A Picture’s Worth

The holidays kicked off with another great Thanksgiving celebration at The Hope Center. And as soon as we polished off that last piece of pumpkin pie it was as if we were ringing in the New Year!

The holiday season goes by so quickly and there’s so many activities and things to do that it sometimes feels like you can’t even catch a breath. But we love the holiday season because it gives us a chance to really see how incredible our community is. Each year we’re reminded that God has given us a support system of volunteers, donors and friends who continually give their time, energy and resources to help others in need.

From Thanksgiving morning until the last Christmas cookie was eaten, we had so many volunteers and supporters making the season bright. We cannot thank each of you enough for all you did this season. From the homemade treats, to the food donations, to all the gifts given and time invested, our residents and guests were able to see God’s love through each of you. And a time of year that can be very difficult and lonely for so many wasn’t at The Hope Center because of kind people like yourselves who did so much to make it so memorable for everyone.

Enjoy some pictures of the some of the different faces who volunteered, donated items or were guests of honor this holiday season. From our annual Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast, to Wildside’s Christmas party, our Ladies’ Auxiliary party, Maranatha Cantata, Kingdom Heirs party and more, these pictures give a quick snapshot of the festive celebrations hosted at The Hope Center.

If you would like to volunteer at The Hope Center, go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com to learn more or call 301.739.1165.


Missions Team Lends a Helping Hand at The Hope Center

A missions team from Rochester, New York spent a day working at The Hope Center as a part of their youth group’s summer missions trip with Wonder Voyage.


On July 23rd, the missions team spent the day serving at The Hope Center. Upon arrival in the morning, the group spent a little time learning about the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center before starting their day of service.


The team was broken into two groups: one group stayed in the Trinity Center, our multipurpose building on property, to help with different projects, and the other group went to our outdoor camp area outside of Hagerstown.

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The missions team worked from 9am until 2pm doing various projects like painting backdrops, preparing Camp Wild manuals, and some physical labor preparing for the next two weeks of Camp Wild.

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After the morning work session, the group came back together to eat lunch with our residents. They had the opportunity to talk & mingle with the guys in the program and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our kitchen crew.

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We are very thankful to Wonder Voyage for arranging this missions team to help at The Hope Center. They were a great service to the staff of Camp Wild and they helped get a lot of necessary tasks finished before the last weeks of camp.

Wonder Voyage is a ministry that helps to get churches and youth groups to various missions opportunities or pilgrimages worldwide. To learn more about missions trip and pilgrimages hosted by Wonder Voyage, go to http://www.wondervoyage.com.

A Wonderful Christmas Surprise!

The week of Christmas one Hagerstown family received an awesome Christmas gift – boxes of food!

A generous person in the community wanted the opportunity to give thanks to God by giving to others. So this person went to the grocery store and bought box after box of groceries for an anonymous family.

Just days before Christmas, the groceries were dropped off at our office and were ready to be delivered to the family of our choice.

After thinking about the many families that we work with in one way or another, a family was chosen.

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We chose to give the boxes of food to a family that is a part of our Wildside Kids ministry. For several years, Samantha & Sarah have been actively participating in our youth program. While at Wildside, they have always brought a ton of energy and excitement and never caused trouble. So naturally, we felt that since they are such good girls and have been so faithful to Wildside, their family should enjoy cabinets full of groceries.

As we delivered the groceries, the family was beyond excited to get all the great boxes of food! And the groceries came at a great time. As we were helping the family carry in the food, the girls father informed us how much this food was going to help his family since his hours at work had just been drastically cut back to only two days a week. God knew exactly what family needed the groceries!

We want to thank our generous friend for thinking of others and providing plenty of good food for a family that definitely needed the assistance. And we want to ask you to join us in praying for this family as well as the countless other families that are struggling through this terribly difficult economy.