Chick-Fil-A Brings the Happy (and, of course, some Chicken)

Who wouldn’t love a lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A for free? It’s basically everyone’s dream. And for our residents and Soup Line guests that dream became a reality last weekend when staff from Chick-Fil-A in Hagerstown stopped by The Hope Center to host lunch!

Thirteen Chick-Fil-A team members helped prepare, serve, and interact with all of the men, women and children who joined us for lunch. Lead by Mary Teal Medina, the Marketing Director, and Matt Roach, Operations Director, the crew served a delicious meal of BBQ chicken sandwiches, chicken noodle soup over a hot biscuit, and a cookie. And to wash it all down our guests enjoyed some of that delicious southern style sweet tea that is wildly popular at Chick-Fil-A!

It was another full house during Soup Line and our guests enjoyed the great food and good company.

We are so thankful for the team from Chick-Fil-A for volunteering and being involved in helping us feed those in need in Hagerstown. We would gladly welcome Chick-Fil-A back any time, and we know our guests would too!

Thank you so much, Chick-Fil-A of Hagerstown, for taking time out of your schedule to share with our residents and guests!

If you’re reading this and craving some great fast food then swing by Chick-Fil-A on Wesel Blvd in Hagerstown for a sandwich, grilled nuggets, waffle fries, and Chick-Fil-A sauce…or just get whatever makes your heart happy on that menu because you know it’s gonna taste great!

If you, your business, scout troop, church, or civic group would like to join Chick-Fil-A and other local restaurants in serving our lunch guests then please give us a call at 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. There’s a genuine need for food assistance in our community and we’re so thrilled to have restaurants in the area team up with us and our other donors and volunteers to combat hunger and hopelessness in Hagerstown. You can join the fight! Go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how you can be a part of helping neighbors in need in Hagerstown and the surrounding communities!

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Memorial Day Schedule

The following will be closed on Monday, May 29th, 2017 for Memorial Day:

  • Administrative Offices
  • Donation Drop-off
  • Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg)
  • Recycling Center

The following will be open on Monday, May 29th, 2017:

  • Overnight shelter (regular schedule)
  • Soupline (doors open at 1:15pm)
  • Evening service/meal at 7pm

For questions or concerns please call us at 301.739.1165 or visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

 

Maranatha Brethren Church is Spreading Christmas Cheer!

Maranatha Brethren Church is hosting another great evening of Christmas music!

On Friday, December 19th, the Trinity Center will be full of the sounds of the season as the choir from Maranatha presents their Christmas cantata, A Christmas Prayer.

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Each Christmas season the church brings their choir to perform their annual cantata for our residents and any guests from the community. Following the musical performance people from Maranatha serve a delicious meal for everyone who attends.

Bring your family and invite your friends to join Maranatha as they celebrate the season of Christmas with a beautiful night of music and fellowship.

This is a free event for everyone so go ahead and make plans to join us and spread some Christmas cheer! For more info, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

 

Celebrating Thanksgiving – Part Two

If you were unable to join us for our annual Thanksgiving feast, enjoy some pictures from our wonderful celebration!

If you’d like to learn about how you can get involved, volunteer or financially support this ministry, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can also go to www.hagerstownrescue.org to safely give a financial donation through PayPal.

Also, be sure to keep up-to-date on all things at The Hope Center through Facebook and Twitter.  For Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown. For Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/HopeCenterHtown.

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And so it Begins…

Thanksgiving is just a handful of days away which means our kitchen is getting busier by the minute!

For over 50 years we’ve hosted an annual Thanksgiving buffet for the community. It’s always been free and, even more importantly, it’s been delicious!

Each Thanksgiving, we plan to host 250-300 hungry guests in the Trinity Center, our multi-purpose building located next to the Thrift Store on Walnut Street.

So to have enough food for our buffet to feed almost 300 people, there is a lot of work and preparation that goes into it.

The process began today with the donation of the 16 turkeys that will be the star of our Thanksgiving buffet. Tomorrow, we will roast those 16 turkeys which will take the entire day.

Once the turkeys are finished, we’ll have volunteers who will help to carve and pull the meat off the turkeys. The biggest challenge is not eating every bit of the delicious turkey!

While all of that is taking place, we have other people who are spending time cutting up bread and celery for our famous stuffing.

Preparing the food is not the only thing that goes into this event. We will have several people help us set up the Trinity Center to host 300 guests. From tables, to chairs, to the buffet line, there is a lot of prep work that goes into getting the building ready for the big day.

While the event may only last around 2 or so hours, there are countless hours put into making this day a success.

We couldn’t say thank you enough to all the staff, Hope Center residents and volunteers who will give so much of their time this week to prepare and serve our guests on Thanksgiving. This always has been and always will be a truly community event where we stop being strangers and start being family.

If you would like to join us for our delicious Thanksgiving feast then make it a plan to come by the Trinity Center at 11:30am on Thursday, November 28th, for our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast. It’s free for everyone so invite your family, friends, neighbors & co-workers. There are children’s activities beginning at 11am.

For more info, call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Thank You, Darden!

We are so pleased to announce that the Darden Restaurant Group has generously donated $3,000 from the Darden Foundation to The Hope Center to continue to help fight hunger in the greater Hagerstown area.

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The Darden Community Grants Program is a local grants program that helps to support nonprofit organizations focused on the issues of post-secondary education, preservation of natural resources or hunger.

Our Food Services Department feeds hundreds of people a week. Our kitchen serves 5 meals a day to our residents and community guests. In addition to hot meals served, The Hope Center is a part of the Washington County Food Bank program. We distribute bags and boxes of food to individuals and families in need of groceries.

We are so thankful for the Hagerstown Red Lobster, Olive Garden & Longhorn Steakhouse for supporting the work that we do at The Hope Center to feed the hungry in Hagerstown.

And when you go out to eat, please support these restaurants as they continue to support The Hope Center and the community.

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Red Lobster is located at 1681 Wesel Boulevard in Hagerstown

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Olive Garden is located at 17410 Valley Mall Road in Hagerstown

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Longhorn Steakhouse is located at 1000 Prime Outlets Boulevard in Hagerstown

Guests Enjoyed a Wonderful Easter Cantata

On Saturday, March 23rd, the choirs from Maranatha Brethren Church and Waynesboro Grace Brethren Church hosted a beautiful night of music and food to celebrate Easter!

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The joint choirs performed an Easter Cantata called “The Story”, which tells about the powerful life, death & resurrection of Christ through beautiful music.

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Following the service, the two churches served a delicious, hot meal of homemade chili, bread and desserts. A perfect meal for a cold evening!

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There were between 40-50 volunteers who helped to serve the guests in attendance. This is the 3rd time that Maranatha has hosted a cantata for the community and each one has seen a rise in attendance.

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We want to thank Dan Thorton, cantata director and pastor at Maranatha, and the choirs and volunteers from both churches for providing such a wonderful night for our guests in the community! We hope to continue having these cantatas every holiday season!

If you would like to support the choirs from Maranatha & Waynesboro Grace then be sure to go to one of their shows this weekend. On Saturday, March 30th at 7pm, the cantata will be presented at Waynesboro Grace Brethren (250 Philadelphia Ave, Waynesboro, PA). It will then be performed again on Easter Sunday, March 31st at 7pm at Maranatha Brethren Church (19835 Scott Hill Dr, Hagerstown).

For more info or directions, please call Maranatha Brethren at 301.733.1717 or Waynesboro Grace Brethren at 717.762.5826. You can also check out their websites at www.maranathagbc.net and www.waynesborochurch.org.