Saturday was a clear, sparkling, spring day! But the bright Houston sunshine did not compare with the generous, compassionate hearts of our volunteers or the big, beautiful smiles lighting up the faces of guests at Star of Hope's Women & Family Emergency Shelter. Our friends from Texon hosted their very special third annual Easter celebration, and amid all the fun and festivities, homeless men, women and children, whose lives are in crises, learned more about a Savior who loves them.
Hundreds of colorful eggs, filled with goodies, were hidden in the shelter’s courtyard. Nothing was more fun than watching the excitement of our precious little ones as they discovered each hidden treasure. Our children, young and old, were captivated by the artistic designs of volunteer face painters and loved “modeling” their very own masterpieces. But the biggest draw was the photo booth. The photos taken of each family were transformed into keepsake portraits as technology set families in front of a gorgeous cathedral stained glass window. I wish I could describe the pride with which both adults and children showed off their family photos to other shelter guests, staff and volunteers. The photos captured a memory our guests will take with them for a lifetime!
The blessing didn’t stop there! Guests heard the Easter story – about Jesus dying on a cross and being resurrected so that we all can have eternal life – and were treated to a lunchtime concert by the Grand Parkway Baptist Church choir. Texon catered and served a delicious meal of grilled chicken Alfredo with mushrooms, peas and red peppers accompanied by French bread…..and dozens and dozens of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. Volunteers iced cupcakes to order and topped them with rainbow sprinkles, colored sugar and mini-chocolate chips. Food for the body AND food for the spirit!
As I made my way to the exit, I spoke with a father/son volunteer team for just a few moments. The dad said, “It is a beautiful day outside. But being able to help people, it is even more beautiful right here, inside the shelter!”
That is the heart of all of our volunteers and we are grateful for each of you! Happy Easter!
Learn how you can get involved at Houston Volunteer Opportunities.