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Hope Floats Up

My name is Erika Wise. I am the Director of Extended Services for Star of Hope Mission.  I accepted Christ when I was eleven year old.  After moving to Houston in 1992, I was hired as a Case Manager for Star of Hope’s TLC program. Since then, I have held many positions with Star of Hope and worked at several locations.  In these last TWENTY years with Star of Hope, I have been able to see hurting... Read More »
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Opening Doors to Second Chances

Many of the clients we see in Star of Hope’s New Haven program need a second chance on LIFE. Our ladies come to us from abusive and broken relationships, their pasts filled with tragedy and disappointment. They have potential to reach great heights, but no one will give them a chance. Watch this video and see how appreciative Alisha is to have her second chance! “Star of Hope opened doors to me... Read More »
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Father’s Day – NOT Just Another Day

Look to your Heavenly Father for encouragement! He will never leave you, never forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). For many of our Star of Hopeclients, Father’s Day is just another day. With the trend of absent and abusive fathers, the men and women in our programs find it very difficult to comprehend what a loving father looks like, acts like, and how he impacts the lives of his children. When... Read More »
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Volunteers Mean So Much

Star of Hope’s Extended Services Department appreciates volunteers! The New Horizons and New Haven programs, as well as our Outreach program, offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities. And, we are so excited to have volunteers serving in the following capacities: Blessed Breakfast: Groups of 5-10 volunteers come and serve a continental-type breakfast to the clients of our New Haven program and... Read More »
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Extended Services at Star of Hope

Star of Hope launched Vision 2015 - to serve 2000 homeless or near homeless each day by 2015 by helping them find new life and faith in Jesus Christ and improving job and life skills for successful independent living. With that vision we have added a Jobs Developer who contact area employers and encourage them to hire our clients needing second chances. We also added an Outreach Coordinator... Read More »
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Opening the Door to a Bright Future

Star of Hope's New Haven program DOUBLED its census in one day as Elizabeth and nine other ladies moved into their BRAND NEW apartments on October 24, 2012. Elizabeth stayed at Star of Hope's Women & Family Emergency Shelter before moving into her new apartment. She was working part time and was unsure of her next steps when the time came to leave the shelter. The staff told Elizabeth about New... Read More »
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Star of Hope's New Haven

New Haven was created to provide a loving, safe, therapeutic community within an independent housing complex. Star of Hope set out to help chronically homeless women who have been diagnosed with mental illness find a “lasting home” and to have a stable place to heal and become whole. We moved in our first five clients in May 2012. With diagnoses ranging from anxiety disorder to schizophrenia,... Read More »
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Time To Take Off The Training Wheels

I read and re-read the letter. Glazing over the misspellings and grammatical errors to see only the heart behind the words. “I am so much better for the time we spent together,” Amy* wrote. “May the next resident be as blessed as I.” My heart swells with what can only be described as pride as I offer up a prayer for Amy as she departs our New Haven program. Amy moved into Star of Hope's New Havenin... Read More »
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Hope Floats up at a Starbucks Drive-Thru

“The Lord said he would restore all the enemy has taken! God bless.” I said as I drove away, knowing I had a very real example to share with the New Horizons clients of how the Lord provides and restores. When I drove up to order my coffee at Starbucks this morning, I did not fathom that I would have a divine encounter. In my work, rarely a day passes that I don’t share the Gospel of Christ with... Read More »
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Matthew 25:40

On a particularly hard day working at Star of Hope's Women and Family Emergency Shelter a few years ago, I paused in my day and prayed to God, "Please, Lord, let me see these people as YOU see them."  Later, as I sat at my desk and wrote this poem, I knew it was His answer to my prayer... Matthew 25:40 God spoke to me today, He said, "Give me shelter." God spoke to me today, He said, "Clothe me."... Read More »
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Leap Year...Leap of Faith

On this "Leap Day" 2012...I want to share a leap of faith that two of the New Horizons clients have taken. Pam and Sharon have both been dealing with this difficult job market. Both were laid off last Spring and have been searching endlessly for work--ANY work.  As "mature" women, they are often disregarded in favor of a younger applicant.  As individuals with "a past" that is not as promising as... Read More »
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From Ending...to Beginning

With Endings...come new Beginnings... “Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts. So, when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope and chance to float up. And it will.”  quote from "Hope Floats" On December 17, 2011, two families "ended" their three years in Star of Hope's  New Horizons Program. Cheri L. and Sandra H. were the first... Read More »
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Hope for Christmas

As we celebrate Christmas, let us know that our hope is not found in man, the gifts others give, but in the 'baby' that came so that we may truly know the hope of man!Christmas is a joyous time for many...but, for those struggling financially and emotionally, it can leave them with little or no hope.  The Star of Hope--its staff and programs--are here to show guests and clients of the true Star of... Read More »
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Hope Floats Up, Even In The Hardest Of Times

God provides in the most unique and profound ways…and, three of Star of Hope's New Horizons Residents are experiencing that right now!   Experiencing a job loss is something MANY can relate to when this country has an unemployment rate near 10%.  But, the issue strikes too close to home for Curly, Sharon and Pam. When asked “What do you want for Christmas?”—children are not answering with the... Read More »
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Hope Floats Up - From a Distance

When I answered the phone Friday morning, I noticed the out-of-state area code.  I was uncertain who would be on the other end of the call when I picked up the call."I know someone who is at your shelter," the caller began, "and, I looked up Star of Hope on the Internet and that's where I got your name."I immediately began the "rote" answer in my head "I'm sorry, we cannot give out information on... Read More »
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Happy Third Anniversary - New Horizons!!

June 6, 2011, marked the official Third Year Anniversary of Star of Hope's New Horizons program.  We moved in the first FIVE clients on June 6, 2008.  While none of those clients remain in the program today--several left successfully before completing the entire 3 year program--there are a few in their third year now. Sandra is excited about her future...she is working for Goodwill Industries and... Read More »
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"Please Pray for Me" Part 2

It is a humbling experience to be at the mercy of others during a time of injury, illness or their need. And, that is exactly what I am facing. As Director of Star of Hope's New Horizons Program, I get to minister to the needs of others every day. I have the privilege of encouraging others in times of worry/distress and times of achievement/success.  I also get to pray with others on a daily basis... Read More »
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"Please Pray for Me"

It is a call every parent dreads...a call that your child has been hurt and is in the hospital.Well, these clients are certainly not my children--many of them would cringe at the thought!! But, as I interact with them, pray for/with them, share their struggles and cheer their achievements--I feel much like a parent.On Saturday, March 5th, I was told that one of the Star of Hope Mission - New Horizo... Read More »
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Sometimes, All You Can Do Is Help Them Cry

He left the office with his two framed photos and an envelope of pictures...the only tangible memories of a year-long relationship with the woman he hoped to marry one day.Back-story: I read an email one time:"Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose... Read More »
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"25 Days of Christmas Miracles" - Sandra's Miracle

Sandra has had a rough year...so many in our country have.  But, as someone who has spent Christmas' past in OTHER people's homes--she is just so happy to have her own apartment with her children!!Sandra has been unemployed or underemployed for nearly 18 months!! She has struggled to make ends meet--paying bills, paying rent, buying food and clothing for her children...it has been hard, but Sandra... Read More »
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Hope for the Holidays!!

We ended the day in prayer...20 men, women and children having given "hope" to need families and individuals for the Thanksgiving holiday. What a blessing it is to be a blessing to others.A group of 18 volunteers from City Life Church, Houston, TX, came to help the New Horizons and Follow-up Staff make 24 Thanksgiving Meal baskets to distribute to families and individuals in the programs.  City... Read More »
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