Star of Hope out to keep Houston's homeless warm as hard freeze approaches

As the arctic cold front moves into the Houston area, the Star of Hope Mission is on "Cold Weather Alert" status
January 5, 2014 3:41:27 PM PST
As the arctic cold front moves into the Houston area, the Star of Hope Mission is on "Cold Weather Alert" status.

Star of Hope normally serves about 1,200 homeless people daily. With the colder weather comes more than the normal amount of homeless men, women and children needing shelter.

In addition, volunteers Sunday afternoon visited parks, overpasses and wooded areas to pass out blankets and coats and to encourage those fighting the elements to seek shelter at the Star of Hope.

The Mission's downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter has 295 beds, and the Men's Center has 320 beds. Both are over capacity with additional homeless already sleeping on the floor, but staff will be ready to offer warmth to any men, women and families in a life-threatening situation. They said they will try to help anyone who shows up, no matter how full they get.

Star of Hope is in need of donations. Coats, blankets, hats, gloves and cash top the list this time of year. For more information on how you can help, visit sohmission.org.

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