The Conversation

She sat across the desk holding a silent conversation with an unseen friend. Her story was like so many others: placed in foster care at the tender age of five, averaged three institutions per year until age fifteen when she ran away for good, molested, abused, neglected, abandoned, gang affiliations, a criminal with a violent record, a mother with many children all lost in a storm – a hurricane,... Read More »
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The Crossroads

“So what can you tell me?” “What do you mean?” “What can you tell me?” She asked again, sitting across the desk with a look of shock, bewilderment, and resignation on her face. “I need a little more information.” She looked at me a moment then told her story: “Ok,” taking a breath, “I had a good job, a beautiful home, a wonderful family, and a great car. Within the last few months I lost my... Read More »
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No Pointing Fingers!

Last week I was sitting with some of my girls during free time when I had to ask a group of them to quiet down. Immediately, they all pointed fingers at each other, trying to shift the blame on someone else other than themselves. I gave them a stern look and told them, "Now girls, you know we don't point fingers at each other". Immediately, another girl standing near me turned around and... Read More »
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Spring Break!

It's Spring Break, and the children are having so much fun! We have had so many different activities this week: a game day, an afternoon of dancing and worshiping to Gospel rap, a movie night. Tomorrow, we are all heading over to Women and Family Emergency Shelter for a big festival--popcorn, and hot dogs, and snow cones included! Today, the children and I went outside to enjoy the beautiful day... Read More »
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Matthew 25:40

On a particularly hard day working at Star of Hope's Women and Family Emergency Shelter a few years ago, I paused in my day and prayed to God, "Please, Lord, let me see these people as YOU see them."  Later, as I sat at my desk and wrote this poem, I knew it was His answer to my prayer... Matthew 25:40 God spoke to me today, He said, "Give me shelter." God spoke to me today, He said, "Clothe me."... Read More »
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The Book

I Volunteer at the Women and Family Emergency Shelter on Wednesday evenings. I brought books to share a couple of months ago, and recommended one in particular to an elderly lady. Last week she told me how much she was enjoying the book, and I mentioned that if I ever saw it again I would buy it for my home library. She approached me last night with something in her hand....it was the book. She... Read More »
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Have You Seen Her? She’s Changed!

Returning from vacation, I was greeted by a Manager who said, “Have you seen X? She’s changed!” X is a guest who had come to the Shelter for 6 years off and on. She was always just at death’s door when she came to us – a result of a life in bondage to sin and degradation. Staff could not put her in a room due to both her physical condition and her violent disposition. Each time she came, they... Read More »
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Faith, Hope and Everlasting Love

Last week I was able to attend our monthly graduation program here at Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center, here in Houston. This program is for women and families who have encountered hard times and found themselves homeless. Unfortunately, we have more single moms than dads. It is just hard, when life turns its back on you and nothing seems to go right for you or even worse, for you and... Read More »
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A Troubled Past

Her body language was angry and defiant as she paced back and forth in the lobby. Her hand gestures punctuated her angry words. A staff member stood at a safe distance speaking gently and softly to her in Spanish. “What is she saying?” I asked. “Basically, she is cursing me, and I am blessing her.” “Well, keep a safe distance just in case.” “She is not in reality. She thinks I am a family member... Read More »
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Saving Lives

Star of Hope -- you are a lifesaver! Last year, when I was stranded in Houston (no car, no money, no roof over my head), you took me in -- fed me, sheltered me, provided a temporary home base. I took your Bible Study class and loved it. Finally, when a member of my family came to get me (I live in Los Angeles), you greeted my driver and guided us home. I'll never forget Star of Hope, and I hope... Read More »
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Life Change

We had the Star of Hope Annual Banquet last week and it was amazing to see just some of Star of Hope’s donors attend. It was held at the Hilton Americas. As we learned more about Houston’s homeless needs, we found that: • There are 13,500 homeless right here in Houston. • Star of Hope, a local homeless shelter prepared and fed over 620,000 meals during the 2011. • The number of homeless families... Read More »
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This Season of Thankfulness

Hey guys!  I found these two photos of Thanksgiving lunch at the Star of Hope.      The first pic is from many years ago and the second is more current!  The parallels touched my heart in that, while years have passed, there are still the less fortunate in our city, who really need our help.  Every day, Star of Hope helps over 1,000 persons, about 1/3 are children.  The more I work in... Read More »
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Give Us This Day, Our Daily Bread

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Things We’re Thankful For

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Faith & Hope Are Alive This Summer

About two months ago, an 11 year old girl named Faith arrived at Star of Hope's downtown Women & Family Emergency Shelter with her grandmother. She was quiet, polite and read during her free time. Soon, Faith was invited to attend Summer Camp where she experienced a week of freedom from her difficult family life in the Piney Woods of East Texas. She opened up and had such a great time! One night... Read More »
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Planning for the Future

As Star of Hope is into its SECOND CENTURY of serving Houston’s homeless men, women and children, we are working hard on partnerships and new life-changing programs which will move Houston "down the field and toward the goal line" of significantly reducing homelessness in our city! Our Board, leadership and many of you in our community have developed and approved a 5 year plan, called “VISION... Read More »
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Perfect Children, Exactly How God Made Them

As you can well imagine Star of Hope kids have witnessed many things children, nor adults, should ever experience.  Many of them have become early adults who have had to take care of their siblings and even their parents, which is why I am so thankful for corporations who create environments where the kid in the children is awakened…at least for a little while. Best Buy recently had a Splash Party... Read More »
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Hope Floats Up - From a Distance

When I answered the phone Friday morning, I noticed the out-of-state area code.  I was uncertain who would be on the other end of the call when I picked up the call."I know someone who is at your shelter," the caller began, "and, I looked up Star of Hope on the Internet and that's where I got your name."I immediately began the "rote" answer in my head "I'm sorry, we cannot give out information on... Read More »
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When the Only Way to Look Is UP

As I am writing this, we have just experienced a night of unprecedented need at Star of Hope's downtown Women & Family Emergency Shelter. Last night, 141 families and single women were admitted to our already full family shelter. The only place for them was on the floor on a mat, but they were grateful and came anyway. Thirty five families with their 55 children and 51 single women all came... Read More »
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So What Is Summer Without The Blob?

Summer at Star of Hope is a BUSY time, with homelessness UP in our city, and the SEVERE HEAT, and HUNDREDS OF KIDS HOME FROM SCHOOL! But it’s not a hopeless, sad time for those who have found themselves homeless. Watch this video to hear about some of the things our kids are doing this summer, while their parents are working on getting their lives back together. While we work with the parents to... Read More »
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