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April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I have been involved with Star of Hope since 1988. Over the years, I have been both witness and partner to the growth and development of the organization, and I believe it has no equal. Star of Hope
is committed to serving Houston’s homeless men, women and children in a way that is
compassionate, purposeful, life-changing and godly. Its long-term, transitional programs are cutting edge and designed to help people who have lost all hope to overcome their circumstances and get back into mainstream
living, having secured employment through improved job skills, and independent housing. Star of Hope is nationally recognized for its innovative work and ministry, on behalf of the thousands of homeless
individuals and families in our city who need help. It is a place of hope for all who come through its doors and a path for them to achieve success in life.

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

witnessing what goes on at the shelter during the many tours I have made with friends who could be potential donors, and on the hundreds of occasions that I have taken clothes and supplies for their needs. Also, I have had numerous occasions to witness the quality and effectiveness of the management team and I find them extremely capable and effective.

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

would…find a way to advertise extensively throughout this city to let our community know just how much Star of Hope does to help the homeless and keep them off the streets, which is a huge benefit to all of us. Homelessness is everyone’s problem in any city, and more people should get financially involved.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

In 1988 Star of Hope’s Men’s Shelter was overrun with women and families trying to get in, due to Houston’s great depression. Carloss Morris asked me to raise $10 Mil to build some new facilities to house women and families…and I accepted the challenge and Houston responded very generously to the cause. Shortly thereafter I had my bank donate an apartment building to become the first transitional housing facility.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

The immediate concern should focus on the possibility that tax deductible donations may be restricted with the next tax law and there could be a reason for the wealthy to make donations now. This should be explored.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Long run, the answer is always money, and there should be an emphasis on planned giving whereby more people have Star of Hope mentioned in their wills.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 21, 2011

Before I served on the Star of Hope Board I emceed several of their fundraisers and attended many of their awesome and INSPIRING client graduations! My lord the Star of Hope staff are angels sent to help pull our brothers and sisters out of the pit they somehow ended up in. As Jesus never judged the sinner, The Star of Hope is committed to following his approach thru their incredible programs. The programs help the client acknowledge the sin, address it, learn from it and by the time the program is over SOH clients are filled with God's spirit to the point where they sin no more and can begin their new lives shame-free! I've seen it - what a blessing to the clients AND the community!

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

I serve on the board and I'm aware of the dedication of SOH staff, from the top down.

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes - just continue the path

March 17, 2011

Star of Hope is a fantastic, very well-run organization that has been helping Houston's homeless for over 100 years. Their guiding principle is that the ultimate solution to homelessness is 2-fold: a regenerative relationship with Jesus Christ, in whom clients can find hope for the future and strength to overcome, and education to improve their job skills and employment opportunities. Star of Hope's programs are renowned in the Houston community for their effectiveness and reach. Each year, thousands of men, women and children are enjoying new life and new hope because of the work that Star of Hope does.

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

I've listened to countless testimonies of men, women and children who have found salvation, hope, employment and a new future because of their experience with the Star of Hope and its programs. There are even former clients serving on the Board.

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

None

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Everyone in Houston knows about the Star of Hope and their impact on the community.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Expanding partnerships with other agencies to broaden the program offerings available to Star of Hope clients and, in particular, increasing the number and quality of job placements for its clients during these difficult economic times.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Leveraging the quality day-service, spiritual recovery and educational programs to expand Star of Hope's reach into the homeless/nearly homeless population of Houston beyond the "4 walls" of the current rescue mission facilities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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