Thrift Store Day: Auxiliary Food Stand is Back Bigger Than Ever!

This Saturday, September 14th, is our 2nd annual Thrift Store Day at our Hagerstown location.

Shoppers will be able to enjoy savings all day long including a 50% off sale (excluding furniture) in our Thrift Store. In addition to that sale, we’re hosting a BOGO Housewares Sale in the Trinity Center, which is located just behind the Thrift Store.

But getting great deals isn’t the only thing you can expect during Thrift Store Day because our Auxiliary is going to make sure you can purchase some great food as well!

Just like last year, our Auxiliary is going to have their famous food stand during the BOGO Housewares Sale in the Trinity Center. But they’re doing something a little extra this year – SERVING BREAKFAST!!

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That’s right! Our Auxiliary is serving breakfast in the Trinity Center from 8:30am – 10am. In addition to delicious assorted pastries and donuts from Sanders’ Cookie Jar Bakery, our Auxiliary is having a breakfast combo meal. The combo meal will include homemade sausage gravy & biscuits and your choice of juice or coffee. And this hearty breakfast combo will only set you back $4! It’s a delicious start to your day of saving!

But those who aren’t morning people – don’t worry – our Auxiliary will also have a lunch combo meal available from 10am – 2pm. For $4 the lunch combo will include a hotdog, chips, and your choice of soft drink or coffee. In addition to the lunch combo meal our Auxiliary will also be selling homemade soups to go by the quart. The soup flavors for sale will be ham & bean, chili, vegetable beef, and chicken corn. And you won’t want to miss out on the incredible baked goods for sale also! You’ll find a delicious variety of  homemade cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, and more.

So make a plan to stop by Thrift Store Day to get your hands on some great deals and fill up on some great homemade foods!

Proceeds from the sales at our Auxiliary food stand goes towards the various programs and services provided for free to the community at The Hope Center. The Auxiliary helps to purchase and fund various projects and much needed items so that we can continue to provide for those in need without relying on any government funding or tax money.

When you purchase a combo meal or a quart of soup, you’re actually funding a future of hope for someone in need. And when you get that great deal at our Thrift Stores, you’re purchase is insuring that the hungry and homeless in our area have a safe place to seek the help they need.

Every purchase made on Thrift Store Day in Hagerstown is an investment in your community. It’s making sure men have a shelter to sleep in all year long. It’s providing food assistance through a bag of groceries for a family in crisis. It’s providing a warm meal for an elderly neighbor. The deals on Thrift Store Day are great but the investment in our community in unmeasurable.

So make a plan to come by Thrift Store Day to do some shopping and enjoy some good homemade foods. There’s plenty of free parking on our central lot off of Church Street (between Walnut & Prospect Streets). And bring the whole family because we’ll be having activities, games, and a bounce house from 11am – 3pm (weather permitting) on our parking lot.

For more info about this event or to volunteer please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

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Thrift Store Day Volunteers Needed!

We are just days away from the first day of September and the start of another school year which means that we are just about two weeks away from our 2nd annual Hagerstown Thrift Store Day!

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On Saturday, September 14th, we’re having a celebration for our Thrift Store. There will be a sale all day long at our Thrift Store plus a special housewares sale in the Trinity Center (located next to the Thrift Store). In addition to those sales, our Auxiliary will host their delicious lunch stand in the Trinity Center but this year they’re also having a breakfast stand!!

We’re also having some all-American family fun during the day with games, amusements, and activities for shoppers of all ages!

But for us to pull all of this off we need your help. We’re looking for volunteers to help us with our carnival games, activities, and bounce house. If you have the talent of balloon animals or face painting then we’d love to have you volunteer that day as well! Volunteers are also needed for our popcorn and cotton candy stands, assisting the housewares sale in the Trinity Center and even just greeting costumers at our store.

This is a perfect opportunity for any high school teen who needs community service hours or even a youth group looking for a way to get involved in the community. Come as  an individual or bring your family and all your social media friends! And you can volunteer for just part of the day or the entire time – whatever works for you! We just need volunteers to help make this another successful Thrift Store Day.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact us by Monday, September 9th. And be sure to spread the word! We’ve posted it on Facebook so share it with your FB friends!

To volunteer please call 301.739.1165 or email volunteer@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Thank You, Dorcas, For Your Lifetime of Service!

As we bid farewell to 2017 and joyfully welcomed a new year, at The Hope Center we said goodbye to a long-time employee. Dorcas Black, known to many simply as Aunt DSC_0463 (2)Dorcas, retired from 48 years of full-time ministry at The Hope Center. Dorcas, daughter of founders, Jim & Ellen Resh, has been actively involved in many different areas of ministry at The Hope Center in her 48 years of service. From singing with The Missionaires, to directing The Lighthouse Puppeteers who entertained and ministered to hundreds of people throughout the area, to directing Echoes of Hope TV broadcast, to creating Conoco Camp, Just Kids TV show, helping in our Ladies’ Auxiliary, cohosting Koffee Klatch, and supervising the Sorting Room just to name a few. Her impact and influence has been a major part of the formation of many ministries and programs at The Hope Center, most notably the long-running children’s ministry that she started, now known as Wildside Youth & Camp Wild, which to this day is still reaching kids in Hagerstown’s downtown neighborhoods.

Dorcas has been a faithful servant of the Lord in her time here at The Hope Center. So inDSC_0447 (2) December we threw her a retirement luncheon in our former “studio” building where she spent so much of her time creating Just Kids and Echoes of Hope TV shows. Our staff joined the pride of Dorcas’ life, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in celebrating her career and all of the things she’s done while serving God here.

With all she’s experienced and accomplished at The Hope Center, we asked Dorcas to give us her thoughts about the 48 years of her ministry to reaching so many for Christ. Here are her thoughts:

“48 years… sounds like a really long time, but when you think about it, it’s almost like yesterday. And after 48 years of employment here at The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission, I have retired. I never thought that I would retire but it was the right time and the right thing for me to do. I really never considered my years here at the Mission as “employment” but rather as service and I am so thankful for the opportunities that the Lord gave me to serve. Actually I was here from the very beginning which was 62 years ago. My siblings and I watched as our dad and mom followed God’s call to start a rescue mission in Hagerstown. When we moved to the apartment above the Mission on Jail Alley, we soon realized that our neighbor was the county jail. We had no yard. We could not go out on the street under any circumstances so it was quite an adjustment for all of us five kids. But there was an excitement about this as we watched miracle after miracle take place as the Lord used our parents to minister to “the least, the last, and the lost” – as Dad used to say.

At the age of eighteen, I married Carl Black. That was July 9th, 1960. In May of 1962, with our two baby boys, Carl Jr. and Curtis, we moved to York, PA where Carl directed the York Rescue Mission for seven years. Moving back to Hagerstown, Carl became assistant to my dad and I started my employment as a clerk in the Thrift Store. That was August, 1969.  It has been quite a journey as I reflect on the past 48 years. For 34 years, I directed the Conoco Day Camp for children, the Lighthouse Puppeteers, Just Kids TV, Just Kids Bible Club, as well as helping in other areas of the ministry. Then in 2004 I took over supervising the Warehouse (Sorting Room) in place of my mother who was having some serious health issues – she was 87 years old and a faithful worker.

On November 3, 2015, while working, I tripped on a box and fell, breaking my hip. Following surgery and many, many weeks of therapy, it was determined that the bone was not healing properly, so a second surgery was performed in May of 2016. Again, after months of therapy and very little progress in healing, on November 2, 2016, I was sent to Baltimore where I had total hip replacement. Then seven weeks after this surgery, a knock came to my door. It was Sonny, Becky & Laurel (my sisters). Sonny informed me that my son, Curtis, age 54, had dropped over with a massive heart attack. I was totally devastated. It was difficult. The Lord had called my husband home to Glory in December, 2007. I was blessed to have two wonderful sons who had been there  to help me with anything I needed (even though they were grieving the loss of their father). And now my youngest, sweet Curtis, is gone. I can’t express the pain as I go through this grieving process, but I can express the wonderful sweet presence and peace of my Heavenly Father.

I never cease to be amazed at the sovereignty of God, knowing that He is in control and that He makes no mistakes and that He is faithful. I draw upon the precious promises of His Word which assures me that “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5. Jesus is the healer of broken hearts. He is mending my heart as I depend on Him. I have wonderful memories as a wife and mother and I am slowly learning that even death cannot rob me of the joy of all those many sweet memories.

And now that time has come to retire. It was such a hard decision to make but through much prayer and soul searching I knew it was what I needed to do. I will still be involved in many ways. But as I adjust to this new schedule I know that the Lord will direct my path as I trust in Him, lean on Him, and acknowledge Him. And, I will always look back on those many, many memories of serving here at the Mission – some heart-wrenching, some hilarious, some miraculous. I am truly blessed.”

Aunt Dorcas, thank you for your creativity and passion and being willing to do so much to reach all people, young and old, churched and unchurched, for Christ! You will never know your true impact while on earth but Heaven is most certainly keeping track of all you did – and will continue to do even in your retirement.

Please join us in thanking Dorcas for all that she’s done to further the Kingdom of God in her 48 years of service! To God be the glory!

 

 

Guess Who Has a New Website?

We have a brand spanking new website! Have you visited it yet? If you haven’t then check out http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Our new site provides a wealth of information for those seeking help and services as well as our supporters and volunteers who want to learn more about all the various ways we serve the community.

From learning about our rich history to fully understanding the entire scope of services we provide, our website can help answer any question you might have about The Hope Center.

Take some time to check out our new website at http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com. And be sure to tell others who are looking for a local non-profit to support or are in need of help to check out our website for all the information they need.

Volunteers Are the Heart of The Hope Center

In 2015 we celebrated 60 years of hope at The Hope Center. And a major part of what makes it possible for us to continue to provide services to men, women & children for free are all the hours of service given by faithful, caring friends in our community who serve as volunteers at The Hope Center.

Since 1955, The Hope Center has been a lighthouse to the needy in our community. Whether it was a man addicted to alcohol, a mother in need of clothing for her children, or a family who needs some food assistance, our doors have been open everyday to help those in need without asking a dime from any of our guests…or the tax-payer.

Friends, businesses, churches and other groups in the area have financially supported us from the very beginning allowing us to help so many people without being a burden on the tax payer.

But volunteers help supplement all of our finances by providing hours upon hours of compassion and hard work in many different ways at The Hope Center.

As we celebrated our 60th Anniversary in 2015, we had some special events taking place in the community which gave us some new opportunities for volunteers to get involved and make an impact in our city. But many of the areas that volunteers gave so many hours were activities and events that happen on a regular basis at The Hope Center.

In total, we had 719 different volunteers work more than 13,394 hours! That’s incredible! This is exactly why we think that our volunteers are the best!

These volunteers worked throughout the year in one or more of the following areas of service:

  1. Sorting room
  2. Wildside Youth events (www.wildsideyouth.com)
  3. Camp Wild (www.campwildusa.com)
  4. Chapel services
  5. Men’s ministry check-in desk and teaching classes
  6. Off site: baking cakes, making sandwiches, providing food for after chapel (these are on a regular basis)
  7. Outreach: 60th anniversary events (Rock the Run 5K; Party-in-the-Park; Ladies’ Tea; Anniversary banquet); Thanksgiving Day and more.

Our volunteers gave in so many different ways throughout the year. And we’re so thankful for each and every one of them!

But our volunteer opportunities didn’t stop in 2015. We are always looking for volunteers to join the ranks of our volunteer program all the time. We have so many different areas for volunteers to get involved.

In fact, our 2016 Party-in-the-Park will be held on Saturday, October 22 at Wheaton Park in Hagerstown. We are currently looking for volunteers for this fantastic outreach opportunity. This is a great service project for youth groups to get involved with in their own community.  We will need volunteers to help with food, games, music, face and nail painting, crowd control, popcorn machine, cotton candy, set up and tear down, etc.

If you, your family & friends, church group, civic club or more would like to volunteer at our upcoming Party-in-the-Park then give us a call today at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. We welcome you to help us reach our city and provide hope for those in need!

For more information about all the various volunteer opportunities at The Hope Center go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

 

2015: Year of Celebration Part 3

It’s finally here.

Our 60th Anniversary Year of Celebration is coming to an official end.

We’ve had fun celebrating with each and every one of you this past year. In fact, it’s been so much fun that we’re gonna keep it going for just a few more hours!

Enjoy the last set of pictures from our Year of Celebration. But don’t worry, 2016 is going to be filled with various activities and events so there’s plenty to be excited about!

But for now, let’s one look back on all the fun that was 2015. Thank you 2015 for all the memories.

Happy New Year!

2015: Year of Celebration Part 2

We’re gonna keep the pictures of 2015 coming your way! Enjoy the pictures from our 60th Anniversary Year of Celebration. If you want to see more or read more about our 60th Anniversary or even learn about the history of The Hope Center, go to http://www.hopecenter60.com.