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Star of Hope

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Program HostChapter
Host Region and ChapterLonestar
Program TypeBrotherhood
Community Service
Social Action
Stand Up
Target Population(s)Boys (AZA)
Folds TargetedCommunity Service/Social Activism

People Participating10-30

Program Summary:

Reisbord volunteered at the Star of Hope as the final part of our Stand Up! for the year: “Standing Up for Those in Need.” At the Star of Hope, we served food to homeless individuals. The project was meaningful because we saw how great our lives are.

Full Description:

The Star of Hope represents the last part of Reisbord’s Stand Up! cause for the year: “Standing Up for Those in Need.”  Reisbord had a dodgeball fundraiser that was able to raise $200 towards the Berry Children Fund, a fund setup to help support the Berry children in the future.  We plan to donate $300 towards the Star of Hope as well.  We, as a chapter, had a “Stand Up!” night where we talked up the homelessness in Houston.

Pre-Project: 8/14/11 - Part of the proceeds from the Reisbord dodgeball tournament were donated to the Star of Hope.

Stand Up! Night:
11/5/11 - 8:00 - 8:05 - Reisbord got together for a slide-show on homelessness in Houston and to discuss the topic.

8:05 - 8:15 - A power-point was shown, giving statistics on homelessness, such as there being 10,000 homeless individuals in Houston or 50% of these individuals being diagnosed with mental illnesses.  The power-point stated causes of homelessness, including financial instability, intellectually challenged, natural disaster, substance abuse, or a family crisis such as a death.

8:15 - 8:30 - After the power-point, we split up into discussion groups.  The groups were given questions for discussion such as, “How has the power-point affected your view on homelessness in Houston?”

The Project:
9:15 - 9:30 - We all met at the JCC parking lot and prepared to drive to the Star of Hope.

9:30 - 10:00 - We drove to the Star of Hope.  We arrived and checked in.

10:00 - 11:30 - We were put in the kitchen to serve food.  We talked to most of the people that we served food to.  The homeless individuals enjoyed the food they were served and had smiles on their faces.  The project ended, and we left with a sense of fulfillment and an appreciation for what we often take for granted in on our own lives.

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Good Attitude
apron/clothes you are willing to get dirty
Homeless Shelter to volunteer at

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