Star of Hope asks for your help for homeless

December 6, 2011 3:10:49 PM PST
Bone-chilling temperatures could hit Houston later this week and that could prove dangerous for the homeless. But volunteers are stepping up to the plate to help those in need stay warm.

Hank Rush, Star of Hope President and CEO, announced as of Tuesday morning that the mission will switch to a Cold Weather Alert because of the cold front moving into our area.

Star of Hope's "Love-in-Action Van" driven by employees is making its way around town Tuesday with blankets and sandwiches for hundreds of Houston's homeless. The mission says there is an urgent need for men's coats and cash donations.

"We have provided for a record number of homeless this year. But donations aren't keeping pace with the growing need," said Rush. "Help us make someone's Christmas brighter."

The mission says it is seeing more families in need as well.

The Star of Hope says its Men's Center is near capacity now, but that it can offer additional sleeping space on the chapel floor for about 100 homeless men. The downtown Star of Hope Women and Family Emergency Shelter is at its 275 bed capacity with an additional 60-70 women and children sleeping on the atrium floor waiting for a room, and the organization says additional space will be available to those seeking shelter from the cold weather.

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