Greetings to you and I hope you are enjoying this great, spring time weather! Everything in nature is new and fresh all around us. Here at Star of Hope, we see so many signs of new life as we serve Houston’s homeless. Exciting new things are happening at all of our campuses and extended living sites around the city … and the focus is on two main things:
- We are seeing record numbers of our clients come to the Lord. Clients are making new, first time professions of faith or rededicating their lives to a life with God through His son, Jesus Christ!
- We are seeing great success in a number of our new initiatives focused on helping our clients after they have rediscovered their faith, and are moving on toward a true, independent happy life once again.
Our New Haven program, now in its third year, is serving well over 100 former clients (single adult men and women) with a permanent home and the case management they need to progress in their new lives. In late March, we had a welcome party for the 55 men and women who recently moved into our third New Haven apartment location at New Hope Housing’s Rittenhouse property. It was such a great time of joy and celebration with our new residents there. Recently, we introduced our Neuhaus Education Agency reading literacy program there, and 43 of our new residents attended. We spent over an hour hearing from many of the residents telling stories of their childhood, their interrupted or challenged educations and how excited they are to be able to study and grow in their lives through the programs we offer them. It was so inspiring to see how God is working in these precious lives through Star of Hope!
The Star of Hope Transitional Living Center’s Genesis and New Life programs are getting underway. Genesis is designed for young women 18-25 years old, who have aged out of foster care and need help becoming successful young adults. New Life was created for young, pregnant mothers who need our help with their new baby and their life preparedness moving forward. Both initiatives are exciting additions to our Transitional Living Center’s outstanding program.
Last month at the Star of Hope Men’s Development Center, four men commenced from the GED Program, and we now have 15 men active in the GED Classes and working on their high school equivalency exams. In addition to all of this, we have two Rice University MBA Teams working with us on expanding our Jobs Training and Job Opportunities networks and programs for our clients citywide.
We are grateful for your partnership with us. None of this would be possible without your continued support. I pray God’s richest blessings on your life as we serve together!