This month, June 6th actually, marks the SECOND Anniversary of Star of Hope's New Horizons program. In Supporting Houston Ministries, YOU, our donors, made this program happen.
We started this program in 2008--the economy had taken a drastic downturn--many Houston Non Profits were considering CLOSING their doors, while Star of Hope was creating, developing and introducing a NEW aspect of its service to the homeless.
Our FIRST FOUR units were filled on June 6, 2008. One of those gentlemen still lives in the apartment complex New Horizons calls "home." He has "graduated" from the program, but still keeps in touch with the New Horizons staff and encourages those in the program today.
One of our ORIGINAL residents is still in the program. Entering her third and final year, Sandra D. is still striving for her goals. She created a goal early on to conduct a job search and start working in the field as a Pharmacy Technician. Her credentials are sound, she has put in hours of searching, but the economic downturn has prevented her from changing jobs. She is still working for a gas station and she does not know what the future holds for her family. She has a spirit of gratitude for Star of Hope and all we have done to help her become stable again. Though she is not certain of her future in the healthcare industry, she is certain that her family is the most important thing in her world--she will do what it takes to make a way for them--and that does not include a return to homelessness!!
With the money management tools Sandra received while in the New Horizons program (Crown Financial Ministries) Sandra continues to make ends meet. She is praying for God's favor as she continues to search for Pharmacy Tech positions in area hospitals and pharmacies. Please join us in praying for her!!
Sandra and her children--Christmas, 2008!!
(Photo by: Gary Matthews of Ensource Photography)