Urgent Need: Halloween Candy

In case you haven’t noticed by everything pumpkin, it’s October which means that very soon little ghosts and goblins will be going door to door begging for candy from all their neighbors.

We’re sure that many of you and your family are in preparations for trick-or-treat. From finding the perfect costume to carving pumpkins we are all in the process of being prepared for one of the most jovial holiday traditions in America.

We aren’t exactly preparing for trick-or-treat as much as we are getting ready for our annual fall Party-in-the-Park which takes place on October 22nd at Wheaton Park in Hagerstown.

Our Party-in-the-Park is a great outreach opportunity for us to get into one of the neighborhoods around The Hope Center to meet neighbors and build relationships with them. One of the big attractions at our Party-in-the-Park is the giant candy scramble.

halloween-candy-2But to make the giant candy scramble possible we need tons of candy. And we’re asking for your assistance. We need as many bags of individually wrapped candy donated as possible. Candy is expensive but if each of us buy one or two bags then we can easily make this a great event for our neighbors in the Jonathan Street neighborhood.

The next time you go to your favorite grocer please remember us and the people we’ll be ministering to and grab a bag or more of candy for our event. Candy donation is a great way to get your church, workplace or civic club involved.

halloween-candy-4The Party-in-the-Park is on Saturday, October 22nd so we are asking that all donated candy please be dropped off at our Administrative Office by Wednesday, October 19th. Our office is open M-F 8:30am-4:30pm.

For questions about the event or candy donations or for more information please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.



Country Ham Sandwich Sale – Last Chance to Order!

The Ladies’ Auxiliary at The Hope Center have a reputation for making some of the best foods in the area. From their spring bake sale to the various parties and special events that they host, these women just know how to make your taste buds happy.

And when it comes to country ham sandwiches, well, they happen to make the best.

Our Ladies’ Auxiliary is currently taking orders for their country ham sandwich sale until October 8th, 2016. For only $3 each you can enjoy one of the best sandwiches around. And as the weather is starting to cool, one of these sandwiches paired with your favorite soup is an autumn dream!


But the ladies aren’t just selling sandwiches just to sell them. They’re helping to make a difference and change lives. The proceeds generated from the sale of the sandwiches goes to the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center. So when you purchase a sandwich, you’re actually helping a neighbor in need. That’s a pretty powerful sandwich.

So go ahead and make the call to order some sandwiches for you and your family. All sandwiches will be available for pickup on October 14th at our Administrative Office.

To order call Carole at 240.467.0767 or call our office at 301.739.1165.

Plenty of Family Fun this Fall!

October is finally here! Fall is always a busy time of year which is what makes it such a fun couple of months.

And with that being said, we have a few events coming up for kids & families that you don’t want to miss out on.

Take a look at our schedule of events and make plans to join us.



For more information on Wildside Youth events please go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

To keep these events free for our guests we rely heavily on volunteers to help us pull them off. We are always looking for volunteers and are especially in need of volunteers for our Party-in-the-Park event. If you are able to volunteer and interested then please contact us ASAP by calling 301.739.1165 or emailing hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Day To Serve Prompts Local Food Drive

Americans are probably the most generous group of people on earth. This is being said without any actual statistics or facts to back it up but we’re just going on a hunch that we’re right about that claim.

But getting people to give or give back is not always easy since Americans are also probably the busiest group of people on earth. Getting involved and helping in the community is high on most people’s “must do” list but often times it is difficult because of all the demands of daily living. And that’s why the Governor created the Day To Serve.

The Day To Serve is an annual program to encourage volunteerism in the State of Maryland. The Governor of Maryland established this day andgo asked Marylanders to get involved in their communities between September 10th and October 10th.

dsc_0074A group of Maryland state employees consisting of Roberta Barkley, Barbara Allen, Amy Miller and Tracy Leb decided to host a food drive at a local grocery store. After contacting several stores, Save-A-Lot allowed the ladies to set up their food drive in front of their store. So on September 23rd, these woman hosted a food drive to benefit The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission at the Save-A-Lot store in the South End Shopping Center.

This was the first food drive that they’ve hosted and were very pleased with the amount of food given and support from the community in helping others. In fact, the ladies were able to collect 350 pounds of food for The Hope Center pantry! Roberta, the food drive organizer, chose The Hope Center because she said she liked knowing exactly where the donation would be going and who it would be helping.

At The Hope Center, we feed thousands upon thousands of people a year. We don’t just feed the men who are in our residential rehabilitation program. We feed the homeless. We feed families. We feed anyone who needs a meal. Whether it’s a hot meal served at our daily Soup Line or it’s a bag of groceries given to a needy family, our kitchen and pantry is constantly busy making sure no one in our community misses a meal.

But with all the food that we serve or give out, our panty is in constant need of replenishment. And that’s why food drives like the one that Roberta, Barbara, Amy & Tracy hosted are so important to us at The Hope Center. Food can get costly and feeding thousands could easily break the budget but the generous support of people in our community helps to make sure that we can continue to feed and help people without costing them a cent or using tax money.

In addition to asking for food donations, Roberta contacted local dentist offices asking for donations of toothbrushes and paste. Two generous offices, Robinwood Dental Center & Dr. Toothman’s, gave the toothbrushes and toothpaste for the food drive. Personal care items such as toothpaste, brushes, deodorant and soaps are very important too as we give these items to our residents, overnight homeless guests and anyone who may need them. As simple as these items may seem, they can quickly help restore a persons value.

We want to give a huge thank you to Roberta, Barbara, Amy & Tracy for putting together this food drive and taking time out of their busy schedules to get the community involved in helping others. And we want to thank the Save-A-Lot store for allowing these ladies to host their food drive at that location. Another big thank you to Robinwood Dental & Dr. Toothman for donating the toothbrushes & paste for our guests.

Have you been inspired to host a food drive? Maybe you just want to get your family involved with giving food. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help feed your neighbors in Hagerstown then call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Please consider frequenting these generous local businesses:

  • Robinwood Dental Center is located at 11110 Medical Campus Rd. Suite 148 in Hagerstown. Learn more about their services at http://www.robinwooddentalcenter.com.
  • Toothman Orthodontics is located at 81 N. Edgewood Dr in Hagerstown and 5100 Buckeystown Pike Suite 196 in Frederick. Go to http://www.toothmanorthodontics.com to learn more about their services.
  • Save-A-Lot store is located at 1161 Maryland Ave in Hagerstown. If you’re unfamiliar with Save-A-Lot stores then visit their website at http://www.save-a-lot.com





Volunteers Needed: Party-in-the-Park!

falloween-16-001It’s back! Our annual fall Party-in-the-Park is taking place on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 from 3-6pm at Wheaton Park in Hagerstown.

This is a great opportunity for you and your family, friends, church group or civic club to get involved in the community and volunteer. We’re looking for people who can help us in many different ways like event set up, registration, games, prize distribution, food distribution, face painting, clean up crew and much more.

There are many different ways for you to participate as a volunteer but no matter how you are involved, seeing the smiles and hearing the excitement of all the kids and families who come to our Party-in-the-Park is worth it.

This is such an important event as we work to establish a connection with our surrounding neighborhoods. We want our neighbors to know that we’re here to help, care and love them and this is one of the ways that we can show them.

Building a strong presence in our neighboring communities is important to changing lives and creating an avenue to impact lives for Christ.

We’re not asking much, just one Saturday afternoon and a few hours of your time to help potentially change a life for eternity.

If you’re interested in volunteering then please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net as soon as possible. We do rely on volunteers to make this event possible so if you’re able to help please do.

For more information about other areas to volunteer at The Hope Center go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com. And to keep up-to-date on everything going on at The Hope Center “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown.

Another Successful Year at Camp Wild

The carefree days of summer have come and gone but while we still bask in the warmth of this long summer season, we can look back at all the fun-filled days of another great year at Camp Wild.

Camp Wild gave over 200 kids in Hagerstown the opportunity to experience a week of action-packed fun where they played games, sang & danced, created art, explored new worlds, made friendships and learned about how to live a life for Christ.

If you’re reading this and you are totally unfamiliar with Camp Wild let us take a quick moment to catch you up to speed. Camp Wild is a free day camp for kids ages 5-12 in Hagerstown. Transportation to and from the camp is provided for free along with lunch and all activities. The morning takes place in the Trinity Center at The Hope Center where the kids have time to play various games and sports while also interacting with our counselors. Then they have a time of praise & worship music where they can sing and dance their hearts out followed by a very interactive lesson time where the kids not only learn about Jesus but are challenged to think deep and learn how to apply what they’ve learned in to everyday life. Following the lesson time the kids break into small groups where they can discuss more with their leader. It’s midday by this time which means that stomachs are growling and it’s time for lunch. After everyone gets their fill of our delicious camp food, we pack up and head out to our outdoor adventure camp area located on the Conococheague Creek near Cearfoss. There the kids enjoy various activities with their groups like Sanaa (arts & crafts area), The Dig (archaeologist treasure hunt), Life Cycles (learning about animal life) and Zulu (African experience) among other attractions. Each day the groups rotate through the various attractions so that each camper has an opportunity to experience each one. Once the group attractions are completed then it’s free time for the campers to enjoy swimming, zip line, snacks, soccer, tubing, hayrides and more.

All of this fun is provided free of charge because we feel it’s important that every kid in Hagerstown has the opportunity to experience a fun-filled summer no matter what. But to keep it free we rely heavily on donations from churches, businesses and individuals in the community. And we’re so thankful for everyone who has partnered with us to provide a great summer for thousands of kids over the years!

And while we appreciate all that our sponsors in the community do, we cannot forget to thank the volunteers who put in countless hours and lots of energy bringing Camp Wild to life and touching the lives of all these kids. We understand that it’s a very tiresome, exhausting and challenging job at times but God has always supplied us with the right people to make our camp perfect each summer. Thank you to all of our counselors, assistants, stage hands, cooks, servers, drivers and anyone else who did so much to change the lives of kids. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Ok, by this point you’re probably ready to see some pics from Camp Wild 2016, aren’t you? We don’t blame you! Enjoy the images of Camp Wild 2016. And if you want to learn more about Camp Wild then go to http://www.campwildusa.com.

Wildside Youth Ministries at The Hope Center doesn’t just host Camp Wild. The school year is full of various free activities for kids ages 5-12. To learn more about Wildside Youth go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com. You’ll get all the up-to-date info about anything and everything Wildside.

Interested in volunteering? Go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com, call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Share-A-Haircut is Back!

Hair Cuttery is sponsoring their annual Share-A-Haircut again in 2016!


Share-A-Haircut is a way for you to get your kids a fresh cut for the new school year and also providing a local kid with a free cut as well.

For every kids haircut (up to age 18) purchased from August 1-15, Hair Cuttery will provide a certificate for a free haircut to local kids!

So spread the word to your friends, neighbors, church, social club and more to take their kids to one of the three convenient Hair Cuttery salons in Hagerstown listed below:

  • 18035 Garland Groh Blvd
  • 1733 Dual Highway
  • 17301 Valley Mall Rd (Valley Mall)

For more info about Hair Cuttery go to http://www.haircuttery.com.