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Houston loses 95,100 jobs in past 12 months

...Could you or your neighbor become homeless one day?

Every day is an education for me. After spending my first official year with Star of Hope, I can honestly say that I’ve learned more than I ever thought I would about the homeless in our great city. But I’ve only scratched the surface.

As you might know, Star of Hope cares for about 1,000 homeless men, women and children everyday. This is a constant battle that we fight and win for many with your generous and continuous help.

However, a new enemy is in town. This enemy is “the unstable economy.” Its victims are often caught unawares, making some of our neighbors and co-workers vulnerable to becoming prisoners of homelessness.

This past Sunday, the Houston Chronicle ran a story about major job losses in Houston, in the past 12 months.

We believe it. So far this year, Star of Hope has served close to 5,000 individuals who have become homeless, many due to the economy. Our client numbers rose significantly in the first 8 months of 2009, compared to the same period in 2008 -- an indicator of the crisis many in our community are facing. They may stay with us a week or enter a long-term program lasting a year or more, depending on their needs.

But, as they come, we pray that a spirit of generosity will continue, so that we can meet every need now and in the months ahead for shelter, food, counseling, job placement, medical care, and programs for the teens and little ones, to keep them healthy and stable.

If you or someone you know is in this situation, click on “Get Help Today” or send an email to hope@sohmission.org, to learn more about how to help those in this painful, critical circumstance.

 

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