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Your Support Gave Him a New Start!

S ometimes people just need a new opportunity to get their lives turned around. Joseph certainly did when he joined our Men at Work program. He was unemployed in a strange new town, without any support network, and facing the possibility of life on the streets.

Joseph had many years of work experience as a paralegal for a legal and financial consulting firm in Victoria before he came to Star of Hope. But when his company decided to relocate to Austin, he lost his job. He worked part-time for his brother for a while,

but his new job wasn’t turning into a lasting or profitable career. So, Joseph took a leap of faith and moved to Houston to find a better opportunity for himself. Thanks to your support, he did. PAGE 8 MARCH 2005 NEWSLETTER STAR OF HOPE

He says, “I mainly came to Star of Hope for a place to lay my head. I needed help with three things: to draw closer to God, to develop job tools to get a job, and to draw closer to folks and bond with them. And Star of Hope has been of great assistance.”

The many tools that job seekers need are right at our Men at Work program participants’ fingertips. As Joseph recalls, “They provided me with access to a computer, phone, copy machine, and voicemail. It’s a tough job market out there, and I could’ve gotten discouraged, but when I would come back to Star of Hope after the day, they encouraged me to stay positive.”

In addition to building strong job skills, Joseph received the day-to-day care that he needed to keep going. “Star of Hope provides a secure environment for you,” he says. “If I hadn’t come here, I would be in jail or on the streets. We have solid meals, and I even had an address to receive mail from my family.”

Joseph successfully graduated from our Men at Work program last year and has been working on a regular basis ever since. With your help, men in difficult situations like Joseph’s don’t become so desperate that they give in to the temptations of addiction or crime. Instead, they find caring support and practical help to become self-sufficient again. Thank you!

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CHAIRMAN JACK TOMPKINS

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS CARLOSS MORRIS

VICE CHAIRMEN JAN HOLLAND MARTHA V. MCGUIRE HONORABLE RANDALL W. WILSON JOE INCE

SECRETARY MARY DAFFIN

TREASURER KIM D. WHELESS

TRUSTEES BRIAN BINASH PATRICIA BROCK, M.D. E. THOMAS CHANEY JORGE M. DIAZ BILLY E. HALE TERESA B. HARRIS STAN HOLT JIM R. HUNT TERRY LOOPER MARK A. MCCOLLUM DENNIS A. MCGUIRE CHARLES MILES CALLIE HUDSON PATERSON KYLE VANN

HONORARY TRUSTEES ALEX ADAMS PETER J. ALLEN EDITH BANNERMAN GREG B. BELIN DR. LEE BROWN BOB DAVIS TOM C. DAVIS DANIEL DOMINGUEZ WILLIAM EMMONS DUANE V. GEIS RAYMOND E. HANKAMER, SR. REV. MANSON B. JOHNSON DAVID C. KAY, M.D. ALLAN KING LOIS MCCALL JAMES H. MARRS QUENTIN MEASE JACK H. MODESETT, JR. MALCOLM MORRIS RANDOLPH P. MUNDT FRED C. SELLERS, JR. JIM R. SMITH DAVID WEEKLEY JAMES O. (BO) WINSTON, IV JERALD W. WITTEN

PRESIDENT & CEO RANDALL L. TABOR

This newsletter is published by Star of Hope, 6897 Ardmore Houston, Texas 77054 713-748-0700 | www.sohmission.org Editor: Demetra LaRose

Special thanks to: Joe Geiman, and Jay Stevens Photography.

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