Star of Hope Mission

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Founded in 1907, Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Star of Hope Mission
4848 Loop Central Dr.
Suite 500
Houston, TX 77081


Phone: (713) 748-0700

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 741152599

CEO/President: Hank Rush

Chairman: Tom Owens

Board size: 28

Founder: Rev. Dennis R. Pevoto

Ruling year: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


Star of Hope cares for client's emotional and spiritual well-being through counseling, substance abuse recovery and biblical guidance.

Mission statement

Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1025 of 1110133 of 141
Fund acquisition rating897 of 1111125 of 141
Resource allocation rating946 of 1111120 of 141
Asset utilization rating842 of 1110118 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,597,886$5,715,914$6,222,467$6,211,012$8,262,627
Short-term investments$10,033,562$11,548,171$10,132,970$8,605,364$8,992,323
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$19,962,247$21,435,252$20,136,693$17,786,739$18,479,310
Long-term investments$403,291$375,605$344,698$313,390$316,089
Fixed assets$59,041,761$61,068,594$63,210,674$65,688,121$67,725,943
Other long-term assets$2,159,636$25,262$52,556$69,564$82,623
Total long-term assets$61,604,688$61,469,461$63,607,928$66,071,075$68,124,655
Total assets$81,566,935$82,904,713$83,744,621$83,857,814$86,603,965
Payables and accrued expenses$2,995,227$2,133,580$2,197,797$2,357,436$2,338,116
Other current liabilities$0$70,746$88,876$57,615$80,575
Total current liabilities$2,995,227$2,204,326$2,286,673$2,415,051$2,418,691
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,203,000$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$3,639,818$1,567,552$3,520,588$9,187,334$10,110,215
Total liabilities$6,635,045$3,771,878$5,807,261$11,602,385$12,528,906
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$69,697,123$73,564,070$73,291,551$62,402,874$63,240,946
With donor restrictions$5,234,767$5,568,765$4,645,809$9,852,555$10,834,113
Net assets$74,931,890$79,132,835$77,937,360$72,255,429$74,075,059
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$26,969,719$26,734,577$32,809,120$23,775,271$27,271,962
Program service revenue$88,716$49,681$56,442$64,148$63,633
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$635,211$485,818($293,810)$998,617$474,839
Other revenue$244,220$291,039$257,512$242,160$245,986
Total other revenue$968,147$826,538$20,144$1,304,925$784,458
Total revenue$27,937,866$27,561,115$32,829,264$25,080,196$28,056,420
Program services$22,300,132$20,010,770$20,868,894$20,967,259$23,114,462
Management and general$3,383,350$3,215,160$3,143,740$3,127,057$3,014,088
Total expenses$30,860,096$28,143,293$28,361,339$28,255,270$30,443,954
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($2,922,230)($582,178)$4,467,925($3,175,074)($2,387,534)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($2,922,230)($582,178)$4,467,925($3,175,074)($2,387,534)


Henry L Rush JrPresident & CEO$402,527
Randy HoustonVP & CFO$243,359
Jeff KramerVP Donor Relations$234,706
Cathryn TaylorVP of Human Resources$212,906
Vivian WinslowVP of Marketing & Communication$208,548
Isaac KimmelDirector of Facilities$191,187
Michelle AlexanderVP of Programs$166,597
Andrew HolmesVP & Chief Information Officer$128,426

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/9/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Most of us were not alive at the turn of the 20th Century, but it was a time of great beginnings. It was the time when Reverend Dennis R. Pevoto, a Baptist minister, having set sail for New York from Savannah, Georgia, had a dream that altered the course of his life and the lives of hundreds of thousands of people from that point to this very day. He experienced a Divine vision in which he was being called to come to Houston to establish a refuge for Houston's lost community of men-men who had fallen on hard times and never recovered, men who were alcoholic, helpless and hopeless with no place to go. It was to be named Star of Hope Mission.

By 1906 Reverend Pevoto had arrived in Houston and was making headway toward his vision. He met with other Baptist clergy and Evangelist Mordecai Ham. Together, they formed the first shelter for homeless men in the city, and Star of Hope Mission began its life-changing work on July 1, 1907, in a two-story building at 714 Franklin Street, with a former alcoholic named Richard Dowling appointed as the first director. Eventually Star of Hope was relocated to Congress Street and then to LaBranch Street, where it ministered to homeless men for 45 years, from 1955 to 2000.

It was during the period at the LaBranch location that homelessness took a turn. It was no longer reflective of the peculiar poverty of urban men. Suddenly, it began to take on a softer look, all too frequently, innocent and desperate, as women and children became the fastest growing population among the homeless. In fact, nationally, the average age of the homeless person is nine years old.

The latter part of the 20th century saw greater and greater numbers of frightened women and children entering the homeless scene. In response, Star of Hope opened the Women and Family Emergency Shelter in 1986 on North Main Street. The goal was to provide the love of Christ through a nurturing, safe environment that comforted and encouraged the most vulnerable among the homeless. Two years later, the Transitional Living Center opened on Calhoun Street, offering a year-long residential program for homeless women and families, to ensure that they could re-enter mainstream society fully equipped to be self-sufficient.

The Women and Family Emergency Shelter, in its second home at 419 Dowling Street, underwent a million dollar renovation to maximize the safety, comfort and care of its residents. In the spring of 2004, the June Waggoner House of Hope Day Care Center was opened on that site providing the very best in childcare and after school programs for more than 100 homeless youngsters and teens.

The Transitional Living Center, also in its second home at 6801 Ardmore was a custom-built complex. On the property was the Hope Center Administration Building serving the entire Star of Hope ministry. In addition, there were 111 single and family apartments, including service and program centers that target healthcare, childcare, education, employment, substance abuse recovery and life-skills management.

Located at 1811 Ruiz Street, is the home of the Doris and Carloss Morris Men's Development Center, completed for occupancy in June of 2000. It was formerly the Men's Emergency Shelter. In this 70,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, God is at work renewing the hearts and minds of broken men, casting off the old and bringing forth new opportunities for physical, emotional, occupational and spiritual wholeness through programs and services similar to those at the Transitional Living Center.

Today, Star of Hope Mission is in its own stage of great beginnings. The Star of Hope's Cornerstone Community® transformational campus, located on Reed Road at the intersection of Highway 288, now consolidates our clients and staff from our downtown Women and Family Emergency Shelter and the Transitional Living Center near the Texas Medical Center, at the Women and Family Development Center. The new site houses up to 160 homeless, single women and 130 homeless families where they will progress towards independent living through our basic recovery services and our longer-term programs. In addition, mental, physical and spiritual health services are offered with on-site permanent supportive housing and convenient public transportation, all in a walkable campus environment.

Thank you for supporting Star of Hope in its efforts to uplift our suffering neighbors, providing them with help and HOPE and freedom from the grip of despair.

Program accomplishments

In 2022, friends like you helped change lives through God's peace and generosity by providing

332,226 nights of safe shelter
424,113 meals served
3,287 Worship Services and Bible Studies
36,719 diapers for children in need
68,280 Hope Bag hygiene kits distributed
22,280 articles of clothing distributed