Down on the Farm

Did you know…

We have a farm?? The Farm is home to our Good Samaritan Lodge and our outdoor camp facility for Camp Wild.

But The Farm is not just used for those ministry purposes. The Farm is an actual farm complete with barn and fields!

The Farm is situated on about 80 acres just outside of Hagerstown on the Conococheague Creek.

For the past few years our farmyard and barn has sat dormant. But this spring we’ve started bringing it back to life. And now we’re excited to announce that The Farm is up and running again!

Spearheaded by Terry, husband of our Thrift Store/Donation Center manager, Aimee, The Farm is now home to a pair of steer along with chickens, and turkeys.

The animals are being raised to help supplement the eggs and meat supply we use at The Hope Center to feed our residents and community guests.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Terry, Dillan and the rest of the crew who’ve helped mend fences, corral the steer, and bring our barn back to life! There’s a lot of work involved with this operation and we’re so thankful for their skill, hardwork and desire to help make sure we’ve got plenty of meat to feed those in need in our community!

If you are ever in need of a delicious meal please join us for one of our meals served every day of the year. Our kitchen does not close ever – it’s open on holidays and during inclement weather. All meals are free for anyone and everyone in the community – so bring the family or the whole neighborhood!

For more info about our food/meal programs or our farm please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com

And the Pantry Item of the Month is…

June has arrived which means it’s time for our newest Pantry Item of the Month!

For the month of June we’re asking for jars of pasta sauce. We’ll gladly accept any brand, variety, or size of pasta sauce.

Our kitchen uses a good amount of pasta sauce each month for the community meals we serve. And pasta sauce is also a staple item, along with boxes of spaghetti, for our food bag program. We make sure each food bag has pasta sauce when available.

We’ve also learned that pasta sauce is a hot item at our Community Grocery Giveaways that we host every season.

We’d appreciate any donation of pasta sauce! To donate please drop off at our Administrative Office (215 W. Church St) during business hours Mon – Fri. If you’re unable to drop off during the weekday then please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works.

If you’d prefer shopping online at your favorite vendor please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

Thank you for caring and sharing with the community! If you’d like to learn more about our food services please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/food-programs

Out With the Old {Kitchen}

Our new kitchen expansion is open and serving up multiple meals a day to our residents and guests. And now the project has moved into our former kitchen and dining room.

The construction crew has been busy removing the old kitchen. The former kitchen space will become part of the expanded and renovated dining room which will more than double the size of our current dining room.

There’s a good bit of work to be done in the former kitchen space. We hadn’t done any major renovation on that kitchen space since moving into the building in the late 1950’s. Once the crew has the space ready then they’ll move ahead with the dining room renovation.

Even though our food services area has been under construction since August 2020 we haven’t missed any meals! The Trinity Center has been, and continues to be, our current dining room during this construction project and because of COVID-19 restrictions.

We are so excited that we’re on the back end of this much needed expansion and renovation project. Once completed we’ll have so much more space to meet the growing need of hunger and food insecurity in our community. Please consider partnering with us to feed our neighbors in need by donating to our construction project. Your financial investment is directly benefitting your community. The money you give here stays here. And since we don’t receive any tax money or government funding, donations from generous people like you help us to continue helping thousands of people each year.

To learn more about our expansion and renovation project or to donate online please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/renovation

Another Successful Food Giveaway!

Our 3rd Community Grocery Giveaway was a huge success!!

We hosted the quarterly event on February 26th as a way to help anyone in the community in need of grocery assistance. While we hand out food bags to anyone in need each month, we’ve started hosting these large grocery events to help give more people access to food. This event is basically a build-your-own-food-bag type of activity. We provide the bags and then allow each person to decide the items from each table they’d like to take. This way we’re making sure people take the foods they love and want.

And at this Community Grocery Giveaway we added personal care items like soap, shampoo, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and hand soap.

In the 2 hours of the event we gave food to over 245 people!

Our guests so were happy and thankful for the grocery assistance. We want to thank all the individuals, families, groups, churches, and schools who’ve been donating food to our pantry. Your donations make a huge difference each and every day but they were especially beneficial at our giveaway. Your generosity not only provided important food assistance to so many people but it also provided hope and made a lot of people very happy!

An event like this couldn’t be so successful without the help and support of so many of our staff and volunteers. We want to thank everyone who helped in one way or another to make this event happen. There’s a lot of work that went into this event including moving boxes upon boxes of food. Thank you to everyone who served our community during this giveaway! We are so thankful and proud to have such wonderful staff and volunteers!!!

We’re planning on hosting another Community Grocery Giveaway in the spring. But until then, if you are in need of grocery assistance please call our office at 301.739.1165 to reserve a food bag for pickup. We will continue to offer bags of groceries each month so please do not hesitate to get a bag of food for yourself or family. Also, if you’re in need of hot meals and friendly company then please join us each day for our community meals. For more info on our daily meals please call 301.739.1165. And remember, we serve meals every day of the year including holidays and inclement weather.

If you’d like to donate food or learn more about our community food programs please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Construction Continues at The Hope Center!

Things are moving right along with the expansion of our food services area. Crews have been working hard and taking advantage of the wonderful weather we’ve been blessed with.

On Friday the construction team poured the concrete for half of our expanded kitchen floor and for the lower level pantry expansion. Today the crew was back framing up the wood floorboards for the pantry ceiling/kitchen floor of the expansion project.

We are so thrilled with how quickly this much needed project is moving along! When you come through downtown Hagerstown on Franklin Street take a quick look at the project that’s easily visible looking up Prospect St. Or when you stop by for a shopping trip at our Thrift Store or drop off your gently used items take a moment to sneak a peek at the progress!

Follow us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date pics of the project and stay informed about the progress.

If you’re unaware of our expansion and renovation project then head to hagerstownhopecenter.com to learn more. At the bottom of our home page you’ll see a box with info and pics about this construction project.

Dressed for Success

HUGE Thank you to Ingram’s Mens Shop for donating over 20 suits to men in need at The Hope Center!

During the month of September, Ingram’s Mens Shop hosted a suit trade-in. These suits will be given to men who are working hard to transform and improve their lives.

Many men who come to The Hope Center have lost everything due to addictions and other factors. At The Hope Center they work to overcome their addictions and rebuild their lives. And part of that process is preparing them for employment and new opportunities of success.

These suits will help by giving these men confidence and encouragement as they venture out to start over. To these men it’s not just a suit, it’s HOPE of good things to come.

So thank you to everyone who donated a suit! If you missed this opportunity – you’re in luck! The suit trade-in has been EXTENDED!

Ingram’s Mens Shop has extended the trade-in through the month of October. When you donate a gently-worn suit you will receive $100 OFF the purchase of any new suit at Ingram’s!

This is a great opportunity to invest in your community and support small businesses! Ingram’s is located at 18047 Garland Groh Blvd in Hagerstown. Visit www.ingramsmensshop.com to learn more about Hagerstown’s premier men’s shop.

To learn more about our programs and services please visit hagerstownhopecenter.com

Do You Hear What I Hear?

It’s the sound of 12 Drummers Drumming to announce the arrival of our 12 Weeks of Christmas Thrift Store Countdown! From October through December we’ll be counting down the weeks until Christmas with special sales starting each Friday. These sales are BIG but only last for a week.

And those 12 Drummers are beating their drums in excitement for our first week sale. From October 2- 8 all MEDIA will be 50% OFF!! This includes records, tapes, CD’s, and videos. There are so many classic titles, random finds, and collectors items in our media section. And each visit you may find something new that would be perfect for someone on your Christmas list!

Our Hagerstown Thrift Store is located at 215 W. Church St. The store is open Mon – Sat from 9am – 4:30pm. For more info please call 301.739.1114 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

The 12 Weeks of Christmas Thrift Store Countdown is at our Hagerstown Thrift Store only.

Sugar and Spice…

And everything nice…

Well maybe just the sugar because SUGAR is the featured Pantry Item of the Month for September!!

We’re asking for any donation of bags of sugar for the month of September. But to be honest, we’re always in need of sugar at The Hope Center. From the multiple uses in our kitchen to the sweetner for all those cups of coffee we use, sugar is one of our staple items that we often run low on.

To donate bags of sugar please bring to our Administrative Office during business hours M-F or call/email us to set up a time that works with your schedule.

If you’d prefer shopping online at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) or another retailer please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for our delivery address.

Also, please help us spread the word about our pantry needs by encouraging your church, coworkers, social media, family, friends, neighbors and others to join you in donating. If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a food drive then be sure to add sugar to the list of needed items.

To learn more about all the various food items we need for our pantry please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/pantry

Washington County Gives is Finally Here!

After being postponed in May due to COVID-19, we’re excited to announce that Washington County Gives is officially happening!

On Tuesday, September 22nd the internet will come alive with a 24-hour online giving event! Washington County Gives is a chance for local non-profits to raise valuable funding for the year to come.

And this is a big year for us. Not only is it our 65th anniversary but we’re also beginning a huge expansion and renovation of our food services area at The Hope Center!

Our kitchen, dining room, and pantry are all in desperate need of an update and expansion as the need to feed people in our area has grown significantly over time.

Our expanded food services area will feature a new, updated kitchen so our staff and volunteers can better prepare and serve food for a larger crowd. Our dining room will increase in size and layout to allow more people to dine and do so in a much more efficient manor. And our pantry will double in size to allow us more space to store food that is used for daily meals and our food bag program for people in need.

This expansion and renovation is a huge undertaking. And we need your help. Not only do we ask for you to give as you can to this project, we are also asking that you help us spread the word to your social media followers, friends, family, coworkers, church, civic clubs, neighbors and anyone else who will listen! The more people involved the faster we can get this project completed and paid for.

And this is where Washington County Gives is a huge benefit. We are asking you to donate during this special online giving event but also encouraging others to join you in giving. We’ll be posting on Facebook about Washington County Gives and we’re asking you to share our posts with your Facebook friends and inspire them to give as well.

Giving during WCG is simple and we’re helping to make it as easy as possible. To learn more about giving during the 24-hour event please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/wcg

This designated page on our website will give you the quick link you need to find our giving page for donation. We’ll include links on our Facebook and other media posts to help make it easy for you and your friends to navigate and donate with ease.

Please mark your calendar for WCG on September 22nd and make a plan to help us promote our food services expansion project to the community. Together we are fighting to end hunger in Hagerstown and surrounding communities.

We’re here to provide help for today… hope for tomorrow!

Woohoo We’re REOPENING!

At 9:30 this morning we reopened our Hagerstown Thrift Store almost 2 months to the day that we closed it. We’re so happy to be back and we’ve missed all of you so much! COVID-19 re THRIFT info card-001Please note that our Thrift Store will be open with adjusted hours from 9:30am – 4pm Mon – Sat and our Chambersburg Thrift Store is still currently closed. After this initial reopening time we will return to our normal schedule at our Hagerstown location. For the safety of our staff and other customers, a mask must be worn when shopping at our Thrift Store along with practicing safe social distancing.

And at 9am tomorrow (Tuesday, May 19th) our Donation Center will reopen for donation of your gently used items! We know many of you have been busy cleaning out closets, COVID-19 re DONATE info card_2-001basements, garages, and reorganizing your house during the stay-at-home order so we’re very excited to see all the wonderful treasures you’ve bagged and boxed for donation! Before donating please take a minute to read over our list of items we generally can & cannot accept for donation by clicking this link: https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/in-kind-gifts

Until further notice our Donation Center will be open Tues – Sat 9am – 2pm. We do ask that upon arrival at the donation dock that you please stay in your car. Our dock attendants are happy remove your donated items for you. Also if you’re interacting with our staff please remember to wear a mask.

We’re not sure what tomorrow will look like so please be patient with us as there may be a backup for donating items. And remember, our donation dock will be open the rest of the week so you can always stop by another day to drop off your items! As of this time we are not operating our donation truck for at home pickup of donated items. We are sorry for any inconvenience and we’ll be sure to update you once we are able to start scheduling pickups again.

If you have any questions or concerns about our Donation Center or our Hagerstown Thrift Store please call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.