A lot of the work that we do at the Hope Center is geared to helping families in need and homeless men. But one of the most important ministries that we have is our Foundations residential ministry.
Foundations is a 13-month life recovery program. It exists to help men who want real change in their life. Whether their lives have been destroyed by drugs, alcohol, bad relationships, gambling or all of that, our program is dedicated to helping these men kick their addiction, recognize their need for Jesus and help them to rebuild their lives, self-esteem and broken relationships.
Foundation residents eat, sleep and work at the Hope Center. They have morning jobs and then attend various classes in the afternoon. Each evening the residents go to the chapel service hosted by various area churches. Once a resident has accomplished all levels of the program, they receive a diploma recognizing their accomplishments over the 13-month period. During their time at the Hope Center, the men build relationships with each other, our staff, local churches and most importantly, Jesus. These new relationships equip them to return to society “a new man” enabling them to begin rebuilding broken relationships and restore trust from their former life.
We asked our men to take a few minutes and answer a basic question for us about the Hope Center. Below is the question and then some of the residents answers follow. We want to give you an opportunity to read how your support is helping to bring hope and change to the lives of these incredible men. Many of the men come from situations that we couldn’t even imagine. So to read about their transformation is just giving praise to a powerful, loving God.
How has the Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission been able to give you hope?
By showing me there is another way to live! Which is living for God. Which before I came here I was living for myself, not caring who I hurt in the process. Since being here and graduating the 13-month program I praise God for a place like this. This Hope Center has given me so much whether it be a roof over my head or food or clothing. But the main thing for me was getting to know my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ who gave His life for me. I’m a sinner saved by grace. This Hope Center gives guys like me a chance to change my life and to have a relationship with God. The key word here is change. And that is what the Hope Center is all about. The staff here bends over backwards to make sure guys like me get a chance at a new life with the Lord. But God gets all the glory. Proverbs 3:5-6
Jesus has used the Hope Center to strengthen my relationship with Himself. And is using the Hope Center to teach me what I lack most, how to love unconditionally.
I am glad to be here. I feel God chose me to be here. The Hope Center gave me hope. I have Jesus Christ in my life. I am clean and sober.
When I first came to know Christ, but had no confidence of the things God could do in my life. Now I have hope in God, that all things are done for His glory. I’m learning to rely on Him for everything. Also I’m learning to overcome my fears. And last I have hope for my future.
God gives me hope. The Hope Center provides a safe environment so I can learn the word of God. Most of the staff has tried to understand and help me though my trials.
When I first came here I didn’t have anything or anyone to really believe or rely upon. As my stay as a transient extended I became aware of how special this Mission could be for someone of my capacities. As I got farther along with my life as a transient I could see the hope that could be realized at this Mission. So I decided to look into the fact of what was behind all this hope that I was seeing. So I started talking and asking some questions of the staff and found out what or who had a hand in giving all this hope. So I decided to look for that hope and start upon a fellowship with Jesus Christ. I learned I didn’t know as much as I thought I did about what it took for a relationship with Jesus Christ. I just hope that I can live up to the standards of this Mission and fulfill my walk with the Lord.
These are just a sampling of some of the responses to that question. As you can see, God is seriously working in the lives of these guys in the program. Thank you for being a supporter of this ministry. Please continue to support us but most importantly, please pray for the men in our program. They face a lot of temptations as they try to change their lives. So please keep the men, our staff and the families of these guys in your prayers.
If you would like more info on our residential program, Foundations, or you know of a man who needs help and you are interested in starting the application process for enrollment then please call our office at 301.739.1165 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can answer any questions and help guide you along on this process.