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Celebrating Volunteers

As Star of Hope celebrates National Volunteer Month, the Volunteer Services team asked other staff members and clients, “What do our volunteers mean to you?” We thought we would share a few of their responses with you – we were tremendously blessed and think you will be, too! "The volunteers here have made an impact, so that I want to go out and serve the community too!" - Ashley, client... 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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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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Our Good Samaritans

I am often asked why people should volunteer. Time is pressed and the demands for our attention come from every direction. How is it possible to add one more commitment to an already packed schedule? The answer is easy. It is biblical to volunteer – it’s what Jesus commands all of us to do.   When asked, “Who is my neighbor,” Jesus answered with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Remember... Read More »
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Volunteers Making a Difference

Star of Hope Mission has played a leading role in serving Houston’s homeless population for more than a century. Have you ever wondered how we got started? Rev. Dennis Robert Pevoto came to Houston in 1900 and spent six years assisting in the growth of Baptist churches. During this time, Evangelist Mordecai Ham (who led Billie Graham to Christ) and the former homeless alcoholic Richard... Read More »
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Sobering Up

Many Baby Boomers watched The Andy Griffith Show and were entertained by Otis, the town drunk.  He lived from one cheap bottle of wine to the next before staggering into the Mayberry jail to sleep it off.   At twenty, I took a sabbatical from my studies at the University of Texas and worked for the City of Houston Municipal Courts.  Every morning I went down to the jail to reconcile the bond... Read More »
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Have you heard about Volgistics?

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Elisabeth Rush, you're on the air!

(function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = ''; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Elisabeth Rush planned to spend her morning volunteering in the Spiritual Life department at the Star of Hope Men’s Development Center. As she prepared for... Read More »
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The DoubleTree Cookie CAREavan Visits Star of Hope

Cookie connoisseurs know nothing makes the mouth water quite like a scrumptious DoubleTree Hotel signature chocolate chip cookie. From the very first bite to the last tiny morsel, the taste is heavenly. Thanks to the DoubleTree Cookie CAREavan, clients at the Star of Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter were surprised this morning with a delicious breakfast treat. The CAREavan is crisscrossing... Read More »
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God Fits Us All Together to Serve Those in Need

Isn’t it amazing how God who created the universe give each one of us our own unique gifts, talents and abilities?!? And then, He fits all of those gifts, talents and abilities together so that the needs of those less fortunate are met and He is glorified. I see His marvelous work each and every day at Star of Hope Mission through our volunteers. Although I’ve never met her face-to-face, Sue... Read More »
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Eagle Scout Projects = Tremendous Blessings for Star of Hope

On behalf of Star of Hope, I would like to extend special congratulations to Mark Camero and Kevin Sweat from Boy Scout Troop 642, which meets at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Few scouts would tackle such demanding projects or set such a high standard of excellence! In addition to constructing large storage units for our Women & Family Emergency Shelter,... Read More »
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Star of Hope Volunteers Touch Hearts & Change Lives!

Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was changed.Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am so glad you gave. Many of us are familiar with the beautiful Ray Boltz song, Thank You For Giving To The Lord. But here in my office, the song’s meaning becomes far more profound as the lyrics are brought to life by those who were formerly homeless.  My phone rings and I am greeted by a strong,... Read More »
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Exciting Changes for Star of Hope's Volunteer Services Team

Stephanie McMath joined Star of Hope's Volunteer Services team last fall - just in time to work with all of our holiday volunteers.  From the beginning, we knew her time with us wouldn't be long.  Her temporary assignment was scheduled to end right after Christmas and she already had big plans for the future.  Stephanie, who has lived abroad and traveled much of her life, has a real heart... Read More »
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The 2011 NCAA Final Four Tournament Is Coming to Star of Hope!

Excitement is building as we head toward March Madness and Houston prepares to host the NCAA Final Four Tournament!  Not only will there be lots of memorable, action-filled college basketball, but also special outreaches to those in our community who are less fortunate…..and the kick-off is at Star of Hope!Feed the Hungry will distribute food to 1,750 Houston-area families during tournament week... Read More »
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Why Volunteer at Star of Hope?

Why do people throughout our community volunteer at Star of Hope? Just ask Ann, a retired social worker, about the benefits of volunteering.  Ann began volunteering in the Computer Learning Center at our Transitional Living Center in 2005. Although she loved helping clients who were eager to learn new computer skills, the timing just didn’t fit with Ann’s busy schedule. She moved to our Women &... Read More »
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Volunteer Gregg Lattier, a Houston Texan Community Quarterback

“Volunteering at Star of Hope is a demonstration of my faith in the LORD,” is how Gregg Lattier explains his ongoing commitment to serve Houston’s homeless men, women and children through his partnership with our mission. Gregg attended one of the first orientation classes I held for perspective new volunteers almost 13 years ago - and he enthusiastically continues to touch hundreds of lives by... Read More »
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Chevron's Human Energy Blesses Star of Hope

Recently, while running errands, my husband pulled the car into a Chevron station. As he filled up the tank, my attention focused on the poster hanging beside each pump, which showcased the many ways Chevron volunteers contribute “human energy” to make our community a better place. Not only was I delighted that local Chevron volunteers were recognized, but also thrilled that Star of Hope was... Read More »
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A Very Cougar Thanksgiving and Christmas!

For the last 20 years, the Hard Rock Cafe has closed its doors on Thanksgiving Day. Although this popular downtown Houston eatery is closed to the public, the kitchen and waitstaff are quite busy. Instead of celebrating Thanksgiving with their own families, everyone at the Hard Rock volunteers on their day off to host a gourmet dinner for clients at Star of Hope’s Women & Family Emergency Shelter ... Read More »
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What's It Like to Volunteer at Star of Hope? Ask Cornerstone Mortgage Company!

What a blessing when ten energetic volunteers from Cornerstone Mortgage Company recently assisted with lunch at the Star of Hope Men's Development Center!  Between 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, the Cornerstone team enthusiastically worked to prep, serve and clean-up while sharing the Christmas spirit with our clients and staff.Erich Hoff, a senior graphics designer in Cornerstone's public relations... Read More »
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NCL Heart of Texas Chapter Helps Make Christmas Dinner Special

Christmas dinner for families at the Star of Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter will be a little more like home thanks to the girls in the National Charity League Heart of Texas Chapter. The girls didn’t arrive for their volunteer time at the Christmas Workshop empty handed. In addition to wrapping gifts for shelter guests, they made beautiful red felt table runners decorated with... Read More »
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