Happy Birthday, Eddie!

The first Friday of each month is set aside to celebrate birthdays at The Hope Center, and this month we were able to celebrate another birthday with one of our residents, Eddie!

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Our friend, Stormy, provided another delicious birthday cake for our celebration!

Eddie has been at The Hope Center for a while and he is nearing the end of his program. He’s been working hard to straighten his life out and allow God to mold him into the man he was designed to be.

We asked Eddie to give us a quick testimony of what God is doing in his life. It’s great to see and hear another story of victory from one of our residents.

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“Upon my arrival to The Hope Center I can safely say that I was completely broken.  Between drug addiction and a complete disregard for my own life, I was heading to one of two places – prison or a casket.  I knew of a place called The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission where I could go and change my life with God’s help.  I now have one month left in the long-term recovery program here at The Hope Center and I can proudly say that my life is changed!  I now live for God and His glory.  Once I graduate I will be going to Philadelphia, PA where I have been accepted into an internship program through Urban Hope Ministries.  I will have the wonderful opportunity to minister to kids and young adults who have or are around the same life crisis conditions I once had.  God took my mess of a life and is now going to use it for His glory!”

Eddie, just like the other men who come through The Hope Center, was on a path of destruction and death but he allowed God to make the necessary changes in his heart and mind and now he’s a totally new man.

Eddie is fighting the good fight and he’s able to celebrate another year of life thanks to God’s help. Hope has been restored into Eddie’s life and now he’s able to spread the message of hope & change to hundreds of people in Philadelphia.

Eddie is just one of the many men who seek real help from a real God at The Hope Center. Thanks to faithful supporters like you, we are able to provide our residents with a safe environment of love and support to help conquer their addictions and other destructive habits.

When you donate financially or through gifts such as food or gently used items for our Thrift Stores, you are helping to change lives. You may not realize it at the time but it’s true. People like Eddie are made brand new in Christ because of the generosity of loving and caring people like you.

Thank you for supporting The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission. We thank God for friends like you because now a person like Eddie is able to change the world for Christ.

If you aren’t familiar with The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission and want more info or would like to become a supporter of our ministry then call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. Also, check out www.hagerstownrescue.org to learn more about the many programs and ministries we provide to our community.

Voices of Hope

A lot of the work that we do at the Hope Center is geared to helping families in need and homeless men. But one of the most important ministries that we have is our Foundations residential ministry.

Foundations is a 13-month life recovery program. It exists to help men who want real change in their life. Whether their lives have been destroyed by drugs, alcohol, bad relationships, gambling or all of that, our program is dedicated to helping these men kick their addiction, recognize their need for Jesus and help them to rebuild their lives, self-esteem and broken relationships.

Foundation residents eat, sleep and work at the Hope Center. They have morning jobs and then attend various classes in the afternoon. Each evening the residents go to the chapel service hosted by various area churches. Once a resident has accomplished all levels of the program, they receive a diploma recognizing their accomplishments over the 13-month period. During their time at the Hope Center, the men build relationships with each other, our staff, local churches and most importantly, Jesus. These new relationships equip them to return to society “a new man” enabling them to begin rebuilding broken relationships and restore trust from their former life.

We asked our men to take a few minutes and answer a basic question for us about the Hope Center. Below is the question and then some of the residents answers follow. We want to give you an opportunity to read how your support is helping to bring hope and change to the lives of these incredible men. Many of the men come from situations that we couldn’t even imagine. So to read about their transformation is just giving praise to a powerful, loving God.

How has the Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission been able to give you hope?

By showing me there is another way to live! Which is living for God. Which before I came here I was living for myself, not caring who I hurt in the process. Since being here and graduating the 13-month program I praise God for a place like this. This Hope Center has given me so much whether it be a roof over my head or food or clothing. But the main thing for me was getting to know my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ who gave His life for me. I’m a sinner saved by grace. This Hope Center gives guys like me a chance to change my life and to have a relationship with God. The key word here is change. And that is what the Hope Center is all about. The staff here bends over backwards to make sure guys like me get a chance at a new life with the Lord. But God gets all the glory. Proverbs 3:5-6

-Robert

Jesus has used the Hope Center to strengthen my relationship with Himself. And is using the Hope Center to teach me what I lack most, how to love unconditionally.

-Daniel

I am glad to be here. I feel God chose me to be here. The Hope Center gave me hope. I have Jesus Christ in my life. I am clean and sober.

-Dennis

When I first came to know Christ, but had no confidence of the things God could do in my life. Now I have hope in God, that all things are done for His glory. I’m learning to rely on Him for everything. Also I’m learning to overcome my fears. And last I have hope for my future.

-Kevin

God gives me hope. The Hope Center provides a safe environment so I can learn the word of God. Most of the staff has tried to understand and help me though my trials.

-Darren

When I first came here I didn’t have anything or anyone to really believe or rely upon. As my stay as a transient extended I became aware of how special this Mission could be for someone of my capacities. As I got farther along with my life as a transient I could see the hope that could be realized at this Mission. So I decided to look into the fact of what was behind all this hope that I was seeing. So I started talking and asking some questions of the staff and found out what or who had a hand in giving all this hope. So I decided to look for that hope and start upon a fellowship with Jesus Christ. I learned I didn’t know as much as I thought I did about what it took for a relationship with Jesus Christ. I just hope that I can live up to the standards of this Mission and fulfill my walk with the Lord.

-Gerald

These are just a sampling of some of the responses to that question. As you can see, God is seriously working in the lives of these guys in the program. Thank you for being a supporter of this ministry. Please continue to support us but most importantly, please pray for the men in our program. They face a lot of temptations as they try to change their lives. So please keep the men, our staff and the families of these guys in your prayers.

If you would like more info on our residential program, Foundations, or you know of a man who needs help and you are interested in starting the application process for enrollment then please call our office at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. We can answer any questions and help guide you along on this process.