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Helping Kids Who Break the Cycle

Once homeless at the age of 6, Daronica is now pursuing a Masters Degree!

As Star of Hope works with families experiencing homelessness, we pay special attention to the children. They are the true victims in all their family is going through, and many times fall behind quickly in school. But with support and help while at the Star of Hope, more children of homeless families are catching up academically, dreaming their own dreams, and becoming successful, independent citizens in our community.

We had a very special guest at Star of Hope recently, who came to visit us 15 years after her family’s bout with homelessness. When Daronica was six, her family came to Star of Hope. Her mom was addicted to drugs and found the resources she needed for a fresh start in life. “Before, my mom was never around,” Daronica, now age 23, remembers. “She would just leave, and my brothers would have to take care of me.”

Star of Hope -- Once homeless at the age of 6, Daronica is now pursuing a Masters Degree

At Star of Hope things began to change. “It was a good experience for me and my sisters and brothers,” Daronica says. In addition to food, shelter and clothing, Star of Hope helps the children of homeless families with their own special needs. School age kids are in uniforms and back in school within just a couple of days, after school tutors help them catch up on their studies, some 1 or 2 years behind in grade level, and student ministries encourage them to find a faith in Christ and seek God’s perfect plan for their life.

Daronica says that the staff and volunteers also made a big impact on her life. Today, Daronica is pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education. Because of the help she was given while at Star of Hope as a child, she continues to volunteer and invest in the lives of children.

Recently, Daronica shared some of her story on Star of Hope's a Guest Blog, Helping Houston's Homeless. Read My Background Is Not An Excuse To Give Up!

Your generous gifts and prayers help hundreds of children in our care today, like Daronica, to break the cycle and become all that God wants them to be. Thank you for your help and support as we invest in the lives of these beautiful creations God has made. We are grateful for friends like you!

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Comments for Helping Kids Who Break the Cycle


Name: Kim East
Time: Friday, July 13, 2012

Congratulations Daronica and to Star of Hope. WOW...What a role model and sorce of encouragement Daronica has become! What a GREAT teacher she will be! Just one one more example of God's loving miracles!

Name: Lionese
Time: Monday, July 16, 2012

Go Daronica! Eyes have not seen nor ears heard, neither has it entered into the hearts of man, the good things God has in store fpr them that love him and are called acording to his purpose! Daronica, God is going to bless you so much for endeavoring to be an inspiration to every life that crosses yours. Thank you for being selfless enough to want to give back what God so freely gave to you! From Glory to Glory, Amen!

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