February 13, 2013
I began working with Star of Hope in 1998 when, as a faculty member of Baylor College of Medicine, I was asked to develop a counseling center for women and families at the Star of Hope Transitional Living Center (TLC). As a family therapist and community health professional, this was an exciting opportunity to meet a real need in the community. As everyone knows, one of the problems in the delivery of mental health care is that many of those who need it cannot afford it. But Star of Hope made that happen. The TLC was already providing an excellent recovery program, along with a Personal Development and Career Development curriculum. The Baylor Counseling Center added additional resources: individual and family counseling, children’s play therapy, medication management, relapse prevention groups, anger assertiveness/management classes, personal health coaching, and Building Better Families classes. With access to these resources the clients were able to address their problems in a safe and professional environment and we were privileged to help facilitate the healing process. Over the years I have seen hundreds of women recover from addiction to drugs and alcohol, the trauma of partner violence and childhood sexual abuse, and such mental illnesses as depression, PTSD, and various anxiety disorders. Many would tell us that they knew what they needed to overcome their problems, but they simply could not afford it, and when they discovered the Star of Hope TLC, it was like manna from heaven. I no longer work at Baylor or Star of Hope TLC, but I return each year as a volunteer to teach my Power Over Anger course, and I am always buoyed to see the healing that happens thanks to the courage of the clients and Star of Hope’s commitment to provide professional treatment programs in a faith-based setting. -Warren Holleman, PhD
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