Second Street and Hope is a small non-profit organization focused on serving those in poverty. We started out of Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church in downtown Frederick, MD. However we are not officially affiliated with any religious denomination. We will be leaving Centennial in mid-October of this year and expanding to the Hillcrest neighborhood of Frederick in 2019. Look for updates of our new partnerships soon.
Our mission is to alleviate the pain of personal poverty through emergency provision, and eliminate the problem of persistent poverty through personal mentoring and education.
Big things are happening at
Second Street and Hope.
Second Street & Hope will be expanding
our service to the working poor on the
West end of Frederick. Initially we will
be partnering with the Asian American
Center of Frederick (AACF) on their
Little Free Library in Hillcrest shopping
center. The Little Free Library makes
books available to children in the area.
Second Street & Hope is funding new
books and is in the process of building
additional Little Free Library’s to expand
this program. Additionally we will be
supporting AACF educational sessions
for pregnant women, free community
health fair, and children’s educational
Second Street and Hope recognizes
our tremendous base of volunteers
particularly the individuals, churches
and organizations that provide
community meals and we ask that
you please stay tuned for future
opportunities to serve with us.
Meals will continue at Centennial Memorial UMC at 8 W. 2nd Street through the end of 2018 as a ministry of the church, see CentennialCommunityofHope.org for more details.
Wednesdays from 5-6 pm
Saturdays from 4-5 pm
If you want to prepare and/or serve a meal, you can sign up here.
For other volunteer opportunities, please contact us (below).
We always do our best to open even in the worst weather. We want our guests to have a warm place to be to enjoy a good meal.
All donations can be dropped off during our regular hours or call ahead and make arrangements for large donations.
Tax deductible monetary donations can be mailed any time.
We accept donations of non-perishable foods such as peanut butter, canned meats, soups, and fruit. Please check all expiration dates - we can only give out food that is not expired.
In addition, we collect personal hygiene items such as deodorant and shampoo.
We mainly give out only clothing supplies most necessary for survival on the streets, mainly coats (large adult sizes are best) and boots. We also give out long underwear, socks, and T-shirts. New is always best, but we will accept gently used items as well (except underwear).
From the Chairman
Thank You ... Thank You ... Thank You
As Second Street and Hope prepares to transition our operations to the West side of the
city I want to recognize our founders, donors and volunteers.
Second Street and Hope was initially the vision of Pastor George Earle, Bill Sauser
and Mike Albro who in 2002 led the effort to incorporate Second Street as a private
nonprofit in downtown Frederick. Since its inception Second Street and Hope has
reached out to the folks in downtown Frederick with hot meals, warm clothes and love.
Our founders instilled in us a love for the community and particularly for those in
our community who are suffering. We have always been a safe place for the distressed,
addicted and homeless offering hot meals, warm clothes and recovery. We are forever
indebted to our founders mentioned above and all of those early contributors who had
the forethought to offer assistance to the disenfranchised in our community.
Our faithful donors have allowed us to continue this ministry for the past 16 years
always willing to give a little extra during the lean times. 2nd Street has served over
100,000 meals over the past 16 years and provided warm clothing, groceries and
personal hygiene products to over 4,000 folks in our community. None of this is
possible without our strong donor base. Thank you for your continued support and
your love for our community.
To every volunteer whose hands have prepared a meal, had a conversation with a
community member, washed a pan in our kitchen, packed a bag lunch, decorated a
lunch bag, donated clothing, prayed for us....We are deeply grateful to you, and we hope
you will continue to walk along side of us in this next season of our growth. None of
what Second Street and Hope does could be done without you. You are our community.
I initially came to Second Street on a Wednesday in 2003 to meet with my old friend
Pastor George Earle. While meeting I heard music and laughter from the back of the
church and inquired as to what was going on…. Pastor George explained that it was
a Celebrate Recovery meeting sponsored by Second Street and Hope. Pastor George
also mentioned that there was pizza downstairs. I started attending the Celebrate
Recovery meetings and eating free pizza on Wednesdays which led to attending
the Contemporary Service on Saturday evenings. Hanging around the church with
the people from Celebrate Recovery, Centennial and Second Street was my first
introduction to authentic Christian Community and I loved it. Ms. Juanita Dutrow
strongly encouraged me to attend a Men’s Credo Retreat weekend which was the
most positively impactful event of my life outside of being present for the birth of my
children. After my attendance at Credo I became much more involved in the ministry
of helping others. I started helping out and volunteering for different things around
Second Street and was eventually invited to join the board. I can’t begin to explain
the gratitude I have for everyone at Second Street that have shown me the meaning
of community. Everyone who has participated in this ministry by serving or being
served has had an amazing impact on mine and my family’s life. I look forward as the
Chairman of Second Street and Hope to continuing the legacy of the ministry as we
move forward in our community.
Thank you all and God Bless,
Chairman, Second Street and Hope
Frank Clements - Chair
Pat O'Toole - Vice Chair
Ken Switzer - Treasurer
Doris Branch - Secretary
Jamie Eaton, Paul Nelson, Bill James, Kim Johnson, Julie Wilson