Slice the Pumpkin Pie… It’s Almost Time for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just a week away (where did November go??)! And if you haven’t made plans for your Thanksgiving feast or you’re having trouble getting all the grocery items for your meal then why not change up your plans for the day and enjoy a delicious, delivered meal from us??

Due to COVID-19 concerns we’re not hosting our large in-person celebration this year BUT we’re still making sure anyone and everyone in the community has access to a scrumptious feast.

We’re offering free meal delivery on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30am until 1pm to Hagerstown and surrounding areas. If you, or someone you know, would like a free Thanksgiving meal please call us at 301.739.1165 during business hours to request delivery. If you call after business hours and leave a message please remember to include your phone number so we can contact you about your meal. We are taking meal orders until end of business day on Monday, November 22nd.

Our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, succotash, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Trust us when we say it’s the most delicious meal in the city! And our secret recipe stuffing is YUMMMMMMMM!!!

If you don’t have anywhere to eat your meal then please join us for our daily Soup Line on Thanksgiving. Soup Line will be held in the Trinity Center on Thanksgiving. Doors open at 12pm and the meal will be served at 12:30pm. Soup Line guests will receive the same delicious Thanksgiving feast as the delivered meals. Please remember to wear your mask!

To order Thanksgiving meals or for more info please call 301.739.1165. Spread the word and invite others to request our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast delivered!

Free Groceries This Sunday!

Our next Community Grocery Giveaway is this Sunday, November 14th!

We usually host the grocery giveaway on Friday mornings but we’re trying something new this time. The Community Grocery Giveaway will be from 2-4pm on Sunday at the Trinity Center. The Trinity Center is located at the back of our parking lot just behind the Thrift Store.

Like our past giveaways we’ll have a huge selection of all sorts of non-perishable items like soups, canned vegetables, ramen, pasta, sauce, canned fruit, baking mixes, boxed dinners, canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc), peanut butter, mac & cheese, snacks, and more. We’ll also have a selection of breads and pastries.

In addition to the food we’re giving out personal care items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and more.

This is a free event for anyone and everyone in the community. You do not need a food bank card to participate. Reservations are not required but food items availability are based on a first-come basis. We do provide bags generously donated by Martin’s Food Stores but you are welcome to bring your own bag or cart for your grocery selections. The Trinity Center is wheelchair accessible.

Doors open promptly at 2pm. The entry line forms outside the building so please dress accordingly for colder temperatures. Also, please remember to wear a mask inside the Trinity Center during the event.

For more info about our Community Grocery Giveaway please call 301.739.1165.

Kids Coats Needed!

Planning on cleaning out your kids closets this week? If so, please consider us when you decide what to do with your gently used items!

We currently need kids winter coats. If you’ve got kids who’ve outgrown their coats from last year then we’ll gladly take them for you! The winter coats will be put in our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg for families shopping on a budget. Our prices are low to help make sure items are affordable for all budgets.

And proceeds from sales generated at our Thrift Stores help to keep our doors open and our programs free for neighbors in need in our community. Also, coats in our Hagerstown Thrift Store may also be given away for free to families in need through out voucher program. Qualifying families receive a voucher from our Administrative Office for clothing and winter coats. These vouchers allow families to receive much needed items that they cannot afford at the moment. So your donated coat helps neighbors in need in multiple ways!

Our Donation Center dock is located at the rear of our parking lot at 215 W. Church St in Hagerstown. It’s open Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri from 9am – 4pm. It’s open Sat from 9am – 3pm. The donation dock is closed every Wed & Sun.

Items donated are eligible for a tax receipt. To learn more about donation receipts please call 301.739.1165 or visit hagerstownhopecenter.com/general-information

The Hope Center Family Came Together for an Evening of Fellowship and Fall Fun!

For the first time since the pandemic started we were able to bring our staff, Board of Directors, Auxiliary, and residents together for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.

We hosted our first Hope Center Family Fall Fest at our Hope Center Farm located just outside of Hagerstown on the Conococheague Creek.

All of our staff, Board members, Auxiliary, Foundations Life Recovery residents, and some graduates were invited to come to the farm for a relaxing evening of hanging out and having fun together.

We had a hayride, lawn games, and tons of delicious food! And on top of all the fun, God provided an absolutely gorgeous fall evening to make the event perfect.

We all had a great time feasting on all the fall flavors, catching up and getting to know each other, and playing games like horseshoes and corn hole.

And it was a very special evening because this was the first time that many of the men in our residential life recovery program, Foundations, had the opportunity to hang out with the staff, Board, and Auxiliary. Many of these men entered the program after all the pandemic rules and procedures went into effect. We’ve been unable to host big group events like this so it was a special night for everyone.

The guys in our Foundations program especially loved having a night outside the city to have fun and meet new people. In fact, the guys were so excited for the event that they created a corn hole tournament with brackets prior to arriving at the farm! They organized and hosted the tournament for anyone who wanted to play.

Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship but, let’s be honest, the food was the star of this event! We had our staff, Board, and Auxiliary all bring fall foods to share with everyone. The Hope Center provided the meat – and boy, was it good! Dillan Izer, son of staff members Aimee and Terry, spent hours overnight to make the most perfect and delicious smoked pulled pork. We’re so thankful for Dillan volunteering his night to prepare the meats for our picnic! The meat was definitely worth it!!

It was so nice to finally be able to host a large event with our staff, Board, Auxiliary, and residents. Covid has been a challenge for all of us but these moments together make us so appreciative of all the wonderful people God has put in our lives. We’re so thankful for our staff who have worked so tirelessly during the pandemic to keep our doors open and programs operating while also keeping everyone safe and healthy. God protected and provided during the pandemic and we’re so grateful to Him for all He did during these trying times.

As the pandemic slowly releases its grip on the world we’re excited for more opportunities to come together like this. And we’re really looking forward to the return of large events that include our wonderful volunteers and community guests! Continue to pray for protection for each other and continue doing what is necessary to keep each other safe during this pandemic.

Our Residents Pitch in to Help Down on the Farm

The other week some of our men’s staff and residents spent the day working at our farm located just outside of Hagerstown. The farm has had many uses over the years but has set silent recently.

But this spring we started to bring the farm back to life with the arrival of cows, chickens, turkeys, and pigs. Now we’re focused on getting the rest of the barn and farmyard back into good shape for future use and growth. In addition to reviving the barn area, we’re also starting to clean up and make much needed improvements to our lodge facility that sits adjacent to the barn.

Our men’s staff and residents have started the big job of cleaning and mending to get the different facilities back in shape. From cleaning out the barn that had accumulated years of junk, to fixing bathrooms, polishing floors, and deep cleaning the kitchen in the lodge, these guys worked hard to start the improvement process. And they did a spectacular job!

The men in our 13-month residential program, Foundations Life Recovery, are assigned various jobs at The Hope Center as a part of their recovery program. But working at the farm is not normally one of the jobs they do. But the guys enjoyed the change of scenery and new activities and had a great time working together as a team. It wasn’t all hard work, though. Dillan Izer, son of two of our staff members, Aimee and Terry, volunteered some time to grill up a delicious lunch for the guys.

We’ve still got a lot of work to do at the farm and we’ve got many exciting dreams and visions for the property. But it’s just so nice to see it coming back to life and watching these men work so hard to help revive it and be a part of the future of this ministry. Please continue to pray for the men who are in our Foundations Life Recovery program. They’re great guys who are fighting a tough battle. God has great things in store for them so please pray for their endurance during this time of recovery.If you’d like to talk to someone about our Foundations Life Recovery program please call 301.739.1165 or email foundations@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

To learn more about all of our programs and services or how you can get involved and partner with us please visit hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Thrift Store Christmas Countdown Week 11 Deal!

We’re one week closer to Christmas! We’re just 11 weeks away. And to celebrate the new Christmas Countdown week our Hagerstown Thrift Store is giving you 50% OFF TOYS!!! This deal is so good that even the names on the naughty list can get a Christmas gift!

Enjoy 50% off all toys from October 9th through the 15th. WE’ve got a great selection of toys for kids of all ages. And we’re constantly adding new merchandise to our shelves so each visit is like a new shopping experience! Grab your Christmas list and stop by our Hagerstown Thrift Store this week before the 50% off sale on toys is gone for the season.

Our Hagerstown Thrift Store is located at 215 W. Church St. It’s open Mon – Sat from 9am – 4:30. For any questions about our weekly Christmas Countdown sale or any other Thrift Store info please call 301.739.1114 or visit hagerstownhopecenter.com/thrift-store

And remember, this sale lasts only through October 15th. Each Saturday we’ll unveil a new weekly Christmas Countdown sale so follow us on Facebook (hopecenterhagerstown) to see each new weekly deal.

Your Used Items Help Change Lives!

Many of you have been faithfully donating your gently used items to The Hope Center for years upon years. From clothing for the whole family, to purses, jewelry, toys, coats, shoes, books, housewares, furniture, and basically anything you can think of, our Donation Center has been a hub of activity sorting through all these wonderful donated items. Once the items are sorted and priced they go to one of our two Thrift Stores in the area where shoppers looking for great deals find quality used items without breaking their budget. Some of our neediest neighbors can even go “shopping” for items for free through our Community Assistance voucher program.

But the sales from items donated play a much larger role in our ministry. The money generated from sales of these items help to pay the bills for The Hope Center to keep our facilities open 24/7 and our programs and services free for our neighbors in need!

So we are beyond thankful and appreciative for all the items donated by each of you. The value of your donated items cannot truly be measured on earth. Your donated shirts, plates, VHS tapes, couches, etc. have helped thousands of people in so many life saving ways since 1955. Thank you for caring and sharing with your community!

As you prepare to donate your gently used items in the future please note that our Donation Center dock is CLOSED every Wednesday and Sunday along with all major holidays.

Our Donation Center dock is located at the back of our parking lot at 215 W. Church St. We will gladly accept your gently used items during our operating hours. For more info about donations please visithagerstownhopecenter.com/in-kind-gifts

We’re always looking for volunteers to help sort and price donated items in our Donation Center sorting room. If you’ve got some free time during the week and are interested in helping please call us at 301.739.1165 or email volunteer@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Also, if you live in the Hagerstown area and have furniture to donate please call us at 301.739.1165 to schedule a pickup.

Also, we’re still hiring a truck driver! If you, or someone you know, has some extra time during the week and would like some extra income then please contact us immediately. To learn more about this job please http://visithagerstownhopecenter.com/employment…

Happy October! Fall Food Season is Officially Here!

October is here and that means we’re heading straight into the holiday season!

And since Thanksgiving is not very far away our Pantry Item of the Month for October is more about November and all the delicious foods we’ll all soon be enjoying. Who else is excited for all the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie?

But for all those great main dishes we need the delicious side items to really make the holiday feast complete. So for October we’re asking for a popular side dish that brings all the flavors of fall and the holidays together: cans of jellied cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce will be used by our kitchen for all sorts of fall and holiday meals they serve the community. And the cranberry sauce will be used for our upcoming Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast (more details about this event to come).

Any donation is a huge help and we’ll gladly accept any jellied cranberry sauce brand or size.

To donate please drop off to our Administrative Office during business hours M-F. If our hours don’t work for your schedule please contact us by calling 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works.

If you’d prefer shopping online at AmazonSmile or another retailer then please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD, 21740 for our delivery address.

We appreciate all the food donations we receive each month from our faithful partners in the community! For more info about our food services and all the other programs and services we provide the community please visit hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Partnering With Martin’s for Back to School Success!

Recently the generous folks at Martin’s Foods donated 250 backpacks filled with cereal, fruit, and granola bars to distribute to local kids.

In partnership with Unilever, Quaker and PepsiCo, The GIANT Company distributed 5,000 backpacks full of food to school kids in the Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Hagerstown, Md. communities.

We received the backpacks from the awesome team at N. Pointe Dr (Penn Ave) Martin’s. Store Manager, Chris (left), and Assistant Manager, Mikel (right), handed over the bags to our Executive Director, Sonny.

We are so thankful for this wonderful donation of new backpacks for kids in our community. And we’re beyond grateful for the continued support we receive from Martin’s throughout the year!THANK YOU, Martin’s, for all your support and generosity and for all you do to make our community better!

If you’d like to learn more about Martin’s, including locations, please visit martinsfoods.com

Suit Trade-In: Final Days!

These are the final 2 days of Ingram’s Mens Shop’s Suit Trade-In. Bring a gently used suit to trade for $100 off a brand new suit at Ingram’s!! The Suit Trade-In ends on August 31st.

Now is the perfect time to update your wardrobe for fall. And if you’ve never experienced the great service and quality craftsmanship of Ingram’s then don’t miss this great opportunity. Since 1930, Ingram’s has been the leading purveyor of fine men’s clothing in the area. Freshen up your closet with a brand new suit from Ingram’s Mens Shop.

And give your old suit new life! Traded suits will be donated to The Hope Center to give to men in the community who need clothing assistance as they rebuild their lives and reenter the workforce. For these men, a new suit is a confidence booster for job interviews and any other big life changes.

The Suit Trade-In ends at closing on Tuesday, August 31st. Ingram’s Mens Shop is located at 18047 Garland Groh Blvd. For more info about the Suit Trade-In or other information about Ingram’s Mens Shop please visit http://www.ingrammensshop.com.