It’s always amazing how quickly one year can go by. It seems like just yesterday we were finishing plans for our first 60th Anniversary event in the spring.
And now, here we are at the end of 2015 looking back at what a fantastic year of celebration it has been.
In 1955, God called Jim & Ellen Resh to take a leap of faith and move their young family from Cascade, Maryland to downtown Hagerstown to help reach people in need for Christ.
They packed up their family and belongings and started an adventure backed by faith and never looked back.
Now, 60 years later, thousands of lives have been changed thanks to the faith, dedication and hard work of those who have helped keep the vision of hope alive.
We are so thankful for being able to celebrate 60 years of hope in Hagerstown. We are able to do everything that we do without any financial help from the government. Because God has been so faithful by providing for us through the generosity of our community, we’ve been able to help reunite families, mend broken relationships, restore a life destroyed by substance abuse, provide housing for the homeless, give food to the hungry and reach the young generation with the hope of Jesus.
To everyone who has supported us, helped us, prayed with us and worked with us, we want to say a very sincere and genuine, “Thank You”. God has used you to reach people and change lives in a way that none of us will know until we get to Heaven.
These past 60 years are a testament to the people of this community who put others before themselves and share the gifts that God has provided with those in need.
We thank God for the opportunity to be the oldest, continually operational homeless facility in Hagerstown. We’re here to help the least, the last and the lost. We’ve been doing this for 60 years and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon!
Now as the clocks signify the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, we look forward to partnering with you in the future to continue the battle against homelessness, hunger and hopelessness.
Thank you for making 2015, and the past 60 years, so memorable!
Happy New Year! May God bless you and your family in great ways during 2016!
If you’re interested in stepping back in time once more or want to see some of the exciting things that happened during our 60th Anniversary Year of Celebration then go to http://www.hopecenter60.com. Our anniversary website has plenty of pictures, stories and information about The Hope Center and everything that we’ve done in the past 60 years.
We hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s celebrating and spending time with your family and friends.
As we look forward to all the great possibilities of 2012, we would like to stop and take some time to thank everyone who helped to make 2011 such an incredible year at the Hope Center.
As the economy continues to weaken and many people are struggling, we are so pleased to say that our friends and supporters have helped us keep the lights on and the pantry stocked.
Our pantry is literally overflowing with food that will help us feed our residents, transient guests and anyone in the community who needs a meal. Along with the hot meals that we serve, our pantry is also the staging point for the hundreds of food bags that we will give out to families in need in our community.
In addition to the tons of food we’ve been given, our Sorting Room is happy to report that the donations of clothing, shoes and housewares have been steady, providing us with the much needed items to keep our stores stocked, which helps to keep our doors open to people in need. And as the clothing and housewares become available, we’ve been able to provide free items to families and individuals in desperate need.
We also want to thank all the churches and groups that hosted the evening chapel service and meal for our residents and guests each month. This is a huge blessing to our program and it’s a great support for our residents as they look forward to seeing the churches and interacting with everyone each month.
And we don’t want to forget about all the hours that volunteers have given throughout the year. We had volunteers packing food boxes, handing out bag lunches to kids, working at our camp, painting and cleaning and serving lunch to the community on Thanksgiving Day. We couldn’t do any of this work without all these caring people who gave in 2011.
Last but not least, we want to thank everyone who gave financial support to us in 2011. We understand that it’s not always easy to give to others when you’ve had to tighten your own budget, but your generosity has helped to keep people warm, end substance abuse, feed families, provide a warm shower to a homeless man and give hundreds of inner-city kids a great escape in the summer…just to name a few ways your dollars have helped.