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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... Read More »
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Serving Together... an evening of gathered worship

Thursday night, October 24, churches from across Houston gathered at Star of Hope’s Men’s Development Center (MDC) to experience an evening chapel service with our clients. Occasionally individual churches lead a chapel service, but this was the first time churches were invited to join the congregation. Dr. Dick Druary, the Director of the MDC, shared a heart-felt message from Matthew 1:18-23 and... Read More »
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A Thanksgiving Tradition

Chris has made a profession out of making people feel right at home. He is the Director of Food & Beverage for a hotel right here in Houston. But every Thanksgiving, serving others turns personal for Chris. For the past five years, Chris and his co-workers have spent Thanksgiving at Star of Hope, welcoming the hungry and homeless. “We are there to help and give a hand,” Chris said. “We want the... Read More »
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First Time Volunteer

I just started a new venture by inviting my friends to volunteer with me and Star of Hope's Transitional Living Center was our first event. We were invited to work in their kitchen and right away all 8 of us had chores of service which made the experience so fulfilling. My friends and I were serving, prepping meals, washing dishes and trays, sweeping, restocking, folding laundry, and cleaning... Read More »
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Sharing My Birthday Blessings

I have a wonderful group of girlfriends. Each year for our birthdays, we all get together for a wonderful lunch or dinner. This always includes lots of food, laughter, fun and great gifts. I am blessed with so many things, so this year, I asked all of my friends to bring toiletries to donate to Star of Hope, in lieu of bringing me a gift. Everyone was thrilled to do so and I in turn collected 6... Read More »
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Good and Faithful Servants

Every Wednesday, we look forward to our volunteer time at Star of Hope. Jim goes early in the morning to the eye clinic at the Men’s Shelter on Ruiz Street where he assists Dr. Moorehead as she examines clients’ eyes. Then we spend the afternoon at the Transitional Living Center teaching science and social studies for a GED class full of students eager to earn their high school equivalency... Read More »
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Family Blessed by Serving

Thank you for allowing my family to volunteer at the Men's Development Center. It was a blessing to serve the men as well as work alongside the staff and residents. Our purpose was to give of ourselves but we are the ones who received the blessings from the residents and staff members. The Star of Hope staff who headed up the kitchen did an incredible job facilitating the day. I like the... Read More »
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Mentoring Teens at Star of Hope

Howdy everyone! My name is Darya. I am a Russian person who decided to become a volunteer for the teens of Star of Hope one day. It was God’s will for me. I never thought of Star of Hope being such a nice, friendly and well-managed place for the teens. All the teens are very talented and goal-oriented: they sing beautifully, they draw amazing pictures, they have a great sense of humor and are... Read More »
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Overcoming with Faith and Perseverance

Recently, I had the honor and great pleasure of meeting someone who I only knew of as a name on the boxes of clothes that were given as gifts to my children last Christmas at Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center. I was told that ESPN wanted to do a special on The Donald Driver Foundation and wanted to interview some of the people his organization had helped and I was one of them. After... Read More »
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Healed, Hopeful and Grateful

My significant other of 30 years passed away from cancer in July 2011. Nine months later I was left with nothing and evicted from my house. My neighbor allowed me to stay one night on her couch. The next morning she said I had to go. I asked her to take me to Star of Hope on Dowling. I knew nothing about the organization, but I had nowhere else to go. I took all of Pastor Turner’s classes and... Read More »
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The Healing My Soul Desperately Needed

Before coming to Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center I was lost. I had given up hope and was broken spiritually and financially. I was haunted by painful memories of sexual/physical abuse and cruel lies that had been spoken over my life … lies that led me to believe that I was a worthless person. I was the embodiment of fear. Terrified to face reality or responsibility, I used drugs... Read More »
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Unforgettable Experience

Renegade is a missional community group that belongs to the church Resurrection Houston. This missional community group is located at University of Houston, and we recently had the pleasure to volunteer at the Star of Hope. We helped serve some of the residents there. The experience was one that was unforgettable. We had an amazing time serving and interacting with the residents as well as helping... Read More »
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Joy to Our Hearts

Volunteering with MADE, especially at Star of Hope, has been a wonderful experience for me and for my family. It has put into perspective that all of us need help, of some kind, at some point in our lives and that we should all be willing to help each other, in whatever small way we can. We started out thinking we were going to Star of Hope to help others, but soon realized that we were being... Read More »
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Starting Over with New Life

I am excited to announce that New Life is finally up and running. We are currently accepting young ladies from 18-23 years of age entering the exciting journey of motherhood for the first time. But, don’t fret! New Life also welcomes young mothers who are taking this journey a second time around. I am excited to help guide these young ladies towards reaching their greatest potential. As of now... Read More »
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Selfless Serving

In the few weeks that I’ve been working for Star of Hope Mission,  I’ve been blown away every time I encounter our volunteers. I met a wonderful man with muscular dystrophy. He has so much love for Jesus and his mission for the brokenness of Houston that it could fill the oceans.  With the help of others, he did everything in his power to obtain his goals and requirements needed to volunteer. I... Read More »
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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... Read More »
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Offering Hope with Star of Hope

If one has never been homeless you may not understand the important impact the Star of Hope Mission has in someone’s life. You may never experience the overwhelming panic, the knot that forms in the pit of your stomach or the physical pain caused by the fear of being homeless. You may not identify with the feeling of terror that one has when they have no idea where they will sleep that night, the... Read More »
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Girl Scout Brownie Troop #9668

Brownie Troop 9668 split into two groups to provide enough snacks to feed about 450 residents at two Star of Hope facilities. They brought with them several car loads of gently used clothing, linens, books, toys and stuffed animals as well as some toiletries for the residents. While many of these girls are accustomed to gathering items to donate or participating in fun activities that benefit... Read More »
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God's Timing

I knew for a long time that I have always wanted to do volunteer. It didn't matter the form of it, just knew it was in my heart. Two months ago, God placed in my heart to Google "shelter for the homeless in Houston." It's exactly what I did. The first shelter that popped up was Start Of Hope. I called and scheduled a day and time. Not only did God use me that day, but he used me by inviting 2... Read More »
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Divas With Hattitude a Red Hat Society Chapter Gives Back

Our Red Hat Society Chapter Divas With Hattitude began volunteering in November of 2011 and returned in 2012. We volunteer one Saturday every November at the Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter. We start our day by celebrating our chapter members November birthdays at a restaurant, and conclude with dinner service at the center. We help prepare and serve the meals to the many residents... Read More »
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