Tons of Smiles at our Downtown Block Party

On Saturday, September 20th, Walnut Street in Hagerstown came to life with the sights & sounds of laughter, excitement and people having a great time!

Our youth ministry, Wildside Youth, hosted the Downtown Block Party along with Maranatha Brethren and Valley Grace Brethren Churches.

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The churches came with games, prizes, food, and plenty of volunteers ready to create a fun afternoon for all of our guests.

The Trinity Center was open and housed various food stands like snow cones, hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy along with cold beverages. There was an area set up for our guests to play some basketball and wow everyone with their skills.

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We were also pleased to have a short show by “Bam the Liquid Robot”. Peter Arizmendi, aka Bam, stopped by to entertain our guests with a dance sequence. Peter uses hip hop and his gift of dance to share the Gospel. He’s currently in the process of opening a dance studio in Hagerstown. Bam the Liquid Robot has stopped by Sunday Night Wild in the past and he’s making another appearance in October.

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Outside on the Walnut Street side of our property were all the games and amusements. From a bounce house, to ring toss, to finger nail painting, to street bowling, face painting, carnival games and a waterslide, there were plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained for hours!

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In addition to volunteers from Maranatha Brethren and Valley Grace, our good friends from Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene in Severn, Maryland drove up for the day to volunteer at this event. We were so happy to see their faces again and we’re thankful for their ongoing support of this ministry and their heart for Hagerstown!

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God provided a beautiful day for our block party as well. The nice warm sun gave people a good reason to come outside and enjoy the festival in the street.

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We estimate that around 250 guests flooded our property to enjoy the free block party together. And the best part was watching kids and parents alike take part in all the various activities!

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We are so thankful for all the resources and hard work that the people of Maranatha and Valley Grace did for this event. We know everyone, from guests of all ages, to volunteers, and even some of our residents, had a great time interacting, socializing, playing, eating and celebrating together. We look forward to hosting this event again in the future.

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If you’re looking for a ministry to get involved with or would like an after-school program for your kids or grandkids to get involved with, check out Wildside Youth Ministries. Go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com for information as well as upcoming activities. All of Wildside’s events are free for kids ages 5-12. If you’d like to talk to someone please call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com.

If you’re currently looking for a church to attend and would like to be a part of a group of people who not only love the Lord but have a heart for service, then check out Maranatha Brethren or Valley Grace Brethren Churches.

For information about Maranatha Brethren Church visit http://www.maranathagbc.net or call 301.733.1717. Maranatha Brethren is located at 19835 Scott Hill Drive just off of Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown.

For information about Valley Grace Brethren Church visit http://www.valleygrace.net or call 301.582.0155. Valley Grace Brethren is located at 17310 Gay Street just off of Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown.

If you are interested in volunteering with Wildside Youth Ministries or any other ministry at The Hope Center, including our upcoming Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast, please visit http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

Grace Pointe Community Youth Return to Camp Wild!

Last summer, the youth group from Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene from Severn, Maryland served at a week of Camp Wild.

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The group loved it so much that they returned for another week this year!

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We’re thrilled to have the youth groups missions team return to help at Camp Wild. The young people on the missions trip helped in multiple ways at Camp Wild. They were small group leaders, attractions staff, lunch aides, and most importantly, they were friends with the campers.

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It takes a large staff of people to run Camp Wild so we’re happy to have energetic groups like the missions team from Grace Pointe Community spend a week at Camp Wild.

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Camp Wild provides a wonderful opportunity for young people in youth groups to minister and serve the Lord.

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Even though Camp Wild has come and gone, there’s still some great ministry opportunities for you to get involved with the kids of Hagerstown. Wildside Youth Ministries at The Hope Center host activities all year long. From our weekly Sunday Night Wild, to monthly after-school themed parties, there are plenty of events for you to be a part of. To learn more about volunteering at The Hope Center, please go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

For more information about Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene, go to http://www.gpccn.org.

 

Become a Volunteer!

Do you have that feeling that you just want to make a difference in your community?

Have you been trying to figure out how to get involved?

Why not join our team of volunteers?

Since 1955, The Hope Center (formerly known as Hagerstown Rescue Mission) has been reaching the least, the last, and the lost for Christ. We’ve been successful because God has always supplied our needs, including providing the best volunteers!

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Volunteers come in many different shapes, sizes & ages! Our volunteers have many different interests but they all share the same goal: to help others.

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Depending on the gifts, talents & personality that God has given you, we can help you find the best place to fit into our ministry. If you love working with kids, we’ve got the perfect spot for you. Wanna feed the hungry? We’ve got a kitchen ready for you. Would you rather tinker, clean or do something with your hands? We’ve got jobs just for you.

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There are so many different ways to get involved that you may have a hard time deciding which you want to do. Well don’t worry about that either, you don’t have to do just one task! From photography, to food service, to painting, to donation sorting, to our Ladies’ Auxiliary, we’ve got plenty of interesting, challenging and spiritually fulfilling volunteer jobs for you.

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And the best part of volunteering, you can help as little or as much as you want! There are volunteer opportunities that take place each day or once a year. It’s up to you to decide how involved you’d like to be. And you don’t have to do it alone. We welcome volunteer groups, families or just a handful.

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Ready to take the next step? Excellent! Go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com and take a look around. Click on the ‘Opportunities’ in the top tool bar to read through the many different volunteer positions that are available. If you’re feeling frisky, click on the ‘Urgent Needs’ tab to see what volunteer positions we desperately need immediately. Even if you’re unable to help with that job, you might know someone who can. So go ahead and take a look at how you can get involved.

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Once you’re ready to get started you can click on the ‘Why’ tab and fill out the email form at the bottom. Someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Or you can always call us at 301.739.1165 or email us directly at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

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We look forward to having you join our team of fantastic volunteers! Since we don’t receive any money from the government, we rely heavily on the support from our community of friends. From prayers, to donated goods, to financial support & volunteers, our friends in the community help to make this ministry possible and have helped to reach thousands upon thousands of lives for 60 years!

We have a great legacy of ministry in Hagerstown and we’re looking forward to a great future! Why not be a part of it?

Urgent! Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of volunteers to help operate our check-in office during the daytime hours at The Hope Center. You have the opportunity to interact with men entering our Hope Center Life Recovery residential program as well as greeting and talking with guests joining us for a delicious lunch in our Soup Line.

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The check-in office is in the main residence building. Those working the check-in office assist in helping to check men in & out of the building, answering inter-office phone calls, and greeting any visitors entering the building.

This volunteer position is for daytime hours only, Sunday – Saturday from 9am until 5pm. We are looking for volunteers who are able to work at least one 4-hour shift a week.

Due to the nature of this position and for safety reasons, we are asking primarily for male volunteers.

If you are interested, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net as soon as possible.

Thank you for partnering with us to bring hope to Hagerstown!

Celebrating Thanksgiving – Part Two

If you were unable to join us for our annual Thanksgiving feast, enjoy some pictures from our wonderful celebration!

If you’d like to learn about how you can get involved, volunteer or financially support this ministry, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can also go to www.hagerstownrescue.org to safely give a financial donation through PayPal.

Also, be sure to keep up-to-date on all things at The Hope Center through Facebook and Twitter.  For Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown. For Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/HopeCenterHtown.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving!

Our annual Thanksgiving celebration was a homerun with our guests! The food was delicious, the service was spectacular and the energy was exciting.

If you missed out on our big celebration, we have the pics here for you to enjoy!

Keep checking back for new pics and to learn of new ways to get involved at The Hope Center!

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DSC_0496DSC_0523DSC_0498DSC_0531DSC_0549To keep up-to-date on all things at The Hope Center, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. For Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown. For Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/HopeCenterHtown.

It was Another Wonderful Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone already!

All the work and preparation for our Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast was worth it! We had a fantastic day with all of our guests and volunteers!

We want to thank anyone and everyone who helped in one way or another with this event. It takes a lot of people and a lot of food to make this event as spectacular as it is so we appreciate all those involved with the giving of food or time to help us provide such a wonderful holiday event to our community guests.

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This year we served over 300 guests! We had approximately 60 volunteers working in many different areas making sure that we kept our guests happy. Our volunteers helped us by covering & setting tables, food prep like slicing bananas for the fruit cocktail, slicing pies and more, greeting guests, transporting food from our kitchen to the Trinity Center, and serving the buffet lunch to our guests. Our volunteers also helped with beverage service and dessert distribution, while others interacted with guests by mingling and talking. We also had a wonderful crew of volunteers who helped to clean up the mess afterwards!

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We were also thankful to have Robert Smith, a graduate of our Foundations Life Recovery program, join us as a special guest for Thanksgiving. Robert sang a beautiful solo for all of our guests and volunteers. We are so happy to see all the great things that God is doing in Robert’s life and we are so proud of Robert and the success that he’s had in his personal life.

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Thanks again to all of our volunteers who gave of their time on Thanksgiving! We couldn’t serve so many without you! And we want to give a special shout-out to Christy Hartt for managing all the volunteers during the event. It’s a lot of work making sure everyone is where they need to be so we’re thankful that she was able to help us keep the event flowing so easily.

If you were unable to volunteer on Thanksgiving day but are interested in joining our winning group of volunteers, then go ahead and call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net for more info. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in one way or another throughout the year at The Hope Center.

If you don’t have the time but would like to support this ministry then why not become a monthly donor. Your donation helps to keep the many programs of hope running throughout the year. From providing housing to homeless men, to warm lunches for needy neighbors, to after-school programs to disadvantaged kids, to food bags for hungry families, and substance abuse rehabilitation for addicted men, your tax-deductible financial support helps thousands of people each year with their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For info about supporting this ministry, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Also, please visit www.hagerstownrescue.org to learn more about the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center. You can also make a secure donation through PayPal on our website.

Thank You, Volunteers!

Friday, October 18th was a night dedicated to some of the most important people we know, our wonderful and dedicated volunteers!

We hosted our 2nd annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for more than 160 of our volunteers who gave valuable time during this past year to help us reach thousands of people in Hagerstown.

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Our volunteers log hundreds of hours a year helping in many different ways at The Hope Center. From serving food, to building relationships with kids at Camp Wild, to preparing food bags, to teaching & counseling, to sorting items for our thrift stores, and helping to keep our facilities clean and up-to-date, our volunteers truly do help make a difference and keep this ministry moving forward.

We understand that everyone’s time is precious so that’s why we appreciate all the hours that our volunteers give. And this dinner is just a small way of saying “thank you” for partnering with us to bring hope to Hagerstown.

Our volunteer appreciation event was started as a way for us, and our residents, to say thank you to everyone who helps throughout the year. Our residents have a very unique opportunity to meet so many different people who help all over the place at The Hope Center. So this is a way for them to show their gratitude to all the faces that they’ve met while in the program.

The delicious meal was catered by Leiters’ Fine Catering. Our Hope Center residents were the servers for the evening. And to provide a touch of class, our residents wore tuxedo shirts loaned to us from J&B Bridals in Chambersburg. Each resident was assigned a table that he was responsible for serving food & drink as well as talking & mingling with our guests of honor.

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In addition to serving, our residents sang for our volunteers and two of our residents, Dustin & Dave, gave testimonies. Gene Ridenour, The Hope Center Board President, lead the men in singing and his wife, Holly, sang two solos.

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Ron Shank, Director of Pastoral Care at Brooklane, gave a short message to the volunteers, thanking them for their service and dedication to The Hope Center.

We were also pleased to have nine of our Board members in attendance. It’s good for our Board to see and meet some of the people who give so much to this ministry.

But we want to take a minute to thank some other very important supporters of this ministry, our Ladies’ Auxiliary. These wonderful women made all the delicious desserts for the event. In addition to that, they helped to set up the event and clean up afterwards. We can’t thank them enough for all the support that they provide The Hope Center throughout the year. We love them and are truly thankful for their faithful service to this ministry.

We thank God for all the people He has sent to partner with us to reach Hagerstown for Christ. God has sent us a very faithful group of friends to help us spread hope and love to so many who have been left behind or forgotten. We cannot even measure the eternal impact that our volunteers have had throughout the years.

We love our volunteers so incredibly much! Thank you for finding the time, energy and spirit to serve the least, the last & the lost. You’re truly making a difference in the lives of so many.

If you would like to join the ranks of the greatest volunteers in Hagerstown, call or email us immediately! There are plenty of ways to get plugged in. We can help find the right place for your talents and gifts. Call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net today.

Local Students Lend a Hand for Camp Wild

We love our volunteers! From helping to paint buildings, to cleaning vans and windows, to helping prepare meals and fill bags for our food bank, volunteers really help relieve a major burden of work at The Hope Center.
And when young people come to volunteer at The Hope Center, it’s a very special thing. When young people are given the chance to volunteer to help others, their lives and outlook on life changes.
That’s why we were so happy to have three students from Stone Bridge Academy stop by The Hope Center and help prepare the outdoor facilities for Camp Wild.
But what makes this so special is that one of our former Camp Wild leaders was the teacher who brought the students to volunteer.
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Christy White has been a volunteer at Wildside Youth, the children’s ministry at The Hope Center which hosts Camp Wild, for years. She’s been a leader during after-school parties and a counselor at Camp Wild for many years.
She knows the amount of work that goes into preparing and running Camp Wild and she wanted to bring some students who could help with manual labor and learn something in the process.
These students helped paint the playground set, clear brush, and assist in setting the flag poles in cement in preparation for the upcoming Camp Wild season.
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When asked why they wanted to come out and volunteer, each replied that they genuinely enjoy helping others.  They were excited to help, knowing that kids, like themselves, would benefit from the camp this summer.
One student is a former Camp Wild camper and appreciates what Camp Wild has to offer.  She stated that Camp Wild is a good place to go for local kids, because it keeps them out of trouble.  She liked learning about God and really connected to last year’s theme of learning about what God has planned for your life, memorizing Jeremiah 29:11.
After the group was finished working for the day, they received a tour of the grounds from Wildside Youth director, Adrian Black.  The students were excited to hear about the new attractions coming this year and for the next years to come.  Each girl is looking forward to coming back and to further help in projects leading up to camp’s first week in July.  They also hope to come back as camp volunteers and experience all Camp Wild has to offer.
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Christy was so encouraged in seeing how excited her students were in coming out on a hot summer day to haul buckets of water and be willing to get a little paint on themselves, and being genuinely excited for the kids who will benefit from having their facilities upgraded.  It was great seeing them working so hard and not wanting to stop until the work was finished.
We are always thankful for volunteers! If you would like to get involved as an individual or bring a group, just call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. If you are interested in volunteering at Camp Wild this summer, please call immediately! There are only a few short weeks left before Camp Wild kicks off for 2013.
To learn more about Camp Wild, go to www.campwildusa.com.

Volunteers Needed!

We’re currently looking for some men who could volunteer at least 4 hours per week to work the desk in our check-in office in the men’s ministry building at The Hope Center in Hagerstown.

We are hoping to find volunteers who could man the desk from 8:30am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm one day each week, Monday through Friday. If you are able to give more than 4 hours each day or would like to give 4 hours on multiple days a week then we’d greatly appreciate it!

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The main responsibilities of the check-in desk is simply to help monitor everyone coming in and going out of the building and receiving any calls transferred to the check-in office.

This is a wonderful opportunity for any retired men in the area to serve the Lord and help make a difference in the lives of so many men in need. A kind, smiling face at the check-in desk can be the first step in leading someone to the Lord and changing their life for eternity!

If you, or someone you know, are interested in this volunteer position, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

If you are unable to help us, please do us a favor and start spreading the word at your church, in your small groups and Sunday School classes! We appreciate any help!