“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord; thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a HOPE.” Jeremiah 29:11


Giving shelter to the homeless

Giving hope to the addicted

Giving food to the hungry


Giving God all the glory


Letter from our

Executive Director,

Bruce Shank

In the classic hymn, Rescue the Perishing, by Fannie Crosby, the first verse reads:

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave.

Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen

Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

Rescue the perishing.

What a challenge to each one of us!

The world has a way of chewing people up and spitting them out - leaving them broken, destitute, and without hope. They are perishing with only sin and the grave to look forward to.

In chapter 4 of the book of Jonah, God spoke of those who are perishing when He said, "They cannot discern between their right hand and their left." Paul puts it another way in 2nd Timothy 2 when he says that they "have been taken captive by the devil to do his will."

Blinded to the truth they cannot discern their right hand from their left - right from wrong.

God has uniquely positioned The Hope Center to rescue those who are perishing and those who have fallen. The services provided by The Hope Center give relief and comfort to these men, women and children - while sharing with them the hope and freedom that can be found in Jesus Christ.

Some will see there is something about this Jesus - the only One who can transform their lives and bring true freedom - and they will begin a relationship with Him. A number of men will choose to make lasting changes in their lives by enrolling in our 13-month life recovery program, Foundations. Many, however, will take the relief and comfort and move on; but all will have been touched in some way by the love of Christ.

Your resources, your time, your talents and your prayers enable The Hope Center to be a lighthouse in our community where those who are perishing and without hope can be rescued and have renewed hope through the message of the Gospel.

Thank you for being an instrument of HOPE!

Serving with you,

Bruce L. "Sonny" Shank

Executive Director

For every man, woman and child  - HOPE for the future.

Our prayer for each individual - the desire for a life filled with hope through the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are looking optimistically to the future, and as we look ahead God has given us a vision for expanded programs and services such as:

  • A shelter for women

  • A long term program for women

  • Day program for transients (homeless)

  • Renovation/expansion of our kitchen and dining facilities

  • Expanding Camp Wild to include electricity, plumbing and buildings at the camp site

  • A new facility outside of Hagerstown for our 13-month program for men

Our Vision:

Hope for the Future

Our Mission

Since 1955 the mission of The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission is to offer help for today and hope for tomorrow by providing programs and services to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women, and children.

Our vision: lives filled with hope through the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Our Core Values



  • Christian Board & Staff who adhere to our Statement of Faith

  • Presenting the Gospel through Christ-centered programs


  • Operating according to the highest moral, ethical & Christian standards


  • Using innovative programs & services to respond to the total needs of our guests, to help them become Godly persons of integrity, responsibility & commitment


  • Committed to a standard of excellence that honors Jesus through:

  1. Competent and caring Staff & Board Members

  2. The design and implementation of effective programs and services

  3. Clean, well-maintained facilities that are a model to the community

  4. Sound business practices


  • Committed to good stewardship through contemporary programs, accountability & sound fiscal management