Community News Letter, Fall, 2013

The Hope Center

421 Main Street

Bellwood, PA   16617


Dear Neighbors and Friends,

As we enter this time of year and experience the harvest I’m reminded of the awesome ways God cares for each of us.  What a privilege it is to be an American and live in a wonderful country and community where we share our resources and do life together.

Webster’s Dictionary describes community as “an interacting population various kinds of individuals in a common location” or “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society”  Bellwood truly is a place where our interacting population shines as we attempt to do great things together.

Our board of directors and those who use the center would like to thank Tom Johnson for volunteering his talents to install a handicap bathroom on the first floor of The Hope Center.  Tom selected the materials, constructed the bathroom, and organized a team of professionals to install the plumbing, electrical and finish the drywall.  We are grateful to each of these men who invested their time to make the bathroom possible.

The Hope Center is home to the Care and Share food program which is overseen by the Bellwood Council of Churches.  We also host the Military Families Ministry and they have their meetings the last Tuesday of every month at 6PM.  The Cub Scouts meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6 – 7 PM.   They will be creating a Wall of Honor on a wall inside the center that will honor active duty service people in the Bellwood-Antis community and the wall will be maintained by the Military Families Ministry.  The Cub Scouts dedicated profits from one of the evening sales during the 125th Anniversary to help with the purchase of a water cooler that is now installed in The Hope Center.  The UVHA and the Eagles have assisted The Hope Center several times this year to help some families in our community with some overwhelming needs.

As we approach the end of this year we want to thank you as members of this community for loving, caring, giving and volunteering to make this a wonderful place to live.  If you would like to support The Hope Center with a year end donation we are recognized by the IRS as  501 (c) (3) Public Charity and donations to The Hope Center are tax deductible.  Please make checks payable to The Hope Center, 421 Main St. Bellwood, PA  16617

The Hope Center now has a web site and the web address is  Over the coming months we will continue to build this site with a calendar of events and other valuable information. If you have a need you can reach us via email at or you may phone 742-8956.

2013 Ride to Give a Hand of Hope


Picture of a motorcycle


Saturday, September 14th

Registration: 11:00 to 12:00 Refreshments Provided

Kickstands up at noon – Approx 100 mile ride

Home made meal provided upon return

Ride begins and ends at The Hope Center,

421 Main St., Bellwood, PA

The Hope Center is a local community center in Bellwood, PA  providing hope, care,  resources, friendship and encouragement

The Hope Center offers “Soup’s On” Wednesdays (Sept – April), serving about 70 people each week.  Each Thursday (Sept – April) an average of 50 home cooked meals are delivered to home bound folks in Bellwood-Antis.  Many acts of kindness  take place each week through the ministry of The Hope Center.

For more information please contact Rick Beatty, 814-742-8471 or e-mail

The registration fee for the rider is $20, passenger $20

Refreshments, tee shirt and meal included

All proceeds benefit The Hope Center

*Message center at The Hope Center 742-8956 will be updated the morning of the ride if there are questionable riding conditions.

The Hope Center and Darden Restaurants Partner to Advance Community Care

The Hope Center Crew

Grant is one of more than 850 awarded through Darden’s 2nd annual Restaurant Community Grants program

Bellwood, PA  – May 8, 2013 – The Hope Center, which provides food, a place to belong and other basic needs to the community of Bellwood-Antis, today announced it has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable The Hope Center to provide meals to elderly people who are homebound.  Each week beginning in mid-September and continuing through the month of April The Hope Center delivers an average of 60 dinners every Thursday afternoon.  .

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community.  The restaurants will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.

[Rick Beatty, Director of The Hope Center wants to thank Darden on behalf of the board of directors as well as the many people who benefit from the generosity of Darden Restaurants.]

“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities,” said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer. “We’re all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.”

[Each Wednesday at noon from September through April, The Hope Center provides a hot lunch free of charge to an average of 75 residents of the Bellwood-Antis community.]

For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit For additional information on The Hope Center, please visit

About The Hope Center

The Hope Center was founded in August 2006.  We are recognized by the IRS as a 501-C3 non-profit charitable organization.  Our organization is made up entirely of volunteers who care very much about our friends and neighbors, who love our community and want to help our community progress in any way possible.

About Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, owns and operates more than 2,000 restaurants that generate over $8.0 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 190,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2013, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the third year in a row and is the only full-service restaurant company to ever appear on the list. Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit,

The Darden Foundation

The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy as defining characteristics of Darden Restaurants. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grants, with $7.2 million given in fiscal year 2012. The Darden Foundation carries out its mission by focusing philanthropic efforts and resources on the following program areas: Access to Postsecondary Education, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor Grants. For more information, please visit,

Greetings from The Hope Center

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

We want to thank you for the many ways you support The Hope Center.  Since opening the doors more than seven years ago many of you have served, given financially, attended events and for your support we are grateful.  We are constantly encouraged by the positive comments you share about the many ways we are trying to make a difference.  Soup’s On averaged between sixty and seventy people every Wednesday for lunch.  People of all ages gather to enjoy a bowl of soup and desert and great conversation around the table.  We held our last Soup’s On April 24 before taking a few months off during the summer months.  Ninety-eight people showed up for lunch wanting to show their support for this much needed ministry in this community.  Thursday Dinner’s provided a wonderful home cooked meal to people who are homebound or unable to cook for themselves.  Volunteers cooked and delivered meals each week from September though April to as many as sixty people who were grateful for the care and great meal.  We will begin delivering meals again in September.  The Jam Sessions that take place at The Hope Center on Thursday evenings ended May 23rd and begin again September 12th. During the summer months they will be taking place at the Bellwood-Antis Community Park and the dates for those events are June 20th, July 25th and August 22nd from 6 – 8:30PM each evening under the pavilion.

The Hope Center now has a web site and the web address is  Over the coming months we will continue to build this site with a calendar of events and other valuable information.

Our annual motorcycle run will take place September 14th so please mark you calendars for this fun event.  Al Paquette and his wife Sharon of Al Paquette Ministries will join us once again and they will spend a week visiting many of the state correctional institutions and sharing the gospel with more than one thousand inmates.  Please check our website for more information as it becomes available.

During the summer months we don’t receive as many requests for help and our volunteers enjoy some time off.  If you have a need you can reach us via email at or you may phone 742-8956.

Enjoy the summer,

Your friends at The Hope Center

Military Family Ministry Pot Luck Dinner

Military Families Ministry

New Bellwood Community Group

First pot-luck dinner meeting:

Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 PM

The Hope Center


Military Families Ministry is a non-profit organization that supports military families.  Join us for our first dinner meeting to learn how you can get involved with supporting the military families in Bellwood and surrounding area.


We will share information about our service projects:


Hero Boards and Adopt a Hero Programs

Prayer Patch & Prayer Shawl Ministry

Quilts for wounded warriors and fallen heroes

Cards, letters, and care packages to the troops

Caring for military families and veterans

Prayer support


Visit our website at

Contact Tracie Ciambotti to register