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Beautiful Blankets to Keep Our Children Warm

Every child needs a special blanket with which to cuddle – one that makes him or her feel safe and secure. Thanks to three awesome volunteer groups, the children at Star of Hope have blankets made just for them with lots of extra love. When you walk through the doors of Dancewear, etc, (located just west of I-45 South on Fuqua), you immediately enter a world that’s filled with tap shoes, ballet... Read More »
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Bank of America - Greenspoint turns into Santa's Workshop

When more than 100 local Bank of America managers wanted to do something for Star of Hope clients during Christmas, they came up with a unique idea. Instead of volunteering at one of our facilities, they turned the second floor of the Greenspoint branch into another Star of Hope Christmas Workshop.  Bank of America ordered all of the gifts and wrapping supplies from the WalMart at South Post Oak... Read More »
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Merry Christmas from Star of Hope's Christmas Workshop!

Merry Christmas from the Star of Hope Christmas Workshop! As volunteers get Christmas gifts ready for the many homeless men, women and children who come through our doors, it’s like having the North Pole right here in Houston, Texas!   Thanks to our good friends at ProLogis, we have an awesome space that has become Santa’s Workshop! Volunteers are busy sorting donated gifts, selecting something... Read More »
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Willis Volunteers Staff Call Center and So Much More!

Imagine what it must be like to be out on the streets with no place to call home. Frantically, you search for shelter and a safe place to fall asleep. That’s when you remember that someone told you about Star of Hope. In desperation, you put your last two quarters in the payphone, hoping with everything you have left inside that you can talk with someone, that you don't get a recording. Although... Read More »
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NBTA - Part 4 - The Final Chapter

Each year at the NBTA trade show, Joe Carino, owner of CARINO Hotels & Resorts, raises money for a charity by holding a raffle. The prizes are awesome – weekend stays at one of his breathtaking resorts and destination airline tickets – and the raffle tickets are modestly priced.   This year, Mr. Carino joined forces with NBTA and selected Star of Hope as his beneficiary. Several staff members and... Read More »
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NBTA Project Day - Part 3

Local NBTA members arrived in their own cars, and buses packed with NBTA members from across the country pulled up to Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center right on schedule. Suddenly, the campus was filled with the neon orange shirts of NBTA leadership and the dazzling red shirts of NBTA members. Each volunteer came ready to work! Empty one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments were filled with... Read More »
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Volunteer Hosts assist NBTA volunteers - Part 2

National Business Travel Association project day finally arrived. However, before a single NBTA volunteer reached Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center, another group of volunteers was already onsite making final preparations. These special folks are Volunteer Hosts. No two of our Volunteer Hosts are exactly alike – they come from many different backgrounds and career paths. But they... Read More »
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The National Business Travel Association partners with Star of Hope - Part 1

It’s been a year since I received the first e-mail from Jeannie Eisenhart.  Jeannie works for Crowley Maritime in Florida and is on the Board of the National Business Travel Association.  NBTA members include airlines, hotels and resorts, travel agents and corporate travel departments, food service companies and temporary corporate apartment homes – just to name a few. Their 2010 international... Read More »
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ExxonMobil Making a Difference

In Houston, it’s usually difficult to tell exactly when summer ends and fall begins.  The arrival of fall isn’t signaled by green leaves turning into spectacular shades of red, gold, yellow and orange. Nor do we break out our jackets, turtleneck sweaters and plaid wool blankets for Friday night football. For most Houstonians, the arrival of fall is little more than a note on the kitchen... Read More »
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GE Energy creates an evening of special memories

When volunteers from GE Energy hosted Family Fun Time at Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center, it was quite an adventure for Sylvia, a client in our New Hope program. “I’ve been around the world in the last hour!” she exclaimed with a broad grin. “I’ve met all of these wonderful volunteers from all over the world!”While in Houston, this international GE Energy group asked to include... Read More »
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Let Freedom Ring!

It really doesn’t matter where I am.  When our flag is raised and the National Anthem is played, a huge lump knots up my throat and I quickly blink back the tears. Although the weather may not cooperate this July 4th, it really doesn’t matter.  Rain may shut down the fireworks, picnics and parades, but it certainly will not dampen the overwhelming pride in our country and gratitude for our... Read More »
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BMC Software Volunteers Help Clients Learn to Succeed

The personal and career development programs at our Transitional Living Center help clients learn to shine when they interview for jobs. We want our clients to be so polished, poised and professional that they have a variety of job offers from which to pick. But for many clients, job interviews are very difficult and create enormous anxiety. Baggage from the past - such as an unstable work... Read More »
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Star of Hope - A Refuge from the Heat

It was a typical Sunday afternoon. Everyone in my family-of-five had gone their own way after getting home from church and having lunch. I was in the living room, downloading a few songs from my laptop onto my iPod, when a loud pop came from somewhere outside. The power was instantly gone and the house filled with overwhelming quiet.   This was the second time within a few weeks we found ourselves... Read More »
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An Opportunity for Creative Expression!

It’s probably been a year since we first met perky art consultant, Sheri Hammonds. A dynamic MBA with a gentle, compassionate spirit, Sheri contacted Star of Hope about teaching art classes for our adult clients. Sheri described how she loves “to move paint” and how this creative outlet might help our clients express feelings for which they have no words.  Since that first meeting, Sheri’s... Read More »
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Men's T-shirts, Underwear and Socks Needed!

Wow, Sunday is Father’s Day! And once again, I have put off shopping. Not because I’ve been too busy or needed to wait for payday. I honestly don’t know what to buy. It seems the dads in my life already have everything they want and need. I can’t bring myself to buy more golf shirts, CD’s, gift cards or Astros tickets. If you’re like me, here’s a thought……Many of the men who come to Star of Hope ha... Read More »
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Getting Ready for Camp

I’ve often heard that for kids a week at summer camp is equal to a year’s worth of Christian education. Many dynamic Christians have shared testimonies of how Jesus first became real in their lives while attending camp. The children at Star of Hope are no different. Amidst horseback rides, canoeing and the many new challenges of the great outdoors, they learn about a Savior who loves them and will... Read More »
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Scouts Bless Star of Hope!

Throughout the community, an exceptional group of young people are learning the skills needed to become our future leaders. These young men and women are part of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. What an honor it is to work with Scouts who select Star of Hope as the site for their Eagle Scout and Girls Scout Gold Award projects!   The project requirements are stringent. Scouts must submit a... Read More »
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Key Energy Services Fiesta Time

Summer has officially arrived for the families at Star of Hope’s Women & Family Emergency Shelter and the Transitional Living Center! Thanks to our amazing friends at Key Energy Services, Star of Hope families kicked off a “Summer of Hope” with a fun-packed fajita fiesta!  This was the 4th year Key Energy has hosted the end-of-school celebration and no detail was overlooked!This morning, both... Read More »
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Gables Day at Star of Hope

 “Taking Care of the Way People Live” is more than a catchy advertising slogan for Gables Residential, a company nationally recognized for excellence in the management, development, acquisition and construction of multi-family apartment communities. Last Thursday, Gables Residential shut down their entire Houston operation and sent about 150 enthusiastic, high-energy volunteers to take care of the... Read More »
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Happy Mother's Day!

This week we have all been bombarded with advertisements from greeting card companies, florists and jewelers enticing us to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.  We’ve seen images of adoring children gathered around mom, sharing moments of fun and laughter. But instead of those perfect family portraits captured by Kodak, just for a moment, imagine being a homeless mom with several small... Read More »
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