Star of Hope Mission

Rating: 4.65 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 4052 6897 Ardmore Houston TX 77054 USA

Mission: Star of Hope 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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

The REAL name of the 'Star of Hop'e should be the 'Star of Hopelessness'.
There's what could be only described as open discrimination not only from the clients assigned as workers who play outright favoritism with certain friends by giving preferential treatment to them such as letting them cut in line to eat but even in assigning bed tickets. The handicapped are openly discriminated against, as having to stand outside in all types of inclement weather while using cane, walkers, wheelchairs etc. Many of the handicapped have health conditions making this unsafe. Depending on the 'worker' assigned to let 'Rescue client' re-enter the building for a bed ticket the handicapped are often left to sleep on the floor on a approx. two-inch mattress. please remember these people use walkers, canes, etc. so getting up or down on a regular bed is hard enough much less onto a floor.
The people who can afford to pay (yes this is supposedly a non-profit) $150.00 a month to stay at the Star of Hope Men's Development Center (MDC) are treated MUCH better than the Rescue Client. In ways such as better mattresses, being able to eat earlier, take a shower whenever needed. a actual locker to secure their personal belongings, etc. Whereas the Rescue Client is forced to store their personal items in a common area where very ofter items, if not entire pieces of baggage are stolen.
The paid staff treat the Rescues like dirt to say the least as well in how they treat and communicate with them. This is NOT a religious orginization to say the least but a way to make money as a non-profit disguised as a homeless shelter. Never will I volunteer at The Star of Hope MDC. Donate items or cash to them once I'm able. And tell all others as well the real story of the Star of Hope MDC
To make the Star of Hope even worse. ONLY the spiritual Recovery Program members (SRP's) an Veteran's in Progress" (VIP's) are allowed access to job search, clean, useable clothes for job interviews, bus passes for job searches, medical appointments etc wheres the Rescue Client is forced to walk in all weather conditions etc., and not have a sack lunch provided by the Star of Hope as SRP's and VIP's are. Need I say more.?>

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire every one both paid and unpaid.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A little

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Hello!! , my name is "Roberto Coballes" and I was a former "client" , but? I am now a "student" at the "STAR OF HOPE MISSIONS"- "SCHOOL OF MINISTRY".."Praise!! "GOD"!!" I will try to give it to you "short" and "straight"!!

Since the age of "13" all I ever did was "use" and "sell" drugs!!- ( DEATH ) to the "world" , I was some would say : "A perfect soldier for the devil".. And I come to find out after "27-years" of living in that "world" that they were telling the "truth"!! In "those-years" and in my "understanding" of what I "thought" was "life" , all I was "really" doing was creating "DEATH" and "DESTRUCTION" in the lives of all of "GOD's" creations- ( PEOPLE ).. I was not "concerned" with the lives of "others" and I was also "blinded" with so much "selfish-abitions".. Eventually I got "lost" in that "world" , and found myself losing it "all' slowly!! but surely!! My friends , family , the mother of my kids- ( to a "CRACK-COCAIN" addiction ) and then my "kids"???

It took "GOD" to "extract" me from that "world" and then "graft" me into "HIS" kingdom!! It was "GOD" that lead me to the "STAR OF HOPE MISSIONS" in a way that would take me a while to "explain"??? But I thank "HIM" for pulling me out of that "world" of "DARKNESS" and drawing me into "HIS" marveless "LIGHT"- ( "CHRIST" ). I thank "HIM" for allowing me to "experience" what "TRUE-LOVE" for "one-another" means?? , and for allowing me to "see" it for myself in "all" that takes place at the "STAR OF HOPE" , in all the "STAFF-MEMBERS" who "practice what they preach" and they teach the "WORD" of "GOD" .. "CHRIST" is at the center- ( HEART ) of all the is taught , shown , counseled , guided , and directed!! "Biblical-Counseling" , " 12-Steps , and many other classes are "vital" to the "RENEWING OF OUR MINDS" - ( our ways of "thinking" ) . And having the "RIGHT-STAFF" to teach us these courses was already "provided" by "GOD". Thank "YOU" - ("GOD" ) for all that you have "allowed" and for all that "YOU" will "DO" in "all" of our "futures" in "CHRIST-JESUS" our "LORD" and "SAVIOR"...."AMEN".....

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A "Biblical-Pattern" of "TRUE-LIFE"- ( A life worth living for in "CHRIST-JESUS" ). The "WORD" of "GOD" being taught and shared , lived and "exemplified" by "all" the "STAFF-Members" and being "practiced" amongst "one-another"- ( brethren ). The "unconditional-love" that is shared in "volunteering" , "Donating" , "caring" , "nurishing"- ( food ) , and Medical- ( health-care ). It is a "blessing" just to be able to "see" the "ALMIGHTY"- ( "GOD" ) at work utilizing the "BODY OF CHRIST"- ( MINISTRIES ) .

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Talk to the "Board" to recommend "expanding" to include "Ministry Schooling" , and to also think about a "Bilingual-Department"-( Which would include a "Biblical-Counselor" and "STAFF-Member"??? ) for "those" who "cannot" receive the "same help" as "those" who can speak "english"??? There are a "lot" of "souls" out there in the world , may "GOD" help us "all" to do what we "can" with "HIS" help of course!! And by "HIS" guidence and direction,, and "HIS" "WORD"..

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