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NBTA - Part 4 - The Final Chapter

Each year at the NBTA trade show, Joe Carino, owner of CARINO Hotels & Resorts, raises money for a charity by holding a raffle. The prizes are awesome – weekend stays at one of his breathtaking resorts and destination airline tickets – and the raffle tickets are modestly priced.   This year, Mr. Carino joined forces with NBTA and selected Star of Hope as his beneficiary. Several staff members and... Read More »
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The National Business Travel Association partners with Star of Hope - Part 1

It’s been a year since I received the first e-mail from Jeannie Eisenhart.  Jeannie works for Crowley Maritime in Florida and is on the Board of the National Business Travel Association.  NBTA members include airlines, hotels and resorts, travel agents and corporate travel departments, food service companies and temporary corporate apartment homes – just to name a few. Their 2010 international... Read More »
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Thank You for Helping Us Care for These New Families!

A few weeks ago, I shared with you that the number of homeless families in Houston has doubled in just the last year. Our family shelter in downtown Houston has been full with overflow every night. This shocking trend appears to be continuing as we move into Fall and the holidays. During just one recent weekend, ten families came to Star of Hope’s Women and Family Emergency Shelter for food and... Read More »
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Homeless Families Double in Houston!

The Coalition for the Homeless in Houston recently published its 2010 Enumeration of those in our city who are homeless.  Over 40,000 have experienced homelessness in the past year in our city, up 20% from 2009.  With all the Star of Hope has been seeing since spring, it's not surprising that the number of homeless families has doubled since 2009. Now families make up 21% of Houston's homeless... Read More »
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Is Summer 2010 Ever Going to End?

I’ve been sharing with you and with our community since June about the unusual trends we’re seeing this summer, as hundreds more families have been coming to Star of Hope’s Women & Family Emergency Shelter and others throughout the city, in crisis and in need of help. So far this year, we at Star of Hope have served 50,000 more meals than we did during the same months last year, and that was a... Read More »
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Team Effort Scores Big for Star of Hope

The Astros organization is batting a thousand when it comes to community outreach, and, boy, did they hit a homer for Star of Hope. In conjunction with their partnership program with State Farm Insurance, the Astros Foundation Development team selected us to be the recipient of the State Farm’s Good Neighbor award—on the Astros field, no less, before thousands of cheering fans.What a huge... Read More »
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Hope Floats Up on the Kemah Boardwalk

While the warm breeze blows in from the Gulf of Mexico on another HOT day in Texas...these men are grateful.  They are continuing their journey of HOPE... together!!Most of these six men entered Star of Hope's Men's Development Center (Drug Rehab Centers Houston) and did so "just in time." Some were on their way to an early grave; some had already been in prison and were on the verge of going... Read More »
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The Blind Side Opened Houston's Eyes to Star of Hope

It was a hot August night, but a breeze carried relief and a message of Hope to about 1500 Houstonians as they sat outside at Miller Outdoor Theatre and watched one of the best movies of 2009. Last Saturday, Star of Hope hosted  a showing of The Blind Side - the feel good movie about NFL star Michael Oher and his tenure with the Touhy family. Sandra Bullock's performance won her the academy award... Read More »
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Hey Houston…You Rock!

For those of you who turned out for the Star of Hope “Can” Film Festival at Miller Outdoor Theater last Saturday evening to watch The Blind Side, here’s a great, big SHOUT-OUT of thanks for braving the heat and celebrating a Summer of Hope with us. We love it that you put us on your weekend itinerary, brought can goods and took the “SOH” to 20222 text challenge, which delivered $10 to Star of Hope... Read More »
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Star of Hope “Can” Film Festival

These days, it’s hard to find a family activity that’s fun for everyone-- and free.  But, as part of our Summer of Hope campaign, we’ve got a great evening planned for this coming Saturday, August 14, that fits the bill.  We’re calling it our Star of Hope “Can” Film Festival.  No, this is not a misspelling of the big shindig in the south of France.  We are hosting a glorious night under the stars... Read More »
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Virtual Volunteers

Around Star of Hope we have a lot of on-site volunteer opportunities. Check out Community Volunteer Opportunities Houston and you'll see what I'm talking about. If your searching for volunteer opportunities we also have a few off-site, "virtual" volunteer opportunities you may be interested in.When I first began thinking about how I could help the homeless my first thoughts centered around serving... Read More »
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The Blind Side

Looking for a fun family activity this weekend?  Or perhaps a special date night with a loved one?  Please join Star of Hope at Miller Outdoor Theatre on August 14 for a FREE screening of the Academy Award winning movie The Blind Side.  You can help Houston's homeless by bringing a canned food donation to help us feed the nearly 1,000 homeless men, women and children we serve every day.  We will... Read More »
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Praying for Somebody to Help

If you missed it on KHOU/11 News last night, you need to watch this video. Got to love what Casey, a gentleman receiving help at Star of Hope’s Women & Family Emergency Shelter says: “Every day, even though I’m here, I pray for God to give me somebody to help. And if a homeless person can help somebody out, then anybody can.”   Give today at Star of Hope Mission and tell your friends how they can... Read More »
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Diapers Anybody?

There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not conscience of how blessed I am that my family and I have the things we need to sustain us.  Working at Star of Hope keeps me mindful, humble, and grateful.  I see the homeless come by the hundreds on a daily basis, suffering from so much lack, many of them parents with young children, and I know that God put me here to help them.One of my... Read More »
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The Yellow Roads of "Text Us"

Recently, we switched our Yellow Cab Ads. Have you noticed? We now offer ANOTHER option in our Ways to Give collection. You can now INSTANTLY donate $10 to help Star of Hope help the homeless in Houston. Just text "SOH" to 20222. It's that simple - and that important to us. We call this campaign "The Summer of Hope" and we feature a cute little girl (an actual client) pretty in pink with a smile... Read More »
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Hope in the Wilderness - Sandra's Story

We all have our “wilderness” wanderings—much like the Israelites in the Old Testament. We have times in our lives when we have departed one place (Egypt) and are on to a new place (the Promised Land).  Many who enter the Drug Rehab Centers Houston or Battered Womens Shelter Houston are doing just that--moving from one place in their lives to another.  We hope and pray that there will not be a LONG ... Read More »
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Blessings Abound

I am taking this moment to pause, reflect and be thankful. We have been blessed this year with not only an overwhelming quantity (52) computers,  but high quality of computers.   Earlier this year Friendswood Community Church donated $15k to our Men's Computer Learning Center which gave us the opportunity to create a modern business environment for guys that are in the programto learn business... Read More »
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Send a Note of Encouragement

What would you say if you had the opportunity to share a few words of encouragement with a child receiving care at Star of Hope? This is an opportunity for you to do just that.Next month children from Women & Family Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living Center and New Horizons will head back to school.  Thanks to the generous support of friends and donors, every one of these children will step... Read More »
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Bowling for Souls Fundraiser - August 7

 Please partner with Star of Hope Alumni (ACTS) and give to a worthy cause. ACTS is hosting their 2nd Annual Bowling for Compassion Fundraiser on Saturday, August,7 2010 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Emerald Bowling Lanes 9307 Boone Road, Houston, TX 77099 (281) 933-6180.Last year’s successful fundraiser was an indication that we were in God’s will. In the last twelve months ACTS Mobile Outreach... Read More »
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