Hopefully, your home air conditioner is holding out ok in all this heat. But what if you didn’t even have a home? Can you imagine what it is like to be homeless, hot, on the streets or living out of a car, and unable to find relief?
June 21 was the first day of summer this year, and already Houston is experiencing record heat on a daily basis. With no rain in the past 30 days, and more heat to come, it looks like we are in for a challenging summer!
So how does the Star of Hope’s downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter and Men’s Development Center help the homeless to survive these conditions?
First, our doors are open to all to escape the heat, 24 hours a day. We do not turn anyone away. Our first priority is to care for the men, women, and children who come to us for help, address their immediate needs, which include food, water, clothing and a nice, hot shower, and show them the love of Jesus Christ in the process.
Second, we support our clients in their time of distress with individual counseling, case-management assistance, child care, and encouragement as they search for permanent housing, employment, and in some cases, longer term development programs for their specific needs.
Third, we supplement our services with partner agency referrals for specific health concerns, job opportunities, bus tickets for those living outside the Houston area, and transportation to other resource centers, through Project Access.
And last but not least, during seasons when the heat index is dangerous, we counsel them on how much time to spend outdoors, especially when there are children involved. Our Women & Family Center is an emergency shelter, with a limited time of occupancy, so our goal from day one is to help them explore and achieve employment, safe housing, and any other medical or emotional care they may need.
Want to help? To volunteer, conduct your own donation drive, or give financially to the Star of Hope, explore our website and check out all that God is doing at the Mission!