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How Can I Help the Homeless?

There are lots of ways you can help… One of the questions I hear over and over from folks in our community is this: "How can I help the homeless?” When we see someone on a street corner begging for money, or hear about someone struggling to pay their bills and about to lose their housing, we feel compelled to help. Yet we almost immediately feel helpless as to what’s the best thing to do. When I... Read More »
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Thankfulness

When people come to work at Star of Hope, I think more often than not they are considering all the good work they can help do in the lives of others. More often than not though, it is the employees who come away changed. I have worked at Star of Hope for a little over a year. During this year, I have grown in my ability to teach an ever-changing class of 26 kids, my storytelling skills... Read More »
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Interning with the Star of Hope Has Been a Blessing!

I am the ExxonMobil intern at Star of Hope for this summer. I found out about the ExxonMobil program through the job website at my school, University of Houston – Downtown). Being an intern at the Star of Hope has been such a blessing. I am so excited to be a working with an organization that is Christ centered. At my previous job I had to be careful about what I said about faith, but here I can... Read More »
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How Are We Shaped?

"Our culture gives us a mixed message. It says: make lots of money and spend it on yourself; get an identity by the kind of clothes you wear and the places you travel to and live. But also do some volunteer work, care about social justice, because you don't want to be just a selfish pig. However, Christians' attitudes toward our time and our money should not be shaped by our society; they... Read More »
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Your "To Do" List for Summer?

I don’t know about you, but we still have teenagers at home and we are so glad school is out and our “TO DO” lists have been greatly simplified! Here at Star of Hope, summertime brings significant “TO DO” lists for two reasons: 1) each summer we gear up to serve hundreds more homeless in our city who come for help during the hot summer months, and 2) we have all of our resident families’ children... Read More »
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Serving at the Shelter

I have been a volunteer at the Star of Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter for almost a year. I am going to tell you how I came to Star of Hope. My husband and I lived in Singapore for 5 years and were relocated to the Houston area. My 4 children were all grown and I wasn't sure about what to do with the next chapter in my life. I prayed that God would show me what to do. My focus came from... Read More »
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Real, Valuable and Meaningful

My husband and I have been long-time financial donors to the Star of Hope. Earlier this year, God opened a door of opportunity for me to volunteer in the kitchen at the Women & Family Emergency Shelter. For this, I will be forever grateful. It is an honor and privilege to have this chance to serve others each and every week. Being supervised by a professional and talented staff that works directly... Read More »
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Fifth Graders “Book Drive and Tebow” for the Kids at Star of Hope!

Star of Hope serves 250-300 children each day, who are staying in our facilities with their parents as they work to recover from homelessness. Just last week, a group of 5th grade boys at Second Baptist School, arrived at our front door with 19 boxes of children’s books! This all started when a young man named Fielden cleared all of the books he had outgrown from his room after Christmas. As he... Read More »
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Gratitude for Star of Hope Volunteers

“That’s the kind of volunteer I like to have on my team,” he said pointing to a young man installing hardware from which he was going to hang a canopy over the Toddler’s playground. “He told me, ‘We are going to buy stainless steel parts for this project, aren’t we? We want it to last forever!’ That’s how the people are who volunteer for these projects. They care about the quality of the work they... Read More »
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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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