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Star of Hope’s Love In Action Van

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to ride along with Charles Williams in Star of Hope’s Love In Action Van.  For several years Charles has been hitting the streets of Houston and inviting the homeless to “come inside” to find hope, shelter and an opportunity for a fresh start. It was amazing to see how many of the homeless men we talked with know him by name.  As we handed out water,... Read More »
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Texting for Hope

Have you seen our new cab signs?  If you haven’t, be on the lookout, because they’re your invitation to participate in a Summer of Hope.   With the help of our buddies at Yellow Cab, Hope Floats all around the city, day and night, bringing the message that helping the homeless during these dog days of summer is as easy as texting “SOH” to 20222.  It’s that simple, and Star of Hope receives an... Read More »
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Star of Hope to Open Volunteer Staffed Call Center

One of the most exciting IT projects I have ever been apart of was in 2008 when a generous donor gave the mission a substantial donation to upgrade its phone systems.  Star of Hope operates several programs at four separate campuses and we saw an opportunity to move away from disparate autonomous phone systems when VOIP became mainstream. This technology provided the infrastructure to consolidate... Read More »
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So Many Ways To Give

For your convenience we have put together a list of ways you can give financial donations to Star of Hope Mission.  A little over a week ago we added mobile giving or text-to-give to the lineup. On your mobile phone, simply text "SOHM" to 20222 and donate $10 to help the poor and homeless in our community.What are some of the other ways to give?• Give online at www.sohmission.org• Donate with PayPa... Read More »
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ACTS Bowling for Souls: August 7, 2010

Star of Hope's Men's Development Center Alumni (ACTS) are “Bowling for Souls” again on August 7th at Emerald Bowl at 9307 Boone Road Houston, TX 77099. This is the second year that ACTS is hosting a bowling tournament. Last year the event raised roughly $8,000, which included a 100% matching donation, which was used to meet the needs of individuals who are less fortunate in the city of... Read More »
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The Big Picture

The most frequent response we get from Houstonians who visit and tour the Star of Hope facilities is this:  “I had no idea Star of Hope did ALL of this in the community!”  Everyone in Houston seems to know about Star of Hope and think well of it, but in many ways it’s a "best kept secret."So, to help you with “The Big Picture” of all we do in our city for those who have reached bottom and are... Read More »
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Star of Hope - A Refuge from the Heat

It was a typical Sunday afternoon. Everyone in my family-of-five had gone their own way after getting home from church and having lunch. I was in the living room, downloading a few songs from my laptop onto my iPod, when a loud pop came from somewhere outside. The power was instantly gone and the house filled with overwhelming quiet.   This was the second time within a few weeks we found ourselves... Read More »
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An Opportunity for Creative Expression!

It’s probably been a year since we first met perky art consultant, Sheri Hammonds. A dynamic MBA with a gentle, compassionate spirit, Sheri contacted Star of Hope about teaching art classes for our adult clients. Sheri described how she loves “to move paint” and how this creative outlet might help our clients express feelings for which they have no words.  Since that first meeting, Sheri’s... Read More »
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Men's T-shirts, Underwear and Socks Needed!

Wow, Sunday is Father’s Day! And once again, I have put off shopping. Not because I’ve been too busy or needed to wait for payday. I honestly don’t know what to buy. It seems the dads in my life already have everything they want and need. I can’t bring myself to buy more golf shirts, CD’s, gift cards or Astros tickets. If you’re like me, here’s a thought……Many of the men who come to Star of Hope ha... Read More »
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Are You Feeling The Summer Heat Yet?

I was asked this question a few days ago by a friend up north. My mind immediately went to the heat and humidity outside, but the question also struck a much deeper chord. While there is always so much in life to be thankful for, we all in the Gulf Coast area are feeling not only the summer heat, but also the unsettledness of the Gulf oil crisis. The economic impact and uncertainty it is having on... Read More »
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Getting Ready for Camp

I’ve often heard that for kids a week at summer camp is equal to a year’s worth of Christian education. Many dynamic Christians have shared testimonies of how Jesus first became real in their lives while attending camp. The children at Star of Hope are no different. Amidst horseback rides, canoeing and the many new challenges of the great outdoors, they learn about a Savior who loves them and will... Read More »
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Scouts Bless Star of Hope!

Throughout the community, an exceptional group of young people are learning the skills needed to become our future leaders. These young men and women are part of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. What an honor it is to work with Scouts who select Star of Hope as the site for their Eagle Scout and Girls Scout Gold Award projects!   The project requirements are stringent. Scouts must submit a... Read More »
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The Storms of Life--Prayers Answered

Star of Hope is among many Non Profit Organizations Houston!  And, during Hurricane Season, it has been one of the few Shelters Houston Texas which remain occupied during the some of the storms.  The closest storm in my recollection--as for many of us--is Hurricane Ike, Fall of 2008.  However, the stories I want to share today--the FIRST day of Hurricane Season--are from Hurricane Rita...Still... Read More »
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What a Surprise!

When a teenager comes into Star of Hope with his or her family, they will receive many things that they need from shampoo to a uniform for school. But I feel the greatest gift that they will receive while they live here at the Women and Family Shelter is something that I give to them. Almost every teen that has come through our doors has received a Bible! Many of the teens that come through here... Read More »
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Gables Day at Star of Hope

 “Taking Care of the Way People Live” is more than a catchy advertising slogan for Gables Residential, a company nationally recognized for excellence in the management, development, acquisition and construction of multi-family apartment communities. Last Thursday, Gables Residential shut down their entire Houston operation and sent about 150 enthusiastic, high-energy volunteers to take care of the... Read More »
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In Memory Of....

On Saturday, I was out in The Woodlands for my cousin, Jerry's, 60th birthday celebration.  Our dads are brothers.  I was the only one there from the Morrison side of the family, but there were lots of aunts, uncles and cousins from his mother's side.  It was my first time to meet some of them; others I hadn't seen since I was a kid.  Not only was it wonderful fun meeting and reconnecting, I also... Read More »
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They Couldn't Hide From Love

Some stories are hard to tell, even when there is a happy ending.  This is one of them.  A few weeks ago, a woman came to our Women and Family Emergency Shelter desperate for a safe place where she and her two, young daughters could stay.  Like many women who silently suffer the pain and indignities of spousal abuse, she was deeply wounded inside and out.   Her daughters, ten and six years old,... Read More »
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UT Students and Faculty Reach Out to Houston's Homeless

Last Saturday, about 40 students and faculty members from the six schools of UT's Health Science Center put down their I-Pads and picked up a paint brush  as they helped Houston Homeless Shelters spruce up for Spring. In addition to collecting towels, underwear and socks to donate to various Shelters in Houston, the group started early in the morning and painted a large and long fence around Star... Read More »
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Catwalking for Hope

Did you ever hear a Catwalk purr? Well, if you have never attended the Star of Hope Haute for Hope Luncheon and Fashion Show, now’s your chance.  This is not your typical ramp show.  In this show, the stars come out at noon to light up the runway with the hautest in Spring clothing, all to raise money for the Star of HopeChildren’s Critical Care Fund. The CCCF is our vehicle for providing... Read More »
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Star of Hope Gets National Exposure

Late last week, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a study regarding the nations' "First Time Homeless". The Washington office of National Public Radio featured comments from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and then, since Houston was one of the studied cities, they called Star of Hope - one of our country's largest and most effective homeless missions. Our spokesperson... Read More »
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