Congrats, Terry!

At the beginning of February we had a graduation ceremony for four men in our Foundations Life Recovery program. Foundations Life Recovery is the 13-month rehabilitation program for men who are in desperate need of serious life change and a new start in Christ. Foundations Life Recovery is a free program where the men who enroll are given housing in our dormitory. They attend classes, church services, and take part in a work program all while being held accountable to being clean of all drugs and alcohol. Upon completion of the program we celebrate the incredible accomplishment of recovery with a graduation service with the men, our staff & Board, and any family or friends of our graduate.

One of our February graduates is Terry Barnes. This is Terry and here is his story of HOPE:

If you’ve ever volunteered or dropped off a food donation of some sort then there’s a good chance you’ve seen this tall man with a huge smile – Terry. Terry is a very visible guy because of the happiness and love he portrays to everyone he meets.

DSC_0427Originally from Gettysburg, Terry was tired both physically and mentally of getting high. The final time he got high he knew he needed help and turned to God for that help. When he came down from the high God answered his cry for help and lead him to The Hope Center.

While Terry has always believed in God, it wasn’t until enrolling in Foundations Life Recovery that he learned more about Jesus and made the decision to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior. He finally was at the point in his life to allow God to come in and change the issues that had been destroying him for so long.

Terry’s favorite Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, is the power and promise he holds onto to continue his life of sobriety and victory.

He is thankful for his time at The Hope Center because it gave him the chance to really learn who Jesus was and what He did for all of us – and what He will do if you allow Him to work in your life. Terry is a proud example of the power of Christ’s transformation in a life. He understands that he still has work to do in himself, along with rebuilding his former life, especially with his family. As Terry says of his life, “this is a project. It doesn’t happen fast. (Jesus) has shown me how to have love and compassion for others.”

As Terry moves forward following graduation he is excited to start clean and sober and dedicated to being a loving man of God. He is looking for an apartment and a car – and would love to have a kitten too! His goal is to continue moving forward in Christ and staying in his church, which he loves. But simply put, Terry’s number one priority for each new day of his restored life is to “give thanks to God everyday.”

Please remember to keep Terry Barnes in your prayers. Pray for his continued success and that he continues to stay strong in the Lord. And pray for all the men, like Terry, who come to that point in life that they know they need serious help and come to The Hope Center. Pray that they allow God to work in their lives and save them both spiritually and physically. Our Foundations Life Recovery program isn’t easy but it’s powerful when the man allows his walls to come down and the addictions to end. Please pray for spiritual power for the men in the program, our staff and all volunteers who come in contact with our residents.

If you’d like to volunteer at The Hope Center and be a part of this life-changing ministry then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email volunteer@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of help just like Terry was then please contact us immediately by calling 301.739.1165 or emailing foundations@hagerstownhopecenter.com. You can learn more about our rehabilitation/life recovery program at hagerstownhopecenter.com/rehabilitation-

Happy, Happy Birthday!!

Join us in wishing Dustin & Albert HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dustin celebrated his birthday in July and Albert just celebrated his this week. Both men are in our Foundations Life Recovery Program. Each month we celebrate the birthdays of the men in our residential program – and of course we have cake! Our good friend Stormy bakes birthday cakes each month for our residents!

Dustin joined our Foundations program in January of this year. While here he made a profession of Christ in his life and is seeking to make positive changes in his life that will help him once he leaves the program. He is about halfway through the Foundations program so please continue to pray for him in his journey as he grows and faces the challenge of confronting the various things that have caused problems in his life.

Albert joined Foundations in September of 2017 after being released into our facility from prison. While in prison he made a profession of Christ which is what lead him to apply to our Foundations program at his release. He wanted a safe, Christian environment to help him grow and change his life patterns and to be in a place where he can build a positive bridge into his future. He quickly joined a local church in Hagerstown and has continued to grow spiritually which has helped him develop great relationships with others. He is very close to graduating from Foundations so continue to keep praying for Albert that he finishes strong and has the confidence to go boldly into his new life without fear. He’s excited about his opportunity to share his new life with others in the community who need to hear about the power of Christ just like he did.

Please continue to pray for all of the men who come in and out of our Foundations Life Recovery Program. It’s not easy for guys to acknowledge that they need to join the program and make necessary changes in their lives and it’s even harder for them to continue once they join. These men are facing serious challenges in their lives and they need all the prayer and support possible. Please continue to invest in their lives through prayer, volunteering, and donating to The Hope Center. Your donation of food, used clothing, shoes, housewares, furniture, etc, and your donation of time serving food, hosting a chapel service, painting or doing anything at The Hope Center are all part of helping these men rehabilitate their lives and giving them the recovery and victory they so desperately want and need. Your support truly does make a difference and God uses it to help them move forward in the face of personal issues. Thank you for helping us celebrate these men and their birthdays.

To learn more about volunteering or donating to The Hope Center or for more information about our Foundations Life Recovery Program for men please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com or call 301.739.1165.

Thank You, JLG Hagerstown!

Recently we were pleasantly surprised to receive a very generous donation by the JLG Supplier Quality team from the Hagerstown office.

JLG Industries is a subsidiary of the Oshkosh Corporation headquartered in Wisconsin. In addition to JLG and the quality lifts they design & build, Oshkosh Corporation has a reputation for quality heavy-duty products that serve our defense industry, fire & rescue operations and other commercial products.

Each year, Oshkosh Corporation has a global competition where their team members compete in four categories: Delighting Our Customers, Human Development, Innovative Excellence, and Environmental Responsibility.

The JLG Supplier Quality team’s quality improvement project competed in the “Delighting Our Customers” category. Having gone through Site Level and Segment Level competition, the team eventually won second place and received the Oshkosh Excellence Award in the final Global Level competition!

 

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From L-R: Raj Kambalimath, Haibo Li, Becky Shank, Dale Baumbaugh and Sonny Shank

 

The prize for winning second place was a $7,500 donation to a local non-profit of choice. And we are so pleased and thankful to have been the recipient of that prize. JLG employees Dale Baumbaugh,  Haibo Li and Raj Kambalimath presented The Hope Center with the prize winning check on behalf of the team from JLG and the Oshkosh Corporation.

We cannot thank the JLG team enough for donating this prize to The Hope Center. This gift from their company will benefit so many people, especially as we are preparing to make major improvements to our dining room and food services programs to help feed and reach hundreds of people in our area.

Congrats to the hard-working team from JLG who excelled at the Oshkosh competition! Thank you for caring and helping your neighbors in need!

To learn more about all the programs and services at The Hope Center go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Happy Birthday, Louis!

The beginning of each month we have a special day to celebrate the birthdays of the guys who are residents at The Hope Center and are a part of our Foundations Life Recovery program.

This month we are so excited to wish Louis Dennis a happy birthday!! The birthday celebrations are made complete with a delicious cake by our friend Stormy.

Louis has been a part of Foundations Life Recovery program for 11 months. Louis has been progressing throughout the program and could be moved into our Gold Level this month which means he is close to completing the program.

Louis, who works in our Recycling Center, is very happy to talk about how he is growing spiritually since being in the program. In fact, he’s thrilled to tell people that he has even been baptized to show the world his commitment to his relationship with Christ.

We’re so happy to watch as Louis continues to claim victory each day as he continues to overcome his addiction issues and grow closer to Christ.

Join us in wishing Louis a very happy birthday!

If you or someone you know would like more information about Foundations Life Recovery program or would like to talk to someone about how to get help then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

 

 

Join our Thanksgiving Tradition!

We are just days away from Thanksgiving! If you are planning on spending the day alone or you don’t have any plans at all then why not celebrate the holiday with our family?

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Our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast is the longest running free community Thanksgiving Day meal in Hagerstown. It’s practically a Thanksgiving tradition that you might want to be a part of.

Our buffet is full of the most delicious food including roast turkey, mashed potatoes, our famous stuffing, sweet potatoes, succotash, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, fruit, pumpkin pie and more!

And did we mention it’s all for free??!!! There’s no charge and no reservation needed. Our activities for kids start at 11am and then we kick everything off at 11:30am. Come alone or bring friends, family and anyone else with you on Thursday because the Trinity Center is one of the biggest dining rooms in Hagerstown and all are welcome! We promise there will be plenty of food and you’ll have plenty of good conversation.

For more info about our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

*Just a reminder: our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg will be closed on Thursday, November 24th. Both stores will reopen for normal business hours on Friday, November 25th.

**Our overnight transient shelter for homeless men will be open as usual on Thanksgiving. Our food bank, sorting room and soup line will not be open on Thanksgiving Day but all are welcome to come to the Trinity Center at 11:30am for our buffet feast.

 

Congrats Graduates!

Earlier this summer we were able to celebrate with our residents as three of them graduated from our Foundations Life Recovery program.

Our Foundations Life Recovery program is a free 13-month addiction and life rehabilitation program that helps men conquer the sins that destroy their bodies, relationships and lives. During the 13-months in the program, the men attend classes, Bible studies, and participate in work programs. These classes and programs help to educate the men about their true identity and purpose that God has for them in this life.

Some of the men who join the program have been raised in the church or Christian homes while others are brand new to the life-changing message of Christ. All of the men are dealing with addictions of some sort whether they are alcohol, drugs and pornography. The majority of the guys who come seeking help are trying desperately to stop the destruction of themselves, having already lost jobs, houses, and most importantly, relationships with family & friends.

While in our program, the guys live in our dorm and are fed, clothed and counseled for free, thanks to the generous support of our neighbors, friends, churches and other organizations in the community who fund The Hope Center. Many of the men have nothing left when they walk in the door. But they leave having gained so much for so little!

We are so thankful for the staff, volunteers and churches who help to bring the message of God’s love into the hearts of these men who Satan has enjoyed destroying. For the staff at The Hope Center, to be able to watch our residents graduate is a deeply emotional and incredibly exciting moment. Knowing how dark their lives once were and to see them glowing with the happiness of Christ, it’s a feeling that words can barely describe. Each one of these men was once a forgotten soul that Satan had thought he devoured. But God saw them for their potential in all of their sin and He had something great planned for them.

The men in our Foundations Life Recovery program have a lot of obstacles to conquer. From breaking the addictions, to learning who they can trust, to rebuilding their self value, to dealing with personal demons, there are many roadblocks in the path to recovery but these men who graduated fought the good fight and gave the other guys in the program the courage to continue their own fight to sobriety and salvation.

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So join us in congratulating the three men who got the victory this summer. Frank Shortt, Troy Robinson and Bill Rice all completed the Foundations Life Recovery program and were honored at a moving ceremony for them. Staff, family, friends and volunteers were invited to join in the celebratory ceremony where guest speaker, Matt Sargent, spoke. Following the ceremony, graduates, residents, staff and guests all gathered together for a time of fellowship in our dining room.

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We’ve asked each of the three men to give us a brief testimony of their journey towards recovery. Here is what they said:

Frank Shortt

Frank Shortt 2015I came to The Hope Center in September of 2013 out of desperation and loss of hope. Since coming here, God has done something in my life that I, and my loved ones, would never had thought possible.

God has, and is, changing this heart that was hardened and broken. Among many other things, He has given hope where there was no hope.

For now, my future plans consist of building my relationship with God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, along with my two biological sons.

Troy Robinson

Troy RobinsonWhen I came to The Hope Center in January of 2013 I was lost, scrambling to gain meaningful sobriety. Not just drinking and drugging, which I had succumbed to, but being able to live purposefully.

While in the program, God taught me that Jesus is the only way. He is the truth. He is the life. The hopeless can find hope in the Almighty. There is victory in Jesus.

My future plans are to finish well, rejoicing in the Lord always. “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

Bill Rice

William Rice 2015I am 55 years old and I have struggled with alcoholism both as an unbeliever and a believer. Before coming to The Hope Center I attended Bible College but I succumbed to my addiction and fell away from the Lord. So in 2007 I enrolled in the Foundations Life Recovery program and progressed well until I blew it and was released from the program. I attribute my failure to spiritual pride because I had a knowledge of the Word that other members of the program did not.

In 2014 I knew I had to get help and asked to return to the program at The Hope Center. I finished the program and remained sober the whole time. God has dealt a lot with me in the spiritual pride area but He is still working on me.

It is my desire someday to be in ministry, but I find as a graduate that I struggle with handling freedom. I would appreciate your prayers that I would give God total control of every area of my life.

 

Please continue to pray for these men as they venture out on their own, back into the world where Satan has plenty of temptations waiting for them. Pray that they continue to fight the fight and stay strong in the Lord.

And thank you, to each of you who has invested in the lives of these men and everyone else who has come to The Hope Center seeking help in some form. From prayers, to volunteering, to hosting a chapel service, to donating food, shopping in our Thrift Stores and financially supporting us so we can continue to provide this ministry for free, God has used you to help change a life. You may not realize it or even think about it but these three men, and the countless other individuals and families helped at The Hope Center, are because of faithful friends like you who God has called to help change this city and win it for Christ.

Thank you for partnering with us as we celebrate 60 years and thousands upon thousands of lives changed in Hagerstown!

Former Resident Stops by for a Visit

Throughout the years many men have come and gone through the various life-recovery programs at The Hope Center. After graduating or leaving the program, the men usually move closer to their family to rebuild the bonds that were broken while addicted to drugs or alcohol.

It’s always a blessing to see these guys work so hard to rebuild the broken relationships with their wives, children and friends. During this segment of their lives, we sometimes lose contact with the guys who had become a big part of our lives.

But when a former resident comes back for a visit, it’s like being reunited with a long, lost family member!

Just recently, Earl Williams dropped by to visit the staff & residents at The Hope Center. If you’ve volunteered in the past few years at The Hope Center, then most likely you had the pleasure to meet Earl.

Earl Williams and Sonny Shank 2Earl was always a fun-loving, friendly and hard-working resident at The Hope Center. During his program and for a time after graduating, Earl had several different responsibilities at The Hope Center. But no matter what task Earl was given, he always had a smile on his face.

We were so happy to have Earl come by for a visit. Earl graduated from our life-recovery program, Foundations, in January of 2011. We asked Earl to briefly give us a quick update to share with you.

Here’s what Earl had to say: “First and foremost I would love to give God the glory for my life.  I came to The Hope Center four years ago, not fully knowing the God of this universe.  It was during the first few weeks that I got to know Jesus and accepted Him as my personal Savior and Coach.  I joined the program, graduated, and have successfully moved on.

I am now residing in Middletown, PA.  I am working and have my own place.  I am enjoying the blessings of the Lord.  I continue to be active in my church, and I also meet with a men’s study group.  I stay connected to the Word of God.

I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Shank and all the staff at The Hope Center for allowing me to be a part of their Christian family.  I met a lot of wonderful people who came to The Hope Center to worship and praise with us.  I still have contact with most of those people.  It is a blessing to have the opportunity to get to know good Christian people.

I would like to end this testimony with Proverbs 3:5-7 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding.  Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”

It has also been a blessing to work with the community of Hagerstown and be a blessing to those who need encouragement.  God bless you.”

We are so happy to see Earl continuing in his walk with the Lord! What an encouragement he is to the saving power of God’s love!!

And because of kind & generous people like you, Earl, and many other men, are living aEarl victorious life on earth and have an eternity of happiness guaranteed! Thank you for all the support that you’ve given The Hope Center through the years. From financial support, to donations of food & clothing, to much needed prayer support, you have helped us reach thousands of men, women, teens and kids for Christ. None of us will ever know the full impact of what God has done here at The Hope Center until we get to Heaven and see how God used all of us for His glory!

Please continue to pray for Earl as he continues each day to live for Christ.  And remember to pray for the countless other men, women & families who will stop by our facilities this year.

If you are interested in becoming a supporter of this outreach of hope or you’d like to volunteer, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can also learn more about our ministry and even give a donation online at www.hagerstownrescue.org.

Happy Birthday!

Each month we celebrate the birthday of any resident currently in our Foundations Life Recovery program.

In January we were happy to celebrate with Anthony “Tony” Ryan and Devin Scott.

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Tony was here once before but he left the program thinking he was ready to make it on his own.  When he went back to his old habits he knew he needed help.  He enrolled into the program again in October 2012.  He hopes to finish well this time.

Devin Scott came into the program in November 2012.  Devin is the son of Kevin Scott who recently graduated from the program and continues to work here in food services.

We want to thank our friend, Stormy, for baking another delicious cake for our birthday guys!

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Please pray for Tony & Devin as they work to conquer their addictions and strive to be the Godly men that they were created to be. Also, keep all of our residents and graduates in your prayers. This path to redemption is not easy for many of the guys that join the program. There are a lot of temptations to deal with and a lot of struggles for each man to overcome. Please continue to lift these guys up in prayer. Pray for power to overcome and the perseverance to continue to the end. Pray for the staff that are helping to guide these men.

Thank you for partnering with us to help bring the hope of Christ to people in need. It’s important to the well-being of the men in the program to know that there are caring people that are supporting them through this time of change in their lives. We appreciate all that you do to help bring hope to Hagerstown!

The Smiling Faces of Hope

As we approach the end of the year, we want to take a look back at the many people who have been a part of The Hope Center. We value each guest, volunteer, staff person, Auxiliary lady & Board member. Keep checking back as we continue to post pictures of all of our friends & visitors at The Hope Center. Please continue to pray for this ministry as we bring the hope of Christ to Hagerstown!

Our Volunteers Make the Difference!

We love our volunteers! Each person who gives of their time at The Hope Center is more valuable to us than one can imagine! We couldn’t do all that we do without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers!

Earlier in the year, our residents wanted to have a night set aside to thank all of our volunteers for all they do throughout the year for this ministry. So we came together and decided to have a volunteer appreciation dinner to honor and thank our volunteers.

On October 13th, we hosted our first, and certainly not the last, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Trinity Center on our campus.

 

It was a wonderful evening full of delicious food, fellowship and an encouraging message by Pastor John Miller. In addition to John’s message, his lovely wife, Melissa, sang. But Melissa was not the only voice on the stage that night. Our residents, lead by Chairman of the Board, Gene Ridenour, sang for everyone in attendance.

Our residents didn’t just sing that night, they also served. From the beginning planning phases of this event, our residents wanted to be able to serve the volunteers who serve them throughout the year. So our residents became servers for all our volunteer guests.

The food for the evening, chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, fruit cup and cake was provided in part by our wonderful Ladies’ Auxiliary. We want to thank these ladies for always helping to make events special around The Hope Center.

Just like we did the night of the dinner, we want to thank all of the hundreds of volunteers that help out in one way or another throughout the year. Whether the volunteers help to paint, drive, sort, build, cook, serve, play, teach, preach or clean, we know that God uses His people to make a difference in communities and we are so thankful that He gave us such great volunteers to help us reach the least, the last and the lost!

To all of our volunteers, we thank God for you and we pray that He blesses you as you serve Him! Please continue to partner with us to reach our neighbors in Hagerstown!

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities then please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net for more info. To learn more about our ministries then jump over to our website www.hagerstownrescue.org.