Mark Your Calendars: The Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast is Coming!

Thanksgiving is one of America’s most treasured holidays. And unfortunately it often gets overlooked between the excitement of Halloween and all the festivities of Christmas. But this holiday is one where families and friends come together to celebrate, reflect, reconnect, and, most importantly, give thanks to God for all the blessings of the year.

Thanksgiving 1Thanksgiving shouldn’t be spent alone which is why we have hosted a community Thanksgiving feast since our beginning. When The Hope Center first started in 1955 we were just a small facility on Jail Alley where alcoholic men could find refuge and safety and a chance to start anew. But Jim & Ellen Resh, our founders, didn’t just want it to be a rehabilitation facility. They wanted the men who were struggling with their addiction to feel like they were valued and were a part of a family.

So naturally, the holidays became an important part of The Hope Center. And as the years passed we welcomed the community to join us as we host a Thanksgiving buffet for anyone and everyone in the community who just wants some great food and good company on Thanksgiving.

We never want anyone to go hungry or feel lonely. God has blessed our ministry since the beginning and we continue to show His love to our neighbors each and every day in as many ways as we can. We are so thankful to still be able to host The Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast again this year – continuing a tradition since the 1950’s and hosting one of, if not the oldest and continually operational Thanksgiving meals in the community.

So we are extending the invitation to anyone in the community this year who is looking for a wonderful place to celebrate and give thanks. The Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast starts at 11:30 am at the Trinity Center (located on Walnut Street next to our Thrift Store in Hagerstown). And since this is an activity for everyone, even kids, we’re hosting activities for your children that day as well starting at 11am. All are welcome to come and we hope that you spread the word to your friends and family!

If you already have plans for Thanksgiving but want to still be a part of this tradition then why not donate some food for the event? We plan to serve around 300 guests that day so you can imagine all the bread, corn, potatoes, butter, cranberry sauce and turkey that’s needed to keep our buffet stocked. And on top of that we’ll still serve breakfast and dinner to others so we’ll go through a lot of food that week. Any donation of food or other resources can make a big impact. If you’d like more information about donating then please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can also check out more info on our food programs at http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com. Thank you for helping us keep our Thanksgiving tradition going year after year! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Yo Ho! It’s A Pirates Life!

On Tuesday, September 19th, we celebrated one of America’s most important holidays, Talk Like A Pirate Day!

That’s right, all guests who came to our daily Soup Line were a part of a pirate party! In addition to the delicious meal prepared by our fantastic kitchen staff, our guests were given pirate treats, prizes, candy, and even got a little free piratical entertainment thanks to our in-house pirate, Lynn Harney, who works in our residential men’s program, Foundations Life Recovery.

It was a fun day for everyone as we ate, laughed, and enjoyed great food & company.

Our Soup Line is a free lunch program that we host every day of the year, including holidays and during inclement weather. Anyone of any age is welcome to join us for a warm meal and the occasional random celebration like our Pirate Party this week. For more information on our Soup Line or other food services programs at The Hope Center please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com or call us at 301.739.1165.

Want to help fight hunger in Hagerstown? You can easily help us in our daily fight against hunger in our community by donating food to our food services program. Between the several fresh meals we serve daily to our food bank program and various large community events like our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast, there’s a lot of food that we need to keep our pantry stocked and to make sure that no one in the greater Hagerstown area has to worry about their next meal.

If you’d like to donate food, host a food drive or just learn more about all of our various food programs then get click here: http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/food-programs

Winter Storm Closures – 3/14/17

Winter has made a triumphant return to the Northeast with winter storm Stella.

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While it may not be the amount of snow initially predicted, we still have enough on the ground to give us a reason to have a good old fashioned snow day!

Below we will list the various programs and ministries at The Hope Center which will be closed today, March 14th, 2017. But please be aware that our overnight shelter and our kitchen for community meals will remain open like normal. If you are able to arrive to our facility then we will have meals at 12:45pm and 7pm like a normal day. If you have questions or concerns please call 301.739.1165 and follow the prompts to talk to someone on duty.

The following are closed today:

  • ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
  • FOOD BAG DISTRIBUTION
  • DONATION DOCK
  • DONATION PICK-UP
  • WILDSIDE YOUTH MINISTRIES (INCLUDING ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY)
  • THRIFT STORES (HAGERSTOWN & CHAMBERSBURG)
  • RECYCLING CENTER

For the most up-to-date info about closures and other program issues please follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/HopeCenterHtown or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown.

If you have any questions or concerns please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Updated Holiday Schedule

As we enter the holiday week, please be advised of the various schedule changes for the week:

DECEMBER 23rd:

  • Recycling Center: Closing at 10am

DECEMBER 24th:

  • Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg): Closed
  • Recycling Center: Closed
  • Donation Dock: Closed
  • SoupLine: 12:45pm
  • Chapel Service w/meal: 7pm

DECEMBER 25th:

  • Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg):  Closed
  • Recycling Center: Closed
  • Donation Dock: Closed
  • SoupLine: 1:15pm
  • Chapel Service w/meal: 7pm

DECEMBER 26th:

  • Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg): Open regular hours
  • Recycling Center: Closed
  • Donation Dock: Closed
  • SoupLine: 12:45pm
  • Chapel Service w/meal: 7pm

DECEMBER 29th:

  • Koffee Klatch: Cancelled

DECEMBER 31st:

  • Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg): Open until 3pm
  • Donation Dock: Open until 3pm
  • SoupLine: 12:45pm
  • Chapel Service w/meal: 7pm

JANUARY 1st:

  • Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg): Closed
  • Recycling Center: Closed
  • Donation Dock: Closed
  • SoupLine: 1:15pm
  • Chapel Service w/meal: 7pm

JANUARY 2nd:

  • Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg): Closed
  • Donation Dock: Closed
  • SoupLine: 1:15pm
  • Chapel Service w/meal: 7pm

For any questions about any services or programs during this week, please call 301.739.1165 or email Hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can also message The Hope Center on Facebook.

We wish each of you a safe & happy holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas Wish List

As Christmas approaches we’ve had people asking what types of items they could get for our residents, guests and neighbors in need. So we decided we’d go ahead and make our very own Christmas Wish List. Some of the items on this list are for our residents, some for our overnight homeless guests and others are for individuals or families in need in our community.

Our shelter and dormitory never close. Both overnight sleeping facilities are open everyday of the year. And when we welcome new guests we make sure that they have all the proper toiletries and items needed to have a fresh start.

And our overnight shelter isn’t the only facility that is always open. Each day of the week, all year long, our kitchen is open to provide anyone in our community a delicious, free meal. And during the week our Administrative Office hands out food bags to neighbors who need some food assistance to get through the month.

So whether someone is hungry or tired, we will be here to take care of their needs. And we thank you for helping us help them. God gave us a very supportive community who has provided for us each year since 1955 allowing us to keep our doors open but free for all of our guests while also not being a burden to the tax-payer as we receive no funding from the government.

As you hit the stores this year, please maybe pick up one or two items on our Christmas Wish List so we can help make the season brighter for our neighbors in need.

For our overnight shelter:

  • New pillows (we can only accept new pillows for sanitation reasons)
  • New or gently used blankets
  • New or gently used bath towels

For our residents and overnight guests (men only):

  • T-shirts (assorted sizes)
  • Briefs (assorted sizes)

Food for our Pantry:

  • 15 oz peanut butter (used as a staple for community food bags)
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned meat: tuna, chicken breast, spam, etc.
  • Cereal: please no Corn Flakes, Cheerios, Puffed Wheat or Puffed Rice
  • Boxed dinners: Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni, Tuna Helper, etc.
  • Tomato soup
  • Creamer (always needed)

To donate items, please stop by our Administrative Office Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm. If there is a time conflict please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Thank you again for helping to make Christmas special for our community. We hope each of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with all your friends and family!

Join our Thanksgiving Tradition!

We are just days away from Thanksgiving! If you are planning on spending the day alone or you don’t have any plans at all then why not celebrate the holiday with our family?

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Our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast is the longest running free community Thanksgiving Day meal in Hagerstown. It’s practically a Thanksgiving tradition that you might want to be a part of.

Our buffet is full of the most delicious food including roast turkey, mashed potatoes, our famous stuffing, sweet potatoes, succotash, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, fruit, pumpkin pie and more!

And did we mention it’s all for free??!!! There’s no charge and no reservation needed. Our activities for kids start at 11am and then we kick everything off at 11:30am. Come alone or bring friends, family and anyone else with you on Thursday because the Trinity Center is one of the biggest dining rooms in Hagerstown and all are welcome! We promise there will be plenty of food and you’ll have plenty of good conversation.

For more info about our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

*Just a reminder: our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg will be closed on Thursday, November 24th. Both stores will reopen for normal business hours on Friday, November 25th.

**Our overnight transient shelter for homeless men will be open as usual on Thanksgiving. Our food bank, sorting room and soup line will not be open on Thanksgiving Day but all are welcome to come to the Trinity Center at 11:30am for our buffet feast.

 

A Little Snow and a lot of Christmas Spirit!

On Saturday, December 14th, the Hagerstown area was blanketed with yet another snow storm. While the snow can be troublesome, at Christmas, it’s a beautiful sight.

There’s really nothing more beautiful than the sight of pine trees draped in snow and white lights twinkling under the blanket of snow.

The only thing that could make the night more magical would be the sounds of Christmas music filling the air.

And that’s exactly what the choir from Maranatha Brethren Church did.

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Even though many events were cancelled due to the snow, the wonderful people from Maranatha still performed their Christmas cantata, Christmas is Coming: Sing for Joy!, in the Trinity Center for our residents and some guests who braved the cold & snow.

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After the cantata was finished, the choir became servers for the evening and fed the audience a delicious meal prepared by the church.

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DSC_1274We look forward to special events, like this, presented by churches in the area. Maranatha always does a splendid job! We’re so thankful that they think of the residents & guests of The Hope Center and stop by for a special performance.

It was a very special evening at The Hope Center as we joined together to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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If you would like your choir or another group to perform for our residents & guests, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net to learn of any open spots.

Also, if you’re looking for a church to celebrate Christmas this year, check out Maranatha Brethren Church located off of Jefferson Blvd in Hagerstown. For more info, call the church at 301.733.1717.