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Hope for a Better Tomorrow

Four months ago, before beginning an internship at Star of Hope's Transitional Living Center, my perception of homelessness was of someone standing on a corner holding a sign made of cardboard which states, “Will work for food.” But oh, how my views have changed.

As I stood before a class filled with women who were ready to be a part of the group I was about to facilitate, I noticed that every face had a different story. I knew this because I did several of their intake interviews. Homelessness can happen to anyone, just as mental illness can. All it takes is a serious turn of events in one's life:

  • a death in the family
  • divorce
  • escaping abusive homes
  • lack of income due to unemployment
  • a house fire or losing a home due to natural disaster
  • substance abuse
  • illness

Brooke at Star of Hope

My experience at Star of Hope has taught me that there truly is no single mold that homeless people fit into. They come here from different backgrounds and with different reasons for becoming homeless, but they all have one thing in common . . . and that is hope. The belief that tomorrow will be better, if we can bear a hardship today.

Star of Hope is not just about helping homeless people sustain employment and putting a roof over their heads. The Transitional Living Center restores self confidence, enhances self esteem, motivational skills, hopes and aspirations.

Brooke Ferguson
Star of Hope Intern
Transitional Living Center for Women & Families

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Comments for Hope for a Better Tomorrow


Name: Vivian Camacho
Time: Friday, April 26, 2013

Brooke ... thank you so much for describing the face of homelessness so well.The words you use to share the story of those we serve at Star of Hope have the power to help them as much as the work you are doing in your internship. Thank you for helping us educate the Houston community about homelessness!

Name: Brooke Ferguson
Time: Friday, May 3, 2013

Thank you Vivian. I am very honored and humbled by this experience. This has been a great internship for me.

Name: eli
Time: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Brooke, I'm boasting with pride to know an intelligent, caring, sincere, and hard working, determined, and passionate woman, and friend such as yourself. I am extremely proud of you.

Name: Dr. Tran
Time: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Great job Brooke! Your hardwork, enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the homelessness is very commendable and keep up the good work.

Name: Anita Ferguson
Time: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I'm so proud of you and the great work that your doing.

Name: Tyrone Bennett
Time: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Brooke I can remember us working together on the unit as techs. Look at you now. Proud of you sis.

Name: De'Mondrick Miles
Time: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Congrads Brooke

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