Happy Birthday!

Each month we celebrate the birthday of any resident currently in our Foundations Life Recovery program.

In January we were happy to celebrate with Anthony “Tony” Ryan and Devin Scott.

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Tony was here once before but he left the program thinking he was ready to make it on his own.  When he went back to his old habits he knew he needed help.  He enrolled into the program again in October 2012.  He hopes to finish well this time.

Devin Scott came into the program in November 2012.  Devin is the son of Kevin Scott who recently graduated from the program and continues to work here in food services.

We want to thank our friend, Stormy, for baking another delicious cake for our birthday guys!

January 2013 birthdays

Please pray for Tony & Devin as they work to conquer their addictions and strive to be the Godly men that they were created to be. Also, keep all of our residents and graduates in your prayers. This path to redemption is not easy for many of the guys that join the program. There are a lot of temptations to deal with and a lot of struggles for each man to overcome. Please continue to lift these guys up in prayer. Pray for power to overcome and the perseverance to continue to the end. Pray for the staff that are helping to guide these men.

Thank you for partnering with us to help bring the hope of Christ to people in need. It’s important to the well-being of the men in the program to know that there are caring people that are supporting them through this time of change in their lives. We appreciate all that you do to help bring hope to Hagerstown!

Get to Know Rick Roche

We are going to start focusing on some of the various staff and volunteers at The Hope Center who help to make this ministry run so effectively. These faces are the wonderful people that God has placed here to help change lives and provide hope to all types of people in the community who are looking for help in one way or another. We are so thankful to all of our staff and volunteers who give so much to reaching the least, the last and the lost.

My name is Rick Roche.  I am the Job Supervisor here at The Hope Center.  I have a BS in Pastoral Studies from Antietam Bible College.  I was ordained into the ministry in 2003 while serving as an assistant pastor and youth pastor at Grace Bible Church in Greencastle, PA for approximately 4-1/2 years.

The Lord opened the door here at The Hope Center in 2004 through a good friend who was a monthly speaker here in the evening chapel service.   I served as evening chaplain for 5 years, overseeing all chapel services, counseling residents and transient men in spiritual matters and life issues when needed, and supervising residents’ and transients’ activities.

In 2009/10 we as a staff team revamped our program and I moved to day shift as Residential Job Supervisor.  Our “Foundations” program requires that the program members all have job responsibilities to help them learn accountability and responsibility.  As Residential Job Supervisor, I have the challenge of matching the many varied personalities, skills and work ethics of the program members with the various job responsibilities of the different departments of The Hope Center which would include housekeeping, kitchen duties, recycling, Thrift Stores, donation drop-offs, trucks, maintenance, grounds keeping and farm work.

I also teach between 3 and 4 classes each week from the inherent Word of God about a relationship with Jesus Christ and the freedom from sin and slavery that He gives to all who trust in Him.  I’ve had the opportunity to see many lives changed during the past 8 years.  The Lord opened this door of opportunity and blessing and I am grateful to Him for allowing me to serve Him here at The Hope Center.

Voices of Hope

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

-Robert

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.

-Daniel

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.

-Dennis

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.

-Kevin

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.

-Darren

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.

-Gerald

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 hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. We can answer any questions and help guide you along on this process.