Dwelling In The Shelter

Marilyn FountainAs Director of Community Relations at Star of Hope, I have the unique privilege of being part of the dichotomy that exists for the hundreds of homeless men, women, and children who dwell in our shelters. Every day, as I work on their behalf, I see the hurt and devastation that comes with the losses they’ve experienced. But, on the other hand, I get to link arms with people in the... Read More »
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Come Fill the Freezer for Star of Hope

The temperature may be dropping but not our hopes for filling the freezer at the new Star of Hope Donation and Distribution Center. In fact, we could not be more excited about our up-coming event with partners KSBJ, NGEN Radio and Kroger. With their help, we are planning to pack the freezer with 20,000 pounds of frozen food. If that sounds like a lot of groceries, then check this out. We... Read More »
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I Will Never Forget

A funny thing happened as I was walking down the steps of the Hope Center, Star of Hope’s Administrative Office. I was headed for some quiet, out-of-the-way spot, where I could sit outdoors, eat my lunch and absorb the remnants of spring, before the pleasant breezes morphed into yet another long, hot summer. Out of nowhere, or so it seemed, a voice spoke to me saying, “Miss, how long have to been... Read More »
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Haute for Hope - Annual Celebrity Fashion Show

The catwalk was sizzling with the hottest spring fashions modeled by our city’s most prominent news and broadcast personalities, Friday, May 11th, at the River Oaks Country Club. There were media notables from Channels 2, 11, 13, 26 and 39, as well as from radio stations at ClearChannel, and KSBJ. And from the world of print: the Chronicle, Culture Map and Paper City. The show marked the 14th year... 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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From Homeless to Most Likely to Succeed

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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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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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Rapping up Haute for Hope

The spot lights are out, the stage is down, and the audience has gone the way of all audiences, when the show is over.  It will be a year before the Star of Hope Haute for Hope luncheon and fashion show comes around again.  But, hey, it’s only time, and time flies when you’re having fun, right?  Well, guess what?  We’ve had a ball over the past 13 years since the show first opened, and we have the... 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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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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A Mother’s Heart

People often ask me, “What causes homelessness?”   The answer is almost anything you can imagine, and sometime the unimaginable.   Case in point.   The other day, I met a woman who is living at our Women and Family Emergency Shelter, because she had quit her job.  Naturally, given the scarcity of jobs these days, she had my full attention.As she began to unfold her story, it was clear she had not... 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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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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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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Signs of the Times

Drive around any major city and you will come face to face with the live drama being performed by a regular street cast holding forth at intersections where there is heavy traffic.  In their hands is a cardboard sign portraying a tragic story to the streaming audience of motorists.  Some of the signs say, “I’m hungry,” some say things like, “I need surgery,” or, “I have cancer.” And some just say,... 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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The Gift

Easter always brings back the memory of a time when I was a little girl, sitting in the church pew with my parents, listening to the choir perform songs about the risen Christ. But one man in particular, always had me riveted to my seat. His voice was so deep and rich that the lyrics seemed to swell over the organ, especially when he sang, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? Something... Read More »
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A Friend in Need…

You gotta love the folks at Marriott International and Glazier Foods. Together, they delivered 5 tons of much-needed, non-perishable food to our Storehouseand unloaded every box, bag, and bundle by hand—well with a little help from a fork lift.This was a definite hallelujah moment for our kitchen staff and all of Star of Hope, for that matter, because with nearly 1,000 hungry, homeless men, women,... Read More »
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Home Is Where The Heart Is

There’s a lot to be said for the expression, “Home is where the heart is.” The other day, as I was walking through the courtyard at the Transitional Living Center for Women and Families, I came upon a young woman sitting on a bench. It was a perfect afternoon for being outdoors. The sun was bright and warm, and the air seemed to move slowly, more like a sigh than a breeze.  But this woman was a... Read More »
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