It is no surprise to me that we continue to see an increased demand for our services at a time when the sluggish economy is impacting the homeless in our city the hardest.
The one constant throughout all of this is Star of Hope and our vision to “end homelessness … one life, one family at a time … .” We have been operating at above capacity at our Men’s Development Center and our Women & Family Emergency Shelter downtown, where we consistently have men, women and children sleeping on floor mats.
It is clear we have more work to do. For some families, housing and job assistance will help get them back on their feet and living independently again. For others however, the causes of their homelessness run much deeper, and they need more comprehensive services to recover.
Star of Hope Mission has been serving Houston's homeless continuously for 109 years now. We have learned so much about how to lead our guests into a new and fulfilling life. And we are working harder than ever in our history to expand our services and reach the growing numbers of those in need.
You may have heard at our Banquet or read in our newsletter The Light that Star of Hope has been planning for several years now, a new, campus based-community for women & families, where our full continuum of care can be offered in one location. Cornerstone Community℠ transformational campus is a pivotal project for Star of Hope, and for homeless women and children in Houston. Construction on Cornerstone Community℠ will begin in March and will be completed in Summer 2017!
These are exciting times at Star of Hope! 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, and Cornerstone Community℠ is a continuation of the great work God started at Star of Hope in 1907.
We couldn’t do this without your support! Thank you so much to all of you who are already helping us! And if you haven’t yet joined us in making Star of Hope your mission for the hungry and homeless, please GIVE NOW and help us with this exciting work!