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  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Greater Purpose – Mary Beth’s StoryStar of Hope Mission works towards getting homeless men, women and children on the right path in life and closer to God. With your support, we make a difference in their lives. The road to success is not an easy one, but our residents learn to give their burdens to Christ, and they trust that […]Read More »By Hank Rush October 12, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Greater Purpose – Christopher’s StoryAt Star of Hope Mission, people come to our doors everyday with broken spirits. They deal with life struggles and failures, which weigh heavy on their hearts. God brings them here to improve their lives. A resident by the name of Christopher needed help, and God knew just what to do. This is his story: […]Read More »By Hank Rush September 30, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Greater Purpose – NaToya’s StoryThere is no challenge that is too great for God. The fear of failing may be our weakness, but thankfully we have God’s strength to get us through tough times. A resident by the name of NaToya, was worried that her journey to success would be too difficult to achieve. But, her will to persevere […]Read More »By Hank Rush September 16, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    An opportunity to succeed!Children at Star of Hope Mission are back at school! These first days of school represent new beginnings, and it is an exciting time for them. When homeless children enter the new school year, they have little to no school supplies and uniforms. Not only is it hard on them, but our parents struggle to […]Read More »By Hank Rush September 1, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Greater Purpose – Ernest’s StoryGod is always present … even at the lowest points of our lives. Many people enter our doors lacking a relationship with God and battle with the desires of their flesh. They believe they are alone in their struggles and stray away from the teachings of His word. A man named Ernest fought with addiction […]Read More »By Hank Rush August 18, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Summer of hope!Last week, the children at Star of Hope Mission had an awesome time in the sun with summer camp festivities! This is an opportunity for our children to experience new things and most importantly grow in their relationship with Christ. It was a fantastic way to end their summer before heading back to school. With […]Read More »By Hank Rush August 3, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Greater Purpose – Leboria’s StoryAt Star of Hope Mission, we strive to meet the needs of people who are hurting, homeless and in search of hope. We help them build a strong relationship with God while providing them with new opportunities and resources for growth. Our residents work toward living a self-sufficient life but need assistance along the way. […]Read More »By Hank Rush July 28, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Greater Purpose – Jerry’s StoryWe all experience tough times in our lives … when it seems like the storm will never end. But, when we trust in Christ, He brings us hope, and His word gives us strength. Some people who enter the doors of Star of Hope Mission have lost all hope and are in need of a […]Read More »By Hank Rush July 15, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Star of Hope celebrates 114 years of serviceToday marks 114 years since Star of Hope Mission began its life-changing work in 1907! Early in the 20th century, the homeless population was growing in Houston, and there was a dire need for a Christ-centered rescue mission. God had something great in store and used a Baptist minister by the name of Reverend Dennis […]Read More »By Hank Rush June 29, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Greater Purpose – Joshua’s StoryEach day God gives us an opportunity to make the right decision. Through life’s ups and downs we are called to stand on His word to renew our strength, but sometimes people find it difficult to be after God’s own heart, when their own heart needs restoration. A resident by the name of Joshua gave […]Read More »By Hank Rush April 15, 2021
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Greater Purpose – Heather’s StoryThanksgiving is next week! Although this year’s holiday season will be celebrated differently, there are still many reasons to be thankful. What is it that you are thankful for? One thing I am thankful for is that God has sustained the Star of Hope and its residents during these uncertain times. Many come to our […]Read More »By Hank Rush November 19, 2020
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    This Christmas …Christmas time is such a wonderful time of the year. Each year, we enjoy wonderful Christmas music, homes are decorated with Christmas lights abound, and we ponder the great message of the Gospel; God’s amazing gift of His son, Jesus … to US. The Gospel is a wonderful reminder of God’s grace and mercy over […]Read More »By Hank Rush December 6, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Homemade Hope – A Thanksgiving Meal!The season of Thanksgiving and joy is here! Each year November brings the holiday season, with our celebration of Thanksgiving this month and then the celebration of Jesus’ birth in December at Christmas. I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year! The holidays are full of time with family […]Read More »By Hank Rush November 20, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Star of Hope visits Great Day Houston!When most people think of the homeless, they think of a man on the street holding a sign. The harsh reality is that the homeless are not only men but women and children too. These are the people we serve at Star of Hope Mission. Although, the face of homelessness has changed our goal to […]Read More »By Hank Rush October 24, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Man Made Fruitful!Many of our residents come to Star of Hope with a desire to change their lives. Many struggle with this desire, but my prayers are to help them reach their goals to grow in Christ and to succeed in life. Success stories are continuous reminders of why I love being here at Star of Hope. […]Read More »By Hank Rush October 18, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    I wanted to be a better Dad for my son …A few months ago, Donnie walked into Star of Hope Mission with his 3-year-old son. Donnie is one of a small, but growing number of single, homeless fathers who want their children to have a better life than they did. Star of Hope’s Women & Family Development Center at its Cornerstone Community® transformational campus is […]Read More »By Hank Rush September 11, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Great Things to Come!Back-to-School season is underway! There’s always a sense of excitement and anticipation for what the new school year will bring … both for the students and their parents. These first days of school represent a new beginning and a promise of great things to come. Our children and teens at Star of Hope Mission were […]Read More »By Hank Rush September 6, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Star of Hope saw me through the storm.This Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, an event that changed the lives of so many in our area. It also marks the one-year anniversary of Star of Hope Mission’s new Women and Family Development Center at its Cornerstone Community® transformational campus. Having opened it just two days before the storm, we’d […]Read More »By Hank Rush August 23, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Summer of Hope!This month was filled with many blessings for the children staying at Star of Hope. Our children’s staff were diligent in their efforts to create fun-filled and educational activities for them. The highlight: attending Summer Camp! Thanks to the support of a generous sponsor, 67 children, aged 6 to 12, went to camp! Each child […]Read More »By Hank Rush August 9, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    There is Hope for All!This month marks the one-year anniversary since Star of Hope moved all its women and family services to the Women and Family Development Center located at Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community® transformational campus. It also marks the one-year anniversary since Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston. Both these events occurred within days of each other. Today, […]Read More »By Hank Rush August 3, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    New Homes and New Heights!Recently, we celebrated 47 families moving from Star of Hope Mission‘s Women and Family Development Center at Cornerstone Community® transformational campus into our recently developed and implemented New Heights program. This new program provides permanent supportive housing in cooperation with our agency partner, New Hope Housing at Reed. The New Heights program is focused on families […]Read More »By Hank Rush August 2, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A New Chapter in LifeEvery year Star of Hope Mission holds a commencement ceremony for the teens who have graduated from high school and are preparing for the new chapter in their lives. This year, we had the pleasure of celebrating 16 teens who accomplished this great milestone, 14 with aspirations for college, one teen to receive a professional […]Read More »By Hank Rush June 21, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Let Summer Begin!What child doesn’t love the start of summer? The school year is behind them, and they are looking forward to time spent with friends and family hanging out at the pool, going to camp, barbecuing and a host of other activities and events. But what may seem like simple summer treasures for some, are out […]Read More »By Hank Rush June 7, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    I Have Something to Live ForI’m truly inspired by how God touches lives. The story shared by one Star of Hope resident continues to dwell in my heart because it is a strong testament to how God can take a life … broken from a series of tragic events… and transform it through the power of His love. Ten years […]Read More »By Hank Rush May 23, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Honoring our Mothers!As we celebrate our mothers this Mother’s Day, I am especially appreciative of the Mother’s Day Luncheon held this week at our Women and Family Development Center. It was a fun afternoon hosted by the Trees of Hope organization, which has been supporting Star of Hope for 28 years. More than 50 of our mothers […]Read More »By Hank Rush May 10, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Outside of the Box!Ever since Star of Hope’s Extended Services program was launched in 2012, the team has been thinking and working “outside the box” to create innovative and powerful ways to minister to those in need. The scope of their services extends from outreach to the near homeless and those already living on the streets to permanent […]Read More »By Hank Rush April 26, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Striving for a Better Life!Last month at Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community®, we were blessed to celebrate 14 women who were recognized for completing educational programs at our new Women and Family Development Center. When Star of Hope transitioned to the new campus last fall, we began holding our residents’ commencement ceremonies in Star of Hope’s new Hope Chapel. […]Read More »By Hank Rush April 12, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    The Good News of Jesus Christ!At Star of Hope, we see broken and desperate lives every day. The world is telling them they are not good enough, and that they do not measure up to the standards of our society. Many are at rock bottom with literally no one else to turn to for help. But when they come to […]Read More »By Hank Rush March 29, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    That Day Changed My Life – Cedrick KingEvery day, men who come to the Men’s Development Center are tired of living in misery apart from God. Through worship services, Bible studies and prayer, they turn their lives around. Their physical needs are met, and the chains of addiction and life-long destructive habits break as they yield to the love and care of […]Read More »By Hank Rush March 8, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    A Little Bag of HOPE!Living on the streets can rob a person of many things. Generally, the first to go is personal hygiene and soon after that, the alienation sets in. The lack of personal hygiene can cause others to shun and shy away when what is needed most is a personal connection, a smile, a simple “hello.” Kenneth […]Read More »By Hank Rush February 22, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Thank You!What a great evening at the “Spark New Beginnings” Star of Hope Annual Banquet Tuesday night! Thank you so much to all our friends who could be with us as we celebrated the work God is doing through our ministries including our Extended Services Team and programs for men, women and families. If you were […]Read More »By Hank Rush February 7, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    New Year, New Beginnings!Start the New Year out with New Beginnings! In a few weeks, it will be time for the Star of Hope Annual Banquet scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 at the Hilton Americas Hotel, featuring the very talented musical group Newsboys! Star of Hope has so much to be thankful for, in particular our supporters who […]Read More »By Hank Rush January 11, 2018
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Christmastime for the HomelessDecember is moving so fast, it’s hard to believe … Christmas is next week! It seems time speeds up and the days go faster during the last two months of the year. And ready or not, Christmas is here! Christmas music is on the radio, rejoicing in the birth of our Saviour!  Everyone seems happier […]Read More »By Hank Rush December 19, 2017
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Celebrating the Birth of Jesus ChristChristmas is almost here, and it’s great to see everyone’s spirits are joyful! Homes are decorated, and Christmas lights abound! This joyful time of the year is much needed after we all experienced the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey in some way. These past few months have been no exception to what is always the busiest […]Read More »By Hank Rush December 8, 2017
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Start a ConversationHave you ever wondered why you have a heart for the homeless? When you see homeless people on the streets in Houston, with the look of hopelessness in their eyes, you are quickly reminded of why you desire to help those in need. Not everyone has that same desire, but we can encourage them to […]Read More »By Hank Rush October 18, 2017
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    He has overcome the world!Greetings to each of you, this first week of October 2017! Wow…what a wild ride all of us in Houston and South Texas have been on this past month, via Hurricane Harvey! Many of you, our fellow friends have been impacted with flooding, and our prayers are with each and all of you as you […]Read More »By Hank Rush October 4, 2017
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Cornerstone Community℠ OpensOh glorious day! After five years of envisioning, planning, and construction we have opened the doors of the Women and Family Development Center at Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community℠ transformational campus! It has been so rewarding to see our community come together and support this project through their financial giving, volunteerism and prayer. We could […]Read More »By Hank Rush August 24, 2017
  • Star of Hope Mission Ending homelessness ... one life, one family at a time. A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    My First Time Camping!Great things are happening at Star of Hope Mission! The summer will soon be coming to a close and the children in our family centers will be returning from camp before heading back to school in a couple of weeks. Camp for these kids is such a blessing, for many it is their first outdoors […]Read More »By Hank Rush July 20, 2017
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    The Next Chapter!Every year Star of Hope Mission holds a graduation celebration for the teens who have finished high school and are preparing for the next chapter in their lives. This year we had the pleasure of celebrating 12 of our teens who graduated from high school and are following their dreams to continue their professional journey! […]Read More »By Hank Rush June 21, 2017
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Happy Mother’s Day!Mother’s Day is coming up this week … Sunday, May 14! In preparation for that, one of my favorite events for our children here at Star of Hope Mission was held last week at our Transitional Living Center for all of our moms and their children. It was a fun afternoon hosted by Trees of […]Read More »By Hank Rush May 10, 2017
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Destined to Fulfill Their Dreams!At a recent Star of Hope Transitional Living Center Commencement Ceremony, we were blessed to celebrate 16 women who were recognized for completing various Star of Hope educational programs! When women and children in our city find themselves homeless, they need a safe place to stay and help in putting their lives back together. Many […]Read More »By Hank Rush April 26, 2017
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus ChristHere at Star of Hope, we see broken and hopeless people walk through our front doors every day. They are desperate and have been searching for different ways to fill a void only God can. Thousands come to us who are at rock bottom and literally have no one else to turn to for help. […]Read More »By Hank Rush April 11, 2017
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    My Road Back to Life …As we look forward to Easter, join us in celebrating Jesus and His rebuilding of lives at the Star of Hope. This year's Annual Banquet “All Things New”, paid tribute to Star of Hope’s 110th anniversary and previewed what lies ahead for this blessed mission. God has provided for us through the years and continues […]Read More »By Hank Rush March 30, 2017
  • A message from the President & CEO,
    Hank Rush
    Star of Hope’s Past – Has Shaped My Future!As you may know, Star of Hope Mission celebrated its 110th anniversary at our Annual Banquet last month. We had the pleasure of hearing Tyson share his wonderful testimony of how his life was headed in the wrong direction, but God’s love and grace turned his situation around! With His continuous favor and wonderful supporters […]Read More »By Hank Rush March 9, 2017
Featured Posts
June 29, 2021
Today marks 114 years since Star of Hope Mission began its life-changing work in 1907! Early in the 20th century, the homeless population was growing in Houston, and there was a dire need for a Christ-centered rescue mission. God had something great in store and used a Baptist minister by the name of Reverend Dennis […]
June 24, 2021
Making decisions can be hard to do if we do not have God as our foundation. We need His guidance to follow the right path. At Star of Hope Mission, we help our residents grow in their walk with Christ and teach them to lean on His word. A woman by the name of Roshell […]
June 10, 2021
Father’s Day is on Sunday! This is a wonderful time to reflect on our Heavenly Father and give honor to His name. For many fathers and all men who serve as father figures in our lives, God has been a great example of what it looks like to guide and care for others. Being a […]
June 1, 2021
Life comes at us fast, and it is easy to lose control when you don’t have God as your foundation. At Star of Hope, we encounter many who are angry and hurt, and in need of support. We help our residents get back on their feet and give their burdens to God. Our hope is […]
May 7, 2021
Mother’s Day is on Sunday! This is a special time to show appreciation to our moms and all women who serve as mother figures in our lives. In preparation for this day, the mothers at Star of Hope Mission were celebrated by Trees for Hope, which has been supporting Star of Hope families for more […]
April 26, 2021
Everyone has their breaking point. Sometimes it’s needed in order to remove you from bad situations and allow God to take over. At Star of Hope Mission, we strive to bring change to the lives of those in need. A resident by the name of Evelyn had a wake-up call. She ended a bad marriage […]
April 1, 2021
Easter reminds me of the love God has for us. His sacrifice on the cross is a prime example of how much God truly cares and inspires me to share His unconditional love with others. Changing the lives of those we serve at Star of Hope, in need of guidance and a relationship with Him, […]
February 25, 2021
Following the unexpected winter storm, I pray you are doing well. Like so many, last week was also a challenge at Star of Hope. Thanks to our amazing staff, we were able to remain open 24×7 throughout the week, and our residents were grateful to have a safe place to make it through the week. […]
October 14, 2020
God is at work at Star of Hope! Many of our residents come to our doors in need of food and shelter, but they leave with so much more. We provide the homeless with educational, personal development and biblical classes that help them get on their feet, make positive life changes, and most importantly build […]
September 3, 2020
We are gearing up for Back-to-School! Preparing for a new school year has been a different experience, but we are working to keep this school year as normal as possible for children at the Star of Hope. When homeless children enter the new school year with little to no school supplies and uniforms, they have […]
August 21, 2020
Hurting people come to the doors of Star of Hope in need of a hot meal and a safe place to stay. During these unprecedented times, we are working twice as hard to provide food and shelter to the least of these. As I think back on the residents we have been blessed to serve, […]
August 4, 2020
At the Star of Hope, summer camp is an exciting opportunity for the children at our Women and Family Development Center to explore the outdoors and learn about Jesus Christ! Camp for these kids is such a blessing, for many it is their first outdoors experience. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to cancel this […]
July 29, 2020
Every year, Star of Hope’s Youth Ministry holds a graduation celebration for the teens who have finished high school, and are entering a new stage in life. Unfortunately, this year’s celebration had to be canceled due to COVID-19. That did not stop our wonderful Youth Ministry staff from finding a way to show our graduates […]
July 15, 2020
During these unprecedented times, Star of Hope is still actively serving Houston’s homeless men, women, and children. As we all navigate through the many changes our world is facing, thank you for remembering our mission and those we serve … the less fortunate who have no place to go and turn to the Star of […]
July 1, 2020
On July 1st 1907 the Star of Hope Mission was chartered as a Christ-centered rescue mission for the homeless of Houston, and 113 years later, we are still serving those who need it most. Throughout the years we have been a shelter for those seeking a new start and true-life change. Today, with your generous […]
June 24, 2020
We pray you are doing well during the current worldwide events. Here at the Star of Hope, we are continuing to serve the homeless men, women, and children who are calling Star of Hope home during this unprecedented time. As we continue to take all of the necessary precautions to provide a safe environment for […]
June 18, 2020
This Sunday is Father’s Day! As we prepare to celebrate our beloved fathers, or perhaps the man who filled that role in your life, let us also remember the ultimate Father … God the Father of Jesus, and what He has done for us. Many of our residents who come to our doors have no […]
June 3, 2020
Our hearts have been broken by the senseless death of our brother in Christ, George Floyd, and the aftermath of rioting and destruction around our country. In THIS time of unrest let us all be praying for Mr. Floyd’s family and those who feel disenfranchised, discouraged and helpless in the face of injustice and violence. […]