November 26, 2012
I have been involved with Star of Hope for the past 11 years. I have worked as a counselor at both the Women's Shelter and the Transitional Living Center and have witnessed first hand the many lives that have changed because of the highly dedicated staff that become personally inovolved in the lives of the people who walk through the doors of Star of of Hope. It is the goal of Star of Hope to treat each client with love and respect - to help them return to functioning in the world physically, mentally, fiscally, and spiritually whole. I have personally watched these miracles occur...to see women who literally were left on the street - beaten and left for dead and after a year of dedicated work at the Transitional Living Center of Star of Hope leave with a new life. As an example, I watched one lady leave those doors with her 10 year old daughter smiling beside her...a job...an apartment...and all because the 1 year total of combined programs at Star of Hope helped her to get her life back. Of course, she did the work. But Star of Hope provided a beautiful furnished apartment, 3 healthy meals a day for her and her daughter, the afterschool and evening and summer program for her daughter, year long individual and group counseling for her and and daughter, a 3 month intensive alcohol/drug program and year long followup, a Bible, Chrisitan education, a case manager to meet with weekly and who was always available, checkins at the front desk, volunteers who came to give extra programs, and much, much more. I will tell you that I have watched these "miracles" occur at Star of Hope often as clients graduate to their new lives. I have also worked as a counselor at the Women and Family Shelter which functions more as the traditional Homeless Shelter. I am also impressed with the manner in which the staff tirelessly and compassionately treat the many people who come asking for food and a place to stay.
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