Students Use Music to Inspire Hope

Hopeful Hearts (2)On Saturday, October 21st, some very talented young people took the stage at Bridge of Life Church in downtown Hagerstown for a special fundraiser to benefit The Hope Center.

These young people are all members of Youth For Christ at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts located downtown. Organized by the students in the club, this fundraiser, a first for the group, was designed to use their musical gifts and talents to entertain and inspire the audience while also raising money to help meet the needs of people in the community. Performing various songs like Go Light Your World, Heart of Worship, and It Is Well, the vocalists and instrumentalists put on a beautiful show celebrating the hope and power of our incredible God.

For the finale of the show, our residents, who are a part of our Foundations Life DSC_0075 (2)Recovery program, joined the students on stage to perform Victory in Jesus. What a touching moment to see so many people performing together in different stages of life singing about the victory they’ve each experienced through their relationship with Christ. This is exactly what hope is all about and it was a beautiful reminder that evening.

Following the concert, refreshments were served and the audience could mix and mingle with the students who performed in the show.

We want to thank the students in the Youth For Christ Club at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts for putting together such a wonderful evening of music and hope. These young people have been given a true gift from God and it’s so exciting to see them use their talents to help others. We are so appreciative of their heart to help others and so humbled that we were able to be a part of this event. Thank you to each of these incredible students and to everyone who helped them put on such a wonderful show!

To learn more about all the various programs, services and outreach ministries to our community at The Hope Center please visit


Making Spirits Bright…One Cookie at a Time

Do you love to bake?

Do you love spreading Christmas cheer?

Would you love helping to make someone’s Christmas magical?

This time of year can be difficult on many people who are dealing with loneliness and depression. And often times a simple gesture or small token of love can boost the spirit of another person.

The guys in our Foundations Life Recovery program will be spending this Christmas with their Hope Center family. Many times our residents have burned bridges with family, friends and other loved ones while they were consumed with whatever addiction was destroying them. Christmas at The Hope Center can be difficult on some because they are away from the people that they love while fighting hard to restore the life God created for them.

We try to make Christmas as special as possible at The Hope Center. Our Ladies’ Auxiliary hosts a special Christmas party just for our residents. We go all out decorating the facilities at The Hope Center and we bring our staff, Board of Directors and Ladies’ Auxiliary together with our residents for a special Christmas service where our residents receive Christmas gifts and celebrate with us as one big family.

So, would you like to help us make Christmas magical for our residents and guests? It’s simple and cheap but it can bring a smile that will last through the holidays.

christmas-cookies-1We are asking our friends in the community to bake cookies, candies, cakes, pies or any other Christmas treats for our men to have on Christmas day. And look, we understand if baking isn’t your thing. If that’s the case just grab a can of nuts or some of your favorite fruit for our residents and guests. We’re just hoping to show these precious people that the community stands behind them and supports them as they fight the good fight to restore their lives. It’s our goal that by next Christmas these men are reunited with their loved ones and celebrating with them.

If you’re interested in helping to make the season bright for our residents & guests then turn that oven on, grab those cookie trays and prepare the icing! You can drop off your food donation at our Administrative Office which is open M-F from 8:30am – 5pm. We do ask that when you drop off the food to please let us know that it’s for the Christmas day celebration for our residents.

We appreciate each and every one of you who will help to keep a smile on someone’s face and show God’s love, even if only through a cookie, to someone who needs to see it.

For more info or inquiries, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at

So Much To Do! Mark Your Calendars

There are some great events coming up at The Hope Center over the next couple weeks. Activities for kids, women, couples, friends, and families. Check out some of the various events that are taking place.

For more info about any of these events, call 301.739.1165 or email us at a haircut 14-page1Koffee Klatch Advert-page1Football Party Invite 13Girls Night Out V2

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Ladies’ Auxiliary Dessert Gala is Back! Mark Your Calendars!

Valentine’s day just got a little sweeter and seriously delicious!

Our Ladies’ Auxiliary is hosting another evening of music, dessert and fellowship on Friday, February 14th at 7pm at the Trinity Center.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased by calling 301.739.1165 or emailing

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the various programs and projects sponsored by The Ladies’ Auxiliary at The Hope Center.

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Sing for Joy! A Christmas Celebration!!

Christmas is coming! Join us in the celebration of the birth of Christ!

Maranatha Brethren Church will be performing a multi-media worship celebration of Christmas at the Trinity Center and you’re invited!

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The Maranatha Brethren Church Choir will be performing Christmas is Coming: Sing for Joy!, a musical celebration created by Gary Rhodes & Deborah Craig-Claar.

This Christmas celebration will feature beloved Christmas carols as well as new Christmas favorites performed by the Maranatha Choir, a children’s choir and soloist along with narration.

And if you love singing along, you can do that too! The audience will be able to join in the worship with carol singing throughout the performance!

Join us on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at 7pm at the Trinity Center, located next to our Thrift Store on Walnut Street. Parking is provided in our central lot off of Church Street between Walnut & Prospect Streets. This is a free event so invite your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to join you.

For more information, please call 301.739.1165 or email Keep up-to-date on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Hope Center Benefit Concert

It’s winter and while this one hasn’t exactly been our coldest or snowiest, it’s still just cold enough to make you sick and tired of being cooped up in a house. We know the feeling. So here’s an activity that will get you out of the house and will also lift up your spirit!

On February 26th, Brownsville Church of the Brethren will host a special concert,  “A Sheltering God”, to benefit the Hope Center. There is no admission fee but a free will offering will be collected.

The concert begins at 6pm and features singers Lauren Carnahan, Madelyn Cross, Bethany Norris and Matt Shew with accompaniment by Rob Galpin, David Martin, Terry Sparks and Marty Tisckos. In addition to the music, some of the residents of the Hope Center will give brief testimonies about their lives and how God is currently working in them. It will be a great night of music and hope!

Go ahead and mark your calendars now for Sunday, February 26th at 6pm. If that happens to be a weekend that a snow storm hits our area, there is a snow date on March 11th.

The concert is being held at Brownsville Church of the Brethren located at 1911 Rohrersville Rd, Brownsville, MD. For info about the church, please call 301.432.8354 or go to

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Last evening a group of young people from the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, Inc. in Hagerstown played some great Christmas carols for our residents and guests before the evening meal and Chapel service.

Michael Tyson, center back, with students from the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, Inc

The students, ranging in age from 7-14 are in the beginners and intermediate classes at the Contemporary School which is located in downtown Hagerstown. The students played songs like Silent Night, Jingle Bell Rock, Little Drummer Boy and Jingle Bells. Our residents and guests were invited to sing along…which they enjoyed thoroughly! Everyone especially loved singing to Feliz Navidad!

The students, under the direction of teacher Michael Tyson, had a great time playing their songs for everyone. Some of the intermediate students even showed off their musical talents by breaking from the Christmas tunes to play the Beatles, Twist & Shout.

After the students finished playing, they passed out Christmas goody bags that they had filled with candy and other treats for the residents and guests.

Everyone had a great time enjoying the Christmas music. It’s fun to have special groups come in and help to make the holidays bright for our men and the transients. Thank you to Ron Lytle, Director of the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, Michael Tyson and all the students that took the time to come and spread some Christmas cheer! We hope to see you again next year!

If you’d like to find out more about the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, Inc., please visit their website at It’s important to keep the arts alive in our community and it’s nice to see the young people using their talents to make others smile!