Faith Chapel of Johnstown Serves a Heaping Dose of Happy

We were so happy to have some of our friends from Faith Chapel in Johnstown, Pennsylvania serve lunch to our residents and Soup Line guests!

The group of 8 made the two hour trip from Johnstown last Saturday. While they came prepared to cook and serve meals for the community, they also brought donations of diapers, peanut butter, creamer, and clothing for our Thrift Stores!

The group, organized by Larry & Cindy Lazer, also lead singing and an inspirational message for our Soup Line guests before the meal.

This is not the first time that the group has made the trek from Johnstown and we certainly hope it’s not the last. We appreciate their commitment to helping the least, the last, and the lost in the community.

If your church, Scout Troop, youth group, or business would like to prepare and serve a meal just like our friends from Faith Chapel then please contact us. We are always looking for groups to help on the weekend. Please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

 

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It was Another Wonderful Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone already!

All the work and preparation for our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast was worth it! We had a fantastic day with all of our guests and volunteers!

We want to thank anyone and everyone who helped in one way or another with this event. It takes a lot of people and a lot of food to make this event as spectacular as it is so we appreciate all those involved with the giving of food or time to help us provide such a wonderful holiday event to our community guests.

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This year we served over 300 guests! We had approximately 60 volunteers working in many different areas making sure that we kept our guests happy. Our volunteers helped us by covering & setting tables, food prep like slicing bananas for the fruit cocktail, slicing pies and more, greeting guests, transporting food from our kitchen to the Trinity Center, and serving the buffet lunch to our guests. Our volunteers also helped with beverage service and dessert distribution, while others interacted with guests by mingling and talking. We also had a wonderful crew of volunteers who helped to clean up the mess afterwards!

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We were also thankful to have Robert Smith, a graduate of our Foundations Life Recovery program, join us as a special guest for Thanksgiving. Robert sang a beautiful solo for all of our guests and volunteers. We are so happy to see all the great things that God is doing in Robert’s life and we are so proud of Robert and the success that he’s had in his personal life.

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Thanks again to all of our volunteers who gave of their time on Thanksgiving! We couldn’t serve so many without you! And we want to give a special shout-out to Christy Hartt for managing all the volunteers during the event. It’s a lot of work making sure everyone is where they need to be so we’re thankful that she was able to help us keep the event flowing so easily.

If you were unable to volunteer on Thanksgiving day but are interested in joining our winning group of volunteers, then go ahead and call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net for more info. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in one way or another throughout the year at The Hope Center.

If you don’t have the time but would like to support this ministry then why not become a monthly donor. Your donation helps to keep the many programs of hope running throughout the year. From providing housing to homeless men, to warm lunches for needy neighbors, to after-school programs to disadvantaged kids, to food bags for hungry families, and substance abuse rehabilitation for addicted men, your tax-deductible financial support helps thousands of people each year with their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For info about supporting this ministry, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Also, please visit www.hagerstownrescue.org to learn more about the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center. You can also make a secure donation through PayPal on our website.

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.