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My Season of Hope

Seasons of life can come and go as quickly as a Texas spring and linger as long as a Chicago winter.  I know both well.   Now in my early 20’s, I have had 9 seasons of life ranging from childhood bliss in East Texas, identity crisis  at Wheaton College (located outside of Chicago)  and now I find myself in a Season of Hope in Houston, Texas.  I am thrilled to share this season of my life with you.... Read More »
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Summer of Hope Forecast

After, the Summer of Hope kickoff carnival Key Energy Services hosted for our out-of-school kids, it looks like it is going to be a hopeful summer with a big chance of FUN!!! Thank you, Key Energy Services for starting the summer off right -- with HOPE!  Make this a Summer of Hope for Houston's Homeless Star of Hope Mission Read More »
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Together in Pain, Joy and Hope

Star of Hope Mission depends on you for everything including prayer. Our staff go through the joys of serving Houston's homeless as well as, the heartbreaks. Melissa Martinez does a beautiful job loving every child she encounters at Star of Hope and as she tells her story through blogs we mourn with her, rejoice with her, and always hope with her. Today, she shared a "Hard Story to Tell." ... Read More »
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The Importance of Students Volunteering

I am sure we can all look back on our school experience a little grimily.  It was a time when we realized not everyone was our friend, we weren't perfect, our family might be a little and/or HUGELY awkward, sometimes we were downright ruthless, and most stressfully our pain was often mocked rather than nurtured. During this age the inward focus of self-happiness and self-preservation is so strong... Read More »
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Qualities of the Abused

Before being homeless, a usual day for many of the women at Star of Hope started normally.  As the sun crept through the window curtains, they would rollover stretch, wash their face to help fight the sleepiness,make breakfast and send their kids to school with the best foot forward, rush to take off the mommy clothes and put on something professional, head to work 5 minutes late, work hard, but... Read More »
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Praying for Your Role in Helping Houston's Homeless During Lent

The Lent season is one I cherish.  I feel that during this period of sacrifice and intentionality we acknowledge God more often and therefore become more intimate with him.  Just as the Israelites, I am a forgetful person and every day I forget who provides for me.  I not only forget who provides for me, but how well I am provided for, which is one reason I love having my Church family participate... Read More »
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Yellowstone Acadmey 8th Graders Give Well

Recently, you may have seen on our Facebook Fan Page a picture of Hank Rush, with a big old check from Yellowstone Academy 8th graders. They raised money, made a check and presented it to Mr. Rush, proudly.  I find this story extremly moving for several reasons.  One being that many of Yellowstone Acadamy kids have lived at Star of Hope before or are currently living here. Another, staggering fact... Read More »
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TLC "Little Couple" Making a Big Impact at Star of Hope

Through Star of Hope, Houston’s community, has many opportunities to give Hope to Houston’s homeless every day. Recently, “Little Couple” a show on TLC featuring Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold took time to share their hope with several of Star of Hope’s families. Despite their small stature they have really big hearts --- with beautiful stories to share. With successful careers, Bill as a... Read More »
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Sharing a Lifetime Lesson Taught by a 3 Year Old

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September is National Recovery Month

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What does a 32% Increase Mean?

Recently, Hank Rush, Star of Hope's President & CEO announced that so far this year we have had a 32% increase of men, women and children in comparison to last year. So, what exactly does that mean? Last year total we were able to: Serve 406,140 well nourished meals Have 170,642 stay with Star of Hope at night Have 730 served by our outreach van Help 192 find jobs Help 397 get permanent housing... Read More »
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Back Pack Extravaganza Day

Together we did it!  We made this a Summer of Hope for 150 kids and absolutely no doubt couldn't have done it without you! All summer long you made smiles either from the time you dedicate, the camp flip-flops you gave, or the money you donated.  You made 2011 summer, a summer full of Hope up until the very end...the "Back Pack Extravaganza Day." Being my first "Back Pack Extravaganza Day" I... Read More »
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Summer Camp Courage

Any of you who have gone to Summer Camp know their is a Summer Camp courage that rushes through your veins. It starts brewing on the van ride there and then begins to erupt for a solid week once your foot takes a step on the soil you will call your camp land!  I went to visit the Star of Hope kids for a day and it was beautiful. There was a freedom, a child-like courage, pride and FUN spewing from... 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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Homegrown Lessons in the Shelter

Star of Hope kids are having a great end to a not so perfect summer.  When you ask some of the kids around here to describe their home they think of the yard they always wanted or left behind, the couch they fell asleep on, and the Mom and Dad that may or may not have been around. For some kids this is the happiest time of their life.  Despite the fact Star of Hope is a huge blessing it is not a ... Read More »
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The Story of Redemption

Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center former guests all seem to have a raw story and most are willing to tell it. They are willing to share how they became homeless, no matter how humiliating, and then they tell you how God worked in their life at Star of Hope. They are proud of their story of redemption.   I have a story of redemption too…and so many times I neglect to tell people. I leave it... Read More »
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Making the Bed of the Homeless

How many times have we prayed for God to use us…to send us. Now we are just waiting…waiting. Still, 5 years later we are waiting for God to tell us where we are needed, patiently waiting for God to buy a plane ticket to where we need to go to be of help. I have been told that unless God is specifically telling you no he undoubtedly is telling you yes: go, make the bed, help by cleaning the floors,... Read More »
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Hopeful Rainy Day Saturday Ideas

Since we are expecting some rain this weekend and we could be couped in the house all day I thought I could share some rainy day Saturday ideas that could bring hope to the homeless in your community!1. Write Camp Notes to Star of Hope teens who will be going to camp, so that they can experience a week of being a carefree kid! You will absolutely make their day. 2. Clean out your couch, collect... Read More »
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How Are You Hope....Where-Ever You Are?

Recently, you might have seen Star of Hope on the news for having 141 people, 55 of which were kids, sleeping on the floor in our overflow room. Because of the deep need this Summer we have had many people feel called to take action and be HOPE! Many have volunteered in our soup kitchen, given food and clothing donations, and provided long term hope by becoming a Circle of Hope Member. We deeply... Read More »
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Camp Notes: If You Believe in Them, They will Believe in Themselves!

During the summer my parents would always ship me out to summer camp. One of the most memorable times in our schedule was mail time, which was after lunch. When my parents, family and friends came through with notes they rejuvenated something in me. Honestly, I believe getting a camp note was subconsciously empowering. If you knew someone cared and believed in you, you believed in yourself and all... Read More »
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A Glimpse of Hope

It is always a powerful to watch Star of Hope volunteers interact with guests.  Many have a sense of urgency to love much and love well. Some desire to give a few smiles and make a lot of laughs. Others are there to be present and really listen. And all of these volunteers make our guests who often feel, unimportant, gain glimpses to the fact they are very valued. The guests are reminded by the... Read More »
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