Helping the community
& neighbors
in need in Frederick, MD


  In the fall of 2018, Second Street and Hope moved from downtown to the west side of Frederick.  We currently have a few new projects that we're very excited about.  Scroll down to learn about them!

New Development:

We are now receiving online donations!  If you'd like to donate, scroll down a bit to the 'donate now button.'

A note to our volunteers:

We’ve received so many inquiries from individuals and groups expressing a desire to continue to serve with Second St and we are deeply grateful to you and for you, and we hope to have more opportunities for you in the near future as we work to stay true to our mission in a new place…. 

We miss you!

About Us


Who we are

 Second Street and Hope is a small non-profit organization focused on serving the disenfranchised.  We're mostly in community with those who are struggling with poverty and/or addiction & recovery.  Over 15 years ago we started out in the basement of Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church in Frederick, MD.  We left Centennial in the fall of 2018 and we moved to the west side of Frederick in 2019.   We plan to serve meals again as this has always been the heart of our mission....We love building community through sharing a meal.  As we search for that perfect space, we've got a few projects going on as we continue to find our home on the west side.....


Living Through Loss Groups

  Second Street and Hope is proud to announce our second sponsorship of Living Through Loss. This is an 8-week group for parents who have lost a child to overdose. The group will be offered in January 2020 by two therapists in downtown Frederick and is free to participants. We are firm believers in the power of hope, and we are committed to shining the light of hope wherever we can. 

Our hope is that this specialized experience will support parents in the grieving process as they work toward finding life after such a devastating loss. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Kacey Hughes at 301-730-3212.


Butterfly Ridge Weekend Food Bags & Emergency Food Pantry


We are currently packing weekend food bags for Butterfly Ridge students in need. Through the support of our generous donors, Second Street and Hope purchases the food items and through our volunteers that generously donate their time, we are able to pack and deliver 700 bags a month. If you'd like to contribute to the weekend food bags, monetary donations are appreciated, as we buy specific food items in bulk. We are finished for the year, but will be packing monthly next fall. Be sure to like us on Facebook to receive announcements about volunteer opportunities!


Emergency Food Pantry

We have also provided an emergency food pantry for Butterfly Ridge Elementary School, and are committed to keeping it stocked with non-perishables. If you'd like to donate items for the food pantry, we can accept non-perishables that are not expired. Please note that we are not able to accept any products that contain nuts


I Believe In Me

     SS&H is proud to work alongside IBM, a mentorship program in downtown Frederick. We’re just getting to know these folks, and we enjoyed sharing a meal together last month. We were also happy to provide a matching donation to the organization to purchase a van. Here’s a note from the CEO and lead mentor, Aje Hill: I Believe In Me would like to thank Second Street and Hope for the gracious donation toward the purchase of a 15-passenger van. Because of you, we will be able to have a more e ective transportation service that will allow our mentors the opportunity to meet with our youth longer during program hours.  is will give us the opportunity to inspire and challenge our youth through mental, physical, and social activities that will foster self respect and respect for the world around them. We look forward to our partnership and continuing to serve the Frederick community together. Truly appreciate all the lives you have impacted by making this investment into our youth. You are truly Hope Dealers!!! 

Please Support Second Street & Hope

    Your generous donation will fund our mission and change lives.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does Second Street serve meals?

We've always been about serving meals as a way to build community.  We plan to do so on the west side and are currently in search of space.  Stay tuned...we'll announce on our website and on Facebook when we find the right place.

Who should I contact about volunteering?

For volunteer opportunities, please contact us through our website.   We also announce volunteer opportunities on Facebook, so be sure to like us!

When can I drop off donations?

Tax deductible monetary donations can be mailed any time.

Please contact us to make arrangements for all other donations.

What types of donations do you take?

We accept donations of non-perishable foods such as canned meats, soups, vegetables and fruit.  We also accept dried beans, macaroni and cheese, rice, and pasta.  Please check all expiration dates - we can only give out food that is not expired.

What types of clothing can I donate?

We are not currently accepting clothing donations. We suggest that you donate clothing to either the Frederick Rescue Mission or Centennial Community of Hope.

A message to our donors


Our commitment

November 2019:


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your faithful support of this ministry through your generous gifts. Your commitment to helping SS&H serve the needs of our community is genuinely appreciated. Each year SS&H continues to advance its mission of alleviating the pain of personal poverty in the Frederick community by reaching out to those in need.  rough our programs we have seen many lives changed. 

The goal of SS&H is to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of those in our community. With the help of donations from supporters such as you we will continue to see God bless our community.  Thanks again for your generous support of our efforts toward helping our community. 

God Bless You All,
Frank Clements
Chairman, Second Street and Hope

Fall 2018:

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


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 theChairman 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,

Frank Clements

Chairman, Second Street and Hope 

Fall, 2018

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Second Street and Hope

PO Box 305 Jefferson, MD 21755


Meet our Board



Frank Clements - Chair

Pat O'Toole - Vice Chair

Ken Switzer - Treasurer

Jamie Eaton - Secretary

other members

Doris Branch, Bill James and Kim Johnson