Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at The Hope Center! We celebrated today with our Soup Line guests who got special themed treats and a few of our lucky guests went home with some Valentine’s prizes!

Soup Line is our daily free lunch for anyone and everyone in the community. We serve our community meals, like Soup Line, every day of the year including all holidays and during inclement weather.

Soup Line is one of the important parts of our food ministry and a huge part of our goal to end hunger in Hagerstown and surrounding areas and to make sure no one is food insecure – ever.

And thanks to generous people like you who financially sponsor us and donate food all year long, we are able to feed more people than ever. Which is why we are moving ahead with a refurbishment and expansion of our food services area at The Hope Center. In the next coming months we’ll be revealing the plans for an expanded dining room and kitchen to help accommodate the growing number of guests for meals, and a much larger pantry to house all the food that is donated and used for daily meals and our food bag program.

So as we celebrate this day of love, we want to express our love to you for supporting us and partnering with us to feed the hungry in our community! Thank you so much and we love each of you for your kind, caring spirit! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Spring Fever Has Us Ready to Run!

Who else is loving this wonderful break from the bitter cold of winter?

This wonderful spring weather has us all excited for our upcoming Rock the Run 5K!

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Our 5K run/walk is on Saturday, April 27th, at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown.

Registration is currently open and only $20 until the end of February.

And we’re bringing back the pirates vs princess theme for 2019 so be sure to grab your favorite eyepatch, tiara or costumes for a fun run as swashbucklers or royals. This is a perfect event for your family, coworkers, church group, and scout troop. Run for a good cause and have some silly fun as pirates and princesses as you do it! We’re also hosting a kids One Mile Fun Run so be sure to register your little runners!

Proceeds from Rock the Run 5K go to the various programs and services we provide to the homeless and hungry in our community. In fact, we are currently in the beginning stages of a huge refurb and expansion project to our entire food services program which would give us an up-to-date kitchen, large pantry, and an expanded dining room for all of our residents and community guests who come to our multiple daily meals.

Go to http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com to learn more and register. Again, registration is only $20 until February 28th and then will be $25 starting on March 1st. Spread the word and invite others to join you as you run to help end hunger in Hagerstown!

 

 

 

Yo Ho, Matey! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Everyone loves a pirate and a lot of us would love to be one. But unless you work at Disney World, talking like a pirate on a regular basis might draw some funny looks. Fortunately for all the wannabe scallywags out there, there are two days out of the year where it’s absolutely ok to be a pirate – and one of those days is today! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

And the second pirate day, you ask? Well it’s our annual Rock the Run 5K: Pirates vs Princess! One Saturday a year Fairgrounds Park is overrun by pirates, princesses, knights, mermaids, and more running for fun and a great cause.

RTR Pirate Princess

On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, anyone and everyone can dress up, act, and run like a pirate! This is your chance to show your pirate side and raise money for a great cause – helping us combat homelessness and hunger in Hagerstown.

We’re currently in the beginning stages of renovating our kitchen, dining, and pantry areas at The Hope Center. Our kitchen feeds hundreds of men, women, and kids a year. Meals are served to anyone in the community who is hungry – no matter age or housing status. But because of how many people we serve, we need to improve and expand our food services area. With a brand new, up-to-date kitchen, larger dining room and more efficient pantry, we’ll be able to help make sure no one in Hagerstown and the surrounding area are ever without something to eat.

Our sponsors and every person who registers to participate in our Rock the Run 5K: Pirates vs Princess will be a part of helping to feed the hungry in our community.

 

And who says helping those in need can’t be fun? That’s why we encourage each participant to dress up and invite their family and friends to join them. We even have a 1 mile Kids Fun Run for the smaller buccaneers in your family! From our photo booth, to kids activities, themed music and more, Rock the Run 5K: Pirates vs Princess is a legitimate race for hope with a fun twist.

So go ahead and mark your calendars now! Saturday, April 27th, 2019, at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. For more info about our 5K please visit http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com.

So to all you scallywags out there surrounded by landlubbers, happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! And we’ll see you and your best Jack Sparrow inspired self at Rock the Run this April!

 

Kids Had a Frightfully Good Time at Fall-O-Ween!

On October 21st, the Trinity Center was full of superheroes, angels, football players, pirates, witches, and even a hobbit!

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Wildside Youth Ministries hosted their annual Fall-O-Ween party for all the little ghosts & goblins of Hagerstown.

Over 60 kids came to the Trinity Center to play Halloween-themed carnival games, win lots of prizes, and get tons of candy, and chow down on some great food.

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Playing all the various games wasn’t the only fun the kids had. They also enjoyed the open space to run around pretending to be their costumed characters.

From kids, to volunteers, to parents in attendance, it seemed like everyone had a great evening of haunts, treats, and lots of tricks!

 

Wildside Youth’s next big event party is “It’s a Wildside Thanksgiving” on Tuesday, November 18th from 5-7pm in the Trinity Center. Then on December 9th the Trinity Center becomes the North Pole for “Ping’s Famous Igloo Carnival”. This Christmas party is from 5-7pm as well.

Along with these awesome parties, Wildside hosts Sunday Night Wild each week from 7-8pm in the Wildside Sanctuary.

All Wildside Youth events are free for kids ages 5-12. To learn more about Wildside Youth at The Hope Center, go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com, email info@wildsideyouth.com or call 301.739.1165.

To volunteer at Wildside events, or any events or ministries at The Hope Center, please go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

Straight Ahead Youth Group Gets Wild!!

Every year, for about the past 10 years, a group of young people from Everett, PA, has traveled to Hagerstown to spend a day with the kids who attend Camp Wild.

And just like in the past, this wonderful group of young people showed their happy faces on Wednesday of week 3 of Camp Wild 2012. The Straight Ahead Youth Group from Community Grace Brethren Church drives over an hour to come hang out with our campers. This year they even brought a young lady from France!

The group spent the morning with the campers in the Trinity Center playing games, interacting in small group time and eating lunch. Then in the afternoon the group followed the campers out to the Camp Wild outdoor facility where they were able to swim, ride hayrides, go on hikes and play sports with the campers.

Kids always love having fun, energetic teenagers to spend time with. And even though this group is only able to come one day, the impact that they make on the life of one of these precious kids could last for eternity!

We want to thank the Straight Ahead Youth Group for coming every year to spend some time with the campers at Camp Wild!