Thank You, Volunteers!

Friday, October 18th was a night dedicated to some of the most important people we know, our wonderful and dedicated volunteers!

We hosted our 2nd annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for more than 160 of our volunteers who gave valuable time during this past year to help us reach thousands of people in Hagerstown.

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Our volunteers log hundreds of hours a year helping in many different ways at The Hope Center. From serving food, to building relationships with kids at Camp Wild, to preparing food bags, to teaching & counseling, to sorting items for our thrift stores, and helping to keep our facilities clean and up-to-date, our volunteers truly do help make a difference and keep this ministry moving forward.

We understand that everyone’s time is precious so that’s why we appreciate all the hours that our volunteers give. And this dinner is just a small way of saying “thank you” for partnering with us to bring hope to Hagerstown.

Our volunteer appreciation event was started as a way for us, and our residents, to say thank you to everyone who helps throughout the year. Our residents have a very unique opportunity to meet so many different people who help all over the place at The Hope Center. So this is a way for them to show their gratitude to all the faces that they’ve met while in the program.

The delicious meal was catered by Leiters’ Fine Catering. Our Hope Center residents were the servers for the evening. And to provide a touch of class, our residents wore tuxedo shirts loaned to us from J&B Bridals in Chambersburg. Each resident was assigned a table that he was responsible for serving food & drink as well as talking & mingling with our guests of honor.

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In addition to serving, our residents sang for our volunteers and two of our residents, Dustin & Dave, gave testimonies. Gene Ridenour, The Hope Center Board President, lead the men in singing and his wife, Holly, sang two solos.

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Ron Shank, Director of Pastoral Care at Brooklane, gave a short message to the volunteers, thanking them for their service and dedication to The Hope Center.

We were also pleased to have nine of our Board members in attendance. It’s good for our Board to see and meet some of the people who give so much to this ministry.

But we want to take a minute to thank some other very important supporters of this ministry, our Ladies’ Auxiliary. These wonderful women made all the delicious desserts for the event. In addition to that, they helped to set up the event and clean up afterwards. We can’t thank them enough for all the support that they provide The Hope Center throughout the year. We love them and are truly thankful for their faithful service to this ministry.

We thank God for all the people He has sent to partner with us to reach Hagerstown for Christ. God has sent us a very faithful group of friends to help us spread hope and love to so many who have been left behind or forgotten. We cannot even measure the eternal impact that our volunteers have had throughout the years.

We love our volunteers so incredibly much! Thank you for finding the time, energy and spirit to serve the least, the last & the lost. You’re truly making a difference in the lives of so many.

If you would like to join the ranks of the greatest volunteers in Hagerstown, call or email us immediately! There are plenty of ways to get plugged in. We can help find the right place for your talents and gifts. Call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net today.

Residents Enjoy a Special Christmas Celebration

Each year our Ladies’ Auxiliary hosts a Christmas dinner for the men who are residents in our Foundations Life Recovery program. On December 15th, our ladies hosted the event and it was another wonderful night for everyone who attended.

It’s always a special evening for our residents. They have a delicious dinner and enjoy a musical program full of Christmas music. Our ladies do a good job of trying to make this event special for our men who may not be able to visit family for Christmas or may not even be in contact with their family any longer.

In addition to our residents being invited, the Auxiliary and their families attend this holiday event. Our Board of Directors were also invited to attend. This year two Board members, Joe Elliott and Steve Barnes, and their wives attended. We’re so glad that some of our Board members were able to celebrate with our residents and talk and get to know the guys in the program.

The Auxiliary provided fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy (catered by Leiters’ Fine Catering).  Everyone brought covered dishes and delicious desserts.

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The program featured “Men In Black,” a local group from nearby West Virginia.  The highlight of the evening was when Kevin Scott was asked to join the group on the stage and help sing some favorite Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells.”

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We want to thank our Ladies’ Auxiliary for helping to make Christmas special for our residents each year! We know the men really appreciate the dinner & show.

If you’d like information on how you can be a part of our Ladies’ Auxiliary then call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

For more information on our Foundations Life Recovery program please go to www.hagerstownrescue.org. If you would like to talk to someone about the program you can call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Thank You, Leiters’ Fine Catering!

On Thursday, August 16th, we had a very unexpected and extremely delightful donation!

A truckload, seriously a truckload, of food was donated by the local catering company. There were tons of veggie and fresh fruit trays and cheese cube trays. There were also trays of wonderful sandwiches like turkey, ham and roast beef. They also dropped off crackers and Chex Mix!

We are so thankful that the kind folks at Leiters’ Fine Catering thought of us and all the people that we feed each day. This food will be put to good use feeding all of our residents and guests.

Most people think that soup kitchens are busy only in the cold months but it’s not really true in our case. We’ve noticed a rise in attendance for our afternoon meal. So we are very thankful for businesses like Leiters’ Fine Catering and all of our other donors for keeping our kitchen stocked full of delicious eats!

The next time that you have an event that needs catering, please check out Leiters’ Fine Catering at www.leitersfinecatering.com