Christ Community Church Partners with Star of Hope in Their Mission to Bring Gospel Change to the Homeless.
Star of Hope (SofH) 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. Check out sohmission.org to learn more about SofH.
Christ Community Church partners with SofH as a long-term church home as men transition out of the Morris Men's Development Center. These men are an important part of our church family and serve in a number of areas of our church. As with everyone, we desire to see the Gospel liberate these men from all forms of bondage in order to become fully-committed disciples of Christ.
Chuck Caldwell oversees our ministry at SofH. Bill Roberts and Dennis Hann are also key leaders and mentors in the SofH ministry. Chuck has attended Master's Seminary and in the past has served as an assistant pastor. Chuck currently works for Voss Lighting and is committed to discipling men a the SofH. For more information about how to get involved, email Chuck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There are a number of ways C3 family members can serve in this ministry. We are working with Troy Williams, Spiritual Director at SofH, to develop ways to ensure these men are plugged into our church. Currently we focus on six (6) ministry opportunities.
1. Sunday Rides & Lunch
The easiest way to get involved in the lives of these men is for you or your family to commit once a month to provide a ride and lunch to a group of men. First, you need to communicate with Chuck to get on the rotation. Second, you will need to arrive at SofH at 9am on Sunday morning to drive men to our worship service. Please be prepared to buy the men coffee at Ingredients. Third, have lunch with the men at the food court, as well as purchasing their meal. Fourth, around 12:30pm drive the men back to SofH. Sunday Rides & Lunch are a great way for men and families to simply love one another within our church. God will lead some men to desire to invest deeper into the lives of our SofH men, Sunday Rides & Lunch is first step to build relationships for those who desire to mentor.
2. Monday Chapel
Our team of leaders attend the SofH Chapel Service every Monday night from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This is a key time to get to know men, worship with them, and pray with them. If you desire a long-term mentoring relationship with SofH men, involvement at the Monday Chapel service is key. Periodically, leaders from Christ Community have the opportunity to preach and lead worship at the Monday Chapel.
3. Community Group
SofH men are just like everyone else in our church in that they are involved in our Community Groups. They regularly attend groups that meet near SofH. Community Groups have committed to try and find rides from SofH to their meetings, but if you want to commit to offer a ride then contact Chuck.
4. Monthly Sunday Night Worship
On the third Sunday evening of each month a team of C3 folks lead the SofH Men's Shelter worship service. The service runs from 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. Any and all of the C3 family are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in both worship with and encourage these men in transition. The address is 1811 Ruiz, downtown just north of Minute Maid Park.
5. Ongoing Mentoring
We desire for more men to commit to ongoing mentoring of SofH men. Our prayer is that these mentors would be willing to regularly meet with and get into the lives of SofH men. These relationships would entail friendship, accountability, prayer, and Bible Study. We also pray that these mentors might also, in God's Providence, open up their networks to assist SofH men gain long-term employment. Months of prayer and strategic investmet of time is key to successful mentoring. If you are interested, begin by providing Sunday rides & lunch, and attending the weekly Monday Chapel and/or the monthly worship service.
6. Odd Jobs
The Star of Hope helps men open a savings account in preparation for reentry into productive society. As men graduate from the Transitional Living Center and the School of Ministry they look for long-term employment. We hope to assist our men in their search, helping them get back onto their feet in their period of transition. These men possess many talents and trades, and a desire to build a strong work ethic. If you are looking to pay someone for odd jobs, from yard work to hanging Christmas lights to basic home repairs, consider our SofH men within our church. If you have a job and want to consider one of our SofH men, please email Chuck Caldwell.