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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Happy, Happy Birthday!!

Join us in wishing Dustin & Albert HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dustin celebrated his birthday in July and Albert just celebrated his this week. Both men are in our Foundations Life Recovery Program. Each month we celebrate the birthdays of the men in our residential program – and of course we have cake! Our good friend Stormy bakes birthday cakes each month for our residents!

Dustin joined our Foundations program in January of this year. While here he made a profession of Christ in his life and is seeking to make positive changes in his life that will help him once he leaves the program. He is about halfway through the Foundations program so please continue to pray for him in his journey as he grows and faces the challenge of confronting the various things that have caused problems in his life.

Albert joined Foundations in September of 2017 after being released into our facility from prison. While in prison he made a profession of Christ which is what lead him to apply to our Foundations program at his release. He wanted a safe, Christian environment to help him grow and change his life patterns and to be in a place where he can build a positive bridge into his future. He quickly joined a local church in Hagerstown and has continued to grow spiritually which has helped him develop great relationships with others. He is very close to graduating from Foundations so continue to keep praying for Albert that he finishes strong and has the confidence to go boldly into his new life without fear. He’s excited about his opportunity to share his new life with others in the community who need to hear about the power of Christ just like he did.

Please continue to pray for all of the men who come in and out of our Foundations Life Recovery Program. It’s not easy for guys to acknowledge that they need to join the program and make necessary changes in their lives and it’s even harder for them to continue once they join. These men are facing serious challenges in their lives and they need all the prayer and support possible. Please continue to invest in their lives through prayer, volunteering, and donating to The Hope Center. Your donation of food, used clothing, shoes, housewares, furniture, etc, and your donation of time serving food, hosting a chapel service, painting or doing anything at The Hope Center are all part of helping these men rehabilitate their lives and giving them the recovery and victory they so desperately want and need. Your support truly does make a difference and God uses it to help them move forward in the face of personal issues. Thank you for helping us celebrate these men and their birthdays.

To learn more about volunteering or donating to The Hope Center or for more information about our Foundations Life Recovery Program for men please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com or call 301.739.1165.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s February 14th…and love is in the air.

But love is not only in the air…it’s also in our wallets. According to Yahoo!, in 2009, American’s spent over $17 billion on Valentines Day gifts. Yes, that is billion – not million. In fact, that same year American’s spent $367 million on Valentines gifts – for their pets!

Obviously Valentines Day has been “Americanized” just like all of our other major holidays. It’s another commercial success for American businesses. And to be honest, it’s good that we have holidays like this to help boost our economy. But when you start to think about the amount of money spent, do you think that maybe we are losing the value of the holiday inside all of the commercialism?

It’s a little like Christmas. We’ve begun to lose the real meaning of the holiday in all the materialism. There is nothing wrong with buying things for the people that you love. Nothing at all. But when “things” become the focus, then it’s wrong.

Take Valentine’s Day for example. It’s a day to celebrate love – love for your spouse or significant other – love for your kids – student’s love for their teachers. Even love for our pets. And when you look at this, you realize what this day is really all about. It’s about the most powerful of all human emotions – love.

Love is so incredibly powerful. In fact, love is so powerful that it “conquers all.” As much damage as hate has on humanity, love is so much stronger. Love can melt the most hardened heart. Love can heal the most broken person.

And that is what motivates us at the Hope Center. Love. Love for others. Love for those in need. Love for all. And it’s not just the “love” that can be easily printed on a Hallmark card. It’s not the same love that can be found in a box of chalky, heart-shaped candy. It’s God’s perfect love.

Sin has destroyed every good thing on this planet, including love. Love has become selfish. Love has become jealous. Love has become lust. Love has been trivialized. But one thing that Satan could never have really understood about God is His pure love for His creation.

This love is what sent Christ to earth. He didn’t come just to be a prophet or a teacher. God’s love sent Him to be our Savior. God’s love wasn’t in the form of a greeting card. It was in the form of His Son, beaten, broken and dying for our sins.

And as sad as that story seems, it was also God’s love that brought Jesus back from the dead. It was His love that rolled that stone away. It was His love that conquered death. It was His love that gave us hope.

And it’s that same love that commands us to be different in this world. As Christians, we should be the example of that perfect love. We need to be the ambassadors of the love that wasn’t destroyed by sin.

As Jesus said in John 13:34 & 35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

As followers of Christ, we should be demonstrating that love each and every day. This is where the unbelieving world will see the difference in us. By our love. This is the hope we have in Christ. That God’s love has completely and totally won. And His love for His creation is so pure and powerful that we need not fear death, hell or Satan.

And this is the love that is used each and every day at the Hope Center. As we see lives destroyed by sin. Relationships in total shambles. Kids hungry. Men and women enslaved by drugs and alcohol. This is where God’s pure love is alive. People, discarded by society, just like in the story of the Good Samaritan. It is love that changes lives. It is love that makes the unbelieving believe.

Each day as you watch TV, it just seems like there is so much hate and anger in the world. From news programs to reality shows to politics, it just seems that our world is running on nothing but hate. This is probably the best time to be the witnesses that we should be. Talk about a light in the darkness. For every hateful act, Christians counter with love. For every mean word spoken, we speak with love. Let’s show the world what really separates us from them. Let’s bring people to Christ by loving the way He loves – unconditionally.

Fortunately for us, God doesn’t have just one day a year to celebrate love. He celebrates everyday. So let’s join in the celebration. We’d love to have you start giving in any way that you can to the ministries at the Hope Center. Help us show God’s love to people that feel totally unloved. Help us mend the broken with God’s love. Help us fight hate with the only weapon known to beat it, God’s love. To find out how you can help share God’s love, call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16.