Goodbye Becky Sue and Hello Sarah!

Goodbye Becky Sue

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We hate to see Becky Sue leave, but we are so thankful for all the years of service and everything that she has done to help further this ministry and reach people for Christ!

Becky Sue started working part time at The Hope Center in 1999 doing data entry. After doing that for a few years our receptionist left and Becky Sue went full time to work both positions for us.

Then in 2006, Becky Sue and her husband, Terry, welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their lives. It was at that time that Becky Sue made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom.

In the fall of 2008, after being offered a chance to come back part time, Becky Sue returned on a limited basis to help with our data entry. After a couple years she also started helping in our food pantry by helping to get it organized and making food bags for our food bank ministry.

Earlier this spring, Becky Sue made an important decision to move on from The Hope Center to help her husband as he begins his own farm mechanic business. Becky Sue will use her organizational skills as the bookkeeper for his new venture.

Even though she is leaving The Hope Center to work elsewhere, Becky Sue is planning to continue working in our food pantry and volunteering in other ways at The Hope Center.

We loved having Becky Sue in our office! She was always full of fun stories, loved to laugh and made some delicious blueberry buckle!

Becky Sue says that, “working at The Hope Center has truly been a blessing in my life. When I first started working in 1999, I just considered it another job. But when I came back in 2008 after the birth of my daughter, I came back because of the ministry. My faith has grown immensely over the last several years and I have learned that nothing is more important than serving others for our Lord, Jesus Christ. I am so thankful to The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission for giving me the opportunity to serve in the ways that I have been able to do so. I am also very thankful to the entire Resh family who took me and my family in and always made us feel like we were a part of their own family.”

We are excited for Becky Sue & Terry as they move forward with God’s plan for their life. It was probably not an easy decision for either of them to venture out and start a new business but we know that they will keep God in the center of everything and continue doing things for His glory. We wish Becky Sue the best as she helps to build this business with her husband and as she has more opportunities to raise her daughter in the Lord.

Thank you, Becky Sue, for all you’ve done to help reach the least, the last, and the lost for Christ!

Welcome Sarah!

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As Becky Sue began working out her notice, we began the hard task of finding someone to replace her.

God was looking out for His ministry and provided another bright, friendly face to our office.

Sarah joined our team and was able to be trained by Becky Sue before she left.

Sarah is originally from Moscow, Pennsylvania. She has an older sister and a large extended family that she enjoys getting together with.

At the age of seventeen, Sarah gave her life to Christ at a Word of Life camp. Sarah is the wife of Ron Faith, pastor at Evangel Baptist Church in Hagerstown. In addition to working at The Hope Center and helping in various ways at Evangel, Sarah is the mother of two beautiful children.

Sarah says that she is so blessed that God opened the door for her to work at The Hope Center and she says she’s enjoyed every minute of it!

We are so happy to welcome Sarah to our ministry team! We look forward to years of partnering together to help bring hope to Hagerstown.

If you would like to join The Hope Center ministry team as a volunteer, just call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. To learn more about volunteering at The Hope Center and all the various ways you could get involved, please go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

 

 

Antrim BIC Food Drive is a Christmas Blessing!

‘Tis the season to be thankful and we definitely are thankful for the generosity of the congregation from Antrim Brethren in Christ Church just north of Greencastle, PA.

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The church recently held a food drive for The Hope Center and they supplied our pantry with a huge selection of food.

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There was so much food that we totally filled a cargo van!

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The food donated will be used to help feed our residents, SoupLine guests, overnight guests and fill many food bags for needy families in the area.

As food continues to rise in cost, we cannot stress enough how thankful we are to be supported by so many wonderful churches, civic groups, businesses and friends.

Each year we feed thousands of men, women & children through our various food programs. Generous food donations and food drives, like Antrim BIC, help us to keep our food costs down while still providing the necessary services to neighbors in need.

If you would like to donate food or sponsor a food drive, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net to learn more.

If you’re looking for a church in to attend, check out Antrim Brethren in Christ Church. Go to www.antrimbic.org to learn more about the church including service times and ways to get involved.

Thank You, Darden!

We are so pleased to announce that the Darden Restaurant Group has generously donated $3,000 from the Darden Foundation to The Hope Center to continue to help fight hunger in the greater Hagerstown area.

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The Darden Community Grants Program is a local grants program that helps to support nonprofit organizations focused on the issues of post-secondary education, preservation of natural resources or hunger.

Our Food Services Department feeds hundreds of people a week. Our kitchen serves 5 meals a day to our residents and community guests. In addition to hot meals served, The Hope Center is a part of the Washington County Food Bank program. We distribute bags and boxes of food to individuals and families in need of groceries.

We are so thankful for the Hagerstown Red Lobster, Olive Garden & Longhorn Steakhouse for supporting the work that we do at The Hope Center to feed the hungry in Hagerstown.

And when you go out to eat, please support these restaurants as they continue to support The Hope Center and the community.

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Red Lobster is located at 1681 Wesel Boulevard in Hagerstown

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Olive Garden is located at 17410 Valley Mall Road in Hagerstown

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Longhorn Steakhouse is located at 1000 Prime Outlets Boulevard in Hagerstown

It’s a Tad Crowded

Every day at 1pm, 1:30pm on Sunday, our kitchen is host to our SoupLine program.

SoupLine is a free lunch experience for anyone in the community who needs a hot meal for free.

Five minutes before lunch is served, a Hope Center staff person leads a small devotional with an inspirational or motivational message followed by prayer.

As the economy continues to struggle, our numbers have been on the increase. We feed all types of people each day at SoupLine. From single men & women, to families and young adults, our kitchen has been busting at the seams.

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As this economy keeps making it more difficult for people to afford food in addition to other expenses, we believe that our numbers will continue to rise. Unfortunately, we are already hitting capacity.

Now is the time that we start looking for new solutions to our dining issues. We’re beginning to look for options to expand to allow us more opportunity to reach people’s physical needs so that we can touch their spiritual needs as well.

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As we begin to explore different options for the future of our food services ministry, please continue to support us as we feed hundreds of hungry people a week. Your continued financial support helps to keep our kitchen open for our daily guests. And any food donations help to keep our pantry stocked, not just for our residents or guests but also hungry families in desperate need of groceries.

While at the grocery store this weekend, why not pick up some extra items to donate to The Hope Center? We are always in need of these items:

  • Peanut butter (16 oz)
  • Sugar
  • Creamer
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Rice
  • Egg Noodles

If you are interested in donating items for our pantry or organizing a food drive, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net for detailed info.

What a Wonderful Year!

As we say goodbye to 2012, we look back at all the wonderful blessings that God has provided us.

We are so thankful for all of our supporters who have been so faithful this past year. From those who have financially supported us to those who have donated countless items for our Thrift Stores and food bank programs, we couldn’t reach our city without you! God has given us great friends and we are so happy to fight hopelessness in Hagerstown with you!

We want to thank all of our volunteers for helping to make this a banner year at The Hope Center! We’ve had so many individuals, churches, Scouts & other groups helping out all over The Hope Center. From painting, to cleaning, to cooking, to serving food, to packing food boxes, to preaching & teaching, to singing, to hosting Christmas parties & fundraisers, to helping at Camp Wild, our volunteers really help to make a difference in the lives of others! We appreciate all the time that each of you has invested this year at The Hope Center! And we hope to see you again in 2013!!

We especially want to say a big thank you to all of our staff! These devoted people sacrifice a lot to help keep the message of hope alive at The Hope Center. Our staff are hard-working, faithful people who understand the importance of this ministry to the lives of all of our guests. Each day is made possible because God supplied us with the best people to reach Hagerstown! We are so thankful for each person who is a part of our staff!

As we countdown to 2013 in just a few hours, please remember to keep The Hope Center in your prayers for the new year. Combating hopelessness is not the easiest task in a world like ours. Please pray that God continues to bless our ministry with faithful supporters, volunteers & staff.

And please remember to keep each precious guest of The Hope Center in your prayers. These people are the reason that we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We work tirelessly not just to give them something to eat or a place to sleep but to provide them with the answers and provide them with the hope of Christ.

If 2012 wasn’t spectacular for you, just remember that with each new day, and new year, God’s mercies are fresh and new. He’s able to do all things and with each rising sun there is a promise of something better.

It’s time to say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013! May God continue to bless & protect you and your loved ones in this new year! Thanks again for being our friends and helping to change lives!

Happy New Year!

The Smiling Faces of Hope – Part 3

Enjoy taking some time to look at the beautiful faces of those who have been a part of this wonderful ministry. We are so thankful for everyone that has helped to bring hope to those in need and change lives for eternity!

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The Smiling Faces of Hope

As we approach the end of the year, we want to take a look back at the many people who have been a part of The Hope Center. We value each guest, volunteer, staff person, Auxiliary lady & Board member. Keep checking back as we continue to post pictures of all of our friends & visitors at The Hope Center. Please continue to pray for this ministry as we bring the hope of Christ to Hagerstown!

Thanksgiving Feast Needs List

As we get close to the end of October, we will start gearing up for our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast! Preparations are already underway and our volunteer list is growing each day.

Many people have called us about serving on Thanksgiving Day but we know that being available that day is not an option for many people. Many of you would like to be a part of helping to feed the community but you’ll be tied up with family commitments, work or travel plans.

If you’re going to be busy or unavailable on Thanksgiving but would like to help us feed hundreds of people in Hagerstown, why not donate some food for the big day?

We use a lot of food for Thanksgiving Day. We provide a free buffet lunch for anyone in the community so we need to be well stocked for all of our hungry guests.

Our menu includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, succotash, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, assorted pies & more!

Donations of food for our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast are greatly appreciated.  Below is a list of items that are needed for that day.

  • #10 cans of corn and lima beans
  • Cans of sweet potatoes
  • #10 cans of fruit cocktail
  • Cans of sauerkraut
  • Frozen/fresh turkeys
  • Brown sugar
  • Jellied cranberry sauce
  • Potatoes

Any food donation that you give can really go a long way! If you are interested in helping to keep our pantry stocked for the winter months, below is a list of much needed food. If you are planning a food drive, use this list to help us keep frequently used items in stock.

For Our Pantry:

  • White rice
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Sugar
  • #10 cans of green beans, peas and corn
  • Cold cereal (not kids’ cereal)
  • 15-16 oz. jars of peanut butter
  • Quick Oats
  • Tomato products (diced, whole, stewed, sauce or paste)
  • Coffee
  • Creamer

Thank you for being a part of feeding the hungry in Hagerstown. Your donation of a can of green beans or a jar of peanut butter may not seem like much to you, but it can be a symbol of hope and love for people in desperate situations. It’s truly amazing how God can use a can of soup to change a life!

If you would like to donate food, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net for more info and instructions. If you would like to host a food drive at your church, school, workplace or civic organization then please call or email for more information also. Thank you again for caring & sharing!

The Season of Hope

Now that summer is officially over, we are preparing for the winter weather and the increase of those who will need assistance. As the nights grow longer, many of the people we minister to will be forced to change their sleeping habits. Many of them will seek shelter and other assistance here at The Hope Center.

Of course, winter is the worst time of year for homeless & needy people. Displaced people look for shelter in abandoned buildings, cars or vans and even beneath bridge overpasses. Those with fixed incomes or those that live below the poverty line spend a large portion of their income to heat their homes leaving little left for groceries.

Thank God for The Hope Center which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! We can provide shelter, warm food, showers & toiletries, food bags and clothing/houseware assistance to people in need. In addition to meeting the physical needs of our neighbors, we also reach out to their spiritual needs as well. From daily chapel services, to Wildside kids activities, to Koffee Klatch, our weekly ladies Bible study, The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission is here to give hope to anyone who needs it!

Giving hope and changing lives since 1955 is not just a slogan – it’s what The Hope Center is all about! With each new day, God grants each of us the hope of something better. And that’s why we do what we do at The Hope Center.

Because of your generous donations and continued support we’ve been able to reach thousands of people in Hagerstown! We want you to encourage you by sharing some statistics from the month of August. Your faithful support of God’s work here at The Hope Center is truly helping to make a difference in the lives of men, women & kids!

  • 22 families received free groceries in August
  • 5,230 meals served in August
  • 1,292 nights of safe shelter in August
  • Approximately 1,300 people received a hot meal during Soup Line
  • 1,620 people attended chapel services in August
  • Approximately 200 kids attended Camp Wild 2012 for free this summer

Thank you for your compassionate heart and for your part in restoring hope in the lives of hundreds of men, women and families! We are so grateful for your parternship with us!

If you are interested in volunteering, including serving on Thanksgiving Day, or would like to learn how you can partner with us to bring hope to Hagerstown, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net for more info.

We Love Our Boss!

October 16th was National Boss’s Day and we had a luncheon celebration to honor our great boss, Mr. Shank! We want to thank Sue & Becky Sue for planning and organizing the luncheon.

Since 1995, Mr. Shank has been leading The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission. As Executive Director, Mr. Shank works hard making sure that every issue, problem and concern around the entire ministry is taken care of. But many may not know that each morning, Mr. Shank has devotions with the residents at The Hope Center. They spend an hour together studying God’s Word and memorizing countless verses.

At the heart of it all, Mr. Shank knows that the entire reason that The Hope Center exists is to see lives changed. From giving out free clothing to people, to after-school programs for kids, to food bags for families in need, to free drug & alcohol rehabilitation, Mr. Shank has kept the focus of the ministry on all the people in need in our community. He understands and fully realizes that the only way to truly help people is to give them the peace that only Jesus can give.

We all want to thank Mr. Shank for always putting God first in the ministry and loving people the way that Christ showed, unconditionally. God has given The Hope Center a great leader and we are more than thankful for his faithfulness to Christ and for always believing that even in the darkest of times, God is still capable of changing lives!

Thank you for supporting Mr. Shank, the staff & volunteers and all the ministries at The Hope Center that help to provide real hope to Hagerstown!