Rock the Run 5K is Coming – Register Now!

Even though it’s early January there’s nothing better than future planning all the spring and outdoor related events to come once the frigid weather finally gives way to the earth springing back to life.

And since we’re all already day-dreaming about spring, now’s a perfect time to invite you to plan to join us for our 4th annual Rock the Run 5K in April!

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The initial 5K was introduced as an event during our 6oth Anniversary Diamond Celebration year in 2015. But it continues today as a way to raise money and awareness about the work we do to combat hunger and homelessness in Hagerstown while also giving friends in the community the chance to get outside and have some fun while supporting this ministry.

Rock the Run will take place on April 28th, 2018, at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. Registration is already open and is only $20 until February 27th. Go to http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com to register today.

Rock the Run 5K offers a fun course that begins and ends at Fairgrounds Park but also ventures into the beautiful, historic neighborhoods surrounding the park. It’s a great race for avid runners and also those who are just starting out or just want to be a part of the fun.

For those who are serious about running or are training, we are teaming up with Racine MultiSports again this year to provide a professional, quality race experience complete with chips to track your time and progress. And awards will be given to those top finishers. Learn more about Racine MultiSports by visiting http://www.racinemultisports.com.

But for those who just want to come out, have some healthy fun and support a great cause, we’ve added something interesting for you this year – a pirates vs princess theme! This year we’re having some fun by encouraging participants to dress up in costumes and accessories (remember to be comfortable enough to run/walk the course) as either a pirate or any form of princess/royal.

In addition to the costumes, we’ll be having all sorts of fun additions to the race this year including a competition between the pirates and princesses for a food drive. In past years we’ve had a drop box at the race where any participant could drop off food donations for our pantry and food services. This year we’re making it a competition between pirates and princesses to see which side can bring in the most food donations!

To participate in Rock the Run you do not have to dress up like a pirate or a princess. This is totally optional and just for some fun. If you’re coming to run the race while supporting a good cause then we definitely appreciate it and hope that you’ll register today. If you’re looking for some random good fun then grab that eyepatch or a crown and register today too! We want as many people in the community joining us in this fun event and running/walking to help us end hunger and homelessness in Hagerstown.

To learn more about Rock the Run: Pirates vs Princess, and to go ahead and register, go to http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com. And don’t forget to spread the word to all your friends, family, Sunday School class, civic club, coworkers, and more!

See you in April!

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My, My What a Spring It Was!

Summer has officially arrived! We love those long, hazy and hot days of summer. The smell of grilling out, the taste of a cold glass of lemonade and the chance to cool off by taking a dip in the pool are some of the things we like the best about this season. But we also love hosting hundreds of kids each summer at Camp Wild, our free summer day camp for kids in Hagerstown.

But before we kickoff Camp Wild season at The Hope Center, we want to take a moment to look back at Spring 2017.

From our 3rd annual Rock the Run 5k, to Easter celebrations, to Soup Line parties and more, our spring was loaded with activities.

We started celebrating random “National Holidays” with our Soup Line guests. On any given day we would include our guests in a “holiday” of sorts which could include prizes and a themed meal. There’s so much negativity and hurt in the world today so we wanted to have some fun with our guests and bring smiles to their faces as they celebrate such days as Oreo Day, Strawberry Day and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.

But of all the springtime celebrations, of course nothing can compare to the importance of Easter. And this Easter we had so much going on! We hosted everything from a Wildside Youth party complete with a huge Easter Egg Hunt, to our Auxiliary bake sale, Easter celebration with our staff, residents and guests and an Easter cantata performance by the choir from Maranatha Brethren Church with a delicious meal too! Easter is obviously so important to our ministry because it is the basis for the change and hope that we offer at The Hope Center. The power of Christ’s resurrection is what makes all this change possible. So we make sure that our residents and guests understand how important this celebration is to the power of hope.

As soon as Easter was over we were tying our running shoes for our 3rd annual Rock the Run: A Race for Hope presented by Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe. Each year our race gets better and better as we see so many new faces. But with all the new faces, we’re so thrilled to see so many participants returning to support The Hope Center. From our sponsors, to our volunteers and participants, our race this year was an overwhelming success! And we’ll be hosting it again in April, 2018 so plan to join us. Learn more about the race at http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com.

And just this past weekend the awesome folks at Germantown Church of God hosted our residents for an evening of fellowship and great food! The people at the church have been hosting this picnic for years upon years and it’s an activity that our men genuinely love. We were so thrilled to have some of our staff join our men as we mixed and mingled with the people from Germantown Church of God. In fact, our very own Sue (she’s the voice you hear every time you call The Hope Center) is wife to Mark, the pastor of Germantown Church of God. We’re so thankful that the church continues to provide this evening of relaxation and fellowship for our men.

So as we bid farewell to yet another spring, we excitedly look forward to what God has in store for this summer. Camp Wild is just weeks away and things here are focused on making sure that our campers have another safe, fun and action-packed experience this year. Keep up-to-date on Camp Wild by visiting http://www.campwildusa.com. If you’re interested in volunteering or donating supplies for Camp Wild 2017 then call us at 301.739.1165.

We want to thank each of you who have prayed for us, supported us and volunteered with us thus far in 2017. We couldn’t do all that we do without the loving support of each of you. Your gifts, time and talents do not go unnoticed by our staff or our Heavenly Father. Thank you for caring and sharing and investing so much in the lives of so many! We look forward to all the great things in store for the rest of the year!

If you would like to learn more about all the different ways that The Hope Center is working in our area then go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com. Thinking about volunteering? Great! We’ve got the information you need at http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

Country Ham Sandwich Sale: Order Now!

It’s that time of year again! No, we’re not just talking about the first sight of robins and pink trees and the Girl Scouts peddling those amazing cookies. It’s time for our Ladies’ Auxiliary spring country ham sandwich sale!

With the arrival of daffodils comes the arrival of those delicious country ham sandwiches that are sure to brighten any dreary spring day!

ham-sandwich-springFor just $3 each, these ham sandwiches not only satisfy your taste buds but they also help to sponsor much needed equipment and various activities at The Hope Center.

The proceeds from the sale of the sandwiches goes towards the different ministries and programs at The Hope Center. From helping to fund Camp Wild this summer, to hosting parties and events for our residents, as well as purchasing much needed specialty items, The Ladies’ Auxiliary helps to keep our facility operating and free of charge for all of our guests. It’s really amazing what a sandwich can do!

Our Auxiliary is taking orders for the country ham sandwiches now until March 18th. Sandwiches will be ready for pick-up on March 24th at our Administrative Offices between 8:30am – 5pm.

To place orders please call 301.790.3843 or 301.739.1165. Spread the word to your family, friends, church, civic group or co-workers…they’ll thank you for the tip! Order today!

2015: Year of Celebration Part 2

We’re gonna keep the pictures of 2015 coming your way! Enjoy the pictures from our 60th Anniversary Year of Celebration. If you want to see more or read more about our 60th Anniversary or even learn about the history of The Hope Center, go to http://www.hopecenter60.com.

 

 

Our 60th Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off Was a Blast!

Our 60th Anniversary celebration kicked off in March with a party planned outside at Wheaton Park just two blocks from The Hope Center.

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As the day approached, the weather man wasn’t providing us with exactly what we wanted to hear. There were some nice, mild days in the forecast but, unfortunately the day of our outdoor party was not going to cooperate.

We all know that God is in charge of the weather and He wouldn’t allow anything to happen that day that would be more than we could handle so we pressed forward with our plans to host a party for our community. We prayed that the weather would cooperate enough for us to have a good day but, more importantly, that God would bring the crowds to our event.

The morning of our party was much colder than we had hoped. In fact, it was below freezing … literally with a wind chill of 14 degrees. Our volunteers were not going to let a little cold bother them so we began setting up for our party. But God, just reminding us that He’s watching over us and showing us that He’s definitely involved in our event, provided an absolutely unexpected miracle that day.

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The director of the Head Start program at the MLK, Jr. Center had received our fliers about the Party-in-the-Park and had promised to help distribute them in the neighborhood.  Because of the frigid temperatures the morning of the party, this kind lady offered to allow us to use the MLK Jr Center, a community center/gym located just one block away from Wheaton Park. We hadn’t inquired about the building.  We didn’t even know it was an option. But God knew – and He had a plan! 

Of course we couldn’t say no! For the sake of our volunteers and guests we quickly took her up on the offer. And we’re so glad we did! The warmth of the building was a literal God thing that day!

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Our volunteers quickly began setting up the rec center for our event. We had plenty of carnival games, a photo booth, face painting, finger nail painting, food, prizes and more.

As the time approached for the start of our event, we wondered just how many people would brave the chilly weather to come to a park event.

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We never expected to have the turnout as we did. Not only had God provided an indoor facility for us to use, He brought the people out in droves! We had close to 300 guests for our “park” party! The line to get into the building was out the door for a long time!

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Parents, grandparents and kids filled that building with the sights and sounds of happiness & memories being made. Everyone had a wonderful time playing games, goofing around, eating, and just hanging out.

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We even had a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny!

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In addition to all the indoor activities, we were able to have the egg hunt outside for all the families. Over hundreds of eggs filled with candy were hidden in plain view for all the kids who were there. Within a matter of minutes the eggs had been found but not before parents and their children had their chance to have fun together racing around to get as many as they could.

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We had so many prizes that day but we were so excited to have drawings for a few big door prizes like big stuffed animals from LifeWay Christian Bookstore, a Mickey Mouse Easter-themed basket with a special Mickey Mouse plush all the way from Walt Disney World, and a brand new tablet!

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We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our 60th Anniversary celebration! God reminded us that He is still with us, supporting us just as He’s done the past 60 years.

We want to thank so many people for their hard work in making this event come to life.

First, we want to thank the kind people of the MLK Jr Center for offering us their facility to use. We appreciate their commitment to the community and all they do to help improve the lives of our neighbors.

 

DSC_0014We also want to thank a few 4th graders from Fountaindale Elementary School who wanted to do something nice for the community. These girls created “health bags” which were full of personal care items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other items. They collected all the items themselves and put it all together for our guests. These wonderful young ladies made 75 bags for our guests! We’re so thankful that these girls have such a big heart for others and that they actually did something to help make a difference.

To all of our volunteers, thank you! A BIG thank you! These awesome folks were willing to brave the cold temperatures to have this party outside. And they adjusted quickly to the changes once we moved the party indoors. Our volunteers probably had just as much fun as the guests and that’s exactly what we were hoping for. Thank you, volunteers, for giving your Saturday to spend it with total strangers. You may never know the impact you made on the lives of our guests but God does and someday you’ll be amazed at what those few hours on that cold Saturday morning did for someone else’s eternity. Thank you for supporting this ministry and helping us reach so many people for Christ! It’s because of faithful people like you that The Hope Center has been so successful. We thank God for our volunteers and we’re so proud to call you a part of The Hope Center family!

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A big thank you to Maranatha Brethren Church for providing food, prizes, activities and volunteers for this event. To all our donors and supporters, it’s not cheap nor easy to host an event like this but because of your generosity, we were able to provide our guests with a great Easter party!  Even if you only bought a bag of candy, that candy was used to tell someone that they are loved by a great God who cares so much for them. Thank you for caring & sharing and helping us show our community the love of Christ!

To Krista, Gene, Sue and Adrian, thank you for the hours of planning that you put into this event. Your heart for others is evident by how hard you worked to put this entire event together. And even when the weather wasn’t kind, your enthusiasm and optimism helped make the event so successful. We are so beyond thankful for your commitment and investment in this ministry. We know that God will bless you so much more than any of us can imagine and one day in Heaven you will see the rewards of your service. Thank you, thank you, thank you for putting together such a great event!

And to Mr. & Mrs. Shank, who worked so tirelessly behind the scenes from day one on this event, and all the other 60th Anniversary events yet to come. This is a challenging year of celebration but God has put the right people in place to make it all come to life! Your love for Christ and this ministry is evident in everything that you do each day and we don’t thank you enough for your hard work and sacrifice. Thank you for all you do and for helping to reach the least, the last and the lost for Christ. Even though its tiring and difficult, just remember as The Hope Center founder, Mr. Resh, would say, “keep on, keepin’ on!” To God be the glory!

Rock the run logo jpgOur 60th Anniversary celebration is rolling right on with our first 5K event in April. Rock the Run 5K: A Race for Hope will take place on Saturday, April 25th at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. This race will help to raise awareness & support for the ministry at The Hope Center that deal with homelessness and hunger in Hagerstown. So many lives are affected by homelessness and hunger and this is our way of helping to get people involved to end the hopelessness. Registration is only $25 until race day and you can register now at http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com.

Be sure to visit http://www.hopecenter60.com to learn more about The Hope Center, see pictures from the past 60 years, and get all the info about the other upcoming events planned for 2015.

 

Easter Bake Sale is This Weekend!

Our Ladies’ Auxiliary is hosting their annual Easter Bake Sale this Saturday, April 4th, from 9am – 1pm at the Hagerstown Thrift Store.

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There will be plenty of great foods like cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, pies, fudge, candy and much, much more!

And remember, when you purchase any of the great treats at the bake sale you’re actually helping those in need! Our Ladies’ Auxiliary helps to underwrite many special events, activities and items for the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center.

So stop by the Hagerstown Thrift Store* this Saturday for some delicious treats and help those in need. For more info call 301.739.1165.

*The Hagerstown Thrift Store is located on the corner of Church & Walnut Streets in Hagerstown. There is plenty of parking located on our central lot off of Church Street.

The Party is Coming!

At the end of this month we’re kicking off our 60th Anniversary celebration with a party at Wheaton Park in Hagerstown!

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This is a great event for everyone! There will be plenty of fun activities for all ages, including live entertainment, free food, games, face painting, a photo booth, free handouts, an Easter egg hunt, and so much more!

Did we mention that this party is free? That’s right, all this fun is free for anyone and everyone so be sure to tell your family and invite your friends to join you. Our spring Party-in-the-Park is from noon – 3pm.

If you’re interested in volunteering go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com, call 301.739.1165, or email hagerstownrescuevVerizon.net.