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Real, Valuable and Meaningful

Brooke and Greg CandelariaMy husband and I have been long-time financial donors to the Star of Hope. Earlier this year, God opened a door of opportunity for me to volunteer in the kitchen at the Women & Family Emergency Shelter. For this, I will be forever grateful. It is an honor and privilege to have this chance to serve others each and every week. Being supervised by a professional and talented staff that works directly alongside the residents is both amazing and humbling.

Each time I volunteer, I know that I’m going to leave Star of Hope with a new skill and memorable experiences. Oh and yes, maybe an aching back. But it is all worth it because it’s done in selfless service to others. The staff applies determination and creativity where at times the pantry requires a large dose of it, and in doing so they are laying up treasures as we serve others. We offer the residents our very best at every meal. For me, it is deeply gratifying to hear residents thank those of us "on the line" who work hard to ensure they do not go hungry.

At Star of Hope, people connect with others on a very direct and human level. This is real. This is valuable. This is meaningful. This really matters. Lives are being saved and transformed daily, including my own. As I reflect at the end of each shift, I am reminded of just how Star of Hope carries out its amazing mission through the faithfulness and the abundance of heart from people who really care. My life is truly blessed!

Brooke Candelaria
Star of Hope Volunteer

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. -- Luke 6:21

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Comments for Real, Valuable and Meaningful


Name: Courtney Hill
Time: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Thank you for all of your contributions to the Star of Hope Brooke! With the help of volunteers like you, we can all work together to make this a 'Summer of Hope'! God bless you!

Name: Tanya Pittman
Time: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Brooke, we thank you for all of your dedication and hard work. We have come to rely on wonderful volunteers such as yourself who are truly here to support us! So again....THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You are truly a blessing to us!

Tanya, Food Service Manager

Name: Carolyn Piel
Time: Friday, September 7, 2012

Great story! The Lord has been laying on my heart to come out and volunteer. I will check your website to see what I need to do to become a volunteer.

Name: Brooke Candelaria
Time: Friday, September 7, 2012

Carolyn, please do click through on this site to begin your volunteering journey. It's been a great experience for me, and I've been fortunate to meet some pretty amazing people - and hear testimonies which have the fingerprints of miracles all over them.

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