Hope 22 aims to connect those struggling to find resources to help – theportonline
HILLTOWN – Hope 22 has a new location this year, but Hope is still the same.
“It’s a community event to try to help people who are struggling or anyone who just wants to get out and have some fellowship,” said Terry Derstine, founder of Sweatshirt of Hope, which hosts the annual Christian event based on the faith.
Held next year next to the Franconia Heritage Restaurant in Franconia, this year’s event has moved to 741 N. County Line Road, Souderton, across from Jesse’s BBQ and next to Harleysville Bank.
The move to the 23-acre site, located in Hilltown Township, allows 400 to 500 cars to park onsite, instead of having offsite parking and shuttles that were completed last year, said Derstine said.
A 1,000-person tent will be set up for Hope 22, he said.
Everything at the event, including food and concerts, is free, Derstine said. People will also share their life-changing personal stories, he said. More than 60 non-profit organizations will also be available for people struggling to get advice and support.
“We’re all struggling with something,” Derstine said. “I don’t care if it’s anger, discontent, addiction, food addiction, drugs, whatever.”
Organizations will include those in mental health, autism, substance abuse, PTSD for veterans, trauma, human trafficking and other areas, he said. Local police departments have seen a dramatic increase in mental health calls during the Covid pandemic, he said.
Sweatshirt of Hope was launched after her daughter, who started having migraines at 15, became addicted to prescribed legal opioids at 22, and at 29 switched to heroin, Derstine said. Now 50, she continues to struggle as a result of choices made in the past, he said.
“My wife and I struggled in silence for years without telling anyone. We didn’t want anyone to know because we thought we as parents had failed,” Derstine said. people stop struggling in silence.”
Sweatshirt of Hope provides sweatshirts with a message of hope, while sharing the stories of others, showing that “you are not alone,” Derstine said. The sweatshirtofhope.org website also includes links to resources for those struggling.
Schedule information for September 16-18 Hope 22 is also available on the site.
“I just want people out so they can offload a load,” Derstine said.
Friday evening activities run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concert that evening will be given by 3 Heath Brothers. The Life Band will also perform. Evangelist Chris Boyce will be the keynote speaker on Friday and Saturday evenings. Free food on both days includes donuts, hot dogs, burgers, churros, ice cream, and drinks.
Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The St. Luke’s Penn Foundation’s first Recovery is for Everyone walk, in celebration of National Recovery Month, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Hope 22 site. The 1.7-mile walk will go to Telford, then back and will end at the Hope 22 site. Information about the walk is available on the pennfoundation.org website under the events tab.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., nonprofits will share their information.
Saturday’s program also includes Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub, who shares challenges facing parents, free haircuts by Modern Male Barbershop and wig fitting for women who have lost their hair.
Ventriloquist Ryan & Friends performs at 12:45 p.m.
Perkasie-based Revivals will have its block party trailer and kids’ activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Derstine said.
“They will have a kite festival if there is enough wind,” he said.
Leanna Crawford will perform at the Saturday night concert. Other Saturday artists include It is Written Worship Band, HOPE Band and Tyler Hunsberger, the Singing Emcee.
On Sunday there will be a 10 a.m. service hosted by Christian Street Missions.