Hope and Government

I’m sure by now you, like everyone else, are tired of the back-and-forth going on between the two political parties in DC. All that we hear is how our elected officials can’t seem to compromise and work out their differences and have forced our federal government to shut down causing some federal employees to lose paychecks and forcing other government operations to cease their daily activities.

Many Americans may not feel the effects of this shut down other than being inundated with the constant news coverage of this fight in our capital.

But for the Americans who work for the government or rely on the various programs sponsored by our government, this is a very stressful and troubling time.

As services and programs are getting cut, we are happy to inform you that none of the programs, services or ministries at The Hope Center will be affected in any way.

Even if our government fails to reopen in a month, our doors will remain open, beds ready and meals served for the hundreds of people each month who come to The Hope Center to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

You ask, how can you remain open during a time when services are being cut?

It’s easy. We can remain open, operational and fully functional during these troubling times because we do not receive any funding from the government. We never have and we never will.

We are totally independent from the government. We don’t use any tax money to fund our ministry. And we’ve been doing it that way since 1955.

Our ministry is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And we do it because God has provided for our needs every single day that we’ve been open.

Thanks to God Who has given us many friends like you, we’ve been able to navigate through other government shut downs, recessions, tragedies and trials. Our supporters help us focus on what’s important: helping others.

During economic good times and bad times, homelessness, hopelessness and hunger exist. We’ve taken to heart God’s command to give to the least, the last, and the lost to heart and we’ve made it a goal to do that no matter what.

So as our country faces new sets of challenges, we can say with confidence that we will be here to help neighbors in need. We don’t rely on any government to meet our needs. We trust in God to provide – and He always has!

If you would like to be a part of the solution and would like to help us provide hope and restoration to so many broken, hurting and helpless neighbors, then get involved today. Below are the many different ways you can partner with us:

  • Financially support The Hope Center each month. We appreciate the generous donations from individuals, churches, businesses, organizations and other groups who faithfully provide the essential funds to continue providing hope.
  • Donate gently used items of furniture, clothing, shoes, toys, books, household and other various items to be sold in our Thrift Stores. The sales generated from our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg help to keep our programs operational. Items sold in the Thrift Stores also give families and individuals on tight budgets the opportunity to buy “new” things needed for everyday living without doing damage to their budget.
  • Donate food items for our pantry. We use a lot of food at The Hope Center. We provide several free meals a day to our residents and daily guests. In addition to meals served, we operate a food bank where hungry neighbors can receive food for their homes at no cost. Therefore, keeping our pantry stocked is very important. Helping us by purchasing items like peanut butter, coffee, sugar, cereals, canned fruits and vegetables and other items is a huge blessing.
  • Volunteer your free time to one of our ministries. There are many ways to get involved. From helping to clean, paint, build, sort, teach, serve or entertain, there are so many interesting options available to you to help make a difference one-on-one in our community.
  • Shop in our Thrift Stores. Sometimes you just need some items at a low price. We can help. If you find yourself heading to second-hand shops, come to ours! When you purchase from our stores, you’re helping to feed the hungry or provide a hot shower to the homeless. And when you’re finished with your items, re-donate them so someone else can use them! We have two Thrift Store locations in Hagerstown and Chambersburg.
  • Pray. Pray. Pray. No matter what else you can do to help, please pray. This is the most important. God hears the cries of His people. He helps His people. But if we fail to pray, then we are failing to believe. We can’t do this alone. We need God’s help and guidance. Join us in praying for our ministry, our staff and volunteers and especially all the precious lives who will seek help at The Hope Center.

We can’t rely on the government or really any other human entity. Only God can faithfully provide. He always has and He always will.

Thank you for working with us to keep our programs running. In times of uncertainty it’s important that our community knows that we are here to help and we aren’t stopping for any reason.

For more information on how you can get involved in any way, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

We’re Always Open to Help People in Need

Since 1955, The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission as been helping people in need in multiple ways.

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Some people think that we are just an alcohol & drug rehabilitation facility. Others think that we just give food to the hungry. There are some who think we just provide housing to the homeless.

All of those assumptions are correct! We are a multi-faceted facility that is geared to providing free assistance to many different people in many different situations.


From providing overnight shelter to homeless men, to supplying hungry families with bags of groceries, to helping desperate men overcome their addictions, to providing free lunches and dinners to hungry neighbors, to hosting free summer day camps for at-risk kids, The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission works hard everyday, all year long to meet the needs of those who need help.

And we provide all of these services free of charge and without any tax-payer funding. You read that right. We do not take any tax money from the government. All of our support is provided by faithful friends and supporters in the community. From churches, to individuals, to social clubs and local businesses, our facility is all about neighbors helping neighbors.

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Camp Wild is a free day camp for four weeks of the summer for at-risk kids in Hagerstown and surrounding communities. Your gift helps to keep this camp free for hundreds of kids in the Hub City.

When you purchase anything from one of our Thrift Stores* in Hagerstown or Chambersburg, you’ve helped to provide a much needed service to someone in need. The funds generated from sales in our stores help to keep our facility free for anyone, day or night, all year long.


Since 1955, we’ve been here. Providing shelter to the homeless. Providing food to the hungry. Providing help to the addicted. Providing hope to the desperate.

As we are currently experiencing extremely cold temperatures, please know that our doors are always open to provide a hot meal, a warm shower and a comfortable bed to someone in need.

And with your continued support we are able to do this work tomorrow, and the next day and the next. Thank you for shopping at our Thrift Stores. Thank you for donating your gently used clothing, furniture & household items. Thank you for volunteering your time. Thank you for your financial support. And thank you for your prayers.

For more info about how you can help support the many programs at The Hope Center, how you can get involved as a volunteer, or how you can donate food items or gently used items, please call 301.739.1165, email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or go to www.hagerstownrescue.org.

*We have two Thrift Stores for your shopping convenience. Our Hagerstown store is located on the corner of Church & Walnut streets and is open from 9am-5pm, Monday thru Saturday. Our Chambersburg store is located at 64 S. Main Street and is open from 8:30am-4:15pm, Monday thru Saturday.