Who’s Hungry? Auxiliary Sandwich Sale is Here!

Ham Sandwich FallIt’s the best time of the year: country ham sandwich sale!! Our Auxiliary is currently taking orders for their delicious country ham sandwiches. Place orders from now until October 13. Sandwiches will be available for pickup on October 19th. To place an order please call 301.739.1165 or 301.790.3843.

The country ham sandwiches are only $3 each and proceeds from the sales of the sandwiches goes to the many programs and services at The Hope Center. Since we take no government funding and also provide all services for free our Auxiliary plays a major role in helping to fund important programs, sponsor various projects, and make sure our residents have different special activities throughout the year. Your sandwich purchase goes a long way in helping feed the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, recovery to the addict, and so much more. To learn more about the various programs at The Hope Center please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Interested in making a difference in the community by being a part of our Auxiliary? We’re looking for new members so if you or someone you know is interested please email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or call 301.739.1165 to talk to someone. Spread the word and invite others to join you at our Auxiliary!

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Congratulations Derek!

We are excited to announce the graduation of Derek from our Foundations Life Recovery program!

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Our Foundations Life Recovery program is a 13 month residential rehabilitation program, based on Biblical principles, for men dealing with various addictions that are destroying them. Our rehabilitation program is not designed to just break addictions or habits, but to also help the man change his heart & mind. It’s not just about putting a new suit on the man, it’s about putting a new man in the suit.

Men in our Foundations Life Recovery program attend many different classes that help them defeat the addictions that have destroyed them. They also attend classes where they learn the value of their life through God’s plan for them. They are given the opportunity to make the changes that will help them leave our program prepared to be a contributing part of society.

When Derek first arrived at The Hope Center, he was just many of the other teens in America: looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong areas.

Derek grew up in the church, taking part in AWANA’s and even attending a Christian school. But Derek’s home life was much different. While Derek’s mother was a Christian, his father was not. He and his dad never really got along, which lead to clashes and Derek’s feeling of insecurity and fear of messing up and not gaining the approval of his father.

Eventually, the issues with his father came to a boiling point and Derek dropped out of church and his Christian school. His life was in a freefall and Derek began wandering aimlessly through life. He moved from group home to group home, institution to institution, just living life without a purpose. His only interests at that time were women and pornography.

Derek arrived at The Hope Center, knowing that he needed a change from his addiction to pornography. Instead of taking this opportunity serious, Derek was actually just hoping to breeze through this program just like the many others he was a part of.

After a while in our Foundations Life Recovery program, Derek realized that he wasn’t able to just do whatever he wanted and get by. He found himself in trouble multiple times, even getting kicked out and put on restrictions.

But God never gave up on Derek, and Derek knew deep down that there was a better life for him. He continued in our program and one day he and God had that moment where it all clicked.

Derek finally hit the point where he was tired of wandering, tired of fighting the truth, and tired of being disciplined. With tears in his eyes he called out, “God, I know you want me to work with kids, so why do I keep falling for this addiction?”

God responded to Derek. He reminded Derek that the reason he is addicted and not able to break free is because “he lost his first love”. God told Derek that he was given a passion to work with children so he could help other kids not “do the same things” he did to find love and acceptance. Derek said God also told him to “be yourself, everyone else is taken”.

This conversation with God was exactly the push Derek needed to finish the program at The Hope Center. Derek began taking his classes seriously. He started attending a church and helping out around The Hope Center. He established accountability with two different area pastors who helped supplement his spiritual instruction at The Hope Center.

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Derek with Pastor Brad Nigh of Hagerstown Christian Church

Derek has achieved a monumental goal in his life: his life has been recovered and he is free from the chains of pornography. On his face he wears one of the biggest, brightest smiles in all of Maryland. That smile is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of Derek’s character and his commitment to following God and living for Him.

As Derek begins a new chapter in his life, he’s excited about the new adventures which are to come. One change that makes him extremely excited: “living on his own for the first time!” Derek is also hoping to volunteer at Wildside Youth Ministries, the youth program for kids at The Hope Center, and other organizations where he can help kids who are heading down the same path he once chose.

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Derek proudly receiving his diploma from Sonny Shank, our Executive Director

In late September we hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate Derek’s achievement. Residents currently in the Foundations Life Recovery program, staff, volunteers, and people from Derek’s church attended the graduation. Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship.

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We are so proud of Derek and his accomplishment. Our joy is only a small reflection of the celebration that took place in Heaven. Derek is another life changed for God. Instead of becoming another dark statistic, Derek is walking boldly in the light.

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Derek celebrating his graduation with friends and supporters from his church

Please pray for Derek, and the other men in our Foundations Life Recovery program. The decision to clean up their lives is not an easy one, and the devil works overtime to ruin, defeat, and destroy these men. Pray that the men in the program will see the success of Derek and work to conquer the addictions that are separating them from God. And pray for Derek, and the many other graduates, as they embark on a new life of victory. The devil wants nothing more than to see God’s people be destroyed by their weaknesses. Pray that these men find strong spiritual support systems that help them live each day victoriously.

And continue to pray for the staff and volunteers at The Hope Center. The people who serve are on the front line of a very serious spiritual war. They are trying to help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of so many. It’s not an easy situation to be in as the devil targets our staff and volunteers.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support of The Hope Center. Because of people like you, Derek was able to have a place to change his life. Your financial support, food and clothing donations, and prayers help to keep our facilities operational all day, every day. From helping addicts with no where to turn, to feeding families, providing shelter for the homeless, and giving kids a safe place to have fun, your support is reaching thousands of people and changing lives. Again we say thank you for partnering with us to help others.

If you’d like to start supporting The Hope Center, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can go to http://www.hagerstownrescue.org and click on the “Give to HRM” tab located in the red box on the left hand side of the page if you’d prefer using your debit/credit card online.

If you’d like to join the ranks of our faithful volunteers, go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com to learn about the various ways you can help change lives.

 

Chad Had Completely Given Up…and Then God Intervened

Meet Chad.

Chad is a young guy who is a part of the Foundations life-recovery program at the Hope Center. Chad has been a member of the program for about three months.

Chad’s story isn’t one that most people would expect from someone staying at a rescue mission. But Chad’s story is one that is becoming the norm in our society as the war of drugs digs deeper into our culture.

Chad grew up in a well-to-do family in Baltimore. His life may have been similar to many people we know. He had a good life but poor choices lead to destructive habits that nearly cost him everything.

In 2006, Chad began using pain killers as a result of injuries he received playing football. As that addiction grew, it soon wasn’t enough and he started using heroin. His life began to fall apart as the heroin soon began to take control. In and out of the treatment centers all up and down the East Coast, Chad recalls, “My life was hopeless. I had completely given up and had turned to drugs and crime.“ Without receiving any real help, Chad continued on a path of destruction until he landed in jail for two months this past year. Chad knew he needed a program that was going to offer a real way to change.

That is when God intervened in his life. God brought Chad to the Hope Center. And Chad can attest that the Hope Center has done something that no other facility could do – create a genuine change in his life. His life needed God’s help to change. And the Hope Center provided Chad with a facility and staff dedicated to helping him not only abandon his life of drugs but replace that with Christ.

Chad will gladly tell you that through God’s help and his spiritual training at the Hope Center he has completely given up drugs and smoking.

A proud Baltimore Ravens fan, Chad can be currently seen working in the kitchen and on the donation dock. He really enjoys being able to talk to people and thank them for giving and helping to keep the Hope Center open at no cost for people like him.

Chad has a home at the Hope Center. He’s creating positive relationships with the other men in the program while also slowly repairing the broken relationship with his family. He says that the Hope Center has helped him work on his “humility, patience and attitude”.

And he’s looking to the future. He’s hopeful and focused on eventually returning  to college to continue working towards receiving a degree.

Because of the faithful support of people like you, Chad has been given the opportunity to meet God and confront the sin that was destroying his life. Since we don’t accept any government funding, we rely heavily on financial donations from individuals and groups as well as the proceeds generated from our Thrift Stores. These combined revenues help to keep the doors of the Hope Center open for people just like Chad and the countless others who have been desperately seeking to change their lives and searching for hope.

Please continue to pray for Chad as he grows in his relationship with Christ. And pray for all the men who are currently in the program and the many others that will walk through our doors this year.

If you would like to join us in the fight against hopelessness, please visit our website at www.hagerstownrescue.org and click on the “donate” tab and then “give online”. Your online donation through Paypal is safe and secure.

If you would like more info about how you can get involved, please call our office at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net

Happy Birthday!

It’s the first Friday of the month which is our ‘Birthday’ celebration day!

This month, two more of our residents have birthdays. Kevin & Edward were celebrated today for having birthdays this month. In fact, both birthdays are this week! Yesterday was Kevin’s birthday and Sunday is Edwards.

Join us in wishing both of these fine guys a very ‘Happy Birthday’!

Thanks again to Stormy for baking & decorating the birthday cake for the guys this month!