Although my family was only at Star of Hope for 3 months, we are highly appreciative for the shelter. We moved from Louisiana in 1989 and had nowhere to stay after the living arrangements with a grandparent fell through. It was my mother and my three siblings who came to Star of Hope in need of a place to stay. Even though I was young, I remember being babysat by another resident while my mother tried to find work. I can't remember her name, but I do remember she had one son and three daughters who we got along with well.
Always being known as the poor kids at school and being behind the “curve” was a challenge. Star of Hope gave us somewhere to stay while we were struggling. After leaving the shelter, my parents became deeply involved in church and it was only up from there.
All we knew, as a family, was to overcome. Star of Hope has always been my motivation. Nights in college at Stephen F Austin State University, I wanted to give up but I always thought of where we come from. I thought of the babysitter and her kids. I thought of the Star of Hope employees who kept my mother encouraged. Now my mother can say "My son graduated from a 4 year university." I credit our humble beginnings and her prayers for that accomplishment. We will never forget the open doors. Thank you, Star of Hope.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new!"