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.

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.

Pantry Need: Potatoes

We know, it’s not a new month yet but our kitchen staff have asked for a special request: potatoes!

We use a lot of potatoes for the multiple meals we serve the community each day. Any donation of potatoes will be greatly appreciated by our kitchen staff. Also, we’ll always welcome any donation of potatoes at any point during the year!

If you’d like to donate please drop off potatoes to our Administrative Office during business hours (M-F 8:15am-11:30am and 12:15-4pm) or contact us to schedule a time that works for you. If you’d prefer shopping online please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.Thank you for caring and sharing with your community!!!

Join The Hope Center Family!

We’re hiring!! We’ve got four part-time positions open and we’re looking for a few wonderful people to join our family.

The four part-time positions are: Donation Center/Thrift Store Associate (Hagerstown location), Chaplain, Cook, and Truck Driver.

Any of these positions are great for retirees or anyone looking for something a little extra to do whilst helping to make a difference in the community!

To learn more about each of these positions please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/employment-opportunities or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com. To speak to someone about our job openings please call us at 301.739.1165.

Please spread the word by sharing our posts on FB and telling your friends & family. Thank you!

August is All About the Beans

Happy August!!! The arrival of August brings a new Pantry Item of the Month. This month we’re asking for cans of baked beans… yummmmmm!

We’ll gladly accept any brand, flavor, or size of cans of baked beans. We use baked beans in our kitchen for community meals and we also give out cans of baked beans to those who receive food bags or participate in our Community Grocery Giveaway.

And speaking of Community Grocery Giveaway we’re hosting another one this month! On Friday, August 13th we’re giving away all sorts of non-perishable items to anyone who needs a little grocery assistance. The grocery giveaway will take place in the Trinity Center from 9am – 11am or while supplies last.

In addition to baked beans, we’re giving away items like canned fruit, soups, peanut butter canned vegetables, boxes of mac & cheese, baking mixes, pasta, sauces, canned meats, snacks, ramen, boxed dinners, and so much more! We’ll also have an assortment of breads & pastries along with personal care items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and so on. Our Community Grocery Giveaway is FREE for anyone and everyone in the community including our neighbors in surrounding counties and states. You do not need a food bank card to participate. Bags will be provided but anyone in attendance is welcome to bring their own bags for food. All items are first-come and while supplies last so make a plan to come as soon as doors open at 9am. Also, if you know of individuals or families who cannot make it out that day please feel free to stop by and pick up food for them. We want to help as many people as possible!

So if you’d like to support our food programs by donating cans of baked beans please drop off donations to our Admin Office during business hours M-F (office is open 8:15-11:30am and 12:15-4pm). If these hours conflict with your schedule please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works for you.

If you prefer shopping onilne at AmazonSmile or another vendor please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address. If you’re unfamiliar with AmazonSmile please click here General Information | hagerstownhopecenter and scroll to the bottom to learn more.

Thank you for caring and sharing with your community! Please help us spread the word about our upcoming Community Grocery Giveaway and our Pantry Item of the Month by sharing our posts on Facebook!

Happy Birthday, Troy!

The beginning of each month we celebrate the birthdays of guys who are a part of our Foundations Life Recovery residential program. This month we’re celebrating Troy who has a birthday on July 9th. Troy got his very own birthday cake thanks to our friend, Stormy, who bakes a cake each month for our birthday fellas.

Troy, originally from Baltimore, is one of our new residents. He joined the program in March ’21 and is working towards his graduation in the spring of 2022. Troy came seeking help dealing with drug abuse and homelessness.

Any time we can celebrate a birthday with our residents is very special to us. But for Troy this was a special moment as well. With tears in his eyes Troy told us that this was the first time in many years that anyone had sang ‘happy birthday’ to him.

And this is why we’re here. To bring hope – even if it’s in the form of a silly birthday song – to anyone who walks into our doors seeking help and refuge. We’re so thankful for Troy and being a part of a celebration of another year of life for this incredible man.

Please pray for Troy and the other men in our Foundations Life Recovery program. It’s not easy seeking help and even more difficult following through but God is great and has wonderful things planned for these men so please keep all of them in your prayers. God is doing amazing things in the lives of these men so continue to pray for them and encourage them to keep up the good fight.

Thank you to each of you who donate and volunteer. You are a part of Troy’s celebration. Because of generous and kind people like you Troy is here celebrating another birthday and optimistic about so many more birthdays in the future. Thank you for partnering with us to help wonderful people like Troy!

If you’d like to learn more about our Foundations Life Recovery program please click here: Foundations | hagerstownhopecenter

Feelin’ Fruity

July has arrived even though it doesn’t feel like it. But with the arrival of the new month comes our new Pantry Item of the Month!!

For July we’re asking for donations of canned fruit and/or cups of fruit. We’ll gladly accept any brand or variety of fruit. Donate your favorite or whatever may be on sale. Either way we’re gonna put it to good use.

This month’s pantry item will be primarily used in our food bag program and at our next Community Grocery Giveaway taking place on August 13th. We try to make sure that each food bag has fruit included but we are often running low on these items.

To donate please drop off at our Administrative Office during business hours M-F. Our Admin Office is located opposite our Thrift Store on our central lot located at 215 W. Church St in Hagerstown. If you are unable to drop off during business hours please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works for you.

If you’d prefer to shop online at smile.amazon.com or another online retailer then please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 as our delivery address. (To learn more about shopping at AmazonSmile please click here: General Information | hagerstownhopecenter and scroll to the bottom of the page)

Thank you for partnering with us to help feed neighbors in need in our community! To learn more about the food programs at The Hope Center please click here: Food Programs | hagerstownhopecenter