Mark Your Calendars: The Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast is Coming!

Thanksgiving is one of America’s most treasured holidays. And unfortunately it often gets overlooked between the excitement of Halloween and all the festivities of Christmas. But this holiday is one where families and friends come together to celebrate, reflect, reconnect, and, most importantly, give thanks to God for all the blessings of the year.

Thanksgiving 1Thanksgiving shouldn’t be spent alone which is why we have hosted a community Thanksgiving feast since our beginning. When The Hope Center first started in 1955 we were just a small facility on Jail Alley where alcoholic men could find refuge and safety and a chance to start anew. But Jim & Ellen Resh, our founders, didn’t just want it to be a rehabilitation facility. They wanted the men who were struggling with their addiction to feel like they were valued and were a part of a family.

So naturally, the holidays became an important part of The Hope Center. And as the years passed we welcomed the community to join us as we host a Thanksgiving buffet for anyone and everyone in the community who just wants some great food and good company on Thanksgiving.

We never want anyone to go hungry or feel lonely. God has blessed our ministry since the beginning and we continue to show His love to our neighbors each and every day in as many ways as we can. We are so thankful to still be able to host The Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast again this year – continuing a tradition since the 1950’s and hosting one of, if not the oldest and continually operational Thanksgiving meals in the community.

So we are extending the invitation to anyone in the community this year who is looking for a wonderful place to celebrate and give thanks. The Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast starts at 11:30 am at the Trinity Center (located on Walnut Street next to our Thrift Store in Hagerstown). And since this is an activity for everyone, even kids, we’re hosting activities for your children that day as well starting at 11am. All are welcome to come and we hope that you spread the word to your friends and family!

If you already have plans for Thanksgiving but want to still be a part of this tradition then why not donate some food for the event? We plan to serve around 300 guests that day so you can imagine all the bread, corn, potatoes, butter, cranberry sauce and turkey that’s needed to keep our buffet stocked. And on top of that we’ll still serve breakfast and dinner to others so we’ll go through a lot of food that week. Any donation of food or other resources can make a big impact. If you’d like more information about donating then please call 301.739.1165 or email You can also check out more info on our food programs at Thank you for helping us keep our Thanksgiving tradition going year after year! Happy Thanksgiving!


Another Perfect Thanksgiving With Friends!

We hope that you’re Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours!

Thanksgiving has been a community tradition at The Hope Center since our beginning nearly 60 years ago.



We love continuing the tradition started so long ago. Seeing the Trinity Center filled with the smiling faces of our volunteers, staff, and guests is why we love the holiday so much. We had approximately 275 guests for Thanksgiving this year!


Our staff, residents, and volunteers worked hard in the days leading up to Thanksgiving preparing enough food to feed 300 people. We roasted eighteen 20lb turkeys and used seventy-five loaves of bread for the stuffing!

On Thanksgiving Day, over 40 volunteers helped to make the day special for our guests. From helping to set the tables, to cutting pies, preparing foods, serving drinks and greeting guests, our volunteers helped to make the day run smoothly and helped to provide a welcoming atmosphere for our guests.

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We want to thank all of our volunteers for giving of their Thanksgiving to serve others. Each year we have so many who are willing to give up their holiday to help and we greatly appreciate their giving spirit.


We also want to thank Sharon Kaufman who was our volunteer coordinator for the day. Sharon made sure all the volunteers were organized and doing all the various jobs necessary that day. Sharon did a fantastic job of keeping everything running smoothly and efficiently.

Each year we look forward to hosting our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast. This year was another successful holiday celebration!


Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated, prayed, and participated in any way in our Thanksgiving feast. We are so thankful for this community and all the generous, caring people who help in so many ways!

If you’re interested in volunteering at The Hope Center, go to to learn about all the different ways you can get involved!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

The turkeys have been roasted, carved and are ready to take center stage tomorrow at our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast!


We want to say thank you to Sharon Hughes, daughter of The Hope Center founders Jim & Ellen Resh, her husband Henry, daughter Melanie, Board of Directors member Joe Elliott and his wife Maryann for volunteering over 6 hours the past two days to carve the 18 turkeys for Thanksgiving. They resisted the temptation to dig into the roast turkey so there’s plenty of it for tomorrow!
In addition to the turkeys, the generous folks from Germantown Bethel Church of God donated 30 pumpkin pies for our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. They’ve been supplying pies for our Thanksgiving buffet for years upon years! Thank you to everyone from Germantown Bethel Church of God for baking these pies each year for our guests.
The 2014 Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast begins at 11:30am tomorrow at the Trinity Center with kids activities beginning at 11. Our free buffet features turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, succotash, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, fruit, assorted pies, beverages and so much more!
The Trinity Center is located next to our Thrift Store on Walnut Street between Franklin & Church Streets in Hagerstown. There’s plenty of parking located in our central parking lot on Church Street.
Don’t spend Thanksgiving alone! Come out and enjoy some great food & fellowship!


Our Thanksgiving Feast is Coming!

It’s only a few short weeks until turkeys, stuffing, & pumpkin pie take center stage across our great nation.

We love Thanksgiving and we enjoy sharing the day with our friends and family. No one should spend Thanksgiving alone so we’re hosting our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast again this year.

Thanksgiving 2014Our free buffet features all the traditional Thanksgiving foods like roast turkey, mashed potatoes, our famous stuffing, succotash, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, fruit, pies and more. We’re hungry just thinking about it!

On top of the great food, we have kids activities so your little ones can make holiday memories for years to come!

The Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast starts at 11:30am in the Trinity Center* with kids’ activities beginning at 11am. Bring the entire family, invite your friends, and tell your neighbors. The more the merrier!

If you have any questions about our Thanksgiving activities or would like more information, please call 301.739.1165 or email

*The Trinity Center is located next to our Thrift Store in Hagerstown. There is parking located on Walnut Street or in our central parking lot off of Church Street between Walnut and Prospect Streets.

And so it Begins…

Thanksgiving is just a handful of days away which means our kitchen is getting busier by the minute!

For over 50 years we’ve hosted an annual Thanksgiving buffet for the community. It’s always been free and, even more importantly, it’s been delicious!

Each Thanksgiving, we plan to host 250-300 hungry guests in the Trinity Center, our multi-purpose building located next to the Thrift Store on Walnut Street.

So to have enough food for our buffet to feed almost 300 people, there is a lot of work and preparation that goes into it.

The process began today with the donation of the 16 turkeys that will be the star of our Thanksgiving buffet. Tomorrow, we will roast those 16 turkeys which will take the entire day.

Once the turkeys are finished, we’ll have volunteers who will help to carve and pull the meat off the turkeys. The biggest challenge is not eating every bit of the delicious turkey!

While all of that is taking place, we have other people who are spending time cutting up bread and celery for our famous stuffing.

Preparing the food is not the only thing that goes into this event. We will have several people help us set up the Trinity Center to host 300 guests. From tables, to chairs, to the buffet line, there is a lot of prep work that goes into getting the building ready for the big day.

While the event may only last around 2 or so hours, there are countless hours put into making this day a success.

We couldn’t say thank you enough to all the staff, Hope Center residents and volunteers who will give so much of their time this week to prepare and serve our guests on Thanksgiving. This always has been and always will be a truly community event where we stop being strangers and start being family.

If you would like to join us for our delicious Thanksgiving feast then make it a plan to come by the Trinity Center at 11:30am on Thursday, November 28th, for our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast. It’s free for everyone so invite your family, friends, neighbors & co-workers. There are children’s activities beginning at 11am.

For more info, call 301.739.1165 or email us at

Join Us for our Annual Thanksgiving Feast!

Our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast is less than a week away!

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This annual holiday tradition is a very busy one for us at The Hope Center but it’s one that is so important to spreading holiday cheer and giving our community a chance to come together, serve each other and thank God for all His blessings throughout the past year.

We are so encouraged and thankful for the overwhelming support of our friends who have volunteered their Thanksgiving to bring their families to The Hope Center to help us prepare, serve and clean up the event.

Even though we have all the volunteers needed for our Thanksgiving banquet, you and your family can still be a part of the celebration by coming and enjoying the food & fellowship.

Our Thanksgiving buffet is free for anyone in the community. Spread the word and invite anyone you know who could use a big “family” on this day. Our Thanksgiving service begins at 11:30am at the Trinity Center. At 11am, the Trinity Center is open for families with children. There will be special activities for kids to enjoy. Following the service of giving thanks, our delicious buffet is open.

We don’t want anyone to spend Thanksgiving Day alone. Please let co-workers, friends, family and neighbors know that they are welcome to celebrate with us. There will be plenty of food to go around! From roast turkey, to mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, succotash, cranberry sauce, fruit, assorted pies and beverages, this is one of the finest feasts in all of Hagerstown! Make Thanksgiving at The Hope Center part of your holidays this year!

For more info, call 301.739.1165 or email

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s time to carve the turkey & cut into those pumpkin pies! If you are still looking for something to do today then please join us at 11:30am at the Trinity Center*.

There’s plenty of food for everyone so be sure to invite your friends, family & neighbors. Kids activities start at 11am. And the best part is that this delicious buffet lunch is FREE!

We hope to see you today! If not, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

*The Trinity Center is located right next to our Thrift Store on Walnut Street between Franklin & Church Streets in Hagerstown. There will be plenty of parking in our central lot located off of Church Street.