Young teen discovers a hidden talent

Before coming to Star of Hope, Ty and her mom were living in an apartment together. Money was tight, but they were getting by, living paycheck to paycheck. Ty said she thought everything was just fine. And from the outside, they did look fine. After all, they had a place to call home and were taking care of themselves. But as a young teenager, Ty could not know what it was like to be a mom,... Read More »
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A Day of Celebration!

Springtime is here, sunshine and God’s rebirth in nature are visible everywhere we look! And after 5 years of prayer and planning, Star of Hope has broken ground on our new Cornerstone Community℠ campus. The clouds and drizzle broke just in time, and we had beautiful sunshine and God’s warm presence for this sacred and special dedication day, March 31, 2016. More than 200 donors and community... Read More »
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Hope for Tomorrow

It is no surprise to me that we continue to see an increased demand for our services at a time when the sluggish economy is impacting the homeless in our city the hardest. The one constant throughout all of this is Star of Hope and our vision to “end homelessness … one life, one family at a time … .” We have been operating at above capacity at our Men’s Development Center and our Women &... Read More »
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Iris Learned The Hard Way

She hopes her daughters will learn from her. The first time Iris came to our emergency shelter, she stayed just three weeks. Then she left to return to the drug-infested situation that brought her here in the first place. One year later, she was back and humbled after being evicted from her apartment. She took every class we offered, learning from the teachers about life, God and good decision... Read More »
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God’s Plan For Me

At Star of Hope Mission two-thirds of those we serve each day are women and children. Many of these families arrive at our Women & Family Emergency Shelter after having lived in their cars or after outstaying their welcome in a family member’s or friend's home. It is always our hope that once these families have overcome their immediate crisis situation, they will choose to stay with us... Read More »
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Celebrating 108 Years of Christ-centered Ministry!

As we celebrate the 108th anniversary of Star of Hope Mission this July 1 and its calling to serve the homeless of Houston, I can’t help but marvel at how God has used this mission to further His Kingdom in the Houston area! On the day Star of Hope opened its doors, the headline in the Houston Post read “New Religious Enterprise on Franklin Avenue Will Be Launched Tonight.” In his remarks, Dr.... Read More »
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Running for a Reason

Today I ran my fifth Chevron Houston Marathon. I have been a runner off and on for the past 12 years and have done several different types of events … marathons, half marathons, 10Ks, 5ks and relays. But in all those years, today was the first time I ever cried when I crossed the finish line. I didn’t cry because I had had my best marathon finish ever, finally achieving that long coveted sub-5... Read More »
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Christmas Peace at Star of Hope

Christmas is almost here, and the past two months have been no exception to what is always the busiest time of the year at Star of Hope! We now are serving 1,200 men, women and children each day, two-thirds of these are women and children. We anticipate serving 45,000 meals in the month of December alone. Already, we’ve had many wonderful Christmas activities including our Adopt-a-Family program,... Read More »
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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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A Former Resident

My name is Lawrence Scott. I am a former resident of Star and Hope Mission's Women and Family Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living Center. In 1992 my mother, younger brother and I moved back to the emergency shelter after a very brief stay 6 months prior. My mother, a single parent, had fallen on hard times and we found ourselves without a place to stay. I was 11 years old and was devastated... 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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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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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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Divas With Hattitude a Red Hat Society Chapter Gives Back

Our Red Hat Society Chapter Divas With Hattitude began volunteering in November of 2011 and returned in 2012. We volunteer one Saturday every November at the Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter. We start our day by celebrating our chapter members November birthdays at a restaurant, and conclude with dinner service at the center. We help prepare and serve the meals to the many residents... Read More »
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My Mission is Close to My Heart

My husband and I have been financial supporters of Star of Hope for many years. I have always been impressed with the strong Christian work that Star of Hope has provided to thousands of people in need. Once our youngest child received her driver’s license (lots of prayers said!), I felt it was time to donate my time to Star of Hope as well. I went to a volunteer orientation class and waited for... 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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What Volunteering at Star of Hope Means to Me

I have been a volunteer at Star of Hope's Women and Family Emergency Shelter since August 1, 2007. I work in the Family Supply Store every Wednesday. Doing this has touched my life in so many unexpected ways. I no longer take things for granted. I am grateful for every gift that God gives me. It has taught me to share those gifts with people who are not as fortunate. I bring hard candy every week... Read More »
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