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In so many wonderful ways Star of Hope impacts the lives of all of us who are connected to the ministry. We all have a story to tell and we would like to hear yours. Are you are former resident or graduate? Was a family member or friend helped at Star of Hope? Have you donated financially or hosted a drive for needed items? Have you given your time as a volunteer? Are you an employee or former... Read More »
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Giving Hope

Many would call a day of volunteering at Star of Hope their "giving back" duty. My experience would best be described as giving "hope." My organization, Girls Above Society, aims to bring awareness to the pressures that young girls face in today's society. Even if we gave just one person a glimmer of hope that they can turn their life around and stand on their own feet, then we achieved our goal... Read More »
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All I Need Is A Job!!!!

Before I enrolled in the Star of Hope program two years ago, I told myself  all I needed was a job. Even today when I visit the men in the Spiritual Recovery Program and Transitional Living Center, I still hear the same thing. Just last week, I met a young man who had came to Houston from Alabama who also indicated that all he needed was a job. After listening to the many sermons, talking to the... Read More »
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He Makes All Things New

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... Read More »
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Helping Houston's Homeless with Home for Christmas

I have been singing since I was 4 years old, but I have always known that my voice was for more than singing, it is a gift from God that I am assigned to use to change the world, one person at a time. Recently, I had the honor of singing for the Star of Hope family during their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies, and my prayer is that I made someone’s Holiday better. The Bible says that the... Read More »
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Star of Hope Investment 101

Matthew 6:19-20 says, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal.” Star of Hope taught me what to invest in. I learned to invest in Jesus. To invest in those things that... Read More »
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His Faithfulness Remains

As the holiday season approaches, I am often reminded of where I’ve been and how far I’ve come. In May of 1998, my mother and I boarded a Greyhound bus from Baton Rouge, LA towards Houston with no more than what we could carry. She knew that at only 24 she wanted to provide me with a better life than she had. Upon arrival, I remember sleeping in the bus station with our belongings while my mother... Read More »
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The Greatest Present is When We Give

Over the summer my friend and I were talking about a good mommy and son bonding activity, so we decided on doing some sort of community service. I was aware of the Star of Hope through my job and various activities we have done in the past. When I went on the website I found the Snacks & Goodnight event which sounded like the perfect thing to allow our sons to give back to children their own age.  ... Read More »
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I Found a Friend

While attending the Spiritual Recovery Program at Star of Hope, I was able to find a Friend. This Friend was able to relieve a lifetime of hurt. This Friend also helped me to see life though a different pair of lenses.  All my life I searched for something to mask life hurts, disappointments, guilt and setbacks or someone to tell my deepest emotions, desires or aspirations without... Read More »
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Giving Back to Our Community

Collegiate DECA from the University of Houston volunteered at the Star of Hope for Cookies and Goodnight. It was such a wonderful experience to come together as a group and participate in this event. We saw so many smiling faces from the people there as they received their treats that we had bought. As an organization we believe it is important to take the time from our busy school schedules to... Read More »
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Thank You Star of Hope

In the early 2000's I was wandering the streets of Houston high from "crack cocaine" for almost 11 days in a row... paranoid, hungry, confused and 2000 miles from home (Toronto, Canada) - a friendly man stopped his car and asked me if I was ok? Turned out... he was the then director of Star of Hope. He picked me up and brought me to the center, turns out he was on his way to work that morning.... Read More »
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God is Always Working

I never would have imagined that God would bring me to work at Star of Hope and that I would be surrounded by people who live out their faith in their everyday life, especially in their work. I can't believe that I get to be here! Every person - regardless of the poor choices they have made or due to circumstances beyond their control (children) is a person who Christ died for. I get to work with... Read More »
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God Gave US So Much More in Return

One of the joys of my profession as a youth minister is stretching my youth beyond their comfort zone. When they are challenged to go beyond their typical way of life, they are challenged physically - inspired emotionally - and encouraged spiritually. Recently we brought several ministry components of our youth department and held an afternoon service at Star of Hope on Ardmore in Houston, TX.... Read More »
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Full of Kindness

"Finally, all of you should be of one mind, full of kindness toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds" 1 Peter 3:8 NLT What a wonderful thought Peter has! When my family and I started serving at Star of Hope I knew it would be good for everyone involved, but I never imagined it would be such a blessing in all our lives. An attitude of kindness starts in the heart... Read More »
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Outreach Matters

I am truly excited about working with various churches as we partner together to be the hands and feet of Jesus! Had an awesome meet and greet with St. Luke's United Methodist Church today! Looking forward to more kingdom business! Grace and Peace, Di Tubbs Star of Hope Mission Outreach Coordinator   Read More »
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From A Young Child

My parents taught me by example to help the Star of Hope Mission. My mother played the piano and my Dad led the music. We became friends with a person who came to you for help. He gave his heart to Jesus Christ, went to our church where he met and married my favorite Sunday School teacher, rode to work with my Dad and held services for many years at the Star of Hope. What an example was Brother... Read More »
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You Have to Want It

Hello, my name is Pamela Brown and I am a former resident of the Star of Hope Dowling location. When I went to the SOH it was at God's will. He gave me the strength and courage to say I was tired of living the way I was living and exposing my kids to the lifestyle as well. I had a 9 month experience with the SOH and I can honestly say it was inspiring, some days overwhelming, just to see... Read More »
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A Summary of My Summer at Star of Hope

I am wrapping up my internship this week, and I have had an amazing summer and experience here at Star of Hope. I have had so much fun getting to know all of the children and the teachers and staff. I have learned something from each and every one of them. I am greatly appreciative of everyone’s generosity and willingness to help me while I was here. It was so great to be a part of a... Read More »
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Homelessness in the Fourth Largest City

I’ve been employed at Star of Hope Mission for three months, but I’ve lived in Houston for 20 years. Where have I been all this time to have not noticed the magnitude of homelessness in the fourth largest city in the United States? Is it because I didn’t care? No. I’m familiar with loss and having to start over with less. I grew up in Illinois in a very small town of 500 people. In the Midwest,... Read More »
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Beacon + Star of Hope = A Better Community

Star of Hope Mission issued a mandate to the Houston community. They were in need of underwear for men of Star of Hope. Beacon Home Health Agency responded to this urgent need. Co-entrepreneurs Ricky L. Mayes & Lora L. Mayes, R.N. immediately began organizing a Boxers & Briefs Drive to collect new underwear for the men in need. “We often take for granted the small things. Something so simple as... Read More »
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A Little Child Will Lead Them

She read it in Pockets. A children's magazine, given to her by her great GrandMary. This idea of really celebrating by giving rather than getting. And at only six, she marched right up to me and declared that this is how she wanted to begin her seventh year. "I just already have so much... and kids at the homeless shelter... they don't have anything, right?" And she had asked it hopeful "... but... Read More »
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