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Warm weather...vacation...escape from life...summer has certainly arrived! Read the latest scoop on summer activities at Starlight, with a word from both our director and intern. In this issue, we share our thoughts on how we can make our summer meaningful, and we give an update on one of our newest ministries, Breaking Bread. Also, you are invited to help us prepare for the 5th Annual Starlight Walkathon on October 5!
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As we celebrate the new year, Starlight shares about the work God has done in Boston in 2012. We also highlight some of the amazing roles of and reflections from our volunteers, churches, and community partners. Last but not least, we announce some of our current volunteer openings and opportunities, and we make an announcement about our next general training!
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Included in this issue are some mythbusters on homelessness, a save-the-date for Starlight's Walkathon fundraiser, a thank you to our volunteers, and more!
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Starlight is turning over new leaves as we enter spring! Read about our exciting changes in staff, latest trainings, current ministries, and upcoming events!
COVER: Lion of Judah: Learn how Lion of Judah Church formed their own outreach to men who struggled with addiction. PLUS: Dates for the next Starlight Trainings and Park Street Training; How you can participate in the next 2011 Starlight Walkathon; Brian Gearin's golf marathon experience; An interview with a long-term Starlight volunteer; Best practices and guidelines for homeless outreach.
COVER: Giving Away Hope and Peace: The story of how God stripped one man away so that he would give it all away. PLUS: Intern Spotlight on Dawoon Kim; Starlight launches a new ministry for the newly housed; How Starlight's Easter Banquet ministered to both friends on the street and the local church that volunteered; Upcoming events, including our IRONMAN 100-Hole Golf Marathon; Summer Wish List.
COVER: Homelessness--it's not just in the cities anymore. PLUS: Next steps after you take Starlight's basic training; The Plymouth Task Force; How a Wayland teenager is making a difference in her community; Hope Fellowship Church launches a café on Saturdays; Reflecting on Fall 2011; and Starlight's on Facebook and Twitter!
COVER: The 2nd Annual Starlight Walkathon is right around the corner! Learn how you can be part of the fun! PLUS: How training multiplies answers; Ronald's story on becoming new; How you can partner with Starlight; Tasha's 2 Cents; A very Starlight wedding; and Starlight staff transitions.
COVER: Starlight has a new director! PLUS: Celebrating Starlight's 20th anniversary with your stories; a new generation for Sanctuary; new outreach opportunity at Long Island Shelter; Boston Marathon update from our runner, Laura Helsing; and how you can get involved with Starlight!
COVER: Starlight Walk-A-Thon: The Beginning of an Exciting Journey Ahead! Plus: Volunteer/Youth Spotlight on Carlton, and information about upcoming events and trainings.
COVER: "Dreaming and Hoping in 2009-10" -- Check out Starlight’s goals for this upcoming year! Plus:
Pathways to Change: Starlight’s new tool to help us walk alongside our friends on the streets
Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Nate Jr. Page 3
Events: Training events, discussion forum, and Starlight’s first walkathon
Wish List: We’d love to help you find your place in engaging folks on the streets
Church Spotlight: Hope Fellowship Church
Cover: Learn how Starlight's ministry model is changing while staying true to our mission and the heart of what Starlight is all about. Plus:
-Hear Pastor Clarence McGregor tell some recent stories proclaiming what God is doing in the city.
- Have you heard? We have a new staff member! Meet Melissa Kirkwood, Resource Network Coordinator.
-Updates on the Starlight Café Lounge, Starlight at the Boston Marathon, and a word from Brian Gearin, Starlight's Interim Director.
Sara Mitchell shares the joys and challenges of being a community and housing advocate for Starlight. Don't miss this story of God's incredible faithfulness! Plus Starlight Youth Outreach updates--a story about how the Sanctuary Arts Community touched a youth and her friend's life, a Year in Review of Sanctuary's 2008 highlights, and celebrating Alex Grant receiving a Community Star Award. Did you know Stephen Comer and Alex are running the Boston Marathon for Starlight this year? Read page 2 to find out how you can help. Brian Gearin provides an update on the situation with outreaches to the homeless in the city, and Liza Cagua-Koo writes about Starlight's Annual Prayer Walk.
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Whew! Where have we been? A look back at the highlights of the last year with Starlight. Cover story: "Finding Common Ground on Boston Common," Starlight meets with other outreach organizations and City of Boston representatives to discuss policy changes with regard to serving people who are homeless on the Common. Also: You could run the Boston Marathon for Starlight! (page 2); Nathaniel's victory (page 3); Meet Brian Gearin, Starlight's new interim director (page 4); plus more!
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An inside look at the October Sanctuary Art Show, and why EGC offers this unique art community for young adults who are homeless. Robert Taylor writes about how churches can begin to think about their roles in responding to homelessness. In his new role as Director of Church Training, Robert is available to dialog with churches wanting to do more. Liza Adriana Cagua, Interim Director, writes about a typical day in the life of Starlight Ministries.
Robert Taylor, Director of Starlight, writes about partnerships with churches, particularly with the success Park Street Church outreach on Boston Common on Thursday nights one year later. Jane Fallon, Operations Manager, tells the transformational story of a man who has been close to Starlight for many years.
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Alice Rouse, Director of Starlight Youth Outreach, tells the story of a young man's journey off the streets and reflects on the relationship of the Christmas story to the youth she works with daily. Also features Starlight's highlights from 2006.
An interview with Laura Williamson, who tells how she came to work for Starlight and why she has a heart for homeless youth.
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An interview with Rachel Parker, outgoing Operations Manager for Starlight, who is leaving the ministry to be a stay-at-home Mom with her first baby. Also, congratulating Eddie Griffin on five years in housing after 17 years without!
“Dear Starlight” — Volunteering at Starlight makes a difference in our volunteers. Read Zach’s story of how he is already using what he learned as an intern over the last school year. Also! Save the date for October 15th! You won’t want to miss Starlight’s 15th Anniversary Dessert Fundraiser!
“Worth More Than Many Sparrows” — Sara Mitchell’s story: How giving a simple haircut becomes a door of hope for a wounded life.
“On the Streets with Pastor Clarence” — Starlight’s Adult Street Outreach Program
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