When I see a homeless person on the street I often think, there but for the grace of God go I. When I think of Star of Hope, I am reminded of the old adage that says “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you give him a fishing pole, you feed him for a lifetime.”
The programs offered at Star of Hope that I have learned about in my four years of volunteering are comprehensive in scope, helping entire families get back on their feet, learn new professional and life skills, support their children in after school care and tutoring while the parents work or seek employment.
Star of Hope’s success stories of teens who were residents at the Transitional Living Center being accepted to college, mothers who are learning how to avoid abusive relationships, substance abuse counseling, psychological and spiritual support all reinforce for me that Star of Hope is providing fishing poles and not just fish.
Breaking the cycle of homelessness requires the physical, emotional, spiritual and academic wrap around support that Star of Hope provides for these families. This Mission treats clients with dignity and respect. Star of Hope talks the talk and walks the walk.
Meeting the mothers and children at the Mothers’ Day Trees of Hope event and the Back to School Shoe Party has been very inspiring to me because these children are engaged and smiling, in spite of their family circumstances. You can tell that they feel safe in the loving community of Star of Hope. The employees of Star of Hope are warm and enthusiastic as they engage with the kids and volunteers.
I always come away feeling hopeful rather than hopeless about the future for the families I meet at Star of Hope.
Trees of Hope Board and Guild Member