Welcome Our New Store Manager, Nelson Clippinger!

Recently we said goodbye to AJ Imbach, our Thrift Store manager. As we were sad to see him leave, we were also wondering what God had in store for our ministry. We had been so excited about the arrival of AJ and all his fresh ideas for our thrift stores. But God quickly responded and brought a new manager to our thrift stores.

We are excited to welcome Nelson Clippinger to The Hope Center team!

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Nelson is not exactly brand new to this ministry though. While this is his first time being employed with us, a few years ago Nelson served on our Board of Directors.

Nelson and his wife Cindy live in Chambersburg, PA. A carpenter by trade, Nelson has also worked as an Estimator and Project Manager for several construction firms in the area. In addition to that, he was a manager at True Value store and has worked at several other stores in the area. He’s bringing a lot of experience to the Thrift Stores manager position at The Hope Center.

After being laid off from his last job, Nelson was in the process of looking for a new job when he came across The Hope Center ad for the Thrift Store manager position. After going through the application and interview process, and after much prayer, Nelson was happy to receive the job offer.

Having already served as a member of our Board, Nelson had a good understanding of this ministry. But now being a staff member has really given him the opportunity to see how God is truly working at this ministry. He says that this job has been a blessing to him personally and the opportunity to work with the staff has been a “rewarding experience both spiritually and mentally.”

Each morning before the Hagerstown Thrift Store opens, the staff has a time of prayer to start the day. Nelson said, “it is such a blessing to hear our resident and graduate workers pray. Truly their lives have been changed and I feel they touch all who enter the doors of the thrift store.”

We are so happy God brought Nelson to fill the void at the Thrift Stores. We are excited to see how he will use his experience to enhance both of our stores.

When shopping at our stores, take time to welcome Nelson to the team. And continue to pray for Nelson and the other staff at our Thrift Stores. Our stores are a very vital part of this ministry. Proceeds from the store sales help to fund all the many ministries and projects at The Hope Center. So many lives have been helped, transformed and touched because of people who have donated, shopped and worked at our Thrift Stores.

If you have gently used items that you would like to donate, please call 301.739.1165 to get more information about how you can give your things to help change lives in Hagerstown.

If you haven’t stopped by one of our two Thrift Stores lately, now’s the perfect time to do so! We hope to see you soon! Here are the addresses to both stores:

Hagerstown 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

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

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Urgent Need!

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that people are shopping our thrift stores and finding some very good buys in our furniture department!

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The bad news is we are in urgent need of gently used furniture donations.  Beds, mattresses & box springs, couches, chairs, dining sets, tables, bookcases, etc.  We will gladly accept all donations of furniture in good condition.

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As you start to dream about spring or prepare to clean out your house, consider donating your used furniture and household items to The Hope Center. When you donate, these items are placed in our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg for neighbors on a tight budget. Your used furniture could be just the thing that another family needs to get back on their feet.

Donations are accepted at our Hagerstown Thrift Store during regular store hours Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM. The Hagerstown Thrift Store is located on the corner of Church and Walnut Streets in Hagerstown. The drop-off location for furniture is located at the backside of the store close to the Trinity Center in the central parking lot.

If you are unable to bring your furniture to our Hagerstown Thrift Store, we will gladly come to get it for you! To make arrangements for our donation truck to stop by your house, call 301-739-1165. For any other inquiries, please call us or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Thank you for donating your furniture and household items to The Hope Center. All proceeds generated from Thrift Store sales help to underwrite the programs and services provided at The Hope Center.