125 N. Prospect St.

Hagerstown, MD 21740


215 W. Church Street

Hagerstown, MD 21740



P.O. Box 685

Hagerstown, MD 21741


Mon - Fri 8:15am - 2pm

Office is closed daily from 11:30am - 12:15pm

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“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

Our mission is to bring HOPE back into the lives of men, women & children in our community by providing a broad spectrum of services to young and old. These services include feeding the hungry, emergency shelter and long-term programs for men, family assistance, outreach ministries to children, and women's Bible studies. The purpose of our services and programs is to give both the physical and spiritual needs of people from all walks of life.

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

Join our Hope Center Team

Feeling the call from God to help bring hope to Hagerstown? Great! We've currently hiring for the positions listed below. If you're interested please contact us at 301.739.1165 or

Wildside Assistant

We're currently looking for an assistant to the Director of Wildside Youth. Wildside is our youth program for kids ages 5-12 who prodominately reside in downtown neighborhoods and communities in Hagerstown. Wildside hosts monthly themed parties, Sunday Night Wild, and The Crew during the school year. Each summer Wildside hosts Camp Wild for four weeks. To learn more about Wildside please click this button:

Job Details:

  • Part time (16 hours during school year and 35-40 hours per week in summer)

  • Strong communication skills required

  • Excellent organization skill needed

  • Must have a valid drivers license in good standing

  • Aid in strategic planning

  • Update and maintain database

  • Log and report volunteer hours

  • Coordinate van routes for events

  • Assist in set up/tear down of Wildside events, Camp Wild, etc.

  • Assist Director in all areas including van driving, teaching, etc.

For more info or to apply for this position please call 301.739.1165 or email

Truck Driver

We’re looking for a safe, courteous driver to make deliveries and pickups to the public. Other responsibilities include making weekly trash run to the dump and moving items from building to building on The Hope Center campus.

Job details:

  • Part time (20-28 hours/week)

  • Class A driver’s license in good standing

  • No serious tickets or accidents in the past 5 years

  • No DUI/DWI in the last 10 years

  • Commercial driving experience required

  • Must be a person of integrity, trustworthy, have good character and pleasant personality

  • Maintain high standard of personal hygiene relative to appearance and clothing

  • Good communication skills

  • Able to lead and have good time management

  • Must be able to lift heavy items (furniture – couches, love seats, etc.)

  • Must be available to work some Saturdays

Would you rather volunteer? Excellent! Our volunteers are a vital part of our ministry. If you're interested in volunteering please click this link to learn more about volunteer opportunities