The services currently offered by STARRY began when Texas Baptist Children’s Home (TBCH) opened an emergency shelter for children in the 1970s. On March 1, 1991, TBCH began non-residential community-based counseling services under the STARRY name, funding through a State of Texas Services To At-Risk (STAR) grant program.
In 2001, STARRY became an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit agency. In 2004, STARRY added Foster Care to its services. The SAFE Program for runaway and homeless youth was started in 2009.
STARRY currently operates an Emergency Shelter Program located on the main campus of TBCH and serves children from newborn to 17 years old who have been removed from their homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) due to abuse and/or neglect.
STARRY provides crisis intervention services and solution-focused counseling in 17 Texas counties. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include individual, family and group counseling, along with child abuse prevention services.
STARRY provides hope for hurting children and families by nurturing children, strengthening families and restoring hope.
Maximizing available resources through community-based collaborative efforts building on family strengths to minimize conflict and support healthy independent families.
Respect — Respect the rights of families to make decisions in their own best interest
Encourage — Encourage Christian values to provide hope to children, youth and families
Support — Support community awareness and collaboration
Teamwork — Teamwork strengthens our efforts to establish and meet goals
Opportunity — Opportunity for equal access to all services
Responsibility — Responsibility to protect the safety and well-being of clients
Empower — Empower children, youth and families to make decisions in their own best interest