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Homeless Teenagers Get an Early Christmas Present

Humana Grant Provides Teens with Their Own Activities Room


Tuesday, December 22, 2009 7:00 am EST



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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just in time for Christmas, and as a result of a $100,000 Houston Benefits grant from Humana Inc. earlier this year, Star of Hope Mission is unveiling a new teen room complete with a lounge area, a big screen television, Nintendo Wii, computer station, study area and a bookshelf full of games. Located in the Mission’s Transitional Living Center, the “Stars of 2morrow Teen Room” will be open daily. The grant also provided for two vans to shuttle the more than 30 members of the teen program to and from numerous other activities.

“Star of Hope’s history of uplifting Houston’s homeless population is an inspiration. Humana is honored to assist with Star of Hope’s teen program, which gives teens education and skills that will lead them to a successful future,” said Pattie Dale Tye, president, Humana of Houston. “More than ever, during tough economic times, it is our responsibility and privilege to help organizations that are doing the good work of helping those in need. It’s inspiring to see what a single, large grant like Houston Benefits can do to transform an organization and the lives it serves.”

“The Humana Houston Benefits grant immediately elevated the level of teen services and activities. In our continuing efforts to break the cycle of homelessness, it’s good to know that there is now a safe place where teens can get together, learn and have fun,” said Star of Hope president and chief executive officer Hank Rush. “This vital funding will significantly advance our program efforts far beyond what would have taken years to fully establish. We are genuinely grateful for this extraordinary opportunity to strengthen Star of Hope’s teen program and appreciate this gift more than words can convey.”

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and approximately 7.3 million specialty-benefit members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplementary benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

About Star of Hope

Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children since 1907. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.



Dedication of Stars of 2morrow Teen Room


Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 2 p.m.


Star of Hope Transitional Living Center
6801 Ardmore Houston 77054


Special guests from the University of Houston football team, including Head Coach Kevin Sumlin


Star of Hope
Scott Arthur, Director, Public Relations, 713-824-6126
Humana Inc.
Corporate Communications:
Anna Hobbs, 214-336-1821