Stars of HOPE
Up Coming Star of HOPE Projects!
Stars of HOPE paint project with children from both Briarwood Elementary - Date to be determined.
Stars of HOPE paint project with the families of those who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. Date to be determined.Colorado
Stars of HOPE First Responder Project. Posting messaged stars in the flood impacted areas. Date to be determined.
Stars Arrive in Newtown!
My mother-in-law, Debby Vincent owns and operates Assisted Living Homes for Disabled Veterans. In 2006, a tornado destroyed one of the homes and killed one of the veterans. New York Says Thank You came to Groesbeck, TX in September 2007 and built a new home for my brother-in-law James Vincent and his family. It was a tremendous experience working with volunteers from New York and all over the country to build a house. It made me extremely proud to be an American and take part in a grass-root project to pay-forward kindness. In December 2007, the founder of NYSTY asked us, the Vincent family, if we wanted to make wooden stars to take to Greensburg, Kansas, a town that was almost completely destroyed by an EF5 tornado. We jumped at the chance to "pay it forward" and made about 300 stars to take to Greensburg for the school kids there to paint messages of hope on. These stars were then placed all over the devastated landscape of the small Kansas town. This was the first of what became the Stars of HOPE project. Since then, we have completed similar projects in Galveston, TX; Mena, AR; Little Sioux, IA; Fort Hood, TX; Ellijay, GA ; Joplin, MO ; Tuscaloosa, AL; Sendai, Japan; Bastrop, TX; Minot, ND; Long Island, NY; Staten Island, NY; Newtown, CT; Bucyrus, ND, Adairsville, GA, Howard Beach, NY, Long Beach, NY and Long Branch NJ. I have been blessed to meet, work alongside and befriend some of the most compassionate people in the world. The impact we make empowering people affected by disaster and tragedy drives us to continue this mission, but it is the relationships we have formed within our group that continue to make me proud to pay it forward!
Stars of HOPE empower communities to bring hope and color back to their devastated landscapes through community art projects. These projects generate lasting inspiration through the extended long term recovery period following disasters or tragic sadness.
Stars of HOPE First Responders bring pre-messaged stars from our workshops to devastated communities. These stars are posted throughout the community.
Stars of Hope Workshops bring blank stars for children to paint with words of encouragement. Impacted by natural disaster or community tragedy, children are given a way to help heal their community. Stars are posted throughout the community.
Families are invited to a community location to meet with their neighbors. Often it is the first time they have seen each other after their disaster. Sometimes, it is a chance to say good bye. Stars are posted throughout the community.