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The Cornerstone Community Giving Campaign

Our Cornerstone Community Transformational Campus will be a place where Houston’s homeless single women and families can begin their journey toward lifelong independence. In addition to our Star of Hope Women and Family Development Center programs, residents will have access to an array of services provided by participating collaborative partners as well as long-term family housing options once they graduate and find gainful employment.

To learn more about making a donation to the Cornerstone Community Giving Campaign, please contact Jack O’Brien at jobrien@sohmission.org.

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens
with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.”

Ephesians 2:19-20

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Addressing Contributing Factors in Homelessness

It is well documented that the major contributing factor to homelessness is dysfunction in the social, emotional, financial and spiritual health of an individual or family. A serious breakdown in these areas can instigate a downward spiral that many times does not stop until it hits bottom. It is a devastating and humiliating descent that requires intervention—the kind that delivers a Christian-based, holistic approach to solving problems and transforming lives through proven programs and services, like those that will be offered at Star of Hope’s Cornerstone Community.

Preventing Homelessness

Another prominent feature of the Cornerstone Community℠ plan is its Homeless Prevention Initiatives program. This program offers specific outreach activities providing urgently needed support such as counseling, referrals and food assistance to those in a pre-homeless situation. Bible Studies and chapel services will be offered to all clients regardless of the length of time they reside at Cornerstone Community.

The Answer: Cornerstone Community

Imagine a community on a 48-acre site, rich with services most needed by those in or near homelessness. Picture a Star of Hope Center for emergency care and counseling, and numerous community service providers for medical, dental and job search support. Visualize programs for educational advancement, after school programs for the youth, daycare and early childhood education plus safe, affordable, permanent housing—all within a walkable neighborhood.

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This is a portrait of a bold step by Star of Hope to optimize the care and services for homeless women and families within a community context. The plan calls for a housing capacity for single women and families, to accommodate up to 180 women and 105 families. The affordable housing will sustain 500 to 1,000 individuals and families. Food, clothing and Christian Counseling will continue to be a mainstay for everyone, anchored by a beautiful chapel in the center of the community.

A Call to Action

Houston is at a crossroads; and the path to building a community in which the most vulnerable in our society can be restored to mainstream living requires a community commitment. Ecclesiastes 4:9 reminds us that, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.” When we examine Star of Hope’s record and look at the strides it has already made, working together with donors, volunteers, city services, churches and businesses, we see the good reward manifested in the thousands of restored families and individuals who have passed through its doors.

With Cornerstone Community, Star of Hope is moving forward to seize this great, new opportunity to reach the unreached homeless women and families in our city. It has taken the first steps in mounting the largest campaign of its kind ever in Houston, on behalf of thousands of women and families who have fallen through the cracks–and the thousands yet to fall. With the help of supporters like you, God will ensure that this campus community will touch and transform lives for years to come.

We invite you to join us in this great endeavor called Cornerstone Community.

To learn more about the campaign for Cornerstone Community, please contact Jack O’Brien at (713) 440-5317 or jobrien@sohmission.org.