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The Beginning of an Exciting Future!

June is the month for commencements! For most this means the closing of one chapter in their lives and signals the beginning of an exciting future.

That is exactly what commencement means for one of the residents in Star of Hope’s New Horizons program. Roderick recently graduated from high school with a 3.0 GPA and is ready to embark on his college career! Here, in his own words, is his testimony of how Star of Hope helped him and his family on this exciting journey:

High school has been an amazing life changing experience for me. It allowed me to feel the transition from my childhood years into adulthood slowly, but surely. I've had multiple distractions and obstacles trying to prevent me from being successful in school, but with the help of GOD, my family, friends, and Star of Hope, I’ve been blessed and stayed on track. Just knowing how proud the people who actually care about me are motivates me to push further, stay positive and stay focused.

Star of Hope allowed me the opportunity to experience my first summer camp and it was awesome. I still volunteer and work with younger kids ever since my camp trip. I've always kept my GPA above a 3.0 and never slacked off when it came to my education.

I've decided to go to Sam Houston State University and major in Law Enforcement since that has been something I knew I would enjoy doing since I was a child. I know that regardless of what may happen; the people who care about me will support me through whatever I decide to do. I am so grateful for that.

There are so many young men my age who did not get the chances GOD has given me. And, just like my mother, I want to give back because we can make a difference in someone’s life. Just like Star of Hope made a difference in ours.

Son of the best momma in the world, Sharon

Star of Hope congratulates all of its graduates and those reading this update! Thank you for helping us end homelessness for Roderick, his family and so many more just like them!

Programs and Services for Homeless Families
Houston's Star of Hope Mission

Comments for The Beginning of an Exciting Future!

Name: Erika W
Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013

It is a joy to play even the smallest part in making dreams come true. Star of Hope programs are about offering HOPE to parents AND children. Allowing each to dream their dreams and become the person God wants him/her to be!! Jeremiah 29:11--"For I know the plans I have for you...plans for a hope and a future." And, what a bright and exciting future for Roderick and his mother!!!

Name: Scott McKinley
Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Congratulations Roderick! Keep walking with Jesus. He will direct your path.

Name: Emily
Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thank you for sharing, Roderick! May you continue to find much joy as you trust in Jesus to guide you. Prayers for your bright future!

Name: Kevin Braziel
Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Congratulations Roderick. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Name: Vivian Camacho
Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Congratulations Roderick! May God continue to bless you in this next chapter of your life.

Name: David Gingles
Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Congratulations on your accomplishments and blessing for your future.

Name: Taylor Underwood
Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Way to go Roderick! When we are obedient and put God first He blesses us. Keep walking the narrow path and may your life help to lead others to Him.

Name: Chrystal
Time: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blessings to you! I was always told that my attitude will determine my altitude and you seem to be moving forward with the right attitude! I know you will go far!

Name: johnniewiggins
Time: Friday, May 31, 2013

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Name: Loretta
Time: Monday, June 3, 2013

Congratulations Roderick and Mom Sharon! I felt so good reading about your accomplishments! I wish for you both a lifetime of blessings and joy! Longtime supporter of "Star of Hope!"

Name: Stephanie
Time: Monday, June 24, 2013

Congrats! So far, not so bad...when you get to Sam Houston, shoot for the 4.0!!!

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