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How Can I Help the Homeless?

There are lots of ways you can help…

One of the questions I hear over and over from folks in our community is this: "How can I help the homeless?” When we see someone on a street corner begging for money, or hear about someone struggling to pay their bills and about to lose their housing, we feel compelled to help. Yet we almost immediately feel helpless as to what’s the best thing to do.

When I hear this question, here’s my response. The streets of Houston are not a safe place for ANYONE to live. The best thing you can do is to encourage the person to come to one of Star of Hope’s emergency centers to get help. Visit our website for addresses, phone numbers and maps for Men’s Development Center and Women & Family Emergency Shelter locations. You can also get specific help by calling Star of Hope at 713-748-0700 or by sending a request through our website.

In the first six months of this year, the demand for our emergency services at Star of Hope has RISEN 33% from 2011…and this is the fourth year in a row we have seen increases. There is clearly great need in our city! Annual surveys are done each January to do a “one time count” of individuals observed to be homeless on a particular night, and these numbers fluctuate year to year. In addition to those counted on the streets, we see hundreds of others come to us from marginal or dangerous housing situations seeking emergency shelter and help every day. We call these the “hidden homeless.”

The good news is that Star of Hope is here to provide, thanks to you! And we don’t turn anyone away who comes desiring our help. More good news…once they are here, they can engage in life recovery and skills building programs designed to help them find a new hope in living and new abilities to live a successful life as a productive member of our community.

But we need your help today to serve the large and growing numbers who are coming! You can donate now…financially if you are able, or by conducting your own donations drive and then delivering to Star of Hope.

Just look at what these special young people have done just recently to help the homeless of our city.

Garrett and Austin deliver proceeds from their lemonade stand to Star of Hope.Selah collected presents from family and friends to give to children at Star of Hope.

If you’re interested in conducting your own drive, please learn about all the types of items we need as donations or explore other volunteer opportunities with Star of Hope.

So no need to wonder about how to help, just check out these resources and come join us as we serve!

Ways to Give Houston
Star of Hope Mission

Comments for How Can I Help the Homeless?

Name: lisa
Time: Friday, September 14, 2012

I was wondering how to help during holidays at the soup kitchen voluntering serving the food. I think it would be a good experience for me and my kids. What are the qualifications and age range?

Name: Scott McKinley
Time: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lisa, thanks for your question. Cookies and Goodnight may be a possibility if your children are younger. Also consider encouraging them to host a drive for needed items like the children Hank Rush mentions in this post. Hosting a drive is a great “hands on” way to help while involving other friends and family.

Explore the volunteer pages of our website to find a variety of other ways to serve with us all year long: Complete the Volunteer Interest Form to get started. A member of our Volunteer Services team will contact you with availability and scheduling information.

Star of Hope helps the homeless in our community 24/7, 365 days a year. We are so glad you and your family desire to join us in this mission.

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