Washington County Gives – Help Us Feed More Families

On May 1st we’re participating in washingtoncountygives.org. This is a wonderful opportunity for people all over the area to give to non-profits quickly and easily during the 24-hour online day of giving.

But why give to The Hope Center? Great question. We are currently in the beginning process of renovating and expanding our food services area. We serve multiple meals a day and hand out hundreds of food bags a year. All food services are free to anyone and everyone in the community – men, women, families, old, young – it doesn’t matter. No one will go hungry in our community.

But as the need grows, so must our facilities. Feeding those in need in the area is a top priority and generous people in the community have been absolutely fantastic about donating food to keep our pantry stocked so that we can continue to feed thousands each year.

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Unfortunately, our pantry is not really close to being the size we need it to be to feed thousands each year. And we’re so blessed to have the food resources we need – we just don’t have enough space to store all the various food items needed to serve daily meals to our residents, overnight and community guests and also pack food bags for families. Part of the renovation and expansion will include a total overhaul and expansion of our pantry so that we can store more food therefore allowing us to feed more people and do it much more efficiently.

A donation as little as $10 on May 1st will go a long way into helping us bring our food services up-to-date. To learn more about our food services and other free programs to the community please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

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WashCo Gives: 1st Reason to Give

With Washington County Gives right around the corner, we’re taking this opportunity to give you 5 reasons why we’re asking for your online donation that day. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting the other reasons but our ministry goes so far beyond these 5 reasons. To learn more about all of our ministries and programs in the community go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

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Please join the thousands of other people in our area who will give online on May 2nd from midnight to midnight to support the many nonprofits in Washington County. To donate on May 2nd go to https://washingtoncountygives.org/npo/the-hope-center-at-hagerstown-rescue-mission

Thank You, John Wesley Day Nursery!

Recently, the wonderful children at John Wesley Day Nursery collected brand new winter hats, gloves & scarves to give to needy families in Hagerstown.

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The children decorated a Christmas tree in their school with all the various winter items donated!

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We are so thankful that the generous children at John Wesley Day Nursery give to other kids in need. For the past several years the school has been collecting new winter items for families in our area.

Thank you, John Wesley Day Nursery for demonstrating the true spirit of the season!

John Wesley Day Nursery is located at 129 N. Potomac Street in Hagerstown. For more information about this wonderful day nursery, please visit http://jw-umc.org/jw-day-nursery/.

A Message From The Director

Bruce "Sonny" Shank
Executive Director

When I think of Easter, one of the first things I think of is the cross. Not just any cross, but the cross on which Jesus Christ, the Messiah, God’s own Son, died. The cross of Christ can mean different things to different people. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

In this brief verse we are given two distinct views of how people see the cross. To those who are perishing it is considered foolishness, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God. The cross becomes a dividing line in how we view the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 we are told that Satan, the god of this age, “has blinded those who do not believe to the truth lest the light of the Gospel of Christ should shine upon them.”

Now, it would seem that we have a dilemma in that Satan blinds them to the truth so they cannot believe. But in the next verse (2 Corinthians 4:5) Paul gives the solution for this blindness: “preach…Christ Jesus the Lord.” And in 2 Timothy 4:2 we are told to “preach the Word!” In Romans 1:16 Paul proclaims that “the Gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.”

It is in this powerful, life-changing message of Easter, the Gospel of Christ, the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, and His burial and resurrection that every ministry of The Hope Center finds its core!

Every person who comes to The Hope Center will hear the message of Easter which is the promise of new beginnings and new life made possible through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross!

The Hope Center offers the hope of new life through Christ to men, women, and kids every day through nourishing meals, shelter, Christian care, classes, and many other programs and services made possible through your generous support.

Thank you for partnering with us to share the message of hope to destitute people. Lives are being changed…because you care!