Celebrate Grocery Outlet Hagerstown’s Grand Opening This Thursday!

It’s almost time to UNLOCK THE SAVINGS!! There’s a great new grocery store in town and it’s Grand Opening is this Thursday, June 16th at 10:30am. We’re excited to be a partner community organization with Grocery Outlet and will proudly be in attendance at the Grand Opening celebration!

The Grocery Outlet Hagerstown will unlock savings at 10:30am in the former Kmart store at 1713 Massey Blvd! The new grocery store will open it’s doors at 8am on Thursday so the early birds get some great savings!!

And the first 100 customers in line will receive a Grocery Outlet gift card worth $5 – $250!! Must be 18 years old or older to participate.

The Grocery Outlet has an incredible selection of discount groceries. From fresh produce, to meats, dairy, and everything in between, you’ll find the store packed with all the great products you and your family love at prices that are nothing short of pure bliss! And you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of deep-discounted name brand items on the shelves!

With grocery prices skyrocketing, it’s time to give your wallet a break. Mark your calendars and make a plan to experience this new grocery store (AND THE SAVINGS) this Thursday – and prepare to be WOWed!!

Grocery Outlet Grand Opening is Thursday, June 16th at 10:30am at 1713 Massey Blvd. The store opens at 8am and the grand opening ceremony is at 10:30am.

Community Grocery Giveaway Draws Crowd!

We had another huge turnout at our Community Grocery Giveaway on Sunday! from 2-4pm on Sunday, June 5th, the Trinity Center was bustling with guests doing a little complimentary grocery shopping.

Our Community Grocery Giveaway is a free food event to help provide grocery assistance to anyone in the community. With food prices rising and inflation taking its toll, many people are struggling to keep their pantries stocked and their families fed. Our Community Grocery Giveaway helped relieve some of the pressure for these families and individuals.

We provided a wide assortment of all sorts of non-perishable items like cereal, ramen, pasta, canned vegetables, boxed dinners, mac & cheese, beans, canned meat, and more.

We are so thankful to be able to help fight hunger in our community and make sure that no one is dealing with food insecurity. We noticed an increase in senior citizens who participated in the event due to rising prices vs their fixed income. These are definitely challenging times for many and we’re happy to be able to provide assistance.

And we’re able to help so many every month because of our wonderful group of supporters like you! Our Community Grocery Giveaways are possible because of the generous support of our friends who donate so much food each month! Not only are we able to host these grocery events every quarter but we’re serving multiple meals a day to the community and providing food bags every month to anyone in need. God continues to bless our pantry and provide us with the needed food to provide for our neighbors in need. It’s truly nothing short of a miracle how our pantry stays stocked for all the ways we help others. We thank God for everyone who has partnered with us to care for others in their time of need.

There were so many grateful people at our Community Grocery Giveaway. Your donations have helped to make a huge impact on your community – and not just in providing food but also providing hope and showing God’s love! Thank you for caring and sharing!

We also want to give a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who gave time on Sunday afternoon to help make sure this event was so successful! Thank you so much for your kind and compassionate spirit and giving of your free time to care for the community!! We appreciate you all so much!

If you’d like to learn more about donating food and supporting our food programs then visit hagerstownhopecenter.com/pantry.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of grocery assistance please call us at 301.739.1165 to request a food bag.

Washington County Gives Has Begun! Give Online Today!!

Washington County Gives is a unique day of online giving to benefit non-profits in the area. From midnight until 11:59pm on May 10th you can join others in the area in support of The Hope Center by donating during WCG ’22!

We’re currently raising support for new tables and chairs for our newly expanded dining room. In 2020-2021 we renovated and expanded our food services area. The construction project more than doubled the space which allows us to feed more people daily. But with the larger space we need more tables and chairs for our guests.

Your donation during WCG will help us purchase the new furniture that will allow us to feed more men, women, and children in the area who are hungry and food insecure.

To donate click here: https://www.washingtoncountygives.org/organizations/the-hope-center-661b283e-b24d-4ea7-8fca-8d5e84104eaf or go to hagerstownhopecenter.com/wcg for a quick link to our donation page for this fundraiser.

And after you give don’t forget to get on Facebook and other social media to encourage your friends and family to join you in giving!

Thank you for your support during Washington County Gives and your continued support of this ministry to those in need in our community! For 67 years we’ve been able to help thousands of neighbors in need thanks to the generous support of friends like you!

Good Friday & Easter Schedule

In observance of Good Friday and the celebration of Resurrection Sunday we will be generally closed on Friday, April 15th.

Our Administrative Office, Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg), Donation Center, Wildside Youth, and Recycling Center will be closed on Friday.

Our Thrift Stores will be open on Saturday, April 16th, for normal operating hours.

Our Soup Line, overnight homeless shelter, and evening chapel/meal will be open and operating on Good Friday and Easter Sunday as well. These essential community services never close including all holidays.

For more info about our Good Friday/Easter schedule please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

If you are looking for a local church to attend on Easter Sunday and would like suggestions please contact us at the phone number or email listed above and we will give you a list of churches to check out for the resurrection celebration.

Happy April!! Here’s the New Pantry Item of the Month!

April is here and this new month hopefully means we’re out of the grasp of Old Man Winter and can finally be excited for all the beauty that spring brings!!

The new month means we have a new Pantry Item of the Month and for April we’re asking for donations of PASTA SAUCE!!

We’ll gladly accept any brand or variety of pasta sauce. The pasta sauce will be used by our kitchen staff for the daily meals served to the community. The pasta sauce is also a very popular item at our Community Grocery Giveaways and a staple product in our food bags.

If you’d like to donate, please drop off to our Administrative Office during business hours Mon – Fri. If those hours don’t work for you, please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a better time.

If you prefer shopping online at AmazonSmile or another vendor then please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

Any donation is a huge help as we work to end hunger and food insecurity in our community! Thank you for caring & sharing with your neighbors!!

For more info about our food programs or any other programs & services at The Hope Center please visit hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Rock the Run 5K is Back!! Volunteers Needed!

It’s been 2 years since we hosted our Rock the Run 5K. The pandemic forced us to pause this fun spring activity but now we’re excited to announce that the Pirates vs Princess themed event is back this April!

Rock the Run 5K returns to Fairgrounds Park on Saturday, April 23rd. In addition to the 5K we’re hosting the Kids One Mile Fun Run prior to the main race like we’ve done in the past. Registration is open and only $25 for the 5K and $5 for the kids race. Go to rocktherunhagerstown.com to register!

If you want to be a part of the fun but don’t want to participate in the race, then why not volunteer??!!! We are in need of volunteers to help during the 5K. If you, or anyone you know, would like to give a few hours in the morning of April 23rd then please contact Aimee Izer as soon as possible. And be sure to spread the word via Facebook and word-of-mouth. If you have family or friends who are participating then make a plan to volunteer and help make this race a success!

To volunteer contact Aimee by calling 301.739.1165 or emailing volunteer@hagerstownhopecenter.com. For more info about the upcoming race please visit rocktherunhagerstown.com.

Slice the Pumpkin Pie… It’s Almost Time for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just a week away (where did November go??)! And if you haven’t made plans for your Thanksgiving feast or you’re having trouble getting all the grocery items for your meal then why not change up your plans for the day and enjoy a delicious, delivered meal from us??

Due to COVID-19 concerns we’re not hosting our large in-person celebration this year BUT we’re still making sure anyone and everyone in the community has access to a scrumptious feast.

We’re offering free meal delivery on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30am until 1pm to Hagerstown and surrounding areas. If you, or someone you know, would like a free Thanksgiving meal please call us at 301.739.1165 during business hours to request delivery. If you call after business hours and leave a message please remember to include your phone number so we can contact you about your meal. We are taking meal orders until end of business day on Monday, November 22nd.

Our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, succotash, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Trust us when we say it’s the most delicious meal in the city! And our secret recipe stuffing is YUMMMMMMMM!!!

If you don’t have anywhere to eat your meal then please join us for our daily Soup Line on Thanksgiving. Soup Line will be held in the Trinity Center on Thanksgiving. Doors open at 12pm and the meal will be served at 12:30pm. Soup Line guests will receive the same delicious Thanksgiving feast as the delivered meals. Please remember to wear your mask!

To order Thanksgiving meals or for more info please call 301.739.1165. Spread the word and invite others to request our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast delivered!

Free Groceries This Sunday!

Our next Community Grocery Giveaway is this Sunday, November 14th!

We usually host the grocery giveaway on Friday mornings but we’re trying something new this time. The Community Grocery Giveaway will be from 2-4pm on Sunday at the Trinity Center. The Trinity Center is located at the back of our parking lot just behind the Thrift Store.

Like our past giveaways we’ll have a huge selection of all sorts of non-perishable items like soups, canned vegetables, ramen, pasta, sauce, canned fruit, baking mixes, boxed dinners, canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc), peanut butter, mac & cheese, snacks, and more. We’ll also have a selection of breads and pastries.

In addition to the food we’re giving out personal care items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and more.

This is a free event for anyone and everyone in the community. You do not need a food bank card to participate. Reservations are not required but food items availability are based on a first-come basis. We do provide bags generously donated by Martin’s Food Stores but you are welcome to bring your own bag or cart for your grocery selections. The Trinity Center is wheelchair accessible.

Doors open promptly at 2pm. The entry line forms outside the building so please dress accordingly for colder temperatures. Also, please remember to wear a mask inside the Trinity Center during the event.

For more info about our Community Grocery Giveaway please call 301.739.1165.

Kids Coats Needed!

Planning on cleaning out your kids closets this week? If so, please consider us when you decide what to do with your gently used items!

We currently need kids winter coats. If you’ve got kids who’ve outgrown their coats from last year then we’ll gladly take them for you! The winter coats will be put in our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg for families shopping on a budget. Our prices are low to help make sure items are affordable for all budgets.

And proceeds from sales generated at our Thrift Stores help to keep our doors open and our programs free for neighbors in need in our community. Also, coats in our Hagerstown Thrift Store may also be given away for free to families in need through out voucher program. Qualifying families receive a voucher from our Administrative Office for clothing and winter coats. These vouchers allow families to receive much needed items that they cannot afford at the moment. So your donated coat helps neighbors in need in multiple ways!

Our Donation Center dock is located at the rear of our parking lot at 215 W. Church St in Hagerstown. It’s open Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri from 9am – 4pm. It’s open Sat from 9am – 3pm. The donation dock is closed every Wed & Sun.

Items donated are eligible for a tax receipt. To learn more about donation receipts please call 301.739.1165 or visit hagerstownhopecenter.com/general-information

The Hope Center Family Came Together for an Evening of Fellowship and Fall Fun!

For the first time since the pandemic started we were able to bring our staff, Board of Directors, Auxiliary, and residents together for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.

We hosted our first Hope Center Family Fall Fest at our Hope Center Farm located just outside of Hagerstown on the Conococheague Creek.

All of our staff, Board members, Auxiliary, Foundations Life Recovery residents, and some graduates were invited to come to the farm for a relaxing evening of hanging out and having fun together.

We had a hayride, lawn games, and tons of delicious food! And on top of all the fun, God provided an absolutely gorgeous fall evening to make the event perfect.

We all had a great time feasting on all the fall flavors, catching up and getting to know each other, and playing games like horseshoes and corn hole.

And it was a very special evening because this was the first time that many of the men in our residential life recovery program, Foundations, had the opportunity to hang out with the staff, Board, and Auxiliary. Many of these men entered the program after all the pandemic rules and procedures went into effect. We’ve been unable to host big group events like this so it was a special night for everyone.

The guys in our Foundations program especially loved having a night outside the city to have fun and meet new people. In fact, the guys were so excited for the event that they created a corn hole tournament with brackets prior to arriving at the farm! They organized and hosted the tournament for anyone who wanted to play.

Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship but, let’s be honest, the food was the star of this event! We had our staff, Board, and Auxiliary all bring fall foods to share with everyone. The Hope Center provided the meat – and boy, was it good! Dillan Izer, son of staff members Aimee and Terry, spent hours overnight to make the most perfect and delicious smoked pulled pork. We’re so thankful for Dillan volunteering his night to prepare the meats for our picnic! The meat was definitely worth it!!

It was so nice to finally be able to host a large event with our staff, Board, Auxiliary, and residents. Covid has been a challenge for all of us but these moments together make us so appreciative of all the wonderful people God has put in our lives. We’re so thankful for our staff who have worked so tirelessly during the pandemic to keep our doors open and programs operating while also keeping everyone safe and healthy. God protected and provided during the pandemic and we’re so grateful to Him for all He did during these trying times.

As the pandemic slowly releases its grip on the world we’re excited for more opportunities to come together like this. And we’re really looking forward to the return of large events that include our wonderful volunteers and community guests! Continue to pray for protection for each other and continue doing what is necessary to keep each other safe during this pandemic.