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!!

Thanksgiving Volunteers Needed!

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it! And this year we’re excited to be hosting our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast again in-person at the Trinity Center!!

Hosting our Thanksgiving feast during the pandemic meant that for the last two years we could only provide delivery of meals and not a huge community celebration. But now we’re back and ready to host hundreds of people for our Thanksgiving buffet.

But to pull off an event of this size we need help. We’re currently looking for volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up at our celebration in the Trinity Center. Doors for the event open at 11am and the celebration begins at 11:30am. Most of the event is concluded by 1pm. The majority of volunteers would be used between 10am -1pm unless otherwise noted.

This is a great activity for families, coworkers, youth groups, Sunday school classes, or just you! You’ll have the opportunity to meet so many people and be a part of genuinely fun and fulfilling Thanksgiving celebration.

If you’re interested in volunteering or learning more please call Michelle at 301.739.1165 or email her at volunteer@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Learn more about our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast and other events, programs, services and ways to get involved by visiting hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Community Grocery Giveaway Draws Crowd!

We had another huge turnout at our Community Grocery Giveaway on Sunday! from 2-4pm on Sunday, June 5th, the Trinity Center was bustling with guests doing a little complimentary grocery shopping.

Our Community Grocery Giveaway is a free food event to help provide grocery assistance to anyone in the community. With food prices rising and inflation taking its toll, many people are struggling to keep their pantries stocked and their families fed. Our Community Grocery Giveaway helped relieve some of the pressure for these families and individuals.

We provided a wide assortment of all sorts of non-perishable items like cereal, ramen, pasta, canned vegetables, boxed dinners, mac & cheese, beans, canned meat, and more.

We are so thankful to be able to help fight hunger in our community and make sure that no one is dealing with food insecurity. We noticed an increase in senior citizens who participated in the event due to rising prices vs their fixed income. These are definitely challenging times for many and we’re happy to be able to provide assistance.

And we’re able to help so many every month because of our wonderful group of supporters like you! Our Community Grocery Giveaways are possible because of the generous support of our friends who donate so much food each month! Not only are we able to host these grocery events every quarter but we’re serving multiple meals a day to the community and providing food bags every month to anyone in need. God continues to bless our pantry and provide us with the needed food to provide for our neighbors in need. It’s truly nothing short of a miracle how our pantry stays stocked for all the ways we help others. We thank God for everyone who has partnered with us to care for others in their time of need.

There were so many grateful people at our Community Grocery Giveaway. Your donations have helped to make a huge impact on your community – and not just in providing food but also providing hope and showing God’s love! Thank you for caring and sharing!

We also want to give a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who gave time on Sunday afternoon to help make sure this event was so successful! Thank you so much for your kind and compassionate spirit and giving of your free time to care for the community!! We appreciate you all so much!

If you’d like to learn more about donating food and supporting our food programs then visit hagerstownhopecenter.com/pantry.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of grocery assistance please call us at 301.739.1165 to request a food bag.

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!

Good Friday & Easter Schedule

In observance of Good Friday and the celebration of Resurrection Sunday we will be generally closed on Friday, April 15th.

Our Administrative Office, Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg), Donation Center, Wildside Youth, and Recycling Center will be closed on Friday.

Our Thrift Stores will be open on Saturday, April 16th, for normal operating hours.

Our Soup Line, overnight homeless shelter, and evening chapel/meal will be open and operating on Good Friday and Easter Sunday as well. These essential community services never close including all holidays.

For more info about our Good Friday/Easter schedule please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

If you are looking for a local church to attend on Easter Sunday and would like suggestions please contact us at the phone number or email listed above and we will give you a list of churches to check out for the resurrection celebration.

Happy April!! Here’s the New Pantry Item of the Month!

April is here and this new month hopefully means we’re out of the grasp of Old Man Winter and can finally be excited for all the beauty that spring brings!!

The new month means we have a new Pantry Item of the Month and for April we’re asking for donations of PASTA SAUCE!!

We’ll gladly accept any brand or variety of pasta sauce. The pasta sauce will be used by our kitchen staff for the daily meals served to the community. The pasta sauce is also a very popular item at our Community Grocery Giveaways and a staple product in our food bags.

If you’d like to donate, please drop off to our Administrative Office during business hours Mon – Fri. If those hours don’t work for you, please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a better time.

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

Any donation is a huge help as we work to end hunger and food insecurity in our community! Thank you for caring & sharing with your neighbors!!

For more info about our food programs or any other programs & services at The Hope Center please visit hagerstownhopecenter.com.

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.