Star of Hope: ‘We haven’t had this many people in our program in 106 years’

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 5:26 PM

HOUSTON—Hank Rush, Star of Hope’s President and CEO, announced Wednesday that last night the mission’s downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter was again over capacity, with an additional 144 homeless women and families sleeping on the floor of their atrium.

In its 106 year history, and with Star of Hope’s other facilities around town also at capacity, the Mission has never before cared for so many homeless Houstonians on a daily basis.

The Women & Family Shelter serves newly-homeless single women and families, a segment of the homeless population that has been steadily growing for the past five years.

“We’re seeing more children, more families and lots of new faces,” said Rush. “These 144 homeless single women along with moms and dads with their children spent the night on pallets, out of the heat and in the safety of our shelter. We try to never turn anyone away.”

Rising temperatures, homeless kids out of school, and a still recovering economy for the underprivileged in Houston are the primary causes.

In addition, The Star of Hope Men’s Development Center and the Transitional Living Center have been consistently at capacity this year.

Star of Hope provides services to more than 1,150 homeless men, women, and children every day.

“Typically in the summer our donations drop, and with our population rising so significantly, we need additional funding to help us meet the needs of these unexpected guests,” Rush said.

Houstonians can help by visiting sohmission.org for more information on how to donate money or for volunteer opportunities to be a part of helping these in our community who are turning to Star of Hope for help and hope.

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