Record Observer

‘Gratitude grant’ aids Hope Warehouse

- By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@chespub.com

QUEENSTOWN — Because of the continuous generosity of members of the Kent Island Elks, Lodge 2576, the lodge has again qualified for a “Gratitude Grant” from the Elks National Foundation (E.N.F.) for $2,500. The lodge has earned this grant because its lodge membership, collective­ly, has repeatedly donated to E.N.F., surpassing the Grand Exalter Ruler’s annual goal for E.N.F. donations. In turn, the each lodge that achieves this goal, earns a Gratitude Grant to use for a needy organizati­on in their immediate community.

The $2,500 check went to provide needed technical support to Haven Ministries’ Hope Warehouse located in Queenstown, at 6627 Friels Road, at the longtime, former antique building directly behind the Queenstown Outlets, just off Route 301 north. Hope Warehouse stores furniture donated by the public to be resold to the public with proceeds being used to help fund Haven

Ministries services of providing clothes, shelter, food and support to needy people in the county. The warehouse has been operating at that location for almost twoyears under Susan Phillips, warehouse manager. Everyone who works at the warehouse are volunteers, except Phillips.

Of the donation, $1,800 was used to purchase a much needed computer to be used as a point-of-sale equipment, helping speed up credit card sales when people come to the warehouse to purchase merchandis­e. According to Phillips, “The computer records all sales, keeping an efficient record of inventory remaining in the warehouse, how long that inventory has been there, and applying discounts when necessary. The longer a piece of furniture or item has been here, the bigger the discount on it when it’s sold. So, ‘we always have a sale going on’ here!”

The warehouse is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s best to call ahead for an appointmen­t to see things. The phone number at the warehouse is 410-4908498.

Along with furniture, there are many framed pictures of all types, sporting goods, some appliances, dishes, and constructi­on materials. The warehouse does not accept used mattresses or box springs, but does accept head boards and bed frames. Nor does it accept baby furniture items or clothing items.

Hope Warehouse does have a “sister location” at Our Daily Thread on Kent Island, which is located behind the KI Cracker Barrel. It does have clothing, books and children’s toys for sale.

Haven Ministries helps provides services to homeless people in Queen Anne’s County. Traditiona­lly, Haven Ministries only operates between October and April, the winter months. However, 2020, during the pandemic, Haven Ministries was needed to operate year-round.

According to Haven Ministries Executive Director Krista Pettit, “Demands for our services have more than doubled in the past year. We have provided services to 99 people, including 39 of those being children. We had to relocate from Kent Island United Methodist Church on Kent Island to have people stay overnight, to a local hotel to be able to comply with CDC guidelines to keep people safely apart. We’re still providing food from our building in Queenstown during the week, and we have a pantry truck that travels to Faith Bible Church in Sudlersvil­le every Tuesday and Friday by appointmen­t.”

“Fortunatel­y, the costs for keeping people in hotels, which has been considerab­le,” Pettit added, “has been covered by grants related to the pandemic.”

For people coming out of housing provided by Haven Ministries, being able to once again support themselves, Hope Warehouse does offer them furniture from the store to help them get settled. If you have questions about shopping at the warehouse, or possibly volunteeri­ng, call there to speak with Phillips. If you have questions about Haven Ministries, contact Pettit at 410-739-4363.

William Benjamin Coppage “Bill”

CHURCH HILL — William “Bill” Benjamin Coppage of Church Hill, MD passed away peacefully at home on February 2, 2021. He was 87 years old.

He was born February 16, 1933 in Sudlersvil­le, Maryland, to the late Benjamin Coppage and Mary Gertrude Kimbles. He married Jane Candy on September 6, 1956. After being honorably discharged from the United States Army, Bill worked as a plumber and electricia­n. He went into business for himself, Wm B. Coppage and Co. on May 1, 1963, and worked continuous­ly until November 2020. Bill was a great family man and truly enjoyed working to provide for his family. He enjoyed many hobbies that included: gardening; camping (especially in the Lancaster, PA area); collecting antique tractors, old machinery, and old tools; watching the Baltimore Orioles; and country music.

Bill was a proud lifetime member, and past chief of

the Church

Hill Volunteer Fire Company; a longtime member of the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Associatio­n; a past Church Hill Town Commission­er; member of the American Legion; QAC Electric and Plumbing Boards; and the Kent and Queen Anne’s Electrical Contractor­s Associatio­n. He was also a longtime member of the Church Hill United Methodist Church.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Jane C. Coppage of Church Hill, his children R. Alan Coppage (Beth); Charles H. Coppage; Carol C. Leonard (Bob); J. Benjamin Coppage (Gretchen), grandchild­ren Nick (Marlo); Tucker (Karey Anne); Ashley (Derek); Katie (Kurtis); Jackie (Eric); James (Rachel); Josh (Kasey); Richard; Clay (Malia); Benjamin

(Racheal); William, and great-grandchild­ren Christian, Cole, Logan, Emma, Olivia, Payton, James, Lincoln, Ryland, Bowen, Lucy, Kate, Jim, Maggie, Allison, and Douglas. He also had many friends whom he considered family.

Visitation­s will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 8th at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Centrevill­e, MD 21617, where a service will be held on Tuesday, February 9 at 11 a.m., which will be live webcast at https:// www.fhnfuneral­home.com/ obituaries/william-coppage-2/ Burial will follow at Sudlersvil­le Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributi­ons can be made to Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centrevill­e, MD 21617; Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 66, Church Hill, MD 21623; or Church Hill United Methodist Church, PO Box 6, Church Hill, MD 21623.

Online condolence­s can be made at www.fhnfuneral­home.com.

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