Recently we said goodbye to AJ Imbach, our Thrift Store manager. As we were sad to see him leave, we were also wondering what God had in store for our ministry. We had been so excited about the arrival of AJ and all his fresh ideas for our thrift stores. But God quickly responded and brought a new manager to our thrift stores.
We are excited to welcome Nelson Clippinger to The Hope Center team!
Nelson is not exactly brand new to this ministry though. While this is his first time being employed with us, a few years ago Nelson served on our Board of Directors.
Nelson and his wife Cindy live in Chambersburg, PA. A carpenter by trade, Nelson has also worked as an Estimator and Project Manager for several construction firms in the area. In addition to that, he was a manager at True Value store and has worked at several other stores in the area. He’s bringing a lot of experience to the Thrift Stores manager position at The Hope Center.
After being laid off from his last job, Nelson was in the process of looking for a new job when he came across The Hope Center ad for the Thrift Store manager position. After going through the application and interview process, and after much prayer, Nelson was happy to receive the job offer.
Having already served as a member of our Board, Nelson had a good understanding of this ministry. But now being a staff member has really given him the opportunity to see how God is truly working at this ministry. He says that this job has been a blessing to him personally and the opportunity to work with the staff has been a “rewarding experience both spiritually and mentally.”
Each morning before the Hagerstown Thrift Store opens, the staff has a time of prayer to start the day. Nelson said, “it is such a blessing to hear our resident and graduate workers pray. Truly their lives have been changed and I feel they touch all who enter the doors of the thrift store.”
We are so happy God brought Nelson to fill the void at the Thrift Stores. We are excited to see how he will use his experience to enhance both of our stores.
When shopping at our stores, take time to welcome Nelson to the team. And continue to pray for Nelson and the other staff at our Thrift Stores. Our stores are a very vital part of this ministry. Proceeds from the store sales help to fund all the many ministries and projects at The Hope Center. So many lives have been helped, transformed and touched because of people who have donated, shopped and worked at our Thrift Stores.
If you have gently used items that you would like to donate, please call 301.739.1165 to get more information about how you can give your things to help change lives in Hagerstown.
If you haven’t stopped by one of our two Thrift Stores lately, now’s the perfect time to do so! We hope to see you soon! Here are the addresses to both stores:
Hagerstown Thrift Store
Corner of Church and Walnut Streets (parking located in central lot off of Church Street)
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Chambersburg Thrift Store
64 S. Main Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201