Washington County Gives – So Can You!

On Tuesday, May 1st, we will be participating in the 2018 Washington County Gives online giving campaign.

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Washington County Gives is a special 24-hour time period of online giving to benefit various local non-profits. From midnight to midnight on May 1st, you can go to http://www.washingtoncountygives.org and make an online donation to The Hope Center. But raising online support from generous donors isn’t the only part of the event. The more money we raise then the more prize money we earn. Each hour a non-profit can win bonus funds if they raise the most online dollars during that time period. And the more we raise the more we can earn.

You may be asking, “why should I give during Washington County Gives?” That’s a very valid question, especially if you are a current donor to our ministry. This year we’re not just trying to raise money to cover our normal operating expenses. We are currently in the beginning process of starting a refurbishment and expansion project of our dining and kitchen areas at The Hope Center.

We’ve already met with architects, designers and city officials to get the go-ahead to start a total renovation of our food services area. Once completed, the new dining, kitchen and pantry areas will allow us to host more guests for our free meals while also providing us with a more up-to-date modern kitchen that will make the work of preparing and serving so many people so much more efficient. And we will also be expanding our pantry to be able to hold more food for our kitchen and food bag ministry. Currently, the dining, kitchen and pantry are very tight and often times crowded areas. By renovating and expanding, we’re able to meet one of the areas of our entire ministry that is seeing the biggest growth and demand.

And we’re not just feeding homeless men. There are many women and children who come to The Hope Center in need of a hot meal, a food bag, and just some smiling faces. With your donation during Washington County Gives, you’re helping us feed more people who are hungry in our area than ever before.

So on May 1st, go to http://www.washingtoncountygives.com and type Hope Center in the upper right search box on the home page. From there you can make any size donation starting at $10. Please invite your family and friends to join you in pledging to support The Hope Center and our vision and goal to fully combat hunger and hopelessness in Hagerstown.

To learn more about our food programs and all the other services we offer please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

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Hope and Government

I’m sure by now you, like everyone else, are tired of the back-and-forth going on between the two political parties in DC. All that we hear is how our elected officials can’t seem to compromise and work out their differences and have forced our federal government to shut down causing some federal employees to lose paychecks and forcing other government operations to cease their daily activities.

Many Americans may not feel the effects of this shut down other than being inundated with the constant news coverage of this fight in our capital.

But for the Americans who work for the government or rely on the various programs sponsored by our government, this is a very stressful and troubling time.

As services and programs are getting cut, we are happy to inform you that none of the programs, services or ministries at The Hope Center will be affected in any way.

Even if our government fails to reopen in a month, our doors will remain open, beds ready and meals served for the hundreds of people each month who come to The Hope Center to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

You ask, how can you remain open during a time when services are being cut?

It’s easy. We can remain open, operational and fully functional during these troubling times because we do not receive any funding from the government. We never have and we never will.

We are totally independent from the government. We don’t use any tax money to fund our ministry. And we’ve been doing it that way since 1955.

Our ministry is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And we do it because God has provided for our needs every single day that we’ve been open.

Thanks to God Who has given us many friends like you, we’ve been able to navigate through other government shut downs, recessions, tragedies and trials. Our supporters help us focus on what’s important: helping others.

During economic good times and bad times, homelessness, hopelessness and hunger exist. We’ve taken to heart God’s command to give to the least, the last, and the lost to heart and we’ve made it a goal to do that no matter what.

So as our country faces new sets of challenges, we can say with confidence that we will be here to help neighbors in need. We don’t rely on any government to meet our needs. We trust in God to provide – and He always has!

If you would like to be a part of the solution and would like to help us provide hope and restoration to so many broken, hurting and helpless neighbors, then get involved today. Below are the many different ways you can partner with us:

  • Financially support The Hope Center each month. We appreciate the generous donations from individuals, churches, businesses, organizations and other groups who faithfully provide the essential funds to continue providing hope.
  • Donate gently used items of furniture, clothing, shoes, toys, books, household and other various items to be sold in our Thrift Stores. The sales generated from our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg help to keep our programs operational. Items sold in the Thrift Stores also give families and individuals on tight budgets the opportunity to buy “new” things needed for everyday living without doing damage to their budget.
  • Donate food items for our pantry. We use a lot of food at The Hope Center. We provide several free meals a day to our residents and daily guests. In addition to meals served, we operate a food bank where hungry neighbors can receive food for their homes at no cost. Therefore, keeping our pantry stocked is very important. Helping us by purchasing items like peanut butter, coffee, sugar, cereals, canned fruits and vegetables and other items is a huge blessing.
  • Volunteer your free time to one of our ministries. There are many ways to get involved. From helping to clean, paint, build, sort, teach, serve or entertain, there are so many interesting options available to you to help make a difference one-on-one in our community.
  • Shop in our Thrift Stores. Sometimes you just need some items at a low price. We can help. If you find yourself heading to second-hand shops, come to ours! When you purchase from our stores, you’re helping to feed the hungry or provide a hot shower to the homeless. And when you’re finished with your items, re-donate them so someone else can use them! We have two Thrift Store locations in Hagerstown and Chambersburg.
  • Pray. Pray. Pray. No matter what else you can do to help, please pray. This is the most important. God hears the cries of His people. He helps His people. But if we fail to pray, then we are failing to believe. We can’t do this alone. We need God’s help and guidance. Join us in praying for our ministry, our staff and volunteers and especially all the precious lives who will seek help at The Hope Center.

We can’t rely on the government or really any other human entity. Only God can faithfully provide. He always has and He always will.

Thank you for working with us to keep our programs running. In times of uncertainty it’s important that our community knows that we are here to help and we aren’t stopping for any reason.

For more information on how you can get involved in any way, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

You Say Potato…

We want to send a big “THANK YOU” to the men’s group at Hope Hill United Methodist Church in Frederick, MD for their donation of potatoes to The Hope Center!

Each year, the men’s group at Hope Hill UMC sponsors the “Feed the Hungry Potato Drive”. The drive took place on March 31, 2012. The group then distributes the potatoes, free of charge, to area food banks.

This is the second year that we’ve received potatoes from this wonderful group. This year they gave us 25 -50# bags of potatoes!! That’s a lot of potatoes!

This generous gift will help keep our food costs down while also providing good food for our residents and all our daily guests!

Thank you, Hope Hill UMC men’s group, for caring so much for those in need! And thank you for thinking of us!

To learn more about Hope Hill UMC, check them out online at www.hopehillumchurch.org

Ministry Needs

You can bless the poor and homeless in our community with a gift of food or personal items this Easter season. Please bring your donations to our Administrative Office at 125 N. Prospect St, Monday – Friday, 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM, or call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net to make other arrangements.

Food Service Pantry Needs

  • Coffee
  • Creamer
  • Sugar
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Oatmeal (Quick Oats)
  • #10 cans of vegetables
  • Ketchup

Community Food Bank Pantry Needs

  • 15-16 oz. peanut butter
  • Ramen noodles
  • Soup (all varieties)
  • Macaroni & cheese dinners
  • Hamburger Helper, etc.

Paper Products

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tall trash bags
  • Heavy-Duty trash bags

Chambersburg Thrift Store

Urgent Need!!! Good, gently used furniture is needed! Proceeds from the sale of furniture are used to underwrite the programs and services of The Hope Center. Furniture is also given to families in need. We currently have a long waiting list of people needing furniture. Please help us help them!

Thank you for partnering with us to reach those in desperate need in our community!

 

Heritage Academy Helps the Hungry!

Whenever we give out a bag of food or hand someone a plate of food, we have an opportunity to not only satisfy their physical needs but also their spiritual needs as well. That’s why the food bank and soup line ministries are so important to the Hope Center. These two ministries give us an opportunity to help people physically and financially and allows us to talk to them spiritually. This week we have been blessed by various groups and individuals donating much needed food for our pantry.

Keeping our pantry stocked is so vital to many of the ministries that we have here at the Hope Center. We have residents that are fed three meals a day. In addition to that, we serve two free meals every day to anyone in the community who is hungry or needs a nice, warm meal. Along with our food service ministry, we also participate in the Washington County food bank program. Any person or family needing a bag of food will be able to pick one up at our facility.

So when you, your family, civic club, church, school or office collect food you are helping to feed possibly hundreds to thousands of people a year! It’s an incredible thought when you realize the impact that a canned food drive can have on the lives of hungry people in our community.

Rick (center) helps Harold (left) and Robbie (right) unload crates of food donated by students at Heritage Academy.

On Thursday, Heritage Academy (www.heritage-academy.net)  delivered food to the Hope Center from a food drive that they held at their school. The food was brought to the Hope Center by teacher Harold Miles and student Robbie Martin. The private academy collected 213 cans and 80 boxes of food for the Hope Center! It’s so great to see young people taking an active role in helping their community and giving to those in need.

We are so thankful for schools like Heritage Academy for helping us reach the less fortunate in our community. We would have a tough time keeping our shelves stocked and food bags filled without everyone in our community working together to help us fight hunger.

If you would like to have a food drive at your school, church or organization please contact us at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.