Youth for Christ Club Serves Christmas Cheer!

On Saturday, December 9th some students from the Youth for Christ Club at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts provided a dinner and service for our evening guests!

The students brought chicken, provided by Brownsville Church of the Brethren and Bonnie’s at the Red Byrd. In addition to the chicken, the students had mac & cheese and delicious desserts for all of our community guests. The incredible folks at Brownsville Church of the Brethren also made goodie bags for the students to hand out to all the evening guests.

During the evening service the students led music for our guests and Bethany Norris gave a message. Following the service the students served the food they prepared and spent the evening interacting with the dinner guests.

The student volunteers had such a good time serving that several of them even commented that they couldn’t think of a better way to spend their Saturday evening. They’re hoping, and we are too, that they will be able to return in February to serve again.

If you remember, the Youth for Christ Club at BISFA hosted a benefit concert for The Hope Center back in the fall. They raised financial support for our ministry and then they followed that up with an evening of service to others. What an incredible group of young people who are showing God’s love in so many ways and using their talents and gifts to help better our community! We are just so thankful for these young people and all they’re doing to make a positive difference in our community!

Thank you Youth for Christ Club at BISFA, Brownsville Church of the Brethren, and everyone else who helped to make this a great evening for our guests!

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Welcome Mayor Gysberts!

We were very excited to have the Mayor of Hagerstown, David Gysberts, stop by The Hope Center for a visit.

This is the first time that our new mayor has been to The Hope Center and this was our opportunity to meet with him and give him an understanding of what we do and the chance to see first-hand all of the various ways The Hope Center is helping in the community.

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Like we’ve said before, The Hope Center gets no money from the government so it’s special when we are able to show elected leaders how the community is working together to help each other without the need for tax money. The Hope Center truly is a community outreach!

During the ninety minutes that the mayor was with us, he learned more about the programs and services provided. He was able meet with many of the men enrolled in Foundations Life Recovery program. He was given a tour of our facilities and was able to meet many of our staff.

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During his time with us, the mayor asked many questions and was genuinely interested in all the many things that we do at The Hope Center. In fact, he was surprised at the size of our facilities and the scope of services provided here!

We are so thankful that Mayor Gysberts took time out of his busy schedule to learn more about what we do and tour our property. We hope that this is the beginning of a great relationship with the City of Hagerstown!

If you would like to learn more about all the various things that we do or if you’d like to become a faithful supporter of our ministry, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at