Merry Christmas in July!

Merry Christmas in July!! We’ve got just about a week left of our holiday celebration at our Hagerstown Thrift Store.

From today until July 31st stop by our Hagerstown store to get in the Christmas spirit with a great selection of Christmas decorations, collectibles, housewares, and more! And each visit seems like a different shopping experience with new merchandise hitting the shelves. So keep checking back to see what great items are waiting for you!

And be sure to check out all the other great merch in our Hagerstown Thrift Store. Whether you’re already shopping for those on your Christmas list, you’re doing some back-to-school shopping, or just a typical shopping adventure, you’ll find so many perfect items that you need and even more that you want – and at prices you’ll love!

Our Hagerstown Thrift Store is open Mon-Sat from 9am-4:30pm. There’s plenty of parking on our central lot located at 215 W. Church St. For more info about our Hagerstown Thrift Store please call 301.739.1114 or click here: THRIFT STORE | hagerstownhopecenter

Free Grocery Day Returns!

All are invited to join us on Friday, August 13th for a Community Grocery Giveaway!

Our free grocery day will be held from 9am – 11am (or while supplies last) at the Trinity Center which is located at the back of our parking lot at 215 W. Church St.

We’ll have a great selection of all sorts of non-perishable food items like canned fruit, soups, pasta, cereal, snacks, canned vegetables, boxed dinners, baking mixes, peanut butter, pasta, sauce, beans, tuna, and more. There will also be a selection of breads and pastries.

In addition to the food, we’re also giving away personal care products like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and more.

This event is free for anyone in the community. A food bank card is not required to participate. Doors open at 9am and item availability is based on first-come-first-served. Bags will be provided but you’re free to bring your own if you prefer.

For more info please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com. Learn more about this event and other programs and services at The Hope Center by visiting hagerstownhopecenter.com

Happy Birthday, Troy!

The beginning of each month we celebrate the birthdays of guys who are a part of our Foundations Life Recovery residential program. This month we’re celebrating Troy who has a birthday on July 9th. Troy got his very own birthday cake thanks to our friend, Stormy, who bakes a cake each month for our birthday fellas.

Troy, originally from Baltimore, is one of our new residents. He joined the program in March ’21 and is working towards his graduation in the spring of 2022. Troy came seeking help dealing with drug abuse and homelessness.

Any time we can celebrate a birthday with our residents is very special to us. But for Troy this was a special moment as well. With tears in his eyes Troy told us that this was the first time in many years that anyone had sang ‘happy birthday’ to him.

And this is why we’re here. To bring hope – even if it’s in the form of a silly birthday song – to anyone who walks into our doors seeking help and refuge. We’re so thankful for Troy and being a part of a celebration of another year of life for this incredible man.

Please pray for Troy and the other men in our Foundations Life Recovery program. It’s not easy seeking help and even more difficult following through but God is great and has wonderful things planned for these men so please keep all of them in your prayers. God is doing amazing things in the lives of these men so continue to pray for them and encourage them to keep up the good fight.

Thank you to each of you who donate and volunteer. You are a part of Troy’s celebration. Because of generous and kind people like you Troy is here celebrating another birthday and optimistic about so many more birthdays in the future. Thank you for partnering with us to help wonderful people like Troy!

If you’d like to learn more about our Foundations Life Recovery program please click here: Foundations | hagerstownhopecenter

Feelin’ Fruity

July has arrived even though it doesn’t feel like it. But with the arrival of the new month comes our new Pantry Item of the Month!!

For July we’re asking for donations of canned fruit and/or cups of fruit. We’ll gladly accept any brand or variety of fruit. Donate your favorite or whatever may be on sale. Either way we’re gonna put it to good use.

This month’s pantry item will be primarily used in our food bag program and at our next Community Grocery Giveaway taking place on August 13th. We try to make sure that each food bag has fruit included but we are often running low on these items.

To donate please drop off at our Administrative Office during business hours M-F. Our Admin Office is located opposite our Thrift Store on our central lot located at 215 W. Church St in Hagerstown. If you are unable to drop off during business hours please call us at 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to arrange a time that works for you.

If you’d prefer to shop online at smile.amazon.com or another online retailer then please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 as our delivery address. (To learn more about shopping at AmazonSmile please click here: General Information | hagerstownhopecenter and scroll to the bottom of the page)

Thank you for partnering with us to help feed neighbors in need in our community! To learn more about the food programs at The Hope Center please click here: Food Programs | hagerstownhopecenter

July 4th Holiday Schedule

July 4th is almost here! And with the upcoming holiday taking place on Sunday we wanted to remind you that our Administrative Offices, Thrift Stores (Hagerstown & Chambersburg), Donation Center, and Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, July 5th.

Camp Wild, Soup Line, our overnight shelter, and evening meal/chapel will be open on Monday, July 5th. Soup Line doors open at 12:45pm on Monday.

Our daily meals, Soup Line & evening meal/chapel, along with our overnight shelter will be open on July 4th.

Everything will be open and operating on normal schedule on Tuesday, July 6th. If you have any questions please call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!!

Declutter Your Closet to Help Neighbors in Need!

Happy Friday!! Got any big plans this weekend? Well, if your weekend consists of cleaning out your closets and making space on your shoe racks then we can help!

We’re happy to take your gently used clothing and shoes off your hands! Not only is your donation tax-deductible but it also helps to keep our doors open and operating every day of the year to help neighbors in need without any charge to them!

Proceeds generated from sales at our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg help to fund the many programs and services we provide the community. In fact, since we opened our doors in May of 1955 we’ve never closed nor charged anyone for any service provided. And we’ve done it all without any tax money or government funding. So your donated articles of clothing and shoes are a lot more powerful than you may think!

AND those donated items could go to a neighbor in desperate need for absolutely free from our voucher program. Our voucher program helps individuals and families in need get the clothing, shoes, and coats necessary to go about their day. A voucher is given to a person who can then go to our Hagerstown Thrift Store and select the clothing items needed in their size and style – all for free!

So if your plans include cleaning out the closet and you’re not sure what to do with your items… think of us! Your donation is a great way to invest in your community.

Our Donation Center dock is open Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri from 9am – 4pm and Sat from 9am – 3pm. Our donation dock is closed Sunday & Wednesday and all major holidays. The dock is located at the rear of our central parking lot at 215 W. Church St in Hagerstown.

If you’d like more info about donating your gently used items please visit www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/in-kind-gifts or feel free to call 301.739.1165 or email info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Thank you for caring & sharing with your community!

PS… wanna help out even more?? We’re always looking for volunteers to help in our Donation Center! We need people to help sort and price all the donated items. If you’re interested please call us at 301.739.1165 or email volunteer@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

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

Washington County Gives Starts at Midnight!

We’re just a few short hours away from Washington County Gives 2021!

Washington County Gives is a 24-hour day of online giving benefitting non-profits in Washington County. Starting at midnight 5/11 and lasting until 11:59pm you can donate to The Hope Center during Washington County Gives and help us raise support for our kitchen and dining room expansion project.

Giving during Washington County Gives is quick, easy and safe. Starting at midnight you can easily get to our donation page by clicking here: Give to The Hope Center | Washington County Gives

We’ll also post links from our Facebook page and from our website. If you don’t follow us on Facebook please go to http://www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown or visit us online at WCG | hagerstownhopecenter

Please help us spread the word about donating during Washington County Gives by encouraging your friends, family, church, coworkers, and social media followers to join you in donating to The Hope Center.

Your gift during Washington County Gives will help us pay for our much needed construction project. Our food services expansion will more than double the previous kitchen & dining room space. This will allow us to feed more people more efficiently and give us more space in our dining room for more neighbors to have a place to eat.

Our food services are free for anyone in the community. Your gift during Washington County Gives helps us continue to feed neighbors in need and combat hunger and food insecurity in our community.

Please join others in the community and make a plan to donate to The Hope Center tomorrow during Washington County Gives!