“The Best Gravy You’ve Ever Had!”

Another year hosting our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast is in the books!

Our annual holiday celebration, which is one of the oldest and longest continually running community Thanksgiving meal in the city, was another success as people from all over the area joined us to volunteer or enjoy the feast as guests.

Our kitchen was busy days before the feast preparing various dishes for the buffet including the roast turkey and our famous (and delicious) stuffing.

But as the sun rose on Thanksgiving our kitchen crew knew exactly what to do: prepare the best Thanksgiving buffet in town!

And they sure did! The feast this year was absolutely delicious. From the amazing stuffing made by Dorcas Black to the “best gravy you’ve ever had” by Diane Ellis, our guests, staff and volunteers sure did have a great spread to enjoy on Thanksgiving.

But before the meal was served , our guests were treated to a great message by Matt Sargent who was the former director of our Foundations Life Recovery program. Matt had a little fun with the crowd by presenting them with a plated preview of the Thanksgiving feast which turned out to be the meal Snoopy served to Charlie Brown. But then he came clean and presented everyone with an actual plate of the delicious food they were about to enjoy. He brought it all together to remind each of us that God has great things for our lives and that we shouldn’t just settle for the “Snoopy meal” of life when God is busy working to provide us with an amazing “Thanksgiving feast” in life.

Once the message was concluded and the meal was prayed over, our guests were eager to hit up the buffet line! Everyone enjoyed all the wonderful food and most had no problem going back for seconds.

We are so thankful for all of our volunteers and staff who helped to make this Thanksgiving successful. There are so many people who work behind the scenes in preparation to the feast, and so many wonderful volunteers who give up their holiday to serve others. We are beyond grateful for everyone who played a role in our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast. There are many names we’d like to mention – but more on that at a later time.

Our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast is a chance for us to celebrate all that we’ve been given throughout the year and to come together to give thanks to God for His continued blessings and faithfulness in our lives and at The Hope Center.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to come together to collectively give thanks to our great God. But we are always in a spirit of gratitude to God for all He does at The Hope Center throughout the year. From the men in our Foundations Life Recovery program whose lives have been changed and freed from the dangerous addictions and abuses that have caused so much physical, emotional, and spiritual pain, to the families who receive clothing assistance, to the kids who are learning and growing spiritually at Wildside Youth, to being able to provide safe overnight housing to homeless men and feeding thousands of hungry people each year, God continues to wow us with all His blessings and continued faithfulness to this ministry and our call to reach the least, the last, and the lost for Him.

And we can see God at work each and every day because of the faithful and generous people in our community who have partnered with us to keep our doors open for almost 65 years. And not only do we keep our doors open – we don’t charge our neighbors in need a dime to receive services. And even more amazing is that we receive no tax money from the government. Each day operating is a miracle because God continues to send all the right people to help provide all of our needs. And we can’t thank Him enough for each of you.

Each of you are having a profound impact on our community and in individuals lives whether you totally realize it or not. Every time you drop off a bag of clothing, buy a can of coffee, donate financially, volunteer an evening, you are helping to fight the good fight and bring HOPE back to thousands of people.

So thank you for your compassion and dedication to The Hope Center. Each life is precious and we are using the resources that you help to give to remind each person who comes to The Hope Center that they are important, they valuable, and they are loved – by a great God and His incredible people.

This Thanksgiving, and every Thanksgiving, we are so genuinely thankful for you! You’re making a difference. So again, thank you. We hope God blesses you this Christmas season.

 

 

Celebrating Thanksgiving – Part Two

If you were unable to join us for our annual Thanksgiving feast, enjoy some pictures from our wonderful celebration!

If you’d like to learn about how you can get involved, volunteer or financially support this ministry, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can also go to www.hagerstownrescue.org to safely give a financial donation through PayPal.

Also, be sure to keep up-to-date on all things at The Hope Center through Facebook and Twitter.  For Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown. For Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/HopeCenterHtown.

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It was Another Wonderful Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone already!

All the work and preparation for our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast was worth it! We had a fantastic day with all of our guests and volunteers!

We want to thank anyone and everyone who helped in one way or another with this event. It takes a lot of people and a lot of food to make this event as spectacular as it is so we appreciate all those involved with the giving of food or time to help us provide such a wonderful holiday event to our community guests.

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This year we served over 300 guests! We had approximately 60 volunteers working in many different areas making sure that we kept our guests happy. Our volunteers helped us by covering & setting tables, food prep like slicing bananas for the fruit cocktail, slicing pies and more, greeting guests, transporting food from our kitchen to the Trinity Center, and serving the buffet lunch to our guests. Our volunteers also helped with beverage service and dessert distribution, while others interacted with guests by mingling and talking. We also had a wonderful crew of volunteers who helped to clean up the mess afterwards!

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We were also thankful to have Robert Smith, a graduate of our Foundations Life Recovery program, join us as a special guest for Thanksgiving. Robert sang a beautiful solo for all of our guests and volunteers. We are so happy to see all the great things that God is doing in Robert’s life and we are so proud of Robert and the success that he’s had in his personal life.

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Thanks again to all of our volunteers who gave of their time on Thanksgiving! We couldn’t serve so many without you! And we want to give a special shout-out to Christy Hartt for managing all the volunteers during the event. It’s a lot of work making sure everyone is where they need to be so we’re thankful that she was able to help us keep the event flowing so easily.

If you were unable to volunteer on Thanksgiving day but are interested in joining our winning group of volunteers, then go ahead and call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net for more info. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in one way or another throughout the year at The Hope Center.

If you don’t have the time but would like to support this ministry then why not become a monthly donor. Your donation helps to keep the many programs of hope running throughout the year. From providing housing to homeless men, to warm lunches for needy neighbors, to after-school programs to disadvantaged kids, to food bags for hungry families, and substance abuse rehabilitation for addicted men, your tax-deductible financial support helps thousands of people each year with their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For info about supporting this ministry, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Also, please visit www.hagerstownrescue.org to learn more about the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center. You can also make a secure donation through PayPal on our website.

What A Day!

We hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day as much as we did! The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was awesome!

We’ve been hosting Thanksgiving meals for well over 50 years and each year seems to be better than the last. It doesn’t feel like we’re hosting a community meal, it’s more like having a lot of family stop by!

While it’s hard for us to keep a good count of how many guests we had on Thanksgiving, we estimate that nearly 250 people stopped by for some good food and great fellowship. In addition to the food, Wildside Kids served up some fun for all the kids that came with their parents. The game rooms were opened up for our younger guests to enjoy foosball, pool, ping pong, video games and board games.

Our guests and volunteers were given the opportunity to hear some stories and songs from some of the residents of the Hope Center. The guys, that live at the Hope Center in our men’s Foundations Program, spoke of what they’re thankful for and how God has changed their lives and are currently working to totally rebuild themselves and fix broken relationships with their families and loved ones.  

It was truly a great day and we couldn’t have done this event without the help of our staff, residents, volunteers and countless donors that provided everything from pies to turkeys to the funds to keep the lights on! Each year, our Thanksgiving Day feast reminds us of how blessed we are to live in a community that cares so much for each other! It’s a great way of seeing all the good in people and remembering that God has called us to help each other, even if that’s just by giving someone something as simple as a drink and a warm plate of food.

Thank you Hagerstown for providing and caring for your neighbors year after year!

Tis the Season!

Our annual Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar is on November 19th from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Trinity Center. There will be plenty of great items to buy including special gift items, stocking stuffers, decorations, crafts, jewelry, miscellaneous items, holiday sweaters and sweatshirts and children’s books.

We’ll also have some incredible food for sale. Everything from homemade soups to country ham sandwiches, pies, cookies, brownies, cakes and more will be there so come hungry!

All the proceeds from this event go to support the many ministries and outreach programs of the Hope Center. Our Ladies Auxiliary work hard to support the Hope Center with these types of special fundrasiers. If you are interested in joining our Ladies Auxiliary, please contact us.

So go ahead and mark your calendar for November 19th from 9 AM – 1 PM in the Trinity Center. We’ll see ya soon!

The Trinity Center is located next to our Thrift Store on Walnut Street. There is street parking on Walnut or you can use our central lot off of Church Street. The Trinity Center has entrances on both sides of the building.