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W h e n M a r i a s g r a n d m o t h e r n e e d e d h e l p p a y i n g b i l l s a n rent, Maria and her three children moved in to help her. But when her grandmother changed her plans, she forced Maria’s family out before they had another place to go. d

Without steady income, Maria and her three children were out of money for food or rent and spent Labor Day weekend in their van. But thanks to your support, the following week they all came to Star of Hope. “It hurt to be put out, because that’s my grandmother,” Maria says, “but God has a plan for all of us.”

Since Maria arrived, she has found encouragement and hope

ThankYou for Encouraging Their Hearts!

like never before. “Before, I was not as spiritual as I am now, but with Star of Hope, we have hope. Walter, the gate attendant, is so encouraging. Every day we go out looking for work, and it’s hard, even with an accounting degree. But he prays for us and tells us to keep our heads up.”

Maria is also very appreciative of the love that her children are receiving at Star of Hope. “I want them to know that God is good, even though there are stopping points in the road. Cassandra has a speech impediment, because we speak Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She is a little confused, but her English is getting much better. She has friends in day care and loves the playground. Though she cried the first da , she ran to

give her teacher a hug the second. The people taking care of her are very kind.”

Maria’s other two children have also felt loved and show their affection by running to give our staff members hugs! “There are no words to express how big of a light this place is in my life. If we weren’t here, we would be living in my van still,” Maria says.

On behalf of Maria, we want to join her in saying, “A million, billion, trillion thank-you’s” for all of your compassion and support. You have truly given one mother and her three precious children new hope for a bright and successful future.

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MARCH 2005 NEWSLETTER

STAR OF HOPE

GIVE YOUR USED CAR A SECOND CHANCE!

Looking for someone to take your used car off of your hands? If you hope to purchase a new car or get rid of an old one that’s in good working condition, you can donate your used car to Star of Hope. Your

gracious, tax-deductible gift will help serve others in need by providing food, shelter, clothing, and care. For more information about donating your used car, please call Star of Hope at 713-226-5400.

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