Down on the Farm

Did you know…

We have a farm?? The Farm is home to our Good Samaritan Lodge and our outdoor camp facility for Camp Wild.

But The Farm is not just used for those ministry purposes. The Farm is an actual farm complete with barn and fields!

The Farm is situated on about 80 acres just outside of Hagerstown on the Conococheague Creek.

For the past few years our farmyard and barn has sat dormant. But this spring we’ve started bringing it back to life. And now we’re excited to announce that The Farm is up and running again!

Spearheaded by Terry, husband of our Thrift Store/Donation Center manager, Aimee, The Farm is now home to a pair of steer along with chickens, and turkeys.

The animals are being raised to help supplement the eggs and meat supply we use at The Hope Center to feed our residents and community guests.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Terry, Dillan and the rest of the crew who’ve helped mend fences, corral the steer, and bring our barn back to life! There’s a lot of work involved with this operation and we’re so thankful for their skill, hardwork and desire to help make sure we’ve got plenty of meat to feed those in need in our community!

If you are ever in need of a delicious meal please join us for one of our meals served every day of the year. Our kitchen does not close ever – it’s open on holidays and during inclement weather. All meals are free for anyone and everyone in the community – so bring the family or the whole neighborhood!

For more info about our food/meal programs or our farm please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com

And the Pantry Item of the Month is…

June has arrived which means it’s time for our newest Pantry Item of the Month!

For the month of June we’re asking for jars of pasta sauce. We’ll gladly accept any brand, variety, or size of pasta sauce.

Our kitchen uses a good amount of pasta sauce each month for the community meals we serve. And pasta sauce is also a staple item, along with boxes of spaghetti, for our food bag program. We make sure each food bag has pasta sauce when available.

We’ve also learned that pasta sauce is a hot item at our Community Grocery Giveaways that we host every season.

We’d appreciate any donation of pasta sauce! To donate please drop off at our Administrative Office (215 W. Church St) during business hours Mon – Fri. If you’re unable to drop off during the weekday then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works.

If you’d prefer shopping online at your favorite vendor please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

Thank you for caring and sharing with the community! If you’d like to learn more about our food services please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/food-programs

Out With the Old {Kitchen}

Our new kitchen expansion is open and serving up multiple meals a day to our residents and guests. And now the project has moved into our former kitchen and dining room.

The construction crew has been busy removing the old kitchen. The former kitchen space will become part of the expanded and renovated dining room which will more than double the size of our current dining room.

There’s a good bit of work to be done in the former kitchen space. We hadn’t done any major renovation on that kitchen space since moving into the building in the late 1950’s. Once the crew has the space ready then they’ll move ahead with the dining room renovation.

Even though our food services area has been under construction since August 2020 we haven’t missed any meals! The Trinity Center has been, and continues to be, our current dining room during this construction project and because of COVID-19 restrictions.

We are so excited that we’re on the back end of this much needed expansion and renovation project. Once completed we’ll have so much more space to meet the growing need of hunger and food insecurity in our community. Please consider partnering with us to feed our neighbors in need by donating to our construction project. Your financial investment is directly benefitting your community. The money you give here stays here. And since we don’t receive any tax money or government funding, donations from generous people like you help us to continue helping thousands of people each year.

To learn more about our expansion and renovation project or to donate online please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/renovation

Washington County Gives Starts at Midnight!

We’re just a few short hours away from Washington County Gives 2021!

Washington County Gives is a 24-hour day of online giving benefitting non-profits in Washington County. Starting at midnight 5/11 and lasting until 11:59pm you can donate to The Hope Center during Washington County Gives and help us raise support for our kitchen and dining room expansion project.

Giving during Washington County Gives is quick, easy and safe. Starting at midnight you can easily get to our donation page by clicking here: Give to The Hope Center | Washington County Gives

We’ll also post links from our Facebook page and from our website. If you don’t follow us on Facebook please go to http://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown or visit us online at WCG | hagerstownhopecenter

Please help us spread the word about donating during Washington County Gives by encouraging your friends, family, church, coworkers, and social media followers to join you in donating to The Hope Center.

Your gift during Washington County Gives will help us pay for our much needed construction project. Our food services expansion will more than double the previous kitchen & dining room space. This will allow us to feed more people more efficiently and give us more space in our dining room for more neighbors to have a place to eat.

Our food services are free for anyone in the community. Your gift during Washington County Gives helps us continue to feed neighbors in need and combat hunger and food insecurity in our community.

Please join others in the community and make a plan to donate to The Hope Center tomorrow during Washington County Gives!

Need Grocery Assistance? We Can Help!

We’re hosting another Community Grocery Giveaway on Friday, May 14th from 9am – 11am (or while supplies last). Our food giveaway is free for anyone and everyone in the community. You do not need a food bank card to participate.

We’re offering a wide selection of all sorts of non-perishable food items like canned vegetables, soups, cereal, baking mixes, mac & cheese, beans, peanut butter, jelly, boxed dinner mixes, snacks, canned fruit, and so much more! We’ll also have a selection of bread and pastries.

In addition to the food items we’ll be giving out all sorts of personal care items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, and more.

All of this is free but based on first-come-first-served. Bags will be provided but you may bring your own if you’d prefer.

The Community Grocery Giveaway will be held in the lower level of our Administrative Office building. Parking is located on our central lot located at 215 W. Church St. The Administrative Office is located across the parking lot from our Thrift Store. For guests with mobility issues please use our building entrance on 125 N. Prospect St. There’s street parking available and a ramp into the building for easy access to the event.

If you’re in need of groceries but are unable to attend our Community Grocery Giveaway then please call us at 301.739.1165 to request a food bag. We provide food bags all year long so please don’t hesitate to call and request a bag of food for yourself and your family.

For more info about our Community Grocery Giveaway or to volunteer at this event please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

PB&J for May!

For the month of May we’re asking for jars of peanut butter and/or jelly for our Pantry Item of the Month.

Peanut butter and jelly is are staple items of our food bag program. If we have them in stock they go into food bags for neighbors in need. Peanut butter is a very popular item and we often run out of jars.

We’re asking for any brand or type of peanut butter. From crunchy to creamy, Peter Pan or Jif, natural or honey roasted, we’ll gladly take any jar of peanut butter. And the same goes for jams & jellies. We’ll happily take any brand or flavor.

And with our next Community Grocery Giveaway taking place on May 14th, we’re going to go through a lot of peanut butter and jelly this month. Any donation of PB&J will be a huge blessing.

To donate please drop off to our Administrative Office during business hours M-F (8:15-11:30am and 12:15-4pm). Our Administrative Office is located across from the Thrift Store on our central parking lot at 215 W. Church St. If you’re unable to drop off during our business hours please call us at 301.739.1165 to arrange a better time.

If you’d prefer ordering online from your favorite vendor like AmazonSmile please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

If you, or someone you know, could use a food bag or grocery assistance please call us at 301.739.1165 to request a food bag. And don’t forget to make a plan to join us on Friday, May 14th for our next Community Grocery Giveaway.

Washington County Gives Returns May 11th!

It’s almost time for Washington County Gives 2021! Washington County Gives is a 24-hour day of online giving benefitting non-profits in Washington County.

From midnight until 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 11th, you can join other generous neighbors in supporting The Hope Center by giving online at washingtoncountygives.org.

This year we’re asking the community to support our major food services expansion and renovation project.

The expansion and renovation of our food services area is in full swing. In fact, at the end of April we were able to move into our brand new kitchen! The new kitchen will provide our food services staff and volunteers a much larger and more efficient space to prepare and serve multiple meals a day to our residents and community guests.

Now that the new kitchen is completed, the construction project has moved into the dining room where our old kitchen has been torn out and will become a part of a much larger dining room. This expanded dining room will allow us to seat twice the amount of people per meal.

In addition to the new kitchen and dining room, we’ve been able to have a brand new pantry which is 3x’s bigger than the previous pantry. This huge pantry will provide ample room for all the food we need to create meals and allow us more storage for our food bank program and community food giveaway events.

This is a much needed project as we have not made any major changes or improvements to our kitchen since moving into our building in the late 1950’s. This construction project will allow us to meet the current needs and also be prepared to better reach people in need in the future.

Please consider partnering with us to feed our community by donating a gift to us during Wsahington County Gives. To give during the event is quick and easy and will make a huge impact in our goal to end hunger and food insecurity.

You can donate to our cause any time on May 11th. We’ll provide a link from our Facebook page and also our website which will lead you directly to our WCG page to help make donating even quicker for you.

And please encourage your family, friends, church, coworkers, and social media followers to join you in giving to our construction project.

To learn more please click here: WCG | hagerstownhopecenter or call 301.739.1165.

God’s Love Story for You

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrowBecause He lives, all fear is goneBecause I know He holds the futureAnd life is worth the living, just because He lives”

It’s been quite a year for all of us. Hardship, sacrifice, stress, fear, and for many, the loss of a loved one. But the power of what we celebrate this day is the freedom from all those feelings and the eternal promise of HOPE. 

The morning of the third day the disciples were still living in fear and disbelief over the tragedy and loss of Christ’s crucifixion. But with the break of dawn came the Son rise that would forever change the story of humankind. 

As the sun rose today so did the hope of God’s promise and the reminder of His great love! Easter is a love story from God to you. When you’re feeling alone, when you’re scared, when you’re feeling hopeless, just remember that Jesus was saying your name as He hung on that cross. And he was thinking of you when He defeated death and walked out of that tomb. You are valuable. You are precious. You are loved – and the Easter story is proof. Your pain, hurt, fear, and sadness are His now. Tell Him your pain. Tell Him your fear. And trust Him to fight for you – because He already has. And He won. For you. 

“The thought of my homelessness and pain is bitter poison. I think constantly and my spirit is depressed. Yet HOPE returns when I remember one thing. The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, so in Him I put my HOPE.” Lamentations 3: 19-26

May the HOPE of our risen Lord give you peace, joy, and victory today! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter!

Spring Cleaning Season is Coming!

Spring is just a few days away! While all the snow this winter had its pretty moments, we’re definitely excited about seeing flowers and trees blooming and all the beautiful colors of spring.

And with the arrival of spring comes a favorite part of the season: spring cleaning! As you begin the process of cleaning out your house and even redecorating keep us in mind!

Your donation of gently used items like clothing, shoes, housewares, decorations, toys, books, accessories, craft items, linens, and furniture can become a huge asset to helping people in need in our community!

And right now our Thrift Stores are in need of furniture donations. If you are remodeling your house or just have gently used furniture to get rid of we’re happy to take it off your hands! And if you’re in the Hagerstown area we can even come and pick up your gently used furniture! To learn more about our furniture donation pick up or to schedule a time please call 301.739.1165.

Proceeds generated from sales in our two Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg) help to fund the many programs and services to neighbors in need for free. When you donate your items you are helping to give hope to thousands of people in our area!

And for neighbors who are in desperate need, your donated goods can be given for free in our voucher program. The voucher program helps individuals and families in dire need receive free clothing and more.

So as you clean out your closets, redecorate your living room, or go through the boxes in your basement think of how your items can provide hope for your community! To donate items please drop off at our donation drop dock at the back of our parking lot on 215 W. Church St in Hagerstown. Our Donation Center is open M-Sat from 9am – 4pm. To learn about donating gently used items please click here: In-kind Gifts | hagerstownhopecenter

To receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donations, please provide an itemized list along with your name and address and the date you dropped off the donation. Your itemized list may be dropped off at our Hagerstown Thrift Store or our Administrative Office during business hours.

If you’d like to talk to someone about donations or the tax-deductible receipt, our Thrift Stores, or any of the other programs and services at The Hope Center please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

We’re Hiring! Join Our Team and Help Make a Difference!

We’ve got a few job openings currently! If you or someone you know is looking for part-time work or trying to find a way to get involved then keep reading!

All current job openings are part-time. The positions available are Chaplain, Cook, Driver (box truck for donation pickups), Deskman, and Cashier/Sorter.

If you’re retired, looking for some additional income, or want to get involved in a ministry and would like more info about any of these positions then please click here: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES | hagerstownhopecenter

If you’d like to speak to someone about any of these job postings please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

And please spread the word to your friends, family, church and others to help us quickly fill these positions. Thank you! Also, if you’re unable to apply but would like to volunteer please call 301.739.1165 or email volunteer@hagerstownhopecenter.com.