As one of the "computer guys" for Star of Hope Mission I am usually so focused on the Hardware/Software aspects of my work, I rarely slow down to fathom the depth of the sea of miracles that exist at this special place. Today, as I climbed into the elevator at our Men's Development Program, the elevator, which I thought was already on its way up, noisily diverted my attention to the entrance as a smidgen of bicycle tire caught the doors at the last millisecond. When the doors popped open a gentle soul of a man apologized for startling me and climbed aboard. He was loaded down with a bicycle and a backpack full of books as later I found out from meeting him that he was returning back to his room at the shelter from the Houston Community College. He explained to me that in 1971 he had acquired 60 hours of college but had never finished and that a counselor in our program convinced him to go back after 30 years because, "I want to show people that I am still teachable." We exchanged brotherly pleasantries and he strolled his bike down the hallway to his dorm as I happened on one of the counselors to find out a little more about his story. I’m sure the details of 30 years are full of pain, heartache, disappointment and struggle because he had been an addict all that time. Once a homeless man on a street corner and now after 30 years of feeling lost and hopeless, this college student had already secured a job at the college and is one semester away from being a Pharmaceutical Technician with an Associate’s degree at the young age of 61.
Find out more about the programs and ministries offered at our Men's Development Center at Houston Homeless Services.