A Life Remembered: Frank Shortt

It is with tremendous sorrow that we announce the passing of one of our staff members, Frank Shortt. Frank went home to be with the Lord on January 2nd.

Frank was not just another staff person at The Hope Center. Frank first came to us seeking help for his addictions. He found victory in Jesus and was a 2015 graduate of our Foundations Life Recovery program. After graduating, Frank started working at The Hope Center where he was a truck driver, kitchen staff, deskman, chaplain, and most recently, a work supervisor for the men currently in Foundations. One thing that everyone at The Hope Center will tell you is that Frank was a hard worker.

Frank loved his job because he loved serving the Lord. Working at The Hope Center gave Frank the opportunity to give back and help encourage the men who were in the Foundations program just like he was. He loved investing in the men and helping them to see that they are capable of victory in Christ. He strived to be a worthy example to the men that the miraculous work God did in his life was possible in theirs. He was a cheerleader for others whose path was similar to his.

Frank didn’t always have an easy life. He dealt with drug addictions and found himself in prison. And his first attempt at recovery in our Foundations program was not successful. But when he returned he was able to put an end to his old self and become renewed and changed through Jesus and never looked back.

Frank was a father. Frank was a husband. Frank was a coworker. Frank was a friend. But most importantly, Frank was a follower of Christ who is now fully healed and experiencing joy in Heaven with his Savior.

Frank leaves a huge hole at The Hope Center, but, he also leaves behind a great legacy. Words cannot express how thankful we are for all Frank did at The Hope Center and how much we’re truly going to miss him every single day. As much as this hurts, we rejoice knowing the we will see him again on the other side of this life.

Please pray for his wife Angel, his family in Hagerstown & Baltimore, and all the people he touched in this lifetime who were able to call him a friend.

Merry Christmas from The Hope Center!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

We’re wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas! May you all have a safe and happy day celebrating the birth of Jesus!

URGENT NEED!

The cold and flu season is here and it’s hitting us with a vengeance! We are in desperate need of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-drowsy cold/flu medication.

Any donation of these medicines will be greatly appreciated!

To donate please drop off to our Administrative Office during business hours Mon – Fri. If those times don’t work for you then please call us at 301.739.1165 to arrange a better time. Our Administrative Office is located across the parking lot from our Thrift Store at 215 W. Church St.

If you prefer shopping online at AmazonSmile or a different vendor then please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

Thank you for caring and sharing with your community!!

Celebrate Grocery Outlet Hagerstown’s Grand Opening This Thursday!

It’s almost time to UNLOCK THE SAVINGS!! There’s a great new grocery store in town and it’s Grand Opening is this Thursday, June 16th at 10:30am. We’re excited to be a partner community organization with Grocery Outlet and will proudly be in attendance at the Grand Opening celebration!

The Grocery Outlet Hagerstown will unlock savings at 10:30am in the former Kmart store at 1713 Massey Blvd! The new grocery store will open it’s doors at 8am on Thursday so the early birds get some great savings!!

And the first 100 customers in line will receive a Grocery Outlet gift card worth $5 – $250!! Must be 18 years old or older to participate.

The Grocery Outlet has an incredible selection of discount groceries. From fresh produce, to meats, dairy, and everything in between, you’ll find the store packed with all the great products you and your family love at prices that are nothing short of pure bliss! And you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of deep-discounted name brand items on the shelves!

With grocery prices skyrocketing, it’s time to give your wallet a break. Mark your calendars and make a plan to experience this new grocery store (AND THE SAVINGS) this Thursday – and prepare to be WOWed!!

Grocery Outlet Grand Opening is Thursday, June 16th at 10:30am at 1713 Massey Blvd. The store opens at 8am and the grand opening ceremony is at 10:30am.

Washington County Gives Has Begun! Give Online Today!!

Washington County Gives is a unique day of online giving to benefit non-profits in the area. From midnight until 11:59pm on May 10th you can join others in the area in support of The Hope Center by donating during WCG ’22!

We’re currently raising support for new tables and chairs for our newly expanded dining room. In 2020-2021 we renovated and expanded our food services area. The construction project more than doubled the space which allows us to feed more people daily. But with the larger space we need more tables and chairs for our guests.

Your donation during WCG will help us purchase the new furniture that will allow us to feed more men, women, and children in the area who are hungry and food insecure.

To donate click here: https://www.washingtoncountygives.org/organizations/the-hope-center-661b283e-b24d-4ea7-8fca-8d5e84104eaf or go to hagerstownhopecenter.com/wcg for a quick link to our donation page for this fundraiser.

And after you give don’t forget to get on Facebook and other social media to encourage your friends and family to join you in giving!

Thank you for your support during Washington County Gives and your continued support of this ministry to those in need in our community! For 67 years we’ve been able to help thousands of neighbors in need thanks to the generous support of friends like you!

Slice the Pumpkin Pie… It’s Almost Time for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just a week away (where did November go??)! And if you haven’t made plans for your Thanksgiving feast or you’re having trouble getting all the grocery items for your meal then why not change up your plans for the day and enjoy a delicious, delivered meal from us??

Due to COVID-19 concerns we’re not hosting our large in-person celebration this year BUT we’re still making sure anyone and everyone in the community has access to a scrumptious feast.

We’re offering free meal delivery on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30am until 1pm to Hagerstown and surrounding areas. If you, or someone you know, would like a free Thanksgiving meal please call us at 301.739.1165 during business hours to request delivery. If you call after business hours and leave a message please remember to include your phone number so we can contact you about your meal. We are taking meal orders until end of business day on Monday, November 22nd.

Our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, succotash, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Trust us when we say it’s the most delicious meal in the city! And our secret recipe stuffing is YUMMMMMMMM!!!

If you don’t have anywhere to eat your meal then please join us for our daily Soup Line on Thanksgiving. Soup Line will be held in the Trinity Center on Thanksgiving. Doors open at 12pm and the meal will be served at 12:30pm. Soup Line guests will receive the same delicious Thanksgiving feast as the delivered meals. Please remember to wear your mask!

To order Thanksgiving meals or for more info please call 301.739.1165. Spread the word and invite others to request our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast delivered!

Free Groceries This Sunday!

Our next Community Grocery Giveaway is this Sunday, November 14th!

We usually host the grocery giveaway on Friday mornings but we’re trying something new this time. The Community Grocery Giveaway will be from 2-4pm on Sunday at the Trinity Center. The Trinity Center is located at the back of our parking lot just behind the Thrift Store.

Like our past giveaways we’ll have a huge selection of all sorts of non-perishable items like soups, canned vegetables, ramen, pasta, sauce, canned fruit, baking mixes, boxed dinners, canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc), peanut butter, mac & cheese, snacks, and more. We’ll also have a selection of breads and pastries.

In addition to the food we’re giving out personal care items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and more.

This is a free event for anyone and everyone in the community. You do not need a food bank card to participate. Reservations are not required but food items availability are based on a first-come basis. We do provide bags generously donated by Martin’s Food Stores but you are welcome to bring your own bag or cart for your grocery selections. The Trinity Center is wheelchair accessible.

Doors open promptly at 2pm. The entry line forms outside the building so please dress accordingly for colder temperatures. Also, please remember to wear a mask inside the Trinity Center during the event.

For more info about our Community Grocery Giveaway please call 301.739.1165.

Kids Coats Needed!

Planning on cleaning out your kids closets this week? If so, please consider us when you decide what to do with your gently used items!

We currently need kids winter coats. If you’ve got kids who’ve outgrown their coats from last year then we’ll gladly take them for you! The winter coats will be put in our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg for families shopping on a budget. Our prices are low to help make sure items are affordable for all budgets.

And proceeds from sales generated at our Thrift Stores help to keep our doors open and our programs free for neighbors in need in our community. Also, coats in our Hagerstown Thrift Store may also be given away for free to families in need through out voucher program. Qualifying families receive a voucher from our Administrative Office for clothing and winter coats. These vouchers allow families to receive much needed items that they cannot afford at the moment. So your donated coat helps neighbors in need in multiple ways!

Our Donation Center dock is located at the rear of our parking lot at 215 W. Church St in Hagerstown. It’s open Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri from 9am – 4pm. It’s open Sat from 9am – 3pm. The donation dock is closed every Wed & Sun.

Items donated are eligible for a tax receipt. To learn more about donation receipts please call 301.739.1165 or visit hagerstownhopecenter.com/general-information

The Hope Center Family Came Together for an Evening of Fellowship and Fall Fun!

For the first time since the pandemic started we were able to bring our staff, Board of Directors, Auxiliary, and residents together for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.

We hosted our first Hope Center Family Fall Fest at our Hope Center Farm located just outside of Hagerstown on the Conococheague Creek.

All of our staff, Board members, Auxiliary, Foundations Life Recovery residents, and some graduates were invited to come to the farm for a relaxing evening of hanging out and having fun together.

We had a hayride, lawn games, and tons of delicious food! And on top of all the fun, God provided an absolutely gorgeous fall evening to make the event perfect.

We all had a great time feasting on all the fall flavors, catching up and getting to know each other, and playing games like horseshoes and corn hole.

And it was a very special evening because this was the first time that many of the men in our residential life recovery program, Foundations, had the opportunity to hang out with the staff, Board, and Auxiliary. Many of these men entered the program after all the pandemic rules and procedures went into effect. We’ve been unable to host big group events like this so it was a special night for everyone.

The guys in our Foundations program especially loved having a night outside the city to have fun and meet new people. In fact, the guys were so excited for the event that they created a corn hole tournament with brackets prior to arriving at the farm! They organized and hosted the tournament for anyone who wanted to play.

Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship but, let’s be honest, the food was the star of this event! We had our staff, Board, and Auxiliary all bring fall foods to share with everyone. The Hope Center provided the meat – and boy, was it good! Dillan Izer, son of staff members Aimee and Terry, spent hours overnight to make the most perfect and delicious smoked pulled pork. We’re so thankful for Dillan volunteering his night to prepare the meats for our picnic! The meat was definitely worth it!!

It was so nice to finally be able to host a large event with our staff, Board, Auxiliary, and residents. Covid has been a challenge for all of us but these moments together make us so appreciative of all the wonderful people God has put in our lives. We’re so thankful for our staff who have worked so tirelessly during the pandemic to keep our doors open and programs operating while also keeping everyone safe and healthy. God protected and provided during the pandemic and we’re so grateful to Him for all He did during these trying times.

As the pandemic slowly releases its grip on the world we’re excited for more opportunities to come together like this. And we’re really looking forward to the return of large events that include our wonderful volunteers and community guests! Continue to pray for protection for each other and continue doing what is necessary to keep each other safe during this pandemic.

Our Residents Pitch in to Help Down on the Farm

The other week some of our men’s staff and residents spent the day working at our farm located just outside of Hagerstown. The farm has had many uses over the years but has set silent recently.

But this spring we started to bring the farm back to life with the arrival of cows, chickens, turkeys, and pigs. Now we’re focused on getting the rest of the barn and farmyard back into good shape for future use and growth. In addition to reviving the barn area, we’re also starting to clean up and make much needed improvements to our lodge facility that sits adjacent to the barn.

Our men’s staff and residents have started the big job of cleaning and mending to get the different facilities back in shape. From cleaning out the barn that had accumulated years of junk, to fixing bathrooms, polishing floors, and deep cleaning the kitchen in the lodge, these guys worked hard to start the improvement process. And they did a spectacular job!

The men in our 13-month residential program, Foundations Life Recovery, are assigned various jobs at The Hope Center as a part of their recovery program. But working at the farm is not normally one of the jobs they do. But the guys enjoyed the change of scenery and new activities and had a great time working together as a team. It wasn’t all hard work, though. Dillan Izer, son of two of our staff members, Aimee and Terry, volunteered some time to grill up a delicious lunch for the guys.

We’ve still got a lot of work to do at the farm and we’ve got many exciting dreams and visions for the property. But it’s just so nice to see it coming back to life and watching these men work so hard to help revive it and be a part of the future of this ministry. Please continue to pray for the men who are in our Foundations Life Recovery program. They’re great guys who are fighting a tough battle. God has great things in store for them so please pray for their endurance during this time of recovery.If you’d like to talk to someone about our Foundations Life Recovery program please call 301.739.1165 or email foundations@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

To learn more about all of our programs and services or how you can get involved and partner with us please visit hagerstownhopecenter.com.