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Hope for a Better Tomorrow

Four months ago, before beginning an internship at Star of Hope's Transitional Living Center, my perception of homelessness was of someone standing on a corner holding a sign made of cardboard which states, “Will work for food.” But oh, how my views have changed. As I stood before a class filled with women who were ready to be a part of the group I was about to facilitate, I noticed that every... 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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Girl Scout Brownie Troop #9668

Brownie Troop 9668 split into two groups to provide enough snacks to feed about 450 residents at two Star of Hope facilities. They brought with them several car loads of gently used clothing, linens, books, toys and stuffed animals as well as some toiletries for the residents. While many of these girls are accustomed to gathering items to donate or participating in fun activities that benefit... 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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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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Serving Families with Star of Hope

Volunteering for Star of Hope has been a life altering experience for my whole family. We look forward to our time together and being able to serve the families at Star of Hope. It also has helped my children understand the importance of helping those that are less fortunate. Volunteering teaches kids to appreciate what they have and to realize that material things are not as important as love and... 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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Live Simply, Love Others

I’ve been volunteering full-time at Star of Hope for over seven months now with a program called Mission Year. As we started working and learning the ins and outs of the Transitional Living Center, I never expected to be teaching one of the classes I observed during my first week here. But that’s exactly what happened. Earlier today the other two Mission Year girls (Abigail and Carole) and I... Read More »
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Volunteers Mean So Much

Star of Hope’s Extended Services Department appreciates volunteers! The New Horizons and New Haven programs, as well as our Outreach program, offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities. And, we are so excited to have volunteers serving in the following capacities: Blessed Breakfast: Groups of 5-10 volunteers come and serve a continental-type breakfast to the clients of our New Haven program and... Read More »
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Lessons from the Clothing Room: God Provides!

Every Wednesday morning at Star of Hope’s Donation and Distribution Center is a scavenger hunt of sorts. With a list of specific client clothing needs in hand, Abigail, Kristin and I sift through boxes and bags of donations, searching for the right garments. We make a game out of locating and capturing these items - size 18 pants, women's socks, dresses with sleeves, any brand new business... Read More »
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Health Chat with Dr. Rob

In February, Dr. Rob Dickinson, Medical Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Executive Health, Wellness, and Corporate Medicine Programs, joined the Star of Hope volunteer team. We quickly recruited Dr. Dickinson to work with the ladies in our New Haven program. These are women who cope with mental illness and with the supportive services provided by New Haven, are living independently. Each month,... Read More »
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Hope for a New Life

When I see a homeless person on the street I often think, there but for the grace of God go I. When I think of Star of Hope, I am reminded of the old adage that says “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you give him a fishing pole, you feed him for a lifetime.” The programs offered at Star of Hope that I have learned about in my four years of volunteering are comprehensive in... Read More »
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Star of Hope GROWS 53%

Star of Hope GROWS 53% as We Serve the Homeless of Houston! Now in our second century, Star of Hope is expanding its services to the homeless of Houston! In the 5 years since 2008, Star of Hope has grown by 53% in the number of homeless men, women and children we serve per day. Our city-wide street homeless numbers vary from year to year, but more homeless families who are not living directly on... Read More »
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I Find Joy in Serving!

Star of Hope is my Mission because we should help those in need by providing them with shelter, food, water and the tools to succeed. Star of Hope contributes towards helping those in need by providing them with all of these basic things and so much more. It is a great joy being able to contribute towards the mission of Star of Hope. It’s a beautiful feeling to see a child jump with joy when they... Read More »
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Amazing Transformations

Last June I heard Kelly share her testimony at a Star of Hopegraduation. She admitted with sadness in her eyes that in her 30 years of living, she had experienced alcohol and drug addiction, rape, violent relationships and brain damage. Thankfully, I knew that coming to the Star of Hope meant that Kelly had hope for a much brighter future. She was determined to take the necessary steps and live... Read More »
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Joy in the Simple Things

I have the privilege of working with the pre-school class at Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center for Women & Families. I love coming into the classroom where I am greeted with waving hands and smiling faces saying, "Hello, Miss Abigail.” Every morning is the same rhythm: eat snack, have the daily lesson, play at the educational centers in the classrooms, go outside, eat lunch and naptime.... Read More »
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Navigating Stormy Situations

I have often heard the saying, “You are going into a storm, going through a storm, or coming out of a storm.” The truth is that we really do not like any parts of storms—before, during, or after. As hard as we pray and prepare for storms to leave us alone, we still find ourselves dealing with them in some manner. Since stormy situations are inevitable, let’s take a look at a particular storm to... Read More »
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It is a Blessing to Give

Wednesday’s are a day that I look forward to with much anticipation each week. When I enter the preschool classroom at Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center, I receive warm greetings of smiles and hugs by every three and four year old in the room. I must say it is quite an encouragement to feel so appreciated. A typical morning of volunteering includes reading stories, playing in centers and... Read More »
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Hopeful about the Future

Ever turn on the evening news and wish you hadn’t? Nightly reports, packed with violence, tragedy and heartache, leave little hope for anything but a bleak, catastrophic future. That’s why I wish everyone could see the world through the window in my office! Every day, I have the incredible privilege of working with hundreds of people - from our city, across the state, throughout our nation... Read More »
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