Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!

We’re just hours away from not only a new year but a brand new decade! And with this new year comes another chance to celebrate a milestone: 65 years of The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission! We’re so excited to celebrate another year of God’s miraculous work in Hagerstown and surrounding communities. We have some exciting changes in the works and 2020 is the perfect year to kick off a major project that will bless the lives of so many in the decades to come.

But before we jump into 2020,  we want to take the opportunity to thank God for all His continued blessings and faithfulness to this ministry and all the amazing things He did and provided in 2019. Each year He continues to amaze us and reminds us that we aren’t in this fight alone. We are truly blessed to have a God who loves us and cares so deeply for this ministry and the people we help each day of the year.

God shows His faithfulness in many ways but one of those ways is with the continued support of people like you. We want to thank each of you for partnering with us to bring the hope of God’s Word to so many people in many different ways. From our daily soup line, to our overnight homeless shelter, to the men in our rehabilitation/life recovery program, to all the precious children who’ve attended a Wildside Youth event, God has done amazing things in 2019 and each of you have been a part of this story.

We look forward to all the great things that God has planned for 2020 and beyond! As we mentioned, 2020 is a big year as we celebrate 65 years of continued hope for our community. But we do have some big news coming that we’ll be sharing with you in the near future. Until then, please continue to help us as we fight the good fight to bring healing to the broken, food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and love to all of God’s people.

To learn more about our programs and services, how to get involved, how to give, or how you can get help, please go to

And don’t forget to make plans to join us in April for our annual Rock the Run 5K: Pirates vs Princess! We kicked off this race back in 2015 to celebrate our 60th anniversary and here we are still going strong! The 5K is on Saturday, April 25th at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. And we’re proud to announce that our Rock the Run 5K: Pirates vs Princess is once again sponsored by our good friends at Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe in Chambersburg. As you plan your New Year’s parties don’t forget to pick up some of their delicious potato rolls! To learn more about our upcoming 5K please visit

So as we bid farewell to 2019, join us as we take a quick look back at all the beautiful faces who were a part of our amazing year. From staff, to guests, to volunteers, these smiling faces are what it’s all about! Thank you for helping us have another miraculous year of hope in Hagerstown!



Thanks For A Great 2011!!

We hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s celebrating and spending time with your family and friends.

As we look forward to all the great possibilities of 2012, we would like to stop and take some time to thank everyone who helped to make 2011 such an incredible year at the Hope Center.

As the economy continues to weaken and many people are struggling, we are so pleased to say that our friends and supporters have helped us keep the lights on and the pantry stocked.

Our pantry is literally overflowing with food that will help us feed our residents, transient guests and anyone in the community who needs a meal. Along with the hot meals that we serve, our pantry is also the staging point for the hundreds of food bags that we will give out to families in need in our community.

In addition to the tons of food we’ve been given, our Sorting Room is happy to report that the donations of clothing, shoes and housewares have been steady, providing us with the much needed items to keep our stores stocked, which helps to keep our doors open to people in need. And as the clothing and housewares become available, we’ve been able to provide free items to families and individuals in desperate need.

We also want to thank all the churches and groups that hosted the evening chapel service and meal for our residents and guests each month. This is a huge blessing to our program and it’s a great support for our residents as they look forward to seeing the churches and interacting with everyone each month.

And we don’t want to forget about all the hours that volunteers have given throughout the year. We had volunteers packing food boxes, handing out bag lunches to kids, working at our camp, painting and cleaning and serving lunch to the community on Thanksgiving Day. We couldn’t do any of this work without all these caring people who gave in 2011.

Last but not least, we want to thank everyone who gave financial support to us in 2011. We understand that it’s not always easy to give to others when you’ve had to tighten your own budget, but your generosity has helped to keep people warm, end substance abuse, feed families, provide a warm shower to a homeless man and give hundreds of inner-city kids a great escape in the summer…just to name a few ways your dollars have helped.

Again, we say “thank you” for helping us reach those in need in 2011! And we look forward to all the great things that 2012 will bring. Please continue to support and pray for us as we work with you to bring hope to hundreds of lives this new year!