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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 Mission has served homeless men, women and their children in a "facility-based" model -- shelters and transitional housing. We provided outreach with our Love in Action van to the unsheltered homeless to be a gateway to services and shelter ... but, mostly we served the “literally” homeless of Houston. In 1993 we began providing follow-up services to our transitional housing graduates and started providing supportive housing in 2008 to that same population. But, there was still so much more ...

It is estimated that there are 150,000 marginally homeless in Houston (© 2013 Center for Student Missions report), and another 250,000 who are "one paycheck" away from being without a home. This condition causes interpersonal problems (domestic violence), health issues (stress), and instability in employment and education. Star of Hope Mission, a leading provider of services to the homeless in Houston, felt it was time to "extend" our services, knowledge and the light of Jesus to those who may never enter the doors of one of our facilities. To help them find a new life and faith in Jesus Christ and improve their job and life skills for successful independent living.

As we continue to let our light shine in our city through Light of Hope Festivals, we strive to raise public awareness about the resources the Star of Hope Mission has to offer. In partnering with local churches and organizations we are able to provide free resources in the area of dental care, health screenings, nutrition, fitness, financial literacy, and so much more!

The array of informational booths and various activities makes this a fun and educational experience for the entire family! By bringing a message of hope, love, and the good news we can help change our communities!

On November 1 we had 37 community partners and 45 volunteers who let their light shine by sharing their time and valuable resources with the Southeast side community.

  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy and Walgreens provided free health screenings. 35 flu shots and 56 blood pressure screenings.
  • Entertainment was provided by T.H.U.G Ministry, Trinity Dawson, Studio V Dance School and Little Harvard Steppers. Goody Bags were given away with filled with treats, healthy snacks and a little key chain flash light encouraging all to continue to let their light shine.
  • Texas Children's Hospital shared information about the Chip Program and the importance of immunization for kids.

A big thanks to all of the community partners who made the Light of Hope Festival a complete success. National Charity League (Bayou City Chapter), City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services, Noah's Walk, Cedric Davis Realty, Icon Pearls and Step2Sweat.

A special thanks to the Fountain of Praise Church - Vested Young Adult Ministry for partnering with the Star of Hope Mission’s Extended Services - Outreach Department!

Di Tubbs
Outreach Coordinator
Star of Hope Mission

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