Yo Ho, Matey! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Everyone loves a pirate and a lot of us would love to be one. But unless you work at Disney World, talking like a pirate on a regular basis might draw some funny looks. Fortunately for all the wannabe scallywags out there, there are two days out of the year where it’s absolutely ok to be a pirate – and one of those days is today! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

And the second pirate day, you ask? Well it’s our annual Rock the Run 5K: Pirates vs Princess! One Saturday a year Fairgrounds Park is overrun by pirates, princesses, knights, mermaids, and more running for fun and a great cause.

RTR Pirate Princess

On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, anyone and everyone can dress up, act, and run like a pirate! This is your chance to show your pirate side and raise money for a great cause – helping us combat homelessness and hunger in Hagerstown.

We’re currently in the beginning stages of renovating our kitchen, dining, and pantry areas at The Hope Center. Our kitchen feeds hundreds of men, women, and kids a year. Meals are served to anyone in the community who is hungry – no matter age or housing status. But because of how many people we serve, we need to improve and expand our food services area. With a brand new, up-to-date kitchen, larger dining room and more efficient pantry, we’ll be able to help make sure no one in Hagerstown and the surrounding area are ever without something to eat.

Our sponsors and every person who registers to participate in our Rock the Run 5K: Pirates vs Princess will be a part of helping to feed the hungry in our community.


And who says helping those in need can’t be fun? That’s why we encourage each participant to dress up and invite their family and friends to join them. We even have a 1 mile Kids Fun Run for the smaller buccaneers in your family! From our photo booth, to kids activities, themed music and more, Rock the Run 5K: Pirates vs Princess is a legitimate race for hope with a fun twist.

So go ahead and mark your calendars now! Saturday, April 27th, 2019, at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. For more info about our 5K please visit http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com.

So to all you scallywags out there surrounded by landlubbers, happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! And we’ll see you and your best Jack Sparrow inspired self at Rock the Run this April!



Winter Weather Advisory

As winter plans another punch to the gut this week, we have a couple of announcements to make regarding winter weather at The Hope Center.

winter street

First, if you are a ticket holder for our Ladies’ Auxiliary Dessert Gala event, please keep checking with us about the status of the event. As of this moment, we are still having the Dessert Gala. As we watch the weather reports and assess the situation, we’ll make the decision to cancel or not. If you have any questions regarding our Dessert Gala, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@Verizon.net.


Second, if the wintery weather makes road travel dangerous, our donation trucks will not pick-up donations as scheduled. If you have items to donate and have already scheduled a pick-up for Thursday or Friday, our office will notify you if we are cancelling the pick-up for the day. If you don’t receive a phone call from our office, our trucks will be operating on a normal schedule. If, by chance, the storm does force us to cancel pick-ups, our office will work with you to reschedule a new pick-up time.

Soupline crowd 6

Third, if you know of anyone who is struggling and could use some hot food, especially if schools are closed, please remind them that our Soup Line lunch is free and open everyday at 1pm. Even if our Thrift Store is closed, our kitchen stays open. Please spread the word to anyone who could benefit from hot food and good company. Our Soup Line is free for anyone of any age. Please be at our main building by 12:55pm for Soup Line.


Fourth, if you know of any man who is without housing or warm shelter, please bring them to our overnight facility. We provide free showers with toiletries and a comfortable place to sleep. We offer dinner and breakfast if the men are hungry. We don’t want anyone to be out in this horrible snow storm. Please refer them to The Hope Center or bring them to our facilities. Check-in for overnight guests begins at 5:30pm in our main residence building.

For any other questions about winter related cancellations, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@Verizon.net. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with any weather-related cancellations and other announcements.