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Don't Miss Your Opportunity To Offer Hope, This Summer

I wanted to let you know that some of the key staff of Star of Hope Mission just returned from the 98th Annual Association of Gospel Rescue Missions conference last week.  Tomorrow the President will conduct a debriefing session, to communicate the ideas and information learned.  This is just one of the ways we stay current on the Homeless needs and rehabilitation processes, possible funding sources and methods and ECFA procedures.  We also get to meet people from all over the nation, who are involved in caring for homeless and mentally ill persons.  This is a faith based organization so each mission is always concerned a out the needs of the less fortunate.

We had 82 persons in "overflow" at our Women & Family Emergency Shelter last evening.  Half of those were single women who would have been totally at risk, had they not entered our shelter.  They received sack lunch dinners, showers, and a pallet to sleep on in the safety of our shelter.  It is amazing how basic the needs of the least, the last and the lost really are.  Many of these suffer from mental illness.  We are really hopeful that later in the year we will be able to put our new HUD grant in place and offer housing to 24 of these mentally ill women.  If you happen to think about it, could you pray for the funding to come through for this grant?  We have experienced a 29 percent increase in unduplicated individuals at SOH this year.  WOW!...and the temperature is now beginning to rise!

BTW, mark your calendar right now for the Annual Star of Hope Banquet on February 2nd, 2012, at the Hilton Americas.  I know that it is early but you will not want to miss this event!   You will be entertained and learn more about the less fortunate in our city!  Blessings, John

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