August is All About the Beans

Happy August!!! The arrival of August brings a new Pantry Item of the Month. This month we’re asking for cans of baked beans… yummmmmm!

We’ll gladly accept any brand, flavor, or size of cans of baked beans. We use baked beans in our kitchen for community meals and we also give out cans of baked beans to those who receive food bags or participate in our Community Grocery Giveaway.

And speaking of Community Grocery Giveaway we’re hosting another one this month! On Friday, August 13th we’re giving away all sorts of non-perishable items to anyone who needs a little grocery assistance. The grocery giveaway will take place in the Trinity Center from 9am – 11am or while supplies last.

In addition to baked beans, we’re giving away items like canned fruit, soups, peanut butter canned vegetables, boxes of mac & cheese, baking mixes, pasta, sauces, canned meats, snacks, ramen, boxed dinners, and so much more! We’ll also have an assortment of breads & pastries along with personal care items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and so on. Our Community Grocery Giveaway is FREE for anyone and everyone in the community including our neighbors in surrounding counties and states. You do not need a food bank card to participate. Bags will be provided but anyone in attendance is welcome to bring their own bags for food. All items are first-come and while supplies last so make a plan to come as soon as doors open at 9am. Also, if you know of individuals or families who cannot make it out that day please feel free to stop by and pick up food for them. We want to help as many people as possible!

So if you’d like to support our food programs by donating cans of baked beans please drop off donations to our Admin Office during business hours M-F (office is open 8:15-11:30am and 12:15-4pm). If these hours conflict with your schedule please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works for you.

If you prefer shopping onilne at AmazonSmile or another vendor please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address. If you’re unfamiliar with AmazonSmile please click here General Information | hagerstownhopecenter and scroll to the bottom to learn more.

Thank you for caring and sharing with your community! Please help us spread the word about our upcoming Community Grocery Giveaway and our Pantry Item of the Month by sharing our posts on Facebook!

July 4th Holiday Schedule

July 4th is almost here! And with the upcoming holiday taking place on Sunday we wanted to remind you that our Administrative Offices, Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg), Donation Center, and Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, July 5th.

Camp Wild, Soup Line, our overnight shelter, and evening meal/chapel will be open on Monday, July 5th. Soup Line doors open at 12:45pm on Monday.

Our daily meals, Soup Line & evening meal/chapel, along with our overnight shelter will be open on July 4th.

Everything will be open and operating on normal schedule on Tuesday, July 6th. If you have any questions please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!!

And the Pantry Item of the Month is…

June has arrived which means it’s time for our newest Pantry Item of the Month!

For the month of June we’re asking for jars of pasta sauce. We’ll gladly accept any brand, variety, or size of pasta sauce.

Our kitchen uses a good amount of pasta sauce each month for the community meals we serve. And pasta sauce is also a staple item, along with boxes of spaghetti, for our food bag program. We make sure each food bag has pasta sauce when available.

We’ve also learned that pasta sauce is a hot item at our Community Grocery Giveaways that we host every season.

We’d appreciate any donation of pasta sauce! To donate please drop off at our Administrative Office (215 W. Church St) during business hours Mon – Fri. If you’re unable to drop off during the weekday then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works.

If you’d prefer shopping online at your favorite vendor please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

Thank you for caring and sharing with the community! If you’d like to learn more about our food services please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/food-programs

Out With the Old {Kitchen}

Our new kitchen expansion is open and serving up multiple meals a day to our residents and guests. And now the project has moved into our former kitchen and dining room.

The construction crew has been busy removing the old kitchen. The former kitchen space will become part of the expanded and renovated dining room which will more than double the size of our current dining room.

There’s a good bit of work to be done in the former kitchen space. We hadn’t done any major renovation on that kitchen space since moving into the building in the late 1950’s. Once the crew has the space ready then they’ll move ahead with the dining room renovation.

Even though our food services area has been under construction since August 2020 we haven’t missed any meals! The Trinity Center has been, and continues to be, our current dining room during this construction project and because of COVID-19 restrictions.

We are so excited that we’re on the back end of this much needed expansion and renovation project. Once completed we’ll have so much more space to meet the growing need of hunger and food insecurity in our community. Please consider partnering with us to feed our neighbors in need by donating to our construction project. Your financial investment is directly benefitting your community. The money you give here stays here. And since we don’t receive any tax money or government funding, donations from generous people like you help us to continue helping thousands of people each year.

To learn more about our expansion and renovation project or to donate online please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/renovation

Washington County Gives Starts at Midnight!

We’re just a few short hours away from Washington County Gives 2021!

Washington County Gives is a 24-hour day of online giving benefitting non-profits in Washington County. Starting at midnight 5/11 and lasting until 11:59pm you can donate to The Hope Center during Washington County Gives and help us raise support for our kitchen and dining room expansion project.

Giving during Washington County Gives is quick, easy and safe. Starting at midnight you can easily get to our donation page by clicking here: Give to The Hope Center | Washington County Gives

We’ll also post links from our Facebook page and from our website. If you don’t follow us on Facebook please go to http://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown or visit us online at WCG | hagerstownhopecenter

Please help us spread the word about donating during Washington County Gives by encouraging your friends, family, church, coworkers, and social media followers to join you in donating to The Hope Center.

Your gift during Washington County Gives will help us pay for our much needed construction project. Our food services expansion will more than double the previous kitchen & dining room space. This will allow us to feed more people more efficiently and give us more space in our dining room for more neighbors to have a place to eat.

Our food services are free for anyone in the community. Your gift during Washington County Gives helps us continue to feed neighbors in need and combat hunger and food insecurity in our community.

Please join others in the community and make a plan to donate to The Hope Center tomorrow during Washington County Gives!

March Pantry Item of the Month

We’re a few days into a new month – and the arrival of a new month means a new Pantry Item of the Month!

This month we’re not asking for a specific food donation. Instead we need heavy duty paper plates and/or 8oz cups for hot beverages.

We’re still serving all meals in the Trinity Center due to social distancing guidelines from the pandemic and also because of the kitchen expansion construction project. And because of all that we are still using disposable serving items for all of our daily meals for our residents and guests.

Earlier in the pandemic we asked for donations of products like plates, cups, and plastic serveware and the community came through in a tremendous way! Now we’re at the point where we desperately need more disposable plates and cups.

If you would like to donate heavy duty paper plates and/or 8oz cups (for hot beverages) please drop them off to our Administrative Offices during business hours (M-F 8:15am-11:30am and 12:15pm-4pm). If our office times don’t work for you then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that suits.

If you’d prefer shopping online at your favorite vendor like AmazonSmile* then please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 as our delivery address.

We truly appreciate any donation of these items! Thank you for helping to make a difference in our community! If you’d like more info on our food services programs or any of the other programs we provide the community please visit hagerstownhopecenter.com.

*AmazonSmile is a way for you to shop Amazon while also making a donation to your community! When you shop AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate a portion of the proceeds from your order to The Hope Center. Go to smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon account. When prompted to select a non-profit search for The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission and choose us as your beneficiary. Now you’re ready to shop! It’s that easy. For more info go to hagerstownhopecenter.com and scroll down our homepage for the AmazonSmile info.

Another Successful Food Giveaway!

Our 3rd Community Grocery Giveaway was a huge success!!

We hosted the quarterly event on February 26th as a way to help anyone in the community in need of grocery assistance. While we hand out food bags to anyone in need each month, we’ve started hosting these large grocery events to help give more people access to food. This event is basically a build-your-own-food-bag type of activity. We provide the bags and then allow each person to decide the items from each table they’d like to take. This way we’re making sure people take the foods they love and want.

And at this Community Grocery Giveaway we added personal care items like soap, shampoo, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and hand soap.

In the 2 hours of the event we gave food to over 245 people!

Our guests so were happy and thankful for the grocery assistance. We want to thank all the individuals, families, groups, churches, and schools who’ve been donating food to our pantry. Your donations make a huge difference each and every day but they were especially beneficial at our giveaway. Your generosity not only provided important food assistance to so many people but it also provided hope and made a lot of people very happy!

An event like this couldn’t be so successful without the help and support of so many of our staff and volunteers. We want to thank everyone who helped in one way or another to make this event happen. There’s a lot of work that went into this event including moving boxes upon boxes of food. Thank you to everyone who served our community during this giveaway! We are so thankful and proud to have such wonderful staff and volunteers!!!

We’re planning on hosting another Community Grocery Giveaway in the spring. But until then, if you are in need of grocery assistance please call our office at 301.739.1165 to reserve a food bag for pickup. We will continue to offer bags of groceries each month so please do not hesitate to get a bag of food for yourself or family. Also, if you’re in need of hot meals and friendly company then please join us each day for our community meals. For more info on our daily meals please call 301.739.1165. And remember, we serve meals every day of the year including holidays and inclement weather.

If you’d like to donate food or learn more about our community food programs please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Support our Kitchen Expansion Project!

To learn about our expansion project and all things happening at The Hope Center please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Our renovation & expansion project is moving right along! Thanks to some great weather this fall, and a great construction team, we are currently on schedule. The project will hopefully be completed by March 2021.

Once completed the expansion will give our kitchen staff & volunteers a bigger, more efficient kitchen to prepare and serve meals. It will also increase the seating capacity of our dining room allowing us to safely feed more people. And it will triple the size of our pantry allowing us more space to store food for our daily meals and our food bag program for the community.

We are currently raising support to repay the construction loans for this project. To learn more about our construction project and to donate please visit Online Giving | hagerstownhopecenter

Christmas & New Year Schedule

Christmas is almost here so we want to give you our schedule of all the closures taking place at The Hope Center this week and the next.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg), Donation Center, Recycling Center, and Wildside Youth will all be CLOSED. The Administrative Office will CLOSE AT 11:30am.

CHRISTMAS: Administrative Offices, Thrift Stores, Donation Center, Recycling Center, and Wildside Youth will all be CLOSED.

New Year’s Day: Administrative Offices, Thrift Stores, Donation Center, Recycling Center, and Wildside Youth will be CLOSED.

Our daily community meals, including Soup Line, and our overnight shelter will be OPEN on all holidays. Soup Line will operate on holiday schedule (same as Sundays) on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Trinity Center doors will open at 12:45pm on those days.

If you have any questions or concerns about our holiday schedule please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com. Learn more about The Hope Center by visiting hagerstownhopecenter.com and be sure to stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook at facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown

We hope each of you have a safe, healthy and happy holiday celebrations this year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thanksgiving Happiness Delivered

Thanksgiving 2020 is in the books… and is one for the books!

Our tradition of hosting a large group celebration in the Trinity Center was thwarted this year by COVID-19. We had originally planned to provide meals to-go and delivery but with the quick increase in cases in the area and a few positive cases at The Hope Center we decided to provide delivery only as an option for our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast.

Since we’ve never done delivery as an option we were basically working the unknown. But once the delivery reservation date came and went we were better able to see how it would all go down.

Our volunteers started trickling in the week of Thanksgiving to start preparing some of the foods for the delivery feast. From Dorcas creating the delicious stuffing, to Becky roasting all the turkeys (19 in total), to Laurel, Melanie, and Keith taking the meat off the bones, our pre-Thanksgiving crew worked hard to make sure our feast was ready for the big day. Then came the arrival of all the pies provided by Germantown Church of God and delivered by our wonderful friends, Mark & Sue Hosler.

Then bright and early on Thanksgiving – actually earlier than the sun – staff and volunteers descended on the kitchen to start preparing all the different elements for our feast. From Michelle and Melanie making the sweet potatoes and Doug carving the turkey breast, our kitchen came to life like it would on any Thanksgiving Day. Our faithful friend, Amanda, showed up like she does every Thanksgiving to help all over the kitchen, and good friends of The Hope Center Sue & Dan Thornton arrived to provide a huge help to the day. And then our mashed potato man, Larry, dropped by to make sure we provided the best mashed potatoes as he does every Thanksgiving.

Once the pies were cut, the cranberry sauce in individualized containers, and all the food prepared, our dining room became a food delivery factory! We had volunteers dipping the food, volunteers filling delivery boxes, and volunteers driving the food all over the Hagerstown area for our community friends to enjoy!

It was a long day but it was a huge success! While we absolutely missed seeing all our volunteers, guests, family, and friends, we are still so happy we were able to continue the tradition of providing Thanksgiving for our community! We’ve been providing this Thanksgiving Feast since the very beginning when the Rescue Mission was founded by Jim & Ellen Resh all the way back in 1955. Coronavirus may have caused a few hiccups but it didn’t keep us from being able to celebrate all the blessings God has provided during this unconventional year.

And speaking of God’s blessings – what a year of blessings it’s been! God has provided for us repeatedly this year in so many awesome ways!! And this Thanksgiving celebration was just another visible way of God showing His faithfulness to our ministry. Every time things looked more difficult than we expected, God sent someone or something to give us hope. Our volunteers on Thanksgiving were absolutely amazing. From Sue Thornton working her magic in the kitchen to all the food servers filling the delivery orders, to all of our happy drivers who dropped off meals to families and came back to deliver more! In the midst of this challenging year God has continually showed up for this ministry and provided in miraculous ways.

We hope each of you had a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving this year! And while we enjoyed seeing our delivery feast make everyone happy we can’t wait to host everyone in person next year!

Thanks to all of our donors, volunteers, and staff for going above and beyond for our unprecedented Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast! We honestly thank God for each and every one of you who helped to make it a success. Thank you so much!!