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Thousands of Socks and Towels Delivered to Star Of Hope
2/18/2014

20,000 conference attendees from around the country bring gifts to Houston’s homeless: It was Valentine’s weekend and most of America was exchanging roses and candy. However, on that special day, more than 20,000 18-25 year olds came to Houston bearing a Valentine of a different sort – gifts for the homeless.

Attendees from across the United States, headed to Passion 2014 at the Toyota Center, were asked to bring with them items that would help ease the suffering of their fellow man. In this case, towels and socks for the homeless were specifically requested.

On Monday afternoon, a Star of Hope truck unloaded 20,100 pairs of socks and almost 4,000 towels collected from the attendees at the two day conference. A portion of the items will be distributed to partner agencies including Open Door Mission and the Mission of Yahweh.

Led by a stirring in the heart of Atlanta-based pastor, Louie Giglio, Passion was birthed in 1997 to see the 20+ million college students across the globe awaken to the reality of an omnipotent and glorious Creator. Since then, millions of students from across the globe have joined the Passion movement, united across ministry and denominational lines, to seek the face of God in worship and prayer at nine conferences, four world tours and multiple one-day and regional events.

 

Downtown Emergency Shelters Stand Ready to Offer Warmth and Safety
1/27/2014

Second cold blast in a week draws concern for street homeless.

As the second arctic cold front in five days blows into the Houston area, the Star of Hope Mission is once again on “Cold Weather Alert” status planning to shelter more than the normal amount of homeless men, women, and children. In addition, the Hope In Action Van will visit parks, overpasses, and wooded areas known to be populated by the street homeless. The van will distribute blankets and coats and encourage the men and women fighting the elements to seek shelter at the Star of Hope

The Mission's downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter (295 beds) and the Men's Center (320 beds) are both at capacity with additional homeless already sleeping on the floor, but staff will be ready to offer warmth to any men, women and families in a life threatening situation.

Star of Hope is in need of donations in many categories. The Mission, which normally serves about 1200 homeless men, women and children every day, is asking for coats, blankets, hats, gloves, and cash to help continue the effort.

 

 

Mission deploys van to help homeless on the streets
1/25/2014

CW39 NewsFix - HOUSTON – "With this wintry mix heading into H-town, one local mission is going into overdrive. Literally.

The Star of Hope Mission is deploying its Hope in Action van. While many of our city’s homeless opt to stay out, mission workers are encouraging then to seek shelter. It’s just too darn cold for anyone to be out on the streets overnight." See the story now.

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Star of Hope helps the homeless keep warm during freezing nights
1/6/2014

By Jayme Fraser | January 5, 2014 | Updated: January 6, 2014 5:50am

"The 295 beds and all 82 rollout mats will not be enough this week as the Star of Hope Mission serves an influx of homeless clients seeking shelter from freezing temperatures." read more on Chron.com

 

Star of Hope out to keep Houston's homeless warm as hard freeze approaches
1/5/2014

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- "As the arctic cold front moves into the Houston area, the Star of Hope Mission is on 'Cold Weather Alert' status."

"Star of Hope normally serves about 1,200 homeless people daily. With the colder weather comes more than the normal amount of homeless men, women and children needing shelter." read more on KTRK - ABC13

 

Local Women and Children Get Unique Thanksgiving Experience
12/2/2013

HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Rashi Vats

A unique thanksgiving experience was given to more than 100 homeless women and children thanks to several people including dozens of Houston's cab drivers. Read more on myfoxhouston.com

 

 

50 City Cabs Deliver Homeless Families to Thanksgiving Meal
11/28/2013

Taxis create “Yellow Roads of Texas” caravan to Hard Rock Cafe

About fifty independent contractor drivers from Houston’s largest taxicab fleet, Yellow Cab, will give up their Thanksgiving morning to transport over 125 homeless women and children from Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center to the downtown Hard Rock Café.

“Yellow Cab is proud to partner with the Star of Hope for the 7th Annual Yellow Roads of Texas. Each year the independent contractor drivers are truly excited to donate their time and service to the families so that they may enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the iconic Hard Rock Café. Make sure to look out for the caravan of Yellow Cabs traveling down 288 on Thanksgiving morning.” said Roman Martinez, President & CEO of Texas Taxi.

Once again officers from Precinct 6 will generously provide a motorcycle escort downtown to the Thanksgiving meal.

Kathrin Yokubaitis, Star of Hope’s Manager of Community Relations and Events, likes the idea. “This is such an exciting way to bring the heart of Thanksgiving to our clients. Yellow Cab is a constant and caring community partner,” she said.

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Texas Tamale Company teams with Kroger to help feed Houston’s homeless during the holidays
11/26/2013

Buy a meal and give a meal with Texas Tamale Company, Kroger and Star of Hope MissionHouston based Texas Tamale Company has reached out to help feed the homeless and they’re doing it in a unique way! Knowing that Star of Hope can provide a holiday meal for a homeless person for just $1.92, the retailer has partnered with area Kroger stores to give Houstonians an opportunity to “Buy a Meal and Give a Meal.”

The promotion will run for the three days following Thanksgiving. Consumers are asked to look for Texas Tamales in the freezer section or the free standing TTC freezers in all participating Kroger stores. For each bag of a dozen tamales purchased during the three days following Thanksgiving, Texas Tamale Company will donate $1.92 to Star of Hope Mission. This will also include Tamales purchased on line at texastamale.com. Choices include chicken, pork, beef, spinach and black bean.

“We could not be more thrilled about working with Star of Hope this holiday season. As a local company, everything we do begins and ends with the people of Houston. That is why we wanted to work with Star of Hope to help Houstonians in need, in this time of giving.” said Louis McEneny, spokesman for Texas Tamale Company.

 

 

Winter Blast Puts Star Of Hope Mission on Cold Weather Alert
11/25/2013

Near freezing temperatures and a lingering cold front blanketing the Houston area have triggered a Cold Weather Alert at Houston's Star of Hope homeless mission. On alert status, the Mission will stand ready to offer shelter to more than the normal amount of homeless. In addition, the Hope In Action Van will visit parks, overpasses, and wooded areas known to be populated by the street homeless. The van will distribute blankets and coats and encourage the men and women fighting the elements to seek shelter at the Star of Hope.

The Mission's downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter (295 beds) and the Men's Center (320 beds) are both at capacity with additional homeless already sleeping on the floor, but staff will be on "stand by" during the Thanksgiving holiday week to offer warmth to any men, women and families in a life threatening situation.

The Mission is asking for coat, blanket, hat, glove, and monetary donations to help continue the effort. Donation details can be found at sohmission.org.

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Houston's homeless flock to shelters with colder weather
11/25/2013

by Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News - khou.com

HOUSTON - "The Star of Hope Mission is getting ready for a busy couple of days, cold temperatures are causing many of the city's homeless to flock to shelters. Dozens slept on the floor Saturday night because the non-profit simply has no more space.

'We are at capacity, we are busting at the seams, but on a cold night like tonight, we turn nobody away," said mission spokesman Scott Arthur. Star of Hope also handed out hundreds of blankets to homeless people who choose to stay on the street.'" See more at khou.comhttp://soh.ms/1ckwoSo.

 

 

Star of Hope Mission Preparing for Cold Weather
11/24/2013

KPRC - Channel 2
Author: Amanda Perez

HOUSTON - "A spokesperson for the Star of Hope Mission said both of the organization's downtown shelters are operating under a cold weather alert and extra staff has been brought in to accommodate the possibility of larger crowds.

'We are at capacity now," said Scott Arthur, the organization's Director of Public Relations. "As a matter of fact, we are beyond capacity, but we still open our doors to anyone who wants to stay warm. We open our arms and our doors...'” See More on Click2Houston.com

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Homeless Children Fitted for Back to School Shoes
8/22/2013

Trees of Hope It’s going to be smiles and styles as about 70 homeless children from the Star of Hope Transitional Living Center are fitted with their very own pair of brand new back to school shoes Thursday afternoon. This fifth annual event is once again sponsored and hosted by Trees of Hope, a fundraising arm of the Star of Hope Mission.

The group, aged 4-17, will arrive at Houston’s Sports Authority store on Post Oak Boulevard and be greeted by Trees of Hope Guild members and their families. They will then be escorted to a special area set aside for the “shoe party” complete with a magician and food from Chick-fil-A, who will be donating a portion of the purchase price back to the organization.

“Many of these children have never had anything new – much less enjoy shopping in a nice store to pick out their own pair of new shoes. Wearing new shoes and socks to begin the school year will allow these children to hold their heads high ready for success. Seeing the happy smiles on these children’s faces is such a reward.” said Gwen Koch, Executive Director of Trees of Hope.

 

Homeless Children Receive School Supplies and Uniforms
8/20/2013

The Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center will host their annual “Back to School Back Pack Party” on the Friday before HISD students return to class. Staff members and volunteers will distribute school supplies, uniforms and back packs to about 70 school age children and teens currently living in the Center. All supplies were made possible by donations to Star of Hope.

After receiving their materials and clothing for school, the children will be treated to an Old Fashion Ice Cream Party hosted by Elizabeth Sledge, an instructor at the facility.

“We all remember, the first day of school. It can be traumatic in its own right. We try to make the student’s transition as smooth as possible by providing them with everything they need to blend in with their classmates.” said Vivian Camacho, Assistant Vice-President of Marketing and Communications.

The following Monday, the children will board buses for schools including Thompson Elementary, Cullen Middle School and Yates High School.

 

 

Local Dentist Provides Free Day of Dental Care for Homeless Children
7/15/2013

Morgan & Associates Dental OfficeOn Tuesday, July 16, 2013, Dr. Phyllis J. Morgan – Dentist and owner of Morgan & Associates Dental Office is partnering with The Star of Hope Transitional Living Center to provide free dental services for the school-aged children housed at the shelter. Dr. Morgan made the commitment for this day at the Radiothon, hosted by News 92FM on June 14, 2013. Dr. Morgan is a native Houstonian who has a strong belief in giving back to the community.

The children will arrive at Morgan & Associates Dental Office the afternoon of July 16, 2013 where they will receive a free exam, free dental x-rays, a free cleaning and free sealants. If there are any additional services that the children need, another appointment will be scheduled to have the work completed. At the end of the visit, the children will receive a t-shirt with “Summer of Hope-2013”, a sport backpack filled with goodies, a zip-pack with toothbrush and toothpaste, and other fun items to ease the children’s stay at the shelter along with a lot of love and encouragement.

Dr. Morgan provides these services along with her staff of nine and a host of volunteers. She has hosted an event somewhat like this called “Beat the Rush, Let Us Brush” for the past 7 years; however this year she wanted to target a specific group of children whom she felt would really benefit from the experience.

 

As Temps Reach Triple Digits, Star of Hope Offers Relief from Heat
6/28/2013

Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, has announced that the Mission’s SUMMER OF HOPE initiative continues with a “Hot Weather Alert” because of the extreme heat. The Mission’s HOPE-IN-ACTION van will depart the Men’s Center at 8:45 AM on Friday loaded with bottled water. Multiple times a week the outreach van visits areas frequented by homeless men and women, distributing water and encouraging the street homeless to seek shelter at the Star of Hope.

Star of Hope has received 38.000 bottles of water donated by the I Am Waters Foundation. The Mission expects to distribute about 1,500 bottles of water a week to shelter clients and street homeless. 
With daytime temperatures predicted to surpass 100 degrees this weekend, the downtown Men’s Development Center and the Women and Family Emergency Shelter, both over capacity with record numbers, are encouraging all resident guests to stay inside. The two shelters have set up areas offering cold water to anyone requesting it.

I Am Waters donates 36,000 bottles of water to Star of Hope Mission

In addition, the Mission has put out a call for financial assistance. “Traditionally the summer time is when our population increases and our donations decrease. We can use some immediate help to insure that this will be a SUMMER OF HOPE for Houston’s suffering homeless,” said Rush. Typically, Star of Hope, a faith based mission, offers food, shelter, education, spiritual direction and structured recovery programs to about 1,150 homeless men, women, and children each day.

Record number of homeless arriving at Star of Hope
6/18/2013

ABC13: "The Houston shelter is seeing a record number of people arriving, and they are in need of support and volunteers." Watch the video on ABC13.

 

 

100 Pizzas to Be Delivered to Homeless Women and Children for Lunch Wednesday
6/18/2013

Imagine a Dominos truck pulling up in front of your place and the delivery guy starts unloading 100 pizzas! That will be the scene at the Star of Hope’s downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter Wednesday, June 19th, at lunchtime.

A Slice Of Hope is hosting the party for the fourth consecutive year. The New York based national non-profit seeks to bring awareness of the “hunger epidemic” in the U.S. Each June they sponsor grassroots events in over 15 states to support and honor local food banks and community shelters and their work to combat the growing tide of U.S. poverty and homelessness. A Slice of Hope is a project of non-profit eye – Blink, a multi-cultural organization committed to shattering stereo-types and promoting social change through theater, dance and special events. For more information visit ASLICEOFHOPE.ORG.

 

 

All Time Record Number of Homeless
6/12/2013

"We haven't had this many people in our program in 106 years."

Hank Rush, Star of Hope’s President and CEO, has announced this morning that last night the Mission’s downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter was again over capacity, with an additional 144 homeless women and families sleeping on the floor of their atrium. In its 106 year history, and with Star of Hope’s other facilities around town also at capacity, the Mission has never before cared for so many homeless Houstonians on a daily basis.

The Women & Family Shelter serves newly homeless single women and families, a segment of the homeless population that has been steadily growing for the past five years. “We’re seeing more children, more families and lots of new faces,” said Rush. “These 144 homeless single women along with moms and dads with their children spent the night on pallets, out of the heat and in the safety of our shelter,” he said. “We try to never turn anyone away.”  Rising temperatures, homeless kids out of school, and a still recovering economy for the underprivileged in Houston are the primary causes.

In addition, The Star of Hope Men’s Development Center and our Transitional Living Center have been consistently at capacity this year.  Star of Hope provides services to more than 1,150 homeless men, women, and children every day.

“Typically in the summer our donations drop, and with our population rising so significantly, we need additional funding to help us meet the needs of these unexpected guests,” Rush said.

Houstonians can HELP by visiting sohmission.org for more information on how to donate money or for volunteer opportunities to be a part of helping these in our community who are turning to Star of Hope for help and hope.

Houston - In its 106 year history, the Star of Hope has never cared for so many homeless people in Houston.

"We had 144 people sleep on our floor Tuesday night," said Scott Arthur with the Star of Hope. "That's in addition to the 271 people we already had in this building."

Click here to read the full story from KHOU >>>

 

Freeze Earning Means Increased Activity at Homeless Shelters
12/10/2012

Star of Hope: child at Women and Family Emergency Shelter Houston

HOUSTON (FOX 26): "Houston-area residents are bracing for cold weather while homeless shelters like Star of Hope Mission anticipate traffic from thousands of visitors as the freezing temperatures blow through the area.

A spokeswoman for the shelter says it not only has extra blankets and mats, but the plan is to give everyone a warm place to sleep." read more on Fox 26 Houston>>>


 

Cold Temperatures Leave Houston Homeless Vulnerable
12/10/2012

KUHF - Florian Martin: "With temperatures expected to drop below freezing tonight, Houston's homeless population is especially vulnerable to the sudden temperature change. Homeless mission Star of Hope is doing its part to keep those who are exposed to the elements warm." listen to the story on KUHF>>>

 

Star of Hope Prepares for Near Freezing Temperatures
12/10/2012

Love in Action Van offers blankets and coats this week for street homeless. Downtown shelters are over capacity.

Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, has announced that the Mission is activating a “Cold Weather Alert” in anticipation of the front moving into our area.  

Star of Hope’s LOVE-IN-ACTION van will depart the Donation and Distribution Center Monday morning loaded with blankets and coats. Multiple times this week the van will visit areas frequented by homeless men and women and distribute the items. “Each time we go out in the van we offer shelter to any and all of the street homeless. If they refuse, we try to leave them as comfortable and as warm as possible – and we continue to pray that soon they’ll join us in one of our facilities,” said Rush.   

With night time temperatures expected to drop to near freezing through Wednesday, the downtown Men’s Development Center staff is preparing for a continued overflow. The Center is currently over its 300 bed capacity but can offer additional sleeping space for about 100 homeless men.  

The downtown Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter is at its 272 bed capacity with about 100 ADDITIONAL women and children sleeping on pallets in the shelter’s lobby area overnight...waiting for a bed.



Star of Hope Asks You to Help "Fill the Freezer" this Holiday Season
11/14/2012

Hank Rush, President and CEO of Houston’s Star of Hope, has announced that two area Kroger stores will host a drive to help fill the Mission’s large walk-in freezer located in the new Donation and Distribution Center.

The giant freezer can hold more than 20,000 pounds of food, but because Star of Hope serves more than 23,000 meals a week - it has never actually been full. Volunteers will collect donations from 3 PM – 8 PM on Tuesday, November 20 at these two Kroger stores

4285 Sweetwater Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479
17455 Spring Cypress Rd. Cypress, TX 77429


Customers at both stores will be encouraged to purchase or drop off extra frozen items to help feed the homeless families, men, and women at Star of Hope. Needed items include frozen hams and turkeys, vegetables, most notably corn and green beans, and fruit – especially peaches and berries.

Media Sponsors KSBJ and NGEN Radio will be broadcasting live from the stores during the event with on-air personalities offering games and prizes.

Read more about Fill the Freezer

 

 

Hot Day A Lot Hotter for Homeless Families
9/7/2012

Fox 26 Houston: It's been a hot day and the next couple of days will likely be hotter. See how Star of Hope helps families in crisis: http://soh.ms/Ruvne2.

 

 

The Star of Hope Donation Drop-off Location for the Distribution Center is Moving!
7/27/2012

In order to better serve our clients and make the delivery of donated items more convenient for you, the donation drop-off location for the distribution center will be moving this month.

Star of Hope staff will continue to accept donations at this location until Friday, July 27. Then, starting Monday, July 30 a temporary donation trailer will be located in the parking lot in front of the Distribution Center at 1811 Ruiz Houston, Texas 77002.

The new distribution center is scheduled to open on Monday, August 6 at its new location: 2320 Lamar Street.



Love In Action Van Offers Houston’s Homeless Relief from the Heat
6/25/2012

Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, has announced that the Mission’s SUMMER OF HOPE initiative continues with a “Hot Weather Alert” because of the extreme heat. The Mission’s LOVE-IN-ACTION van will depart the Men’s Center at 10 AM on Monday loaded with bottled water. Multiple times a week the outreach van will visit areas frequented by homeless men and women, distributing water and encouraging the street homeless to seek shelter at the Star of Hope.

With daytime temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, the downtown Men’s Development Center and the Women and Family Emergency Shelter, both over capacity, are encouraging all resident guests to stay inside. The two shelters have set up areas offering cold water and air conditioned space to anyone requesting it. NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY.

In addition, the Mission has put out a call for financial and in-kind assistance. “Traditionally the summer time is when our population increases and our donations decrease. We can use some help to make this a SUMMER OF HOPE for Houston’s homeless,” said Rush. Typically, Star of Hope, a faith based mission, offers food, shelter, education, spiritual direction and structured recovery programs to about 1,100 homeless men, women, and children each day.

Video from ABC13 Houston



Domino’s Pizza Partners with A Slice of Hope to Throw Pizza Party at Star of Hope
6/18/2012

TDomino's Pizzahe Houston Domino’s Pizza store, located at 3507 Elgin St., is teaming up with A Slice of Hope to help throw a pizza party for the local homeless shelter as part of the A Slice of Hope program. The local participating Domino’s Pizza store is offering pizzas at a largely discounted price for the party, which will take place on June 20 at Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter.

“We are glad to help along the efforts of A Slice of Hope,” said Elsadig Abdelmotal, Houston Domino’s franchise owner. “At Domino’s, we always welcome ways in which we can improve our community, so we are thrilled to be able to lend a hand at the Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter.”

A Slice of Hope seeks to bring awareness and solution to the “hunger epidemic” right here in the U.S. The organization sponsors grassroots events across the country every June to support and honor the efforts of local food banks and shelters working in their communities to combat the growing tide of U.S. poverty, homelessness and hunger. This year A Slice of Hope hopes to expand its reach and bring its program to at least one local food bank or shelter in every state across the country.

 

 

342,000 Bottles of Water Donated to Help Houston Homeless Survive an Already Scorching Summer
6/15/2012

I Am Waters FoundationFirst Delivery of More Than 38,000 To Star Of Hope – Friday at 10 AM: As extreme summer temperatures set in, area non-profits will provide 342,000 bottles of water to the homeless in the Bayou City thanks to a donation from the Houston based I Am Waters Foundation. The first Houston shipment, 38,000 bottles, will go to Star of Hope for distribution to its women and children, mobile outreach and men’s programs as part of the homeless mission’s twelve week Summer of Hope effort.

Other major recipients of I Am Waters Foundation bottles in Houston include SEARCH Homeless Services, Palmer Way Station, HealthCare for the Homeless, Lords of the Street, Mission of Yahweh, Covenant House and others.   The mission of the I Am Waters Foundation is to hydrate the bodies of homeless men, women and children who don’t have access to life’s most basic necessities. A 2010 Summer Water Pilot, spearheaded by former top fashion model Elena Davis, resulted in the distribution of 80,000 bottles of water in Houston. I Am Waters has increased their distribution this year to 600,000 in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and New Orleans. Sometime this summer the organization will reach the ONE MILLION bottle mark.

Each bottle of water is designed with a simple inspirational message in a single word like LOVE, PEACE, HOPE or DREAM. “Over time, life on the streets often erodes one’s feelings of love, hope, and faith,” says Davis, “Holding a bottle with an inspirational word provides a powerful affirmation that is important for those who are not being replenished emotionally or spiritually.” For more information please visit www.iamwaters.com.

 

 

City Council Approves New Houston Sobering Center
5/16/2012

Star of Hope is excited to be a small part of this public/private partnership. In addition to the Houston Police Department (Homeless Unit), Fire Department and Health and Human Services Department, we will have a staff member to liaison with detainees and refer them to the appropriate agency.  National statistics show that in other cities that have sobering Centers – 60-80% of the detainees are homeless. This lets Star of Hope reach a new segment of the population we may have not seen before.



Buffalo Wild Wings Collects Diapers For Homeless Babies
3/21/2012

Eleven Houston Area Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will collect diapers for Star of Hope’s toddlers the weekend of March 24-25. The popular sports-themed eatery is calling the 2012 diaper drive “Homeless Babies – Help Us Cover Their End Zone.”

Cathy Camp, Regional Marketing Director for the chain, has announced that locations in Spring, Wallisville, Cypress, Rosenberg, Conroe, Richmond, Victoria, Tomball, Baytown, Lufkin and Katy will be participating. “We love the work that Star of Hope does for homeless men, women and children. Last year the organization put 55,000 diapers on little homeless bottoms – we want to do our part to help the babies, who are just innocent victims.” she said.

Selected locations already have donation boxes set up and will collect diapers of all sizes through Sunday, March 25.

 


Hotels with a Heart Give Homeless a Gift for Valentine's Day
2/13/2012

Pillows, Blankets And Linens To Be Delivered at 2 Pm Tuesday

As thousands across the city celebrate Valentine’s Day, with chocolate, flowers and romantic dinners, the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston decided to show Houston’s less fortunate that someone cares for them, too.

The Hotel Association has rallied its members to collect and deliver hundreds of pillows, blankets, bed linens and other supplies to downtown’s Star of Hope Mission. The supplies, collected from hotels and lodging facilities all over the Greater Houston area, will be delivered to the Star of Hope warehouse downtown by truck, car, hotel vans at 1811 Ruiz, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

While the Association has often made emergency collections during the onset of freezing temperatures or other disasters, Association President Stephanie Haynes noticed that with a lot of hotels undergoing remodeling or replacing inventories, there was a surplus of materials which could be donated. Valentine’s Day, she said, seemed to be the perfect time as, “Everyone needs love.” Nearly a dozen hotels immediately responded and others are still calling

The HLAGH is a non-profit organization with more than 250 hotels and industry related businesses representing over 32,000 guest rooms in the City of Houston. The organization is made up of general managers and owners of hotels and lodging facilities, suppliers, service companies and consultants who sell and service the hospitality industry.

 


Radio Stations Celebrate “A Day of Hope” on Houston Air Waves
1/26/2012

Hank Rush, President and CEO of Houston’s Star of Hope, has announced that Friday, January 27, 2012 will be “A Day of Hope” on three Houston radio stations. “Cox Media Group has become a wonderful community partner. They’re helping us tell listeners about the critical homeless situation and how Star of Hope is making a difference.  Starting early Friday morning 93Q (92.9), The Eagle (107.5) and Country Legends (97.1) will each broadcast two commercials an hour featuring testimonies of men, women and children that were homeless and have had their lives changed by the recovery programs at Star of Hope,” he said.

Cox Media

“So many people have the misconception that “homeless” means the man on the street with a sign. But in fact, that man is a small percentage of the 14,000 people without homes in Houston right now. Many of them are families and single women. They stay with relatives or friends or maybe live in cars or abandoned buildings. They are the “hidden homeless” and we reach out to about 1100 of them every day through our four facilities.” said Rush.
 
This all-day awareness campaign is the climax to a two week Cox Media Group promotion inviting listeners to “Like” Star of Hope Mission’s Facebook page for a chance to win Breakfast for a Year * at any Houston area Chick-fil-A restaurant.

 


Cub Scout's Help Houston's Homeless
12/22/2011

Cub Scout’s Clever Plan Collects 3.5 Tons Of Pet Food For Abandoned Animals And Raises Money To Provide 4000 Holiday Meals To Houston’s Homeless

Cub Scouts donate money for mealsCub Master Jennifer Goebel is proud of The Black Horse Patrol of Magnolia Pack 1213. “Buy a 50 pound bag of dog or cat food for $20, give it to the five boys of Den 1 and in addition to feeding homeless animals, they will turn it into a $50 cash donation to provide holiday meals to the homeless men, women and children of Star of Hope.” she said. “That was our pitch. This year these ten year olds were able to collect over 7,000 pounds of pet food and we received a matching check for $7,000 to provide about 4,000 holiday meals (at $1.80 each) for residents of Star of Hope.” The pet food has already been delivered to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter making it possible for the facility to serve more than 17,000 meals to furry friends.

The idea hatched last year when the boys’ Christmas wish was to reach out to area abandoned animals and also to provide meals for the homeless. With the help of Quadvest Water Company they were able to do both. After the scouts approached them, their management agreed to donate a dollar a pound for all the pet food collected. The company wrote a check for more than $3300. The goal this year was to double the food and donation – and the Pack, with the help of a generous community, seemed to do it with ease.

Cold Weather Grips Houston Area
12/7/2011

Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News - khou.com
Posted on December 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

HOUSTON -- On a cold, gray December morning, the kindness of strangers shines brightly. “We just periodically bring clothing donations,” said Larry Preston. The donations are for those with no home for the holidays.

“It’s getting cold and freezing,” said Scott Arthur, spokesperson for Star of Hope. “It’s getting life-threatening and we want to be there for them....” Get the story on KHOU

 

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Star of Hope Asks for Your Help for Homeless
12/6/2011

HOUSTON (KTRK) - ABC 13:

Get the story on KTRK - ABC13

Star Of Hope Van Offers Blankets to Street Homeless Preparing for Near Freezing Nights
12/6/2011

Cold Weather AlertHank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, announced that as of Tuesday morning the Mission will switch to a “Cold Weather Alert” because of the cold front moving into our area.  With night time temperatures dropping into the 30’s through Friday, the downtown Men’s Development Center staff is ready for an overflow.

Star of Hope’s LOVE-IN-ACTION VAN will be loaded with blankets and sandwiches for hundreds of Houston’s street homeless. There is an URGENT NEED for men’s coats and cash donations. Overflow conditions are expected and the Mission is beginning to feel the financial strain.”We have provided for a record number of homeless this year. But donations aren’t keeping pace with the growing need.” said Rush. “Help us make someone’s Christmas brighter.”

 

Marriott Helps Homeless Prepare for Cold Weather
11/30/2011


Marriott delivers to help Houston's homelessMarriott delivered more than 2 tons of linens, blankets, towels and coats this Wednesday afternoon.

65 area Marriott International hotels have collected 5,000 pounds of linens, blankets; coats and cold weather - wear to give to the Star of Hope Mission to help keep Houston’s ever growing homeless population warm during the upcoming months of freezing weather.

This large gift is the result of an annual drive that featured a number of Marriott hotels as drop off points for donations from the general public as well as hotel inventory.

 


Homeless Men Create Work of Art Displayed at City Hall
10/4/2011

Transitions Mural created by men at the Star of Hope Men's Development Center“Transitioning” to Be Dedicated Tuesday Afternoon: It took six homeless men about nine weeks to paint a mural depicting their determination to rise above life’s low point and optimistically embrace the future.  “Transitioning” an 8’ x 11’ work of art is the result of a partnership between residents of the downtown Star of Hope Men’s Development Center and the Houston - based Connect2Art Project. At the invitation of Houston’s Cultural Affairs Department, the painting will hang in the much traveled tunnel area of the Houston City Hall Annex.

Connect2Art Project is an organization that provides therapeutic and expressive art programs for individuals that are homeless, near homeless or in life crisis situations.  Art Consultant and Founder Sheri Hammonds is excited about the effort.  “Making the mural was an enjoyable process, but it was also therapeutic. This creative act evoked a sense of healing that comes from the natural human desire to express one’s feelings and emotions. The final product gives the community a better understanding of the plight of the homeless which will hopefully, lead to a more accepting and inclusive attitude toward these individuals,” she said.

 


Homeless Children Fitted for Back to School Shoes at Houston Sports Store Friday Afternoon
8/18/2011

“IT’S LIKE A DOZEN CHRISTMAS MORNINGS ALL AT ONCE”

It going to be smiles and styles as homeless children from the Star of Hope Transitional Living Center are fitted with their very own pair of brand new back to school shoes Friday afternoon. This second annual event is once again sponsored and hosted by Trees of Hope, a fundraising arm of the Star of Hope Mission.

The group, aged 4-17, will arrive at Houston’s Sports Authority store on Post Oak Boulevard and be greeted by Trees of Hope Guild members and their families. They will then be escorted to a special area set aside for    the “shoe party” complete with snacks, balloons and face painting.

“Our goal is to have the students look forward to going back to school,” said Trees of Hope Vice - President Terry Prather. “It’s very exciting for the children, the employees and even customers. It’s like a dozen Christmas mornings all at once,” she said. 

 

150 Homeless Children Receive School Supplies & Uniforms at “Back Pack Party” Friday Morning
8/18/2011

The Star of Hope’s Women and Family Emergency Shelter will host their annual “Back to School Back Pack Party” on the Friday before HISD students return to class. Staff members and volunteers will distribute school supplies, uniforms and back packs to about 150 school age children currently living in the shelter or sleeping on the floor waiting for a room. The supplies have been donated by the Patty McNeil family and friends group.

“When the children arrive at the shelter with their family, they’re in a crisis situation, often experiencing drama and uncertainty.” said Star of Hope President and CEO, Hank Rush. “As we all remember, the first day of school can be traumatic in its own right. This year we have a record number of “new homeless”. We try to make the student’s transition as smooth as possible by providing them with everything they need to blend in with their classmates.”

The following Monday, the Shelter’s children will board buses for schools including Rusk Elementary, E.O. Smith Middle School and Wheatley High School. The back pack distribution will be preceded by a blessing and comments from representatives of the participating schools.

 

EIS Office Solutions Delivers 700 Packages of School Supplies to Homeless Children Monday Afternoon
8/15/2011

EIS Office SolutionsThe Houston based company that has become famous for donating 50% of their corporate profit to change lives, goes the extra mile when it comes to kids and back to school. EIS OFFICE SOLUTIONS President and Founder, Simon Lee has announced that this Monday, August 15, 2011, the company will deliver 700 packages of school supplies to homeless children at Star of Hope shelters. “We actually closed our shop for a half day and had all of our employees put together the packages. As a group, we decided that this, instead of a party, was the best way to celebrate our seventh year in business,” said Simon. “EIS was founded on the principle of giving back to the community.  Giving back to kids who need help the most is rewarding and our company is happy to be able to provide these learning tools.”

Fifteen EIS employees will unload the supplies Monday afternoon and present the packages to a select group of children representing the hundreds of school aged boys and girls currently residing at Star of Hope.

 


Noted Lawyer Makes Major Donation to Star Of Hope
8/12/2011

Tony Buzbee and Hank RushAttorney Tony Buzbee, of the Houston-based Buzbee Law Firm, recently presented the Star of Hope Mission for the Homeless with what was described as a substantial monetary gift to help fund the work at the Mission’s downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter.

 
"I've given over five million to charities in the last five years. I look carefully before I give to ensure the monies will be used wisely. I prefer to give to Christian-based charities because I am a Christian, and I am particularly concerned with the homeless. I stress to my children the importance of giving, both money and time. I use each gift as a teaching moment for my children. I'm impressed with the Star of Hope Mission and know they will use this gift wisely to help those in need help themselves," said Buzbee.

Tony Buzbee is recognized as one of the very best trial lawyers in the United States and is a frequent lecturer and speaker. Aside from his legal practice, Buzbee is heavily involved in his community as a property developer, working to revitalize historic downtown Friendswood.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hometown Bank, the Board of Directors for The Jesse Tree (a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless and those in need in Galveston and Brazoria Counties), and the Board of Visitors of Texas A&M Galveston.  

Star of Hope President and CEO, Hank Rush, was delighted by the gesture. “Star of Hope is very grateful to Mr. Buzbee for his generous and unexpected gift.  With the increase in family homelessness this year, and the large demand for services at our Women and Family Emergency Shelter it could not have come at a better time. Thank you Tony, for your generosity toward the homeless men, women and children in Houston.”

Pearland Restaurant Rallies Neighborhood To Offer A “Clean Start” To The Homeless
7/25/2011

Free, Family Friendly Concert and Collection Drive to Provide Hope And Toiletries To Singles And Families In Need

When Bryan Bullington, Operator of Chick-fil-A of Pearland, realized that the number of Houston area homeless hovers around an all time record high, he set a plan in motion to reach out to his neighbors and help them reach out to those in need.  He and his staff created CLEAN START, a free, family friendly concert and collection drive inviting customers and nearby residents to attend and donate urgently needed items such as diapers, towels, underwear and toiletries.  "We are honored to partner with Star of Hope and have a real, immediate, significant impact on the lives of people in our community. To be a small part of helping people reclaim their lives is a privilege." he said.

The event will take place on Monday, July 25, 2011, starting at 5:30 pm, in the Chick-fil-A parking lot. Three bands, a strolling magician and a children’s play area will be featured. Chick-fil-A of Pearland opened in 2004 and has been ranked #1 in the chain in drive-thru service for the last five years, is ranked #1 in overall satisfaction for chicken brand and #5 in overall service satisfaction for quick service restaurants.


KHOU 11 News and Summer of Hope
7/20/2011

 

Star of Hope's Summer of Hope on KHOU
7/18/2011

 

Volunteers to Hand Out Water to Homeless
6/16/2011

With the heat at dangerous levels, non-profit agencies are launching a big campaign to help the homeless. Video from KTRK - ABC 13:


 

186,000 Bottles Of Water Donated To Help Houston Homeless Survive A Scorching Summer
6/14/2011

First Delivery Of Nearly 70,000

As record summer temperatures set in, area non-profits will provide 186,000 bottles of water to the homeless in the Bayou City thanks to a donation from the Houston based I Am Waters Foundation.  Nearly one-third, or 68,000 bottles, will go to Star of Hope for distribution to its women and children, mobile outreach and men’s programs as part of the homeless mission’s ten week Summer of Hope program.

The mission of the I Am Waters Foundation is to hydrate the bodies of homeless men, women and children who don’t have access to life’s most basic necessities. A 2010 Summer Water Pilot, spearheaded by former top model Elena Davis, resulted in the distribution of 80,000 bottles of water in Houston. I Am Waters has increased their distribution this year to 300,000 in three cities across Texas: Houston, Austin and Fort Worth.

Each bottle of water is designed with a simple inspirational message in a single word like HOPE or FAITH. “Over time, life on the streets often erodes one’s feelings of love, hope, and faith,” says Davis, “Holding a bottle with an inspirational word provides a powerful affirmation that is important for those who are not being replenished emotionally or spiritually.”


“Summer Of Hope” Offers Houston’s Homeless Relief From The Heat
6/6/2011

Love In Action Van Distributes Cold Water

Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, has announced that the Mission’s SUMMER OF HOPE initiative continues with a “Hot Weather Alert” because of the extreme heat. With day time temperatures consistently hovering at or around 100 degrees, the downtown Men’s Development Center and the Women and Family Emergency Shelter are encouraging all resident guests to stay inside. The two shelters have set up areas offering cold water and air conditioned space to anyone requesting it. NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY.

In addition, the Mission’s LOVE-IN-ACTION van will depart the Men’s Center at 1 PM on Tuesday loaded with cold water. Multiple times a week the van visit areas frequented by homeless men and women, distributing water and encouraging the street homeless to seek shelter at the Star of Hope.

“The number of Houston homeless has increased 25% this year, and at our four Star of Hope facilities, we’re serving about 30% more homeless men, women and children than this time last year,” said Rush. “Traditionally the summer time is when our population increases and our donations decrease. We can use some help.” he said. Typically, Star of Hope, a faith based mission,  offers food, shelter, education, spiritual direction and structured recovery programs to about 1,000 homeless men, women and children EACH DAY.



150 Homeless Children Celebrate End Of School Friday Afternoon With A “Pirate Splash”
6/3/2011

Key Energy Services Treats Kids To A “Pirate Theme Party” With All The FIXINGS

As part of the Mission’s Summer of Hope Campaign, school aged children from Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center and Women and Family Emergency Shelter will celebrate their last day of the school year dunking volunteers in Davy Jones’ Locker, eyeing a giant shark, running the plank, enjoying a fish fry and taking part in Blackbeard’s Treasure Hunt. “We are proud to have an opportunity to create happy memories for these children and their families” said Key’s Lesa Carter. More than 50 volunteers from the Houston based onshore energy production services company will be onsite to coordinate the food and fun.

For the soon to be tired out moms, the Baybrook Macy’s is sending 10 volunteers to treat the ladies to makeovers.

 


Channel 11/KHOU News Talent at Star of Hope's Fashion Show
5/9/2011

Video by KHOU.com Staff - May 6, 2011

KHOU 11 news anchors and reporters joined other local media personalities at Haute for Hope, Star of Hope's 13th Annual Celebrity Luncheon and Fashion Show. Featured in this video are Shern-Min Chow, Courtney Zubowski, Sherry Williams, Deborah Duncan, Butch Alsandor.

Haute for Hope benefits children at Houston's Star of Hope Mission. Thanks to all who attended and participated in this fun event.

 

Watch the video and read the story on KHOU.com

 

LyondellBasell Volunteers Serve at Star of Hope
4/8/2011

Hundreds of Volunteers Give Homeless Shelter a Facelift During Worldwide Community Service Initiative

LyondellBasell Global Care DayThis Saturday, April 9, 2011, as many as 200 volunteers will lend a hand to the Star of Hope Mission with interior painting and improvements; maintenance for the gazebo, park benches, children’s play areas; and a donation of items to help shelter residents.

The effort is part of the 12th annual LyondellBasell Global Care Day, a worldwide community service initiative involving thousands of volunteers at 64 sites in 24 countries where the company has operations. LyondellBasell is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies

While work is being done at the Star of Hope shelter, additional company volunteers will be reaching out to assist 13 other Houston area organizations.  .

“This is just one of the many ways that our employees work together with our local communities around the world to foster success in the areas of education, environmental conservancy and community prosperity.” said spokesperson David A. Harpole.  

 

Star of Hope residents get feet washed, new shoes and socks
3/29/2011

by khou.com staff
khou.com

HOUSTON -- "The NCAA teamed up with several organizations Monday to help people in need in Houston. Volunteers washed the feet of nearly 300 Star of Hope residents, before fitting them with new socks and sneakers."

Watch this video on KHOU Houston

Volunteers at Star of Hope wash the feet of Houston's Homeless

 

March Madness Means Shoes and Food for 300 Homeless at Star of Hope
3/25/2011

NCAA® Community Partners Reach Out to Help Houston’s Needy

On Monday, March 28, in an act of servant leadership and humility, local coaches, pastors and volunteers will wash the feet of nearly 300 residents of the downtown Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter and then personally fit them with socks and tennis shoes. Earlier in the day, the Feed the Hungry organization will add much needed groceries to the shelter’s pantry shelves.

The event is part of Final Four® week as the NCAA, Samaritan’s Feet and Feed the Hungry team up to distribute 2,011 pairs of shoes to those in need throughout the Houston community. “We’re honored that we were chosen to take part in such a meaningful display of charity and generosity.” said Star of Hope President and CEO Hank Rush. “The NCAA community partners have blessed our city in so many ways.” he said. Star of Hope serves 1,000 homeless men, women and children daily, through its four locations and our many partner organizations around Houston. 

 

Buckner International, Star of Hope to Collaborate on Educational Ministry to Single-Parent Families
2/23/2011

VIDEO: Star of Hope and Buckner InternationalHOUSTON — Buckner International and Star of Hope Mission will formally announce a new transitional program for single-parent families Feb. 22 at Star of Hope in Houston. The two social service organizations will team up to start Buckner Family Place of Houston, with operations beginning in May. Family Place is designed to strengthen single-parent families and reduce barriers to self-sufficiency. Residents are enrolled in an academic or vocational program and receive housing and child care assistance along with supportive counseling and case management services. Buckner currently operates similar programs in six Texas communities, including Buckner Family Place of Conroe.

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Star of Hope President and CEO Hank Rush said the collaboration will allow each of the organizations to cross-refer families into each other’s unique programs, as well as “share programs and resources common to the Family Place model, such as parent education, financial literacy classes, after-school programming, tutoring for children and parents, and spiritual enrichment activities.”

Star of Hope is Houston’s largest provider of services for homeless men, women and children, serving more than 6,000 people each year, with life-changing recovery and long-term educational programs for sustained, independent, living, Rush said. Buckner President Albert L. Reyes the Family Place model is a “good fit” for a col-laboration between Buckner and Star of Hope.

“Star of Hope’s focus on serving the homeless and Buckner’s desire to strengthen families are very inclusive,” Reyes said. “One of the root causes of homelessness is the lack of education, and Family Place’s educational-based model seeks to resolve that issue.”

Reyes said that the two agencies have not selected a site for the residences, but the location “will be determined by the selection of a nearby college or university that fits the needs of the program and the families we serve.”

Star of Hope Mission, founded in Houston in 1907, is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life-changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life-management and recovery from substance abuse.

Buckner International, based in Dallas, is a 131-year-old Christian organization with programs for orphans, vulnerable children and families in 12 countries. In addition, Buckner provides services to elders through a network of seven senior living commu-nities in Texas.

 

Experts: Winter Blast Dangerous for People -- Not Just Pipes and Plants
2/3/2011

Report by Kevin Reece on 11 News/KHOU: "When the cold weather initially hit Tuesday, Star of Hope jumped into action, handing out 60 sleeping bags and more than 100 blankets in a rush to help Houston's homeless. Among those who received the supplies was a man..."

Charles Willams of Star of Hope gives sleeping bags, blankets and coats to Houston's street homeless

 

Star Of Hope Van Offers Blankets and Coats This Week to Street Homeless
2/1/2011

Preparing For Sub-Freezing Nights: Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, announced that as of Tuesday morning the Mission will switch to a “Cold Weather Alert” because of the arctic front moving into our area. With night time temperatures dropping below 30 degrees through Friday, the downtown Men’s Development Center staff is ready for an overflow.

In addition to over 200 full time “program” beds, the Star of Hope’s Men’s Center has about 100 “overnight transient” beds. The Center is near capacity now but can offer additional sleeping space on the chapel floor for about 100 homeless men. The Mission’s day room will be open to any men wishing to take part in daily activities.

Star of Hope’s LOVE-IN-ACTION van will be loaded with blankets and coats for the hundreds of Houston’s street homeless who choose not to enter a shelter. Multiple times this week the van will visit areas frequented by homeless men and women. “When we go out in the van our staff offers shelter to any and all of these men and women without a home. If they refuse, we try and make them as comfortable as possible,” said Rush. Right now Star of Hope has an urgent need for warm stocking caps and gloves as well as 2XL and 3XL men’s and women’s coats.

 

 

Getting Another Chance At A Meaningful Life
1/13/2011

Anthony, homeless since 1993, takes steps to a better life with Star of Hope. See his story on 39 News Houston:

 

Star of Hope Deeds Donations and Warm Clothing for Houston's Homeless
1/12/2011

KHOU HOUSTON -- The homeless in Houston were packed into the Star of Hope shelter Wednesday morning as temperatures dipped into the mid-20s.The shelter reported the Men's Center is at full capacity, although it can still fit around 100 more people if needed. Read more at KHOU>>>

Cold Weather Alert - KHOU at Star of Hope's Women and Family Emergency Shelter

 

 

Love in Action Van Offers Blankets and Coats
1/10/2011

Van departs to offer shelter and comfort for street homeless preparing for cold : Hank Rush, Star of Hope President & CEO, announced that the Mission has switched to a “Cold Weather Alert” because of the arctic front moving into our area.  With night time temperatures dropping to freezing and below through Thursday, the downtown Men’s Development Center staff is preparing for a possible overflow.

In addition to 150 full time “program” beds, the Star of Hope’s Men’s Center has 150 “overnight transient” beds. The Center is near capacity now but can offer additional sleeping space for about 100 homeless men. 

In preparation for the arctic freeze, the Mission’s LOVE-IN-ACTION van will depart the Men’s Development Center at 2 PM on Monday loaded with blankets, coats, sleeping bags and “We Care” packages (bottled water, socks, shampoo, crackers, band aids, etc) prepared by local churches and civic groups. Multiple times this week the van will visit areas frequented by homeless men and women. “Each time we go out in the van we offer shelter to any and all of the street homeless. If they refuse, we try and make them as comfortable as possible with blankets and coats – and we continue to pray that one day soon they’ll join us in one of our facilities,” said Rush.  

The downtown Star of Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter is at its 275 bed capacity but reports that additional space will be available to those seeking shelter from the cold weather. No one will be turned away.

 

Cold Weather Forecasts Grim Reality For Houston's Homeless
1/6/2011

Star of Hope's Marilyn Fountain with Mike Barajas on MyFoxHouston:

Cold Weather Forecasts Grim Reality for Houston's Homeless: MyFoxHOUSTON.com

 

Love in Action Van offers shelter, coats, blankets and comfort to street homeless on Christmas Eve
12/24/2010

Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, announced that the Mission has switched to “Cold Weather Status” because of the cold front moving into our area.  With night time temperatures dropping to near freezing this weekend, the downtown Men’s Development Center  staff has prepared for a possible Christmas overflow. “Our first priority is to have these men and women join us in one of our shelters, failing that – we’ll try and make them as comfortable as possible,” he said.
 
In addition to 150 full time “program” beds, the Star of Hope’s Men’s Center has 150 “overnight transient” beds. The Center is near capacity now but can offer additional sleeping space for about 100 homeless men. 

In preparation for the cold weather, the Mission’s LOVE-IN-ACTION van will depart the Men’s Center at 12 Noon on Friday, December 24th loaded with blankets, coats and “We Care” Packages (bottled water, socks, shampoo, crackers, band aids, etc) prepared by local churches and civic groups. The van will visit areas frequented by homeless men and women.

The downtown Star of Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter is at its 275 bed capacity but reports that additional space will be available to those seeking shelter from the cold weather Christmas weekend. No one will be turned away.

 

Cub Scouts Donate Big to Star of Hope
12/23/2010

Cub Scouts provide 2000 meals for Houston's homeless men, women and children. Watch Kristine Galvan's report on Fox 26 Houston:

Cub Scouts Donate Big to Star of Hope: MyFoxHOUSTON.com

Child Collects Blankets, Instead of Presents, for Birthday
12/22/2010

KHOU HOUSTON -- "Instead of asking for gifts for her birthday, a 10-year-old girl asked her friends for blankets so she could donate them to the Star of Hope. Kristiana Alaniz dropped off 60 throws Monday at the shelter on Ardmore. Kristiana said she got the idea after seeing a news story on Channel 11 about children staying at the shelter." Watch the report on KHOU:

Child donates blankets

 

Star of Hope Needs Your Help!
12/19/2010

If you missed it on Great Day, watch this video with Deborah Duncan, Sun & Ski, Houston Dynamo's Michael Chabala and Star of Hope's Marilyn Fountain:

 

 

Mom's Story Paints Picture of Homeless Families
12/8/2010

KRISTINE GALVAN - FOX 26 HOUSTON
Monday, December 6, 2010

"Nearly 21 percent of people staying in homeless shelters in Houston are families.That’s up from 11.5 percent, Scott Arthur, spokesperson for the Star of Hope Shelters, said...."
 
Read the story on MyFoxHouston.com


 

Homeless Mission Is On “Cold Weather Alert”
12/6/2010

“Love In Action Van” Will Offer Blankets, Coats And Comfort To Street Homeless Monday Afternoon

Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, announced that the Mission has switched to “Cold Weather Status” because of the cold front that has moved into our area.  With night time temperatures dropping to near freezing through Wednesday, the downtown Men’s Development Center staff has prepared for a possible overflow.

In addition to 150 full time “program” beds, the Star of Hope’s Men’s Center has 150 “overnight transient” beds. The Center is near capacity now but can offer additional sleeping space for about 100 homeless men. 

In preparation for the cold weather, the Mission’s LOVE-IN-ACTION van will depart the Men’s Center at 1 PM on Monday loaded with blankets, coats and “We Care” packages (bottled water, socks, shampoo, crackers, band aids, etc) prepared by local churches and civic groups. The van will visit areas frequented by homeless men and women.

The downtown Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter is at its 275 bed capacity but reports that additional space will be available to those seeking shelter from the cold weather. No one will be turned away.

Hope Blankets Holiday on 19th
11/29/2010

On December 3, 2011 from 6pm-10pm the Merchants of 19th Street in The Historic Houston Heights will once again hold their annual Holiday on 19th event.  For over 20 years this event has been a fun way for Houstonians and their families to kick off the holiday season in a more traditional “Main Street” way. Visitors will be treated to holiday refreshments, strolling carolers, Santa and much more as they “Shop, Sip and Stroll” down 19th Street. The street features some of the most unique shopping and art anywhere in Houston including antiques, books, fashions for men and women, original artwork, and unique gifts and home furnishings that won’t be found anywhere else in town!

For the first time in the history of this event, merchants have partnered with the Star of Hope Mission to “Blanket Hope” down 19th Street. From now through the December 3rd event, merchants will be collecting new and gently used blankets and new toys to help make the holidays brighter for those in need.  On the evening of December 3rd, merchants will be offering discounts or free gifts with the donation of a blanket or toy, and many will be donating a percentage of sales from the evening to Star of Hope after the event.

For more information please contact:  Sara Jackson – Kenektid PR and Marketing (281)455-7033 or sara@kenektid.com

 

50 City Cabs Deliver Homeless Families To Thanksgiving Meal
11/24/2010

Taxis Create “Yellow Roads Of Texas” Caravan To Hard Rock Cafe. About fifty independent contractor drivers from Houston’s largest taxicab fleet, Yellow Cab, will give up their Thanksgiving morning to transport over 125 homeless women and children from Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center to the downtown Hard Rock Café. “These Yellow Cab drivers are tremendously important to The Star of Hope Mission, to our clients, and to the community at-large,” said Mike Spears, Marketing Director of Yellow Cab. “Our volunteer drivers really make a difference and they have the opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction of providing a valuable service in their own community on Thanksgiving Day.” 

Marilyn Fountain, Star of Hope’s Community Relations Manager likes the idea. “This is such an exciting opportunity to bring the heart of Thanksgiving to our clients. And now it seems to be becoming a tradition – our Fourth Annual Yellow Roads of Texas” she said.

 

Hard Rock Cafe Hosts 250 Homeless For Thanksgiving Meal
11/23/2010

On Thanksgiving Day, Houston’s Hard Rock Café will continue a tradition that has spanned 20 years. Although the famous theme restaurant will be closed to the public, the staff, management, friends and families donate their time to cook and serve turkey and all the fixings to homeless Houstonians.

About 250 residents of Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center and the downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter will be treated to the meal along with a visit from Santa – complete with gifts. Around half of the 250 attending will be children.

Hard Rock Café General Manager Alfred Cardenas loves this time of the year:
“Our motto is Love All, Serve All – I can’t think of a better way to express that philosophy than by helping homeless families during the holidays.”

Share Your Warmth Clothing Drive
11/8/2010

Sun & Ski Sports’ “Share Your Warmth” Clothing Drive Finds Two Champion Partners, Houston Dynamo Defender, Mike Chabala & Champion Energy To Benefit Star of Hope Nov. 8-23:

 This November, take time to “Share Your Warmth” with those in need by donating gently used winter apparel to Star of Hope at the Sun & Ski Sports winter clothing drive November 8-23. “Share Your Warmth” collection boxes will be set up to collect new or gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves at all five Houston-area Sun & Ski Sports locations.

“We encourage individuals, families, schools and community organizations to get involved to help Star of Hope, which is filled to maximum capacity of homeless people,” said Barry Goldware, President and CEO of the Houston-based adventure sports retailer. “The population will increase further when winter sets in and these folks will need our help,” he explained.

This year, Houston Dynamo’s own, Mike Chabala joined the movement to help get the Star of Hope geared for the cold weather. “I'm involved in this campaign because Houston is my city & I'll do anything to help make it better,” said Chabala. “I'm only one person trying to make a difference but I'm confident that raising awareness with Sun & Ski Sports will encourage Houstonians to join hands with me to make a difference!”

Champion Energy has also joined in to share their warmth and will make a $50 donation to the Star of Hope for each new enrollment under promo code HOPE.
Over the past 20 years, Sun & Ski Sports has collected more than 40 tons of clothing to provide warmth to Houston’s homeless, according to Marilyn Fountain, Star of Hope Community Relations. “Our shelters are filled to capacity; however, we are sleeping an additional 100 people on floor mats at our Women and Family Emergency Shelter because we have no more beds to offer, but we try to accommodate everyone and give them the safety and protection of being indoors”.

“Share Your Warmth” collection bins are located at Sun & Ski Sports stores throughout the Houston area: 6100 Westheimer, Memorial City Mall, Katy Mills Mall, 5503 FM 1960 West and 1355 Bay Area Boulevard.

Sun & Ski Sports, the “guide to the great outside,” outfits enthusiasts who ski, run, hike and bike around the world. For further information on “Share Your Warmth,” call 281-340-5000, ext. 167 or visit www.sunandski.com.

 

Katz’s Deli Serves Up “Hope" on National Sandwich Day
10/28/2010

Mention Star Of Hope - Get A Free Sandwich Upgrade and an Automatic Donation to Houston’s Homeless Mission: Barry Katz, owner of the popular Katz’s Deli, is celebrating a day close to his heart by reaching out to Houston’s Homeless. On National Sandwich Day, November 3rd, the well known restaurant will offer free sandwich upgrades to anyone who mentions Star of Hope. You can go from a Klassic sized sandwich to a Skyscraper size for FREE plus 10% of the table’s proceeds will be donated to the Mission.

“Since the Westheimer Katz’s by Montrose never closes – we’ll offer this for 24 hours straight. It’s a money saving – money donating deal and a very worthy cause,” Barry said. The special promotion includes participating menu items and will also be valid at Katz’s Express in the Woodlands.

 

Houston Marriott's Family of Hotels 2010 Blanket, Coat and Linen Drive
10/6/2010

Participating hotels will collect and clean blankets, coats and linens in time for cold weather distribution.

Star of Hope Community Relations Director Marilyn Fountain has announced that six of Houston’s Marriott Hotels will take part in a city-wide pre-holiday blanket/coat/linen drive expected to provide warmth for hundreds of homeless in the Bayou City when the weather turns cold. “In addition to the hotels donating their own blankets/linens, they have offered to be collection points for the general public to donate new or gently worn blankets,” said Fountain.

J.W. Marriott Hotel General Manager Sheila Foley is proud of their involvement. “Marriott International has an ongoing SPIRIT to SERVE commitment to every community we’re in. Here in Houston, the Star of Hope has been a trusted partner in serving individuals in our area that need help to get back on their feet. We believe in the Star of Hope Mission and are honored to work with them in their endeavors.” she said. 

The blanket drive will run the month of October. Marriott hotels collecting blankets/coats/linens during business hours are:  J.W. Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer Road, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands, Houston Airport Marriott @ George Bush Intercontinental, 18700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Houston Marriott Medical Center, 6580 Fannin Street, Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria, 1750 West Loop South and Renaissance Houston Hotel, 6 Greenway Plaza East Houston.

Marriott representatives and staff will clean and deliver all of the collected blankets to Star of Hope on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM.

 

Summer of Hope: How you can help Houston's new needy
8/4/2010

New video from KHOU/11 News:

Get the story at KHOU.com

 

Talk650 with Star of Hope CEO Hank Rush: Summers in Houston are Tough
8/2/2010

If you missed it on the radio, here's the video from Talk650. Star of Hope's Hank Rush and Scott Arthur speak about the crisis of homelessness in our city and how you can help.

 

Star of Hope Shelter Overflows Capacity
7/31/2010

Laurie Johnson on KUHF News. Listen now:

Get the story on 88.7 KUHF - NPR

 

Economy and Heat Create A Surge Of Homeless Seeking Help
7/30/2010

Leticia Juarez - KIAH-Tv Houston
39online.com

See the video on KIAH-Tv Houston 

 

Overbooked: Homeless in a World of Hurt
7/29/2010

Reported by Kristine Galvan on Fox 26 News Houston:

watch the video on myfoxhouston.com

myfoxhouston.com

 

Donations needed as Star of Hope housing more homeless than ever before
7/29/2010

Story by Allison Triarsi - 11 News/khou.com:

read the story on KHOU.com 

 

Record Number of Homeless at Star of Hope Shelter
7/28/2010

Economy and Heat to Blame – Donations Have Dropped

Star of Hope President and CEO, Hank Rush, has announced that the homeless mission’s downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter at 419 Dowling, has reached a record overflow. “During this last week, each night we have averaged about 100 women and children waiting for beds. This is unprecedented,” he said. The shelter has been at its 256 person capacity, with a waiting list, for two years. “We always experience extra people in the summer – but this year because of the extreme heat and the economy – we’re seeing more children, more families and lots of new faces.” said Rush. The homeless women and children on the waiting list spend the night on a pallet inside the shelter, out of the heat and asleep in the atrium area. The Men’s Center has been at or near its 300 person capacity every night this year.

The record numbers and weak economy have created a major challenge for the homeless mission. “More people means more food, more utilities and extra staff. Our donations have dropped considerably. Currently, we’re experiencing about a $700,000 short fall. Soon we won’t be able to deal with the overflow and we’ll have to cut programs and turn people away …we hope we don’t get to that point,” Rush said. The Star of Hope chief is optimistic. “It’s been my experience that Houston is one of the most generous cities in the country. But it’s a historic fact – when the temperature goes up, the donations go down. We need the city to open its 'summer heart' and help us help their neighbors in crisis,” said Rush.

Houstonians are encouraged to donate cash, canned, non-perishable food, gently used clothing and even volunteer hours. Specific immediate needs include towels, blankets, diapers, water and toiletries. Star of Hope’s Summer of Hope campaign boast a new “giving” feature- texting. It’s now possible to donate $10 to Star of Hope by safely texting “SOH” to 20222. For more information on “ways to give”, visit www.sohmission.org.

 

200 “Energized” Homeless Children Celebrate End Of School With A Giant Friday Afternoon Fiesta
6/7/2010

Key Energy Services Treats Kids To A "Fiesta de Esperanza"

Summer of HopeAs part of the Mission’s Summer of Hope Campaign, school aged children from Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center and Women and Family Emergency Shelter will spend their first “no-school” day jumping on a giant moonwalk, eating fajitas and enjoying a carnival featuring a petting zoo, cotton candy and popsicles. “They’ve been through a lot and it’s our pleasure to make it possible for them to just be regular kids celebrating the beginning of summer,” said Key’s Lesa Carter. More than 50 volunteers from the Houston based onshore energy production company, Key Energy Services, will be onsite to coordinate the food and fun.

For the soon to be tired out moms, the Baybrook Macy’s is sending 10 volunteers to treat the ladies to makeovers.

Children entering the Star of Hope Shelters during the school year are immediately registered and start attending area HISD schools including Rusk Elementary, Gregory Lincoln Middle School and Wheatlley High School. In July, donors have made it possible for the children to attend a week of Summer Camp.

 

Homeless Kids Make Picture Perfect Mother's Day Gifts
5/4/2010

Mary Chapman Cantu, Star of Hope Vice President of Development, has announced that about 40 homeless children will make Mother’s Day cards and create gifts for their Moms this Wednesday afternoon at the Mission’s Transitional Living Center.

The event is hosted by the Trees of Hope Guild, part of a non-profit organization founded in 1990, that raises funds for Star of Hope. Guild members and event chair Shannon Corbett will join other volunteers in working with the 4 – 12 year olds as they use construction paper and glitter to create cards and show Mom they care. Also, the children will have their pictures taken and inserted into a frame they made just for Mom.

After about 45 minutes of design time, the mothers will be invited to join their children as they enjoy homemade Hope Floats and watch a brief music and dance number presented by the Second Baptist group JUMP. Immediately following the performance the kids will present their gifts and cards to Mom.

 

Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed Serving Meals Tonight at TLC
4/16/2010

Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. (www.huntfishfeed.org) initiative is coming to Houston’s Star of Hope Mission to help feed local residents in need on Friday, April 16 at 4:30pm.  The Hunt.Fish.Feed.SM initiative is a unique outreach program that taps an underutilized food source—game meat and fish donated by sportsmen—to feed those struggling with hunger across America.  Sportsman is partnering locally with Comcast and Safari Club International Foundation on this Hunt.Fish.Feed.SM tour stop.  Numerous local and state elected officials will be attending to help with the volunteer efforts.

“Comcast is proud to join Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed initiative to raise awareness of hunger in our area and help meet the needs of those affected by it,” said Tony Speller, senior vice president of Comcast Houston. “Across the nation, Comcast affiliates have participated in many Hunt.Fish.Feed. events helping thousands, and we look forward to bringing this unique event to Houston to help hundreds of our citizens in need.”

“We're honored to once again be the recipient of a wonderful community effort,” said Mary Chapman Cantu, Vice President of Development for Star of Hope. “In addition to being fun and educational, this unique event helps us as we feed homeless Houstonians every day."

 

Houston Shelter Struggles To Serve City's Homeless: NPR
3/31/2010

NPRMichel Martin of NPR speaks with Hank Rush, President and CEO of Star of Hope Mission, about the issue of homelessness. Listen to and read the story on NPR.

 

AkzoNobel Houston Reaches Out To Community
3/30/2010

EMPLOYEES TURN CORPORATE AWARD INTO HELP FOR THE HOMELESS: AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry Houston has announced plans to “give back” to the city they serve. Board Member Rob Frohn recently awarded the local group a $14,000 prize from their company–wide Community Program Best Practices competition. They will use the grant to fund an “extreme make-over” at the Bayou City’s Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter.

In her spare time and for the last four years, Catherine Chau, the manager of the project for AkzoNobel Houston, has been volunteering with Star of Hope. “The Shelter, which houses 275 homeless women and children, has a large multi-purpose meeting room that is now being used to sleep 50 – 80 overflow guests each night,” she said. “We plan to make this area far more comfortable for these overnight guests and add more functionality to the room. Our employees will paint the area a warm, inviting color and furnish it with lots of tables and chairs. An overhead projector, sound system, DVD player and retractable screen will be installed to help with meetings and classes for these residents.”

Ed Black, Director of Star of Hope’s Women and Family Emergency Shelter, knows AkzoNobel well. ” We continue to be grateful for this wonderful organization. Throughout the years their efforts have helped us provide much needed services to thousands of Houston’s homeless women and children.” he said.

 

5 Tons of Food Delivered to Star of Hope
3/23/2010

 

 

Houston Marriott's Family of Hotels and Glazier Foods Collect Food For City's Homeless
3/23/2010

Star of Hope Vice–President of Development, Mary Chapman Cantu, has announced that Marriott International and Glazier Foods have successfully concluded this year’s Food Drive.

Kyle Ariza, General Manager of the Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International is proud of Marriott’s and Glazier Food’s involvement In this humble effort to help the Houston Star of Hope Mission. “Marriott International has an ongoing SPIRIT TO SERVE and is committed to help make our community a better place to live and work. Here in Houston, the Star of Hope has been a trusted partner in serving almost 1,000 homeless men, women and children every day. We hope that our effort helps the Mission address hunger and housing needs by providing more than 2,000 meals daily,” she said.

The hotels that are taking part in this great charitable event along with Glazier Foods are: JW Marriott at the Galleria, Renaissance Houston Hotel Greenway Plaza, the Marriott Woodlands Waterway, Marriott Medical Center, Marriott Houston Airport, Houston Marriott Westloop, and the Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International.

 

TobyMac Street N' Greet Events
2/11/2010

TobyMac signs autographs and meets fans in HoustonGrammy and Dove Award winning recording artist TobyMac visited Houston on Wednesday, Feb 10 to promote his latest CD “Tonight”. Hosted by KSBJ Radio, Lifeway Christian Book Stores and Star of Hope, he visited three area book stores and signed autographs. The events raised awareness for Star of Hope and Houston’s homeless men, women and children.

 

 

Rocka My Soul - Benefit Concert for Star of Hope Mission
1/26/2010

Saturday - January 30, 2010 - 7:00 PM

Sugar Land Dance School presents the 5th annual benefit for the Star of Hope Homeless Mission. TV 11’s Deborah Duncan hosts the evening and even sings.

National recording artists NASH3 join with the First Methodist Houston’s contemporary music group First Praise, Sugar Land’s Ballet Grace and KHOU’s Deborah Duncan to present “Rocka My Soul” an evening of song, dance and hope, produced by Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School.

Nash3, a popular singing-songwriting trio is comprised of Bill and Kim Nash and their youngest son, Jimmy. In late 1994, superstar Reba McIntyre recorded a song that Kim and Bill collaborated on which became a top five hit single entitled, "They Asked About You." That song went to #1 and has currently sold over six million copies. Their latest hit is "In God We Still Trust", which was not only a #1 independent record for Nash3, but was recorded by country super group, Diamond Rio, on Arista Nashville Records. Since the worldwide release of the single and music video, it has become increasingly popular, and is quickly becoming a patriotic standard.

Cookie Joe’s Ballet Grace will dance independently and to music performed by Nash3, First Praise, under the direction of Jemine Leigh, and to Deborah Duncan, who will sing “The Star of Hope”, which she co-authored. 

During the evening, Elisabeth Rush, wife of Star of Hope President Hank Rush, will be honored with the “Spirit of Hope” award noting her tireless, unselfish and continued work with the broken and underprivileged youth of our city.

Tickets are available before the event at Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School, or at the door for a donation of $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for children.

For tickets and more information, check out www.cookiejoedance.com.

Location: 
First Methodist Houston's Westchase Campus
10570 Westpark Dr. @ Sam Houston Tollway

 

He put gloves on Jesus hands
1/14/2010

Susan O’Donnell
KSBJ - Morning Show Co-Host: 1/11/2009

"I took a ride this weekend with the man from Star of Hope that takes a van filled with warm clothes, food and help into the areas of downtown where the hardcore homeless stay. Charles Williams is the man. He does this multiple times a day nearly every day of the year." Read Susan's blog on ksbj.org

 

Star of Hope Has Urgent Need For Sleeping Bags And Soft Bed Mats
1/8/2010

January 7, 2010:  As the hard freeze descends upon Houston, the Star of Hope Emergency Shelters are already reporting capacity crowds. “We try never to turn anyone away” says Mary Chapman Cantu, Vice President of Star of Hope Development. “So after our beds are full, we turn to the alternative – available floor space.”

The Downtown Men’s Center reports that all of its 300 beds are being utilized and expects an additional 50-100 homeless men to spend the night on the chapel or cafeteria floor. Blocks away, the 278 bed Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Center is at capacity and will host an extra 50 – 100 women and children on the large atrium floor inside the warm shelter.

“We’d love to supply each one of our “overflow” guests with a soft bed mat but we simply don’t have enough, said Cantu, “Between the Women and Family Shelter and the Men’s Center, we could use about 100 more.”

Sleeping bags are also in short supply. The Mission’s Love – In – Action Van distributes the coveted bags as often as they are available to the many hundreds of hard core homeless who insist on “toughing out” the cold weather under a bridge or overpass.

Donations of sleeping bags, soft bed mats, blankets, warm coats and gloves are welcomed at the Star of Hope Men’s Center at 1811 Ruiz during business hours.

 

New Face of Houston's Homeless
1/7/2010

SALLY MACDONALD
Updated: Thursday, 07 Jan 2010, 9:42 PM CST, Published : Thursday, 07 Jan 2010, 9:40 PM CST

HOUSTON - "The bitter cold is creating a new challenge for scores of families left homeless by the recession. The two Star of Hope emergency shelters are at capacity."

"More than 700 people have crowded inside for the night. Inside the Women and Family Shelter at 419 Dowling, FOX 26 found a single dad who's proof everyone of us is one paycheck away from being homeless." read the story on My Fox Houston

 

Shelter workers try to coax homeless indoors
1/7/2010

Houston (KTRK) - Thursday, January 07, 2010: "Several local shelters are stepping up their efforts to help the city's estimated 10,000 homeless survive the dangerously cold air." read the story at ABC 13 Eyewitness News

Shelters running out of space as temps drop
1/7/2010

As beds fill up, Star of Hope asks for more sleeping bags, other items
HOUSTON CHRONICLE - Jan. 7, 2010, 9:35PM

"The hard freeze slamming into the Houston area is causing a run on space at Star of Hope emergency shelters and the need for donations of sleeping bags and soft bed mats, officials said." Read the story in the Houston Chronicle

 

Star of Hope Needs Donated Coats and Blankets
1/7/2010

Sherry Williams / 11 News - KHOU

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 9:18 AM: "Officials at the Star of Hope in Houston are prepping for the frigid temps and are asking for donations of coats and blankets."

 

Sun & Ski Donates New Warm Clothing to Star of Hope for Freezing Weekend Weather
1/7/2010

"Houston – Jan. 6, 2010… Homeless shelters like Star of Hope are filled to capacity and sleeping an additional 50 to 90 people on floor mats at their Women and Family Emergency Shelter. They try to accommodate everyone and give them the safety and protection of being indoors.

Sun & Ski Sports is lending a helping hand by donating 369 pieces of new clothing to assist in keeping these people warm during this arctic blast. Pieces of clothing include insulated ski pants, bibs and jackets."  read more

 

Love In Action Van Offers Blankets, Coats and Comfort To Street Homeless
1/7/2010

Star of Hope Mission goes on Cold Weather Alert

Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, has announced that the Mission will switch to “Cold Weather Status” because of the cold front moving into our area. With temperatures expected to drop into the mid to upper 20’s Thursday night, the Downtown Men’s Development Center staff is preparing for a possible overflow.

In addition to 150 full time “program” beds, the Star of Hope’s Men’s Center has 150 “overnight transient” beds. The Center is near capacity now and can offer additional space for about 100 homeless men.

In preparation for the cold weather, the Mission’s LOVE-IN-ACTION VAN will depart the Men’s Center at 12 Noon on Thursday loaded with blankets, coats, coffee and sandwiches. The van will visit areas frequented by homeless men and women. The Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter is at its 280 bed capacity but reports that additional space will be available to those seeking shelter from the cold weather.

 

City Tries to Help Homeless Through Cold
1/6/2010

Reporter: CHRIS STIPES on My Fox Houston
Updated: Wednesday, 06 Jan 2010, 9:50 PM CST Published : Wednesday, 06 Jan 2010, 9:51 PM CST

HOUSTON - "With the coldest temperatures in about two decades on the way, many of Houston’s estimated 10,000 homeless people are quite concerned." www.myfoxhouston.com

 

Helping the Homeless Brace for the Cold
1/6/2010

January 4, 2010: Bill Stamps (KUHF - Houston Public Radio News)

"The temperature is expected to dip down into the twenties tonight and the lows will remain in the twenties and thirties throughout the week. For many of us that just means turning up the heater, but for people on the streets, staying warm isn't that simple. Bill Stamps has the story." Listen to the story on KUHF

 

Homeless Teenagers Get An Early Christmas Present
12/22/2009

Humana grant provides teens with their own activities room:  Just in time for Christmas, and as a result of a generous $100,000 grant from Humana earlier this year, Star of Hope Mission is unveiling a brand new teen room complete with a lounge area, a big screen TV, pool table, computer station, study area and a bookshelf full of games. Located in the Mission’s Transitional Living Center, the “Stars of 2morrow Teen Room” will be open daily. The grant also provided for two vans to shuttle the more than 30 members of the Teen Program to and from numerous other activities.

"Star of Hope's history of uplifting Houston's homeless population is an inspiration.  Humana is honored to assist with Star of Hope's Teen Program, which gives teens education and skills that will lead them to a successful future," said Pattie Dale Tye, president, Humana of Houston.  "More than ever, during tough economic times, it is our responsibility and privilege to help organizations who are doing the good work of helping those less fortunate.  It's inspiring to see what a single, large grant like Houston Benefits can do to transform an organization and the lives it serves.”

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members.

The Humana Houston Benefits grant immediately elevated the level of teen services and activities. In our continuing efforts to break the cycle of homelessness, it’s good to know that there is now a safe place where teens can get together, learn and have fun. This vital funding will significantly advance our program efforts far beyond what would have taken years to fully establish. We are genuinely grateful for this extraordinary opportunity to strengthen Star of Hope’s Teen Program and appreciate this gift more than words can convey.” said Star of Hope President and CEO, Hank Rush.

 

Get your 'Star of Hope for the Holidays' CD
12/4/2009

Give the gift that gives back to Houston families who have no home this Holiday season and enjoy Christmas classics. Songs by Great Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan, Mary Griffin, Marcos Witt, Wayne Watson, Cindy Ratcliff and more!

Help Houston's Homeless men, women and children by ordering your copy today at KHOU

 

Stubb's BAR-B-Q Serves Meals To Homeless In Houston
11/19/2009

Johnny Hanson / Chronicle  Nov 18 2009 10:13PM

"Homeless men at the Star of Hope Men's Development Center lined up for a barbeque lunch provided by Austin-based Stubb's BAR-B-Q, as Stubb's fed more than 600 homeless men, women and children in the Star of Hope facilities as part of the Stubb's Feed the World Tour in Houston." Chron.com

 

Share Your Warmth Coat Drive With Star Of Hope and Sun & Ski
11/11/2009

Share Your Warmth with Houston's homeless and Star of Hope Mission. November 9-24, bring in your gently used or new coats and warm clothing to Sun & Ski Sports. Visit Sun & Ski Sports for Houston Area drop off locations.Video clip from Great Day Houston:

 

Houston Marriott’s Family Of Hotels 2009 Blanket Drive For Star Of Hope
11/4/2009

Participating hotels will collect and clean blankets in time for cold weather distribution

Star of Hope Community Relations Director Marilyn Fountain has announced that six of Houston’s Marriott Hotels will take part in a city-wide holiday blanket drive expected to provide warmth for hundreds of homeless in the Bayou City when the weather turns cold. “In addition to the hotels donating their own blankets, they have offered to be collection points for the general public to donate new or gently worn blankets.” said Fountain.

J.W. Marriott Hotel General Manager Shelila Foley is proud of their involvement. “Marriott International has an ongoing SPIRIT to SERVE commitment to every community we’re in. Here in Houston, the Star of Hope has been a trusted partner in serving individuals in our area that need help to get back on their feet. We believe in the Star of Hope Mission and are honored to work with them in their endeavors.” she said.

The blanket drive will run from November 2 through November 6, 2009. Marriott hotels collecting blankets during business hours are: J.W. Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer Road, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands, Houston Airport Marriott @ George Bush Intercontinental, 18700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Houston Marriott Medical Center, 6580 Fannin Street, Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria, 1750 West Loop South and Renaissance Houston Hotel, 6 Greenway Plaza East Houston.

Marriott representatives and staff will clean and deliver all of the collected blankets to Star of Hope on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM. For more information about the Marriott Family of Hotels 2009 Blanket Drive, contact Star of Hope’s Marilyn Fountain at 832-439-5192 or J.W. Marriott’s Senior Sales Catering Manager, Travis McIntire at 713-599-2107.

Matt Maher Debuts Alive Again in Houston
9/21/2009

Matt MaherChristian recording artist Matt Maher was in town recently to debut his new CD, Alive Again. He met fans and signed CD’s at three LifeWay Book Stores in Houston during a KSBJ Street n Greet tour sponsored in part by Star of Hope Mission.

 

 

 

100 Homeless Children Receive School Supplies & Uniforms At “Back Pack Party”
8/19/2009

The Star of Hope’s Women and Family Emergency Shelter will host their annual “Back to School Back Pack Bash” on the Friday (August 21) before HISD students return to class. Staff members and volunteers will distribute school supplies, uniforms and back packs to about 100 school age children currently living in the shelter. The supplies have been donated from individual and corporate donors as well as Artbridge, HISD and Second Baptist.

“When the children arrive at the shelter with their family, they’re in a crisis situation, often experiencing trauma and uncertainty,” said Star of Hope President and CEO, Hank Rush. “As we all remember, the first day of school can be traumatic in its own right. We try to make their transition as smooth as possible by providing them with everything they need to blend in with their classmates.”

The following Monday, the children will board buses for schools including Rusk Elementary, E.O. Smith Middle School and Wheatley High School. The back pack distribution will be preceded by a blessing and comments from representatives of the participating schools.

 

Weight Loss Adds Donation To Star Of Hope
8/4/2009

Marc Sherman and Michael BerryMedifast, a weight loss sponsor on Houston's Sunny 99.1 and KTRH AM Radio, had a contest between "on air" personalities Marc Sherman (Sunny) and Michael Berry (KTRH) to see who could lose the most weight in the allotted time. The winner would receive $500 to give to their favorite charity.
 
Marc Sherman won - he lost 30 pounds -  and is pictured here with Michael Berry. Marc presented Star of Hope with the $500 check.

 

FOX 26: Heat Spiking Demand
6/25/2009

DUARTE GERALDINO - Updated: Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009, 10:00 PM:

 

To homeless, relief measured in moisture
6/24/2009

By ALLAN TURNER of HOUSTON CHRONICLE - June 23, 2009, 9:40PM:  Sweat beading his shaved pate, Charles Williams swung into his polished white van with jauntiness that belied the seriousness of his mission. Around him, the city shimmered Tuesday with heat. Trees wilted. Birds sang a scorched lament. Homeless men and women roamed the hard-luck streets in search of food, love and work — but most of all a sip of water.   read more

 

HOMELESS KIDS MAKE MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS
5/7/2009

Mary Chapman Cantu, Star of Hope Vice President of Development, has announced that 20-25 homeless children will make Mother’s Day cards and create gifts for their Moms this Friday afternoon at the Mission’s Transitional Living Center.

The event is hosted by the Trees of Hope Guild, part of a non-profit organization founded in 1990, that raises funds for Star of Hope. Guild members and event co-chairs Julie Bayouth and Kristin Gauntt will join other volunteers in working with the 4 – 12 year olds as they use construction paper and glitter to show Mom they care. Also, the kids will use their imagination to fashion colorful, useful gifts.

After about 45 minutes of design time, the mothers will be invited to join their children as they watch a brief music and dance number presented by the Second Baptist group “JUMP”. Immediately following the performance the kids will sing a song to their moms and present the cards and gifts.

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THE SPORTSMAN CHANNEL’S HUNT.FISH.FEED.SM INITIATIVE TO HELP FEED HOUSTON HOMELESS DURING ECONOMIC HARDSHIP
3/20/2009

Hunt.Fish.Feed.SM Initiative Taps New Food Source Provided by Local Hunters

New York, NY – March 18, 2009 – Hunt.Fish.Feed.SM —The Sportsman Channel's unique initiative to help feed the nation's needy during the economic crisis and beyond—is joining forces with the Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against HungerTM and the Star of Hope Mission to feed members of the community on Friday, March 27th from 5 to 7pm.  Download full press release.

 

Sugar Land dance school hosts fourth annual concert benefiting Star of Hope on January 24
1/8/2009
Singer Wayne Watson joins with the First Methodist Houston Westchase Worship Choir and Sugar Land’s Ballet Grace to present “Let It Shine”, an evening of songs, dance and hope. Produced by Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School, the fourth annual concert benefiting The Star of Hope Homeless Mission will be Saturday, January 24th, 2009, 7:00 pm at First Methodist Houston.