Wildside’s Birthday Bash Kicks Off the Party Season!

Imagine one giant party to celebrate everyone’s birthday. Sounds kinda wild, doesn’t it? Well Wildside Youth Ministries likes to do things a little different so they kicked off their school year party season with a huge birthday party celebration!

All the kids who attended the Birthday Bash on September 25th were able to celebrate their birthday. Each month was given a celebration and no one was left out of the fun! 52 kids ages 5-12 attended the first Wildside party of the season where they played birthday themed carnival games, painted faces, made crafts and enjoyed some great food.

But the most important part of the evening was learning about having the most important birthday: a spiritual birthday. The kids in attendance learned all about the importance of being born again and following Jesus.

Wildside is the youth ministry at The Hope Center. In addition to monthly large event parties during the school year, Wildside hosts Sunday Night Wild on select Sunday evenings during the school year as well as The Crew which is the student leadership development program for older kids in the program. And each summer Wildside hosts Camp Wild, a free day camp for kids in July & August. All Wildside activities are free for kids ages 5-12. Learn more about Wildside and upcoming events by visiting http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

Your financial donations to The Hope Center help fund these important activities for kids in Hagerstown. We are able to keep Wildside and our other programs and services for free for our guests because of generous and faithful supporters in our community. Thank you for your support of The Hope Center as we continue to reach everyone in our community – even kids – for Christ!

Want to learn more about donating or volunteering at The Hope Center? Go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com to get all the info you need on how to become a partner with us.

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Wildside’s Birthday Bash!

Who doesn’t like a great birthday party?? Wildside is kicking off their party season with a mega birthday party!!

20183 Birthday Invite BKids are invited to celebrate with Wildside on Tuesday, September 25th from 5-7pm at the Trinity Center at The Hope Center.

There will be plenty of fun for all party guests including carnival games, prizes, dodge ball, basketball, and food!

And did we mention this event is free??!!!! That’s right – it’s free for any kid ages 5-12. Please just call or email to register. Complimentary transportation is provided but limited so don’t delay registering especially if transportation is necessary.

Call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com to register. To learn more about Wildside Youth and all activities throughout the year visit http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

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!

To learn more about Brownsville Church of the Brethren visit http://www.brownsvillecob.org.

Yo Ho! It’s A Pirates Life!

On Tuesday, September 19th, we celebrated one of America’s most important holidays, Talk Like A Pirate Day!

That’s right, all guests who came to our daily Soup Line were a part of a pirate party! In addition to the delicious meal prepared by our fantastic kitchen staff, our guests were given pirate treats, prizes, candy, and even got a little free piratical entertainment thanks to our in-house pirate, Lynn Harney, who works in our residential men’s program, Foundations Life Recovery.

It was a fun day for everyone as we ate, laughed, and enjoyed great food & company.

Our Soup Line is a free lunch program that we host every day of the year, including holidays and during inclement weather. Anyone of any age is welcome to join us for a warm meal and the occasional random celebration like our Pirate Party this week. For more information on our Soup Line or other food services programs at The Hope Center please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com or call us at 301.739.1165.

Want to help fight hunger in Hagerstown? You can easily help us in our daily fight against hunger in our community by donating food to our food services program. Between the several fresh meals we serve daily to our food bank program and various large community events like our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast, there’s a lot of food that we need to keep our pantry stocked and to make sure that no one in the greater Hagerstown area has to worry about their next meal.

If you’d like to donate food, host a food drive or just learn more about all of our various food programs then get click here: http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/food-programs

Our Pantry Needs You!

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25:35

Since our beginning in 1955, one of our missions was to make sure that the hungry in Hagerstown had a welcomed place to eat. As our society has changed and economic troubles have hurt families, our mission to feed the less fortunate has changed from not just serving a hot plate of food but also making sure that families had food in their own cupboards to help them get through the month.

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Our pantry is looking a little too similar to Old Mother Hubbard’s these days. To be honest, it’s becoming a little difficult to keep our food bags filled with a nice variety of food.

Please consider helping us keep our pantry full for all of our daily guests, our residents and all our neighbors who need food bags for their homes.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, why not pick up a few of these items and drop them off? Or your church, Sunday School class, workplace, school, civic club, Boy/Girl scout troop or neighborhood could host a food drive to collect some of these much needed items.

Please help us fight hunger and hopelessness in Hagerstown!

PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED:
  • Macaroni & cheese boxed dinners
  • Hamburger Helper or similar boxed dinners
  • Spaghettios, Ravioli, or similar heat & serve pasta
  • Creamy peanut butter (15-16 oz. jars please)
  • Cans of soup (all varieties and sizes – except no cream soup please)
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Tuna (5 oz. cans please)
  • Any canned meat (Spam, chicken, potted meat, etc.)
  • Rice A Roni (all varieties)
  • Pork ‘n Beans
  • Spaghetti (1 lb. pkg)
  • Spaghetti sauce (cans or jars 24-26 oz.)

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Thank you for helping us feed our city! We appreciate your commitment to following God’s call to help take care of the poor and less fortunate in our community. For more information about our food program or to talk to someone about food drives or other ways you can help, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Meet Our New Thrift Store Manager!

After months of praying, searching and waiting, God has delivered the right person to be the manager of our two Thrift Stores.

AJ ImbachOn September 3rd, we welcomed AJ Imbach to The Hope Center family. AJ fills the manager spot left after the passing of our longtime friend & employee, George Shank.

AJ & his wife, Jayne, moved to Hagerstown from Portland, Oregon in August. The long drive from the Pacific Northwest to the Eastern Seaboard gave the couple a chance to see and explore this magnificent country of ours before settling down and getting to work.

We are so excited to see all the great things that God will use AJ to do at our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg. AJ brings an excitement and passion with him for our ministry, and especially our stores, along with a compassionate spirit and deep love of the Lord. Combine all those things together and you have the right man for the job!

Often times, our Thrift Stores are the first impression of our ministry for many people.  So being manager of our Thrift Stores is a unique opportunity. Not only does the manager make sure that our stores are clean, profitable, and run efficiently, the manager also has the responsibility to set a positive atmosphere for our guests, store employees and residents in the work program.

AJ has a special opportunity to not just work with other Hope Center employees but to actually be able to build relationships with some of the residents in our Foundations Life Recovery program.

Several men in the program work various jobs in our Thrift Stores as a part of their program. AJ will be able to help give these guys some great work experience while also providing them with some great encouragement and positive, Godly support.

Please pray for AJ and his wife Jayne as they adjust to their new life here in Hagerstown. Please pray that God will help them through any new issues that they face on this new journey of ministry. Pray that they will find friends and a great church to be a part of.

And be sure to stop by our Thrift Stores to help support our ministry of hope to your neighbors in need. We have two convenient locations in Hagerstown & Chambersburg. Information about our stores is listed below. If you have any questions, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Just remember, when you purchase items at our Thrift Stores or donate your gently used items to The Hope Center, you’re helping to provide a means of support for the many ministries at The Hope Center. The funds generated from the sales in our Thrift Stores are used here in Hagerstown to help the homeless, hungry and hurting, no matter who they are.

Thank you for supporting The Hope Center and partnering with us to bring the hope of Christ to the heart of Hagerstown!

DSC_0584Hagerstown Thrift Store

Corner of Church and Walnut Streets (parking located in central lot off of Church Street)
Hagerstown, MD  21740
301-739-1114
Mon-Thurs 9AM-5PM
Fri-Sat 8:30AM-5PM

Chambersburg Thrift Store

 

Chambersburg Thrift Store

64 S. Main Street
Chambersburg, PA  17201
717-264-9345
Mon-Sat 8:30AM-4:15PM

Wildside’s Clover Bowl!!

The Wildside party season continues with the annual Clover Bowl! This is by far the best St Patricks Day event in all of Hagerstown!

This fantastic Irish-themed event will be on Tuesday, March 13th from 4:30-6:30pm in the Trinity Center*.

This awesome party is free for anyone ages 5-12!

There will be games, prizes and delicious food! Also, the kid that wears the most green & orange will win a special prize! So raid your closet, join us and see if you’ve got the luck o’the Irish!

Invite your whole school to Wildside Youth’s Clover Bowl!! This is definitely a party you don’t want to miss!

Call 301.739.1165 or email us at info@wildsideyouth.com to sign-up. For more info check out www.wildsideyouth.com or look us up on facebook!

*The Trinity Center is located on Walnut Street between Franklin & Church Streets. It sets next to the Thrift Store. Parking is located in the Hope Center’s central lot off of Church Street.