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Bittersweet Goodbye's of Hope!

My job at Star of Hope is to interview our clients and guests as they graduate on to the next level.

From New Hope, our substance abuse recovery program, to Personal Development classes; from Personal Development where clients learn about responsibility to Job Search where they are elevating to career placement and higher education. Many clients cross through my office more than once as they rapidly move forward.

I tell their stories from the beginning when they walk into our facilities with sadness and no hope and I follow them on to becoming joyful GED graduates or accomplished individuals awaiting the phone call of employment and even after!

Over the last few weeks, I have been conducting a different kind of interview...their last interview. This interview has been bittersweet because it is the interview that takes place as these men, women and families transition back into society as productive and contributing human beings. It's a sense of reality and a reminder why we are here.

We can't hold on to and protect our clients forever...that's God's job. Our job is to train and teach and equip each individual with the mindset to give life another try but this time with Jesus.

The bible says in Matthew 25:21 "His lord said unto him, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.'"

The move from program to program is such a victory for our clients and a testament to God's goodness! The way to advance to each program is to master the one before it by being faithful in attendance, assignments, and life application. The clients that get the opportunity of another chance at buying a home, getting a college education, becoming excellent parents is manifestation of God's promise to make them ruler over the blessings He's granting because of their hard work and faithfulness.

It's a Bittersweet Goodbye of Hope...and we couldn't be more proud!

Chrystal Rivers
Annual Giving Program Specialist
Star of Hope Mission

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