A Note of Gratitude From Our Residents

Men in our residential program, Foundations Life Recovery, wanted to start the year off right by thanking all the many donors who have helped to keep The Hope Center open and running.

Our donors play a pivotal role in the lives of the men in our residential program. Without their continued & faithful support, many of these men would be lost, alone and homeless.

The financial support provided by our friends keeps this facility open every day of the year and free of charge for men seeking help for their addictions and troubled situations.

Our residents are always extremely thankful for the assistance given to them at The Hope Center. They understand that there are hundreds to thousands of people who are rooting for them and cheering them on to make the necessary changes in their lives so they can live victorious in the future.

Recently, the men wrote down some brief notes of gratitude to our donors. Some men chose to include their names, others didn’t. But all of these quotes are genuine and from the heart! Please read through these notes and remember to pray for each of these men as they battle their addictions and life struggles.

A Note of Thank You From Our Residents!

Just want to thank you for all that you do for this program because it’s helping me to change my life around and get close to God. ~Melvin

Never before have I seen such generosity as I see here.  I am very grateful for the help given to me and the other men here. ~Frank

Thank you that you let God work through you and use you to make a difference in people’s lives.

Thank you for all your love! ~Connor

God bless you and I thank you for the donations that are continually given.  We appreciate it.  May the Lord bless you. ~Dustin

I want to thank you for giving me a place to get a relationship with God and become a better man.

I look up to, and respect, people that stand in the gap where God placed them to be able to help His people.  And an extra blessing are the ones who do it with a warm smile. ~Kevin

Thank you very much.  You truly are a life-saver!

Many thanks to the donors and volunteers and guest preachers.  Your generosity and loving kindness help us greatly and makes a difference.

Many thanks and blessings to all you guys.  God bless you all for everything you guys have done.  I’m so thankful.  My heart can’t explain the gratitude I feel.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart.  I love you all!

Again, thank you for supporting this ministry! We can’t say it any better than our residents but we appreciate your support every single day! You may not be able to see the full impact of your gift but we do, our guys do, and most importantly, God does.

If you are not a current supporter of this ministry, why not start the new year by making a resolution to partner with us to bring hope to the lives of thousands of people in the greater Hagerstown region this year?

Your financial support helps men in our Foundations Life Recovery program, provides overnight shelter for homeless men, feeds daytime guests from the community looking for a nourishing & hot meal, provides food bags for hungry families, gives at-risk children a safe after school program and free summer camp, and many other programs for people of all ages.

The Hope Center does not receive any tax money so our facilities and programs are fully funded through the generous support of our friends.

Now is the perfect time for you to join us in battling hunger, despair, addiction and hopelessness in Hagerstown.

Call 301.739.1165, email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or visit http://www.hagerstownrescue.org for more info. You can also donate directly from our website through a secure PayPal account.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past and who is pledging to keep The Hope Center operational in the years to come!

2013 – A Year In Pictures

There’s no better way to remember another passing year than to see it in pictures. We’ve enjoyed meeting everyone who served or visited The Hope Center this past year. We look forward to all the amazing things God has prepared for 2014!

Enjoy taking a quick walk back memory lane as we celebrate the faces of hope!

Happy New Year! May God bless you in this upcoming year and may you draw closer to Him with each new day!

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Thank You For A Wonderful 2013!

As we welcome the new year and look forward to all the great things God has in store, we want to take a moment to look back at this past year and thank God for all His blessings.

So many lives were touched and people reached in 2013. From meals at our Soup Line, to kids at Camp Wild, to men in our Foundations Life Recovery program, so many people were helped and shown God’s love this year.

2013 couldn’t have been such a great year without the continued support from all of our friends, not just in the Hagerstown area, but all over the country! God has provided us with such faithful supporters who truly believe in the power of HOPE. We thank each of you for your support, whether it was financial, in-kind gifts, volunteering or any other way, we appreciate your dedication to this ministry and we thank you for sharing our passion to reach the hurting for Christ.

As we look to 2014, we ask that you continue to partner with us to bring real hope & change to Hagerstown. As we continue to help the needy, hurting, addicted and homeless, we are also working on new projects and ministries to reach more people for Christ. Please join us in praying for our current ministries and the people who are being helped. Also, please pray for God to open doors for new areas of ministry in Hagerstown and the surrounding areas.

Thank you so much for all you do! We hope that you’ve had a great 2013 and it’s our prayer that 2014 is even better! Happy New Year!

As our way of saying goodbye to 2013, we’re posting some pictures from various events this year at The Hope Center. These pictures are images of staff, volunteers, residents and guests. Enjoy!

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Celebrate National Coffee Day!

Coffee is probably the most important part of everyone’s breakfast routine. We all need a good cup of joe to jolt the brain awake and prepare us for the stresses and happiness of each new day.

coffee2On September 29th, America is celebrating our most beloved hot beverage! Stores and businesses across the country are offering free cups of coffee or special coupons to celebrate the day.

A coffee lover comes in many different shapes & sizes. We hail from the Northeast to the Southwest and even places like Alaska & Hawaii. Coffee lovers come from all social backgrounds and are all ages. Pretty much, everyone is a coffee lover.

As you enjoy your morning brew or celebrate with an afternoon latte, remember that not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a hot cup of coffee each day. There are people who have fallen on hard times and don’t have the resources to drink a cup of coffee each day.

Join us in helping to restore hope to these people by starting with a cup of coffee. It may sound silly, but a cup of joe can help break down barriers and be the first step to building a relationship that could change a life forever!

At The Hope Center, we go through a lot of coffee. From our residents, to our transient guests, to our daily meal guests, to our weekly Koffee Klatch ladies group, there is a lot of coffee consumed. And all that coffee consumption can quickly add up.

Our pantry runs low on essentials, like coffee & sugar, quite often. So why not help celebrate National Coffee Day by grabbing a cup for yourself and a container of coffee for those in need?

This weekend as you go to your favorite grocery store, pick up an extra can or jug of coffee for The Hope Center. Something as small as a can of coffee can go along way. By supplying us with coffee, you allow us to use our resources for other programs & ministries to help reach people in need for Christ.

Money that would be spent purchasing coffee & sugar can go towards helping men break from their addictions that have destroyed their lives. This money can go towards providing comfortable beds and warm blankets for the homeless during the cold winter months. There are so many ways that your coffee donation can actually help make a difference in our city.

But the most important way that your coffee donation can make a difference is that someone who feels lost, desperate and alone knows that there are caring, loving people in this world and there is a great, loving and compassionate God who wants the best for them.

Restoring hope and changing lives is too big for humans. It’s a God-sized task. He just asks that we show His love so He can rescue lives.

And love can come in all forms, even a cup of coffee.

If you would like to donate coffee or get involved on a regular basis at The Hope Center, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

To drop off coffee & sugar donations, please stop by our Administrative Office, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm. If you need to arrange another time, please call us at 301.739.1165.

If your church, Sunday School class, youth group, civic organization, Boy/Girl Scout troop, business or any other group would like to host a Coffee & Sugar Drive, please contact us for details. This is a wonderful way for the community to pull together to help make a difference.

Thank you for caring & sharing! Your support helps tremendously!

For more info on The Hope Center, please go to www.hagerstownrescue.org.

Home For Christmas…All the Way from Africa!

One very special lady, Anna Nunemaker, has been volunteering for years at The Hope Center. When she’s not helping to sort through donated books & reading materials for our Thrift Stores, she can be seen every Thursday morning leading the weekly ladies Bible study, Koffee Klatch.

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Anna, center, enjoys talking with the ladies that attend Koffee Klatch each Thursday at The Hope Center

Anna is the sister of Ellen Resh, the late co-founder of The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission. Just like her sister Ellen, Anna has spent her years serving the Lord in various ways.

For 30 years Anna, and her late husband Glenn, were missionaries in Niger, located in West Africa. Anna & Glenn raised their two sons in Africa and both of them are still serving the Lord through various missions programs throughout the world.

While in Africa, Anna & Glenn took Samuel Djibo into their home when he was only 10 months old. Samuel became like a son to Anna & Glenn and continues to be a part of Anna’s family to this day even though he still lives in Niger. Samuel tries to visit his “mom” every year. When he’s in Hagerstown, he enjoys stopping by The Hope Center and talking to the residents and helping Anna with Koffee Klatch.


This is Anna’s story of how Samuel became a part of her family:

“Samuel’s mother was dying of TB so he needed a home.  We took him into our home when he was only ten months old.  He grew up with our two sons and was a part of our family for the rest of our years in Africa.  We brought him to America several times while he was under our care.  He loved America!

“Samuel went to a Bible school as a young man and later became a teacher in the Mission school of Niger, West Africa.  He developed a very serious eye problem and soon was no longer able to teach.  We brought him to the States to be examined at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.  They said there was no cure for his problem.

Samuel still serves the Lord in spite of his handicap.  He speaks three languages, so he does a good job of translating for speakers who come to Niger to teach.”

Sam really wants to serve the Lord, but his handicap makes it hard.  He is here to visit his “Mom,” Anna Nunemaker, for Christmas.  “He is a great blessing and help to me, and to my church, and to the Bible study (Koffee Klatch) at The Hope Center”.

We really appreciate all the years of service that Anna has given the Lord both here, at The Hope Center, and abroad. She genuinely loves serving the Lord and reaching people with the hope of Christ.

If you are a lady looking for a good Bible study geared just for women then please check out Koffee Klatch every Thursday morning at 10am. The ladies meet at 9am in the dining room at The Hope Center for donuts and coffee. Koffee Klatch is free for any woman looking for some good fellowship and spiritual nourishment. For more info about Koffee Klatch please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

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!

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.