1907 was a good year for Houston. It was the year that opened the door of help and hope to the city’s population of homeless men, establishing Star of Hope as the first such service in the area. Today, Star of Hope’s Men’s Development Center houses over 300 men nightly and provides emergency and residential programs. At times, due to extreme weather, the center will go into an over-flow mode and accommodate up to 100 additional clients. Chapel services are offered three times a day, as are meals. Showers and a clean change of clothing are also provided.
Like each of the Star of Hope facilities, the goal of the MDC is to help clients achieve success in the areas of substance abuse recovery, literacy, education, life management skills, career development, and ultimately, a responsible, independent life-style. read more
The Men’s Development Center offers a six month Spiritual Recovery Program and a year long Transitional Living Program (TLC). In TLC men are expected to remain gainfully employed and to practice the virtues of thrift and saving. read more
Frederick remembers his first prayer. “I was four. My father had died, and I wanted God to give him back.” God gave him a kind stepfather, but Frederick felt resentful and became increasingly wild. His own words say it best:
“The devil just keeps opening one evil door after another; and I stepped through each one, going from drug to drug right into my adulthood, until I was hooked on crack, kicked out of the military, living in a tent and jailed for theft. read more