Letting our light shine

Star of Hope Mission’s Light of Hope Festivals bring our expertise of 107 years of service -- including community partners, referrals, services, and entertainment -- OUT into the communities around Houston. We began the Light of Hope Festivals in January 2013 and to date we have had 4 successful events empowering neighborhoods from the north, south and east side of Houston. For years, Star of Hope... Read More »
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How does Star of Hope take hope to the streets?

At Star of Hope we work diligently to help individuals get off the streets and into life-changing programs so they can begin a new life and become independent, contributing members of society once again. One way we do this is through Star of Hope’s Extended Services and our Outreach ministry. Last Friday night, 82 volunteers, along with staff and partner ministries joined together for our 2nd... Read More »
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Smiles, Hugs and HOPE!

Your help was invaluable in making our 2nd annual Takin' Hope to the Streets a night where lives were changed and souls were saved!!! 91 men and women were prayed for, 89 received the word of God, 3 women were taken to Star of Hope's Women & Family Emergency Shelter, and 500 sack lunches were distributed. The compassion that was shown by the volunteers, staff and community partners was electric!... Read More »
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Takin' Hope to the Streets

You may ask the question, how do homeless service providers bring hope to over 6000 unsheltered homeless on the streets of Houston? We have found an answer ... during our 2nd Annual Takin' Hope to the Streets event we are partnering with T.H.U.G Ministry and Twentyfour4Twenty to take food, clothing, water and the HOPE of Jesus Christ to those who are feeling hopeless. Last year 70+ volunteers... Read More »
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The Greatest Miracle of Easter?

As we celebrate this Holy week of Easter, we reflect on Jesus' final week on this earth. Everything about Jesus' life was a miracle ... His virgin birth, His sinless life, His profound teachings, His miracles and His resurrection from the dead. But what do you think is the greatest miracle of Easter? I believe the greatest Miracle of Easter is the miracle of eternal life which God gives over and... Read More »
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Helping the Homeless Continues to be My Mission

While I contribute regularly financially to Star of Hope, I felt I wanted to do more but could not due to time constraints. Helping out socially is a great way for me to contribute. A few years ago, I decided to choose an organization to give to regularly since I finally had a full time job and could afford to give. Ever since I was little, I had a desire to help those in need. While I didn't have... Read More »
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Where Rubber Meets The Road

Two weeks ago, I bought a homeless man a blanket and another homeless man a bowl of hot soup, but it is frightening and dangerous to approach them alone and I can't make a real difference by myself. We're having a very cold winter and people are sleeping on the pavement that I see daily on my way home. I was praying this morning and asking God what I can do to help make a difference. I don't have... Read More »
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Caring for the Homeless: how you can help

We are so excited to announce a new opportunity for Star of Hope friends to serve as virtual volunteers and help end homelessness in Houston! Star of Hope Mission invites you to be among the first fundraisers with the launch of our new personal fundraising opportunity. This means social connections and friends from all over the world can easily support your service and love for the homeless in our... Read More »
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Serving Together... an evening of gathered worship

Thursday night, October 24, churches from across Houston gathered at Star of Hope’s Men’s Development Center (MDC) to experience an evening chapel service with our clients. Occasionally individual churches lead a chapel service, but this was the first time churches were invited to join the congregation. Dr. Dick Druary, the Director of the MDC, shared a heart-felt message from Matthew 1:18-23 and... Read More »
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Takin’ it to the streets?

As you go about your day to day lives, many of you encounter homeless individuals on the streets of Houston from time to time. Star of Hope’s mission is to help these individuals get off the streets and into life recovery programs so they can start a new life and become independent, contributing members of society once again. After taking part in the city-wide annual Homeless Enumeration for the... Read More »
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Together in Hope

Most Friday evenings don’t look like this. Many volunteers gathered in Montrose for Takin’ Hope to the Streets – an outreach opportunity for Star of Hope Mission and Youth with a Mission(YWAM) to care for the homeless in Houston. Two men led us in worship by playing hymns and songs about the love of Jesus, our Savior and Friend. I’m reminded now of His goodness in that first hour, allowing His... Read More »
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Is anyone having fun in this overwhelming August heat?

At Star of Hope’s Summer Camp for children of homeless families last week, the answer was a resounding “YES!” With the amazing financial support of so many of you, 130 children ages 6-17 went to Camp Good News and had the time of their lives. While their moms and dads were working through tough life issues with our staff, these bright, talented and promising young people were having great fun AND... Read More »
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Opening Doors to Second Chances

Many of the clients we see in Star of Hope’s New Haven program need a second chance on LIFE. Our ladies come to us from abusive and broken relationships, their pasts filled with tragedy and disappointment. They have potential to reach great heights, but no one will give them a chance. Watch this video and see how appreciative Alisha is to have her second chance! “Star of Hope opened doors to me... Read More »
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What does it take to end homelessness?

What does it take to end homelessness? This is a question many of us ask every time we see a homeless person on the streets of Houston. We all see homeless individuals most every day and wonder, “Why are they there and what can we do to really help them?” But for every man or woman you see on the streets, there are thousands more hidden from our view.  And a large percentage of these are homeless... Read More »
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Good and Faithful Servants

Every Wednesday, we look forward to our volunteer time at Star of Hope. Jim goes early in the morning to the eye clinic at the Men’s Shelter on Ruiz Street where he assists Dr. Moorehead as she examines clients’ eyes. Then we spend the afternoon at the Transitional Living Center teaching science and social studies for a GED class full of students eager to earn their high school equivalency... Read More »
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The Tooth Fairy is Alive and Working in Southeast Houston

Dr. Phyllis Morgan has wanted to be a dentist since the age of 8. In 1994 she realized her dream when she opened her own practice and began to make other dreams come true. Community and outreach has been a driving force in her life and for the last 14 years, in addition to her regular practice, she and her staff work with the under insured and the underprivileged. Last week, the good doctor opened... Read More »
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Summer of Hope is here!

Summer is here and our shelter is FULL. 144 people served in overflow last night! As the temperatures rise, so do the needs of the Mission. Summer is one of our busiest times and this year we are expecting more children off the streets, more families in need and more hungry and homeless than ever. Last night we had an all time record of 144 people ... women and children, sleeping in overflow at... Read More »
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Offering Hope with Star of Hope

If one has never been homeless you may not understand the important impact the Star of Hope Mission has in someone’s life. You may never experience the overwhelming panic, the knot that forms in the pit of your stomach or the physical pain caused by the fear of being homeless. You may not identify with the feeling of terror that one has when they have no idea where they will sleep that night, the... Read More »
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God's Timing

I knew for a long time that I have always wanted to do volunteer. It didn't matter the form of it, just knew it was in my heart. Two months ago, God placed in my heart to Google "shelter for the homeless in Houston." It's exactly what I did. The first shelter that popped up was Start Of Hope. I called and scheduled a day and time. Not only did God use me that day, but he used me by inviting 2... Read More »
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More Than a Homeless Shelter

I am currently a first year student in the Graduate College of Social Work at University of Houston. Initially I didn’t know what to expect coming to intern at Star of Hope's Transitional Living Center. All I really knew about Star of Hope was that it is a “homeless shelter”. Little did I know that it is so much more. From the first day I entered the building, I could feel the welcoming spirit... Read More »
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