Back-to-School Sale is Happening Now!

With under two weeks to go before school starts again we know that you’re trying to squeeze the last few bits of fun out of your summer. And we also know that you’re in the back-to-school shopping mode which can get overwhelming and quite expensive.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’re currently having a Back-to-School Sale at our Hagerstown Thrift Store. Enjoy 50% off kids clothing (excluding coats). From shirts, to pants, to dresses, and more, all kids clothing is half off! Sending your kids back to school doesn’t have to be a budget buster. Stop by our Hagerstown Thrift Store and check out our great selection of gently used kids clothing.

And since we’re just days away from Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer, maybe it’s time to start preparing for all things fall! And at our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg you’ll find a festive selection of autumn décor and other seasonal items. You’ll be surprised, not only at all of our great items, but also at how affordable celebrating fall can be! And keep checking back because you never know what perfect item will magically appear each day at our Thrift Stores!

Our Hagerstown Thrift Store is located on the corner of Church & Walnut Streets in Hagerstown. There’s plenty of parking on our central lot at 215 W. Church Street. The Hagerstown Thrift Store is open M-F 9am – 5pm and Saturday 8:30am – 5pm.

Our Chambersburg Thrift Store is located at 64 S. Main Street. Chambersburg Thrift Store is open M-Sat 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Happy shopping!!

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Thrift Store Day is Back!

Mark your calendar, bargain hunters! Thrift Store Day is back! Join us on Saturday, September 14th at our Hagerstown Thrift Store for a day of huge savings and family fun!

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There will be activities taking place throughout the day all over our Hagerstown campus. From a huge sale in the Thrift Store to a unique special sales event in the Trinity Center, to games and activities for kids and families in our central lot, our Thrift Store Day will be fun for the whole family and even more fun on your wallet!

And on top of everything else we’re having some food stands for you to purchase various treats and scrumptious eats. Like last year, our Auxiliary will have their famous food stand open in the Trinity Center but this year they’re going even bigger with a special Thrift Store Day addition – BREAKFAST! That’s right, our Auxiliary will be serving delicious food from morning until afternoon. More details to come about the various menus and items our Auxiliary will be selling. But you can expect the same great foods to eat on whilst you shop and delicious foods that you can take home to share with your family!

Sales and activities will take place all throughout the day on the 14th. Our Hagerstown Thrift Store is open from 8:30am – 5pm every Saturday. Closer to the event we’ll give you all the information about the various sales and activities and the timing of everything. Follow our blog and “like” us on Facebook to stay in the know!

Also, we’re still looking for some volunteers to help us with the various activities so if you, your family, youth group, Sunday School class, business, or friends want to pitch in and help please contact us as soon as possible by emailing info@hagerstownhopecenter.com or calling 301.739.1165.

Thrift Store Day is Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that tomorrow, August 18th, we’re celebrating Thrift Store Day at our Hagerstown store!!

We’ve got a great day planned to celebrate our store and the wonderful people who shop there. The store opens at 8:30am and the savings and activities with happen throughout the day. Take a look at the schedule of events below to get an idea of how the day will go so you can plan your trip – or multiple trips – effectively.

All activities and sale areas are easily accessible from our central parking lot located off of Church Street between Walnut and Prospect Streets. The Trinity Center is located at the back of our parking lot behind the Thrift Store. For more information please call 301.739.1165 or visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

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Please note: all activities and sales are subject to change and while supplies last. The Fill-A-Bag Sale, Coat Sale, and Auxiliary food sale are only in the Trinity Center from 10am – 2pm or while supplies last. These sales WILL NOT be in the Thrift Store itself. Please do not bring your own bag to our Fill-A-Bag sale. Bags for that sale will be provided for you. The rotating flash sales will take place randomly throughout the Thrift Store during store hours. It is not a storewide sale. No vouchers will be accepted on Saturday, August 18th, 2018. Thank you. 

 

Let’s Recycle Together!

At The Hope Center, we are all about recycling and reusing products to save money and protect God’s creation. We have a recycling program that works with cardboard, paper, and rags. Sales of this recyclable material help underwrite the cost of our many programs and ministries, but it also keeps this items from becoming trash in our ever growing dumps.

And now we need you to help us with a little recycling. You know all those plastic bags you stuff full of groceries and other items at your favorite stores, well, we need them.

Our Thrift Stores are in desperate need of those plastic bags!

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We reuse your used plastic bags for shoppers in our Thrift Stores. Using these bags helps us keep our costs down by not purchasing new bags and it keeps new plastic bags from becoming trash.

If you have piles of plastic bags and don’t really know what to do with them, donate them! We’ll use them. And we’ll urge our shoppers to donate them back to us to be reused again and again.

As you go shopping this weekend, collect up your bags and drop them by our offices or our thrift stores instead of throwing them out.

This is a very small way to help in a big way!

To donate your used plastic bags, please call 301.739.1165, email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or just drop them off at our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg or at our Administrative Office in Hagerstown. Directions and hours are listed below.

Thank you for helping us!

The Hagerstown Thrift Store is located on the corner of Walnut & Church Streets with parking in our central lot off of Church Street. The Hagerstown Thrift Store is open M-Sat 9am – 5pm.

The Chambersburg Thrift Store is located at 64 S. Main Street with metered street parking and also parking in the rear. The Chambersburg Thrift Store is open M-Sat from 9am – 4pm.

Our Administrative Office is located on our main campus across our parking lot from the thrift store on Church Street between Walnut and Prospect Streets. Our office is open M – F from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Welcome Our New Store Manager, Nelson Clippinger!

Recently we said goodbye to AJ Imbach, our Thrift Store manager. As we were sad to see him leave, we were also wondering what God had in store for our ministry. We had been so excited about the arrival of AJ and all his fresh ideas for our thrift stores. But God quickly responded and brought a new manager to our thrift stores.

We are excited to welcome Nelson Clippinger to The Hope Center team!

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Nelson is not exactly brand new to this ministry though. While this is his first time being employed with us, a few years ago Nelson served on our Board of Directors.

Nelson and his wife Cindy live in Chambersburg, PA. A carpenter by trade, Nelson has also worked as an Estimator and Project Manager for several construction firms in the area. In addition to that, he was a manager at True Value store and has worked at several other stores in the area. He’s bringing a lot of experience to the Thrift Stores manager position at The Hope Center.

After being laid off from his last job, Nelson was in the process of looking for a new job when he came across The Hope Center ad for the Thrift Store manager position. After going through the application and interview process, and after much prayer, Nelson was happy to receive the job offer.

Having already served as a member of our Board, Nelson had a good understanding of this ministry. But now being a staff member has really given him the opportunity to see how God is truly working at this ministry. He says that this job has been a blessing to him personally and the opportunity to work with the staff has been a “rewarding experience both spiritually and mentally.”

Each morning before the Hagerstown Thrift Store opens, the staff has a time of prayer to start the day. Nelson said, “it is such a blessing to hear our resident and graduate workers pray. Truly their lives have been changed and I feel they touch all who enter the doors of the thrift store.”

We are so happy God brought Nelson to fill the void at the Thrift Stores. We are excited to see how he will use his experience to enhance both of our stores.

When shopping at our stores, take time to welcome Nelson to the team. And continue to pray for Nelson and the other staff at our Thrift Stores. Our stores are a very vital part of this ministry. Proceeds from the store sales help to fund all the many ministries and projects at The Hope Center. So many lives have been helped, transformed and touched because of people who have donated, shopped and worked at our Thrift Stores.

If you have gently used items that you would like to donate, please call 301.739.1165 to get more information about how you can give your things to help change lives in Hagerstown.

If you haven’t stopped by one of our two Thrift Stores lately, now’s the perfect time to do so! We hope to see you soon! Here are the addresses to both stores:

Hagerstown Thrift Store

Corner of Church and Walnut Streets (parking located in central lot off of Church Street)
Hagerstown, MD  21740
301-739-1114
Mon-Thurs 9AM-5PM
Fri-Sat 8:30AM-5PM

Chambersburg Thrift Store

64 S. Main Street
Chambersburg, PA  17201
717-264-9345
Mon-Sat 8:30AM-4:15PM

A Sad Goodbye: Leaving a Legacy of Great Faith

Every now and again God sends people into your life who just make an instant impact. Sometimes these people are for the good and other times it’s for the bad.

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When God brought AJ Imbach and his wife, Jayne, to Hagerstown from Oregon, we had no idea how quickly we would love having them around. These two made such an incredible impact on so many, from staff, to guests, to customers, AJ & Jayne were a welcomed pair to The Hope Center family.

AJ was hired to be the manager of our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg. He brought with him not only experience, but a passion to serve the Lord and a kindness very rarely seen in this world.

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As soon as AJ started his ministry, he fit right in. And his wife, Jayne, became a fixture at The Hope Center too. She was always volunteering and helping in various ways around the ministry. Her smile and love of people was infectious.

But it wasn’t easy for them to just move across the country. They were leaving family, friends, and a good job in Portland, Oregon. It was very hard for Jayne but she believed, as AJ did, that this was God’s calling and she obeyed.

AJ was a wonderful addition to The Hope Center family. His leadership in our stores was well received by all the staff.  He lead by example and his goal as manager was to create a working environment where the staff could excel in their jobs. He quickly jumped in, coming up with new ideas and creative ways to get shoppers into our stores.

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Approximately a month after he began managing the stores AJ experienced some physical symptoms that he had never felt before and he found a primary care physician who referred him to a neurologist.

After many tests, the neurologist made an initial diagnosis of ALS but referred AJ to Johns Hopkins for a second opinion.

In early January AJ received confirmation from Johns Hopkins that it was ALS. All his doctors agreed that AJ and Jayne should return to their home in Portland, OR where they would have a large support system of family and friends to help Jayne provide the care AJ will need as the disease progresses.

AJ and Jayne felt the call from God to come to Hagerstown, and they struggled with having to make a decision to stay or return to Portland.  AJ called his job here at The Hope Center “my dream job.”  He loved what he was doing and he was loved by our Hope Center family.

Throughout this entire ordeal AJ and Jayne did not waver in their faith and trust in God.  They have returned to Portland and AJ is receiving care from a doctor who specializes in ALS.  AJ believes that God is trustworthy, and he stands on God’s Word that says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:13

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We are grateful that God allowed our paths to cross and although AJ and Jayne were only here for a short time they touched many lives and their faith and trust in God made a huge impact on everyone they came in contact with.

This situation reminds us that our lives on earth are fleeting, like a vapor in the wind, but the impact of our service to God and the kindness, compassion and joy of following Christ is what will live on.

AJ & Jayne definitely have left a legacy here. Even though they are all the way across the country, their joy & faithfulness is still here as an example to all of us how to trust God through the good times and the bad.

Please join us in praying for both of these amazing people. We, along with every person who has come in contact with AJ & Jayne, don’t understand why this is happening. But God knows. And He cares. And we know that through all of these trials, AJ & Jayne will continue to praise God and impact lives for Him.

AJ & Jayne, thank you so much for your service, but more importantly, your friendship. You both will always be a part of The Hope Center family!

Urgent Need!

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that people are shopping our thrift stores and finding some very good buys in our furniture department!

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The bad news is we are in urgent need of gently used furniture donations.  Beds, mattresses & box springs, couches, chairs, dining sets, tables, bookcases, etc.  We will gladly accept all donations of furniture in good condition.

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As you start to dream about spring or prepare to clean out your house, consider donating your used furniture and household items to The Hope Center. When you donate, these items are placed in our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg for neighbors on a tight budget. Your used furniture could be just the thing that another family needs to get back on their feet.

Donations are accepted at our Hagerstown Thrift Store during regular store hours Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM. The Hagerstown Thrift Store is located on the corner of Church and Walnut Streets in Hagerstown. The drop-off location for furniture is located at the backside of the store close to the Trinity Center in the central parking lot.

If you are unable to bring your furniture to our Hagerstown Thrift Store, we will gladly come to get it for you! To make arrangements for our donation truck to stop by your house, call 301-739-1165. For any other inquiries, please call us or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Thank you for donating your furniture and household items to The Hope Center. All proceeds generated from Thrift Store sales help to underwrite the programs and services provided at The Hope Center.