have blankets made just for them with lots of extra love. When you walk through the doors of Dancewear, etc, (located just west of I-45 South on Fuqua), you immediately enter a world that’s filled with tap shoes, ballet... Read More »
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Merry Christmas from Star of Hope's Christmas Workshop!

Merry Christmas from the Star of Hope Christmas Workshop! As volunteers get Christmas gifts ready for the many homeless men, women and children who come through our doors, it’s like having the North Pole right here in Houston, Texas!   Thanks to our good friends at ProLogis, we have an awesome space that has become Santa’s Workshop! Volunteers are busy sorting donated gifts, selecting something... Read More »
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Good Orderly Direction

Guest Blogger: Brian KolbI’ve been a supporter of SOH (Star of Hope) for a few years now. The extent of my support historically has begun and ended with my checkbook. Until recently.My family had an opportunity to serve "Cookies and Goodnight" at the Women & Family Emergency Shelter where we engaged 300 residents with homemade cookies, juice and smiles.It was the single biggest impact my family... Read More »
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Angels Call at Christmas!

Christmastime is such a fun and amazing time here at Star of Hope. Granted it’s the busiest time of the year for our staff, but what makes it so special is the way God works through this Sacred and Holy Season to touch lives all around us!An “Angel” called me earlier this week, to tell me he wanted to bring a gift to Star of Hope for Christmas. He had bought a cashier’s check, because he doesn’t... Read More »
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2010 Is Almost Gone

The last month of the year is so important to all non-profits, and Star of Hope Mission is no exception. We budget approx 26 % of revenue to be received during the last month of each year. I wanted you to know how we are doing. As of last Friday, we have received 33% of our goal for the month.We believe that December’s goal is attainable, because we believe helping Houston’s homeless... Read More »
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New Horizons... Getting Ready for Christmas

This morning Star of Hope's IT department delivered a Christmas Tree for formerly-homeless families and individuals in our New Horizons ministry:"New Horizons is the future made possible in the present for qualifying clients who need a bridge from transitional living to total self-sufficiency. The first of its kind in Houston, New Horizons is the road to permanent housing in a mainstream setting... Read More »
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Heading Hopeward

2000 years ago, three men set out on a journey in search of the one who would make a difference in the world and change things for the better.  It was a long, probably uncomfortable trip.  They were not cruising on a high-speed road in a luxury sedan, or listening to their favorite tunes through surround sound.  They were lumbering along for hours on the hard backs of camels.But they were... Read More »
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"Mom's Story Paints Picture of Homeless Families"

Nearly 21% of people staying in homeless shelters in Houston are families. If you missed it the other night on Fox 26 Houston, Kristine Galvan interviewed a mother at Star of Hope's Women & Family Emergency Shelter: Looking for a way to give back and help those less fortunate this Christmas? Please consider a gift today for Star of Hope. Donate online at Charitable Donations Houston. Read More »
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The Miracles of Forgiveness and Freedom

Star of Hope’s Men’s Development Center is a busy place right now.  With the chilling temperatures at night, more men are filling the facility into overflow.  And we are glad to serve them, with a warm meal, a warm dry place to sleep, a shower, fresh clothes and words of God’s love for them.  But there is another chilling element at work in many of these men besides the cold air outside.  For a... Read More »
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Helping Houston’s Homeless Find The Brightest Light

During my eight years working for Star of Hope Mission, I have watched over and over as homeless clients move from virtually “no hope” with total dependence, to beginning their independent walk in a new life.  Star of Hope is not just a Soup Kitchen in Houston!  We offer Christian Ministries with such services as drug rehabilitation, emergency homeless services, parenting classes, career building... Read More »
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25 Ways to Help the Homeless

There are so many ways you can help the homeless in our community! Here’s a list of some things you may consider doing between now and Christmas.     Organize a drive for Christmas Gifts. Items are needed by December 10.     Donate online to provide Christmas Gifts. Visit Star of Hope’s Christmas Gift Catalog.     Create We Care Houston Packages and give them to homeless men and women you see on... Read More »
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25 Days of Christmas Miracles!

My family and I are big fans of Hallmark TV Christmas movies, and we were watching a new one this past weekend called “Mrs. Miracle." Since joining Star of Hope, I have been amazed at the miracles that constantly happen here. This movie inspired me to write to you over the next few weeks, and tell you about Christmas miracles happening at Star of Hope as they happen, during this amazing season of... Read More »
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Miracle on 19th Street Takes Christmas Giving to New Heights

Residents of the Historic Houston Heights continue to make history this Friday night, December 3rd, as they host their annual Holiday on 19th Street event. This special evening has been  a Houston area highlight for more than two decades amid a festive atmosphere filled with shopping bargains, refreshments, Santa, carolers and much more. "It's like spending time inside an old traditional post... Read More »
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Star of Hope - "Home to the Brave"

Homeless Vets celebrated everyday at Star of Hope Men’s Development Center Today is Veteran’s Day, and as I’m writing this blog, I’m reminded of the long heritage Star of Hope Mission has had in serving our Veterans who become homeless.  Way back in 1945-1946, Star of Hope was serving hundreds of Veterans each month, coming through Houston with no place to stay. Ever since then, Star of Hope has... Read More »
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Gifts That Honor and Help

Star of Hope’s 2010 Christmas Gift Catalog is online. You can help Houston’s homeless men women and children, and honor a family member or friend at the same time. var mag = new TinyCatalog(312007, "Star of Hope Mission: 2010 Christmas Gift Catalog"); mag.setBackgroundColor("#FFFFFF"); mag.setSize(260, 168); // Change line below to link to an url // mag.setLaunchURL("http://www.dom.tld"); //... Read More »
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Michael W. Smith - The W is for Whirlwind Visit to Houston

He's universally known as one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian Music. A three time Grammy Award winner with 40 Dove Awards and 13 million records sold, this Christian Superstar is an everyday Joe - I mean  Michael.  On October 18th, just 11 days past his 53rd birthday, Mister Smith went to Houston - and without singing a note - wowed hundreds and hundreds... Read More »
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