Providing food, clothing, shelter and emergency assistance of all types to those in need in the six southernmost counties of our state.
“In the devastated community of Cairo and the surrounding areas served by Daystar, stories of faith, hope and love definitely do not go unnoticed! BJ, a young, single mom with two children, working two jobs, had to vacate her home in public housing due to closure and demolition of all
housing units by the Federal government. Not wanting to leave her hometown, she purchased a home for taxes only. Located behind Daystar’s soup kitchen, The Kitchen Table, the house could barely be seen because of the tall, overgrown weeds and debris that surrounded it. Yet, BJ was a determined mother with the courage and FAITH it would take to make this derelict house a home for her small family. She had HOPE, knowing Daystar’s staff would be by her side to begin the many repairs, painting and clean-up that was needed...that she would not be alone in this challenge. The last element of our story – LOVE – was freely given and shared between BJ and the many Daystar volunteers who worked so hard to make her house a home…young people and their chaperones from Holy Childhood Parish in Mascoutah, Immaculate Conception in Columbia, St. Mary the Immaculate Conception in Mount Vernon and students from Loyola Academy and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. These wonderful groups come and volunteer with us every year as they join Daystar in doing God’s work, freely giving of themselves to bring faith, hope and love to those in need in a community that has been forgotten by so many.”
-Sherry Miller, Daystar Community Program Director