Star of Hope Mission

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Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community supporting Houston's homeless men, women and children.

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: 27

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 rating968 of 1076129 of 143
Fund acquisition rating717 of 1077104 of 143
Resource allocation rating876 of 1077111 of 143
Asset utilization rating897 of 1076128 of 143

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,222,467$6,211,012$8,262,627$8,992,914$11,820,505
Short-term investments$10,132,970$8,605,364$8,992,323$10,052,669$9,168,917
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$20,136,693$17,786,739$18,479,310$22,603,415$35,692,414
Long-term investments$344,698$313,390$316,089$250,649$386,149
Fixed assets$63,210,674$65,688,121$67,725,943$70,199,518$43,052,639
Other long-term assets$52,556$69,564$82,623$181,507$199,220
Total long-term assets$63,607,928$66,071,075$68,124,655$70,631,674$43,638,008
Total assets$83,744,621$83,857,814$86,603,965$93,235,089$79,330,422
Payables and accrued expenses$2,197,797$2,357,436$2,338,116$4,411,112$4,132,667
Other current liabilities$88,876$57,615$80,575$102,778$82,809
Total current liabilities$2,286,673$2,415,051$2,418,691$4,513,890$4,215,476
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$3,520,588$9,187,334$10,110,215$11,780,541$0
Total liabilities$5,807,261$11,602,385$12,528,906$16,294,431$4,215,476
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$73,291,551$62,402,874$63,240,946$71,542,086$26,679,961
With donor restrictions$4,645,809$9,852,555$10,834,113$5,398,572$48,434,985
Net assets$77,937,360$72,255,429$74,075,059$76,940,658$75,114,946
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$32,809,120$23,775,271$27,271,962$28,637,171$28,848,733
Program service revenue$56,442$64,148$63,633$86,219$98,052
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($293,810)$998,617$474,839$487,753$273,023
Other revenue$257,512$242,160$245,986$214,150$182,961
Total other revenue$20,144$1,304,925$784,458$788,122$554,036
Total revenue$32,829,264$25,080,196$28,056,420$29,425,293$29,402,769
Program services$20,868,894$20,967,259$23,114,462$21,906,777$20,076,935
Management and general$3,143,740$3,127,057$3,014,088$3,009,562$2,679,860
Total expenses$28,361,339$28,255,270$30,443,954$29,007,530$26,674,725
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Surplus (deficit)$4,467,925($3,175,074)($2,387,534)$417,763$2,728,044
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,467,925($3,175,074)($2,387,534)$417,763$2,728,044


Henry L Rush JrPresident & CEO$355,500
Randy HoustonVP & CFO$208,218
Jeff KramerVP Donor Relations$196,746
Elizabeth NunnallyVP of Programs$182,009
Vivian WinslowVP of Marketing & Communic$173,556
Cathryn TaylorVP of Human Resources$170,831
Andrew HolmesVP & Chief Information Off$166,933
Isaac KimmelDirector of Facilities Development$166,874

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/7/2022. 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 2021, friends like you helped change lives through God's peace and generosity by providing ...

279,742 nights of safe shelter
261,775 meals
3,069 Worship Services and Bible Studies
18,147 diapers for children in need
54,406 Hope Bag hygiene kits provided through Love-in-Action van
28,830 clean articles of clothing