Did you know that The Hope Center is Hagerstown's oldest continually operating homeless shelter?
Our doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, since 1955. Our emergency shelter gives men a safe place to stay. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have accommodations for women and children. Call us at 301-739-1165 to get information about shelters that can house women.
Check in: 5pm daily
Location: Main residential building
Services offered: shower with complimentary toiletries, evening meal, and bedding.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our overnight shelter ministry. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call us at 301-739-1165.
When I stay at The Hope Center shelter, do I have to leave the property during the day?
Yes, unfortunately, at this time, we do not have enough space to accommodate day guests. In addition, we encourage people staying here to be out looking for work and actively pursuing ways out of homelessness.
Do you help people find jobs?
We post job information on a bulletin board. We will point you to other organizations specializing in helping people gain employment.
Do you have a place where I can store my belongings so I don't have to carry them all over town?
Unfortunately, we currently have no place to store your belongings due to limited space. We recommend you come with minimum belongings. Backpack size is optimal.
Is there someplace in town where I can get meals?
While a guest at The Hope Center, you are provided three free meals a day. This allows you to save your money for your future housing needs. In addition to The Hope Center, a few other places in Hagerstown serve meals.
Do you allow people to come there from jail, prison, or on parole?
Yes, we know that many people being released have nowhere to go, and we, like Jesus, do not discriminate due to your past. If you are on parole from another county, we will ask you to communicate with your current agent and have them seek a transfer before coming to stay here.
Can I bring a vehicle?
You may bring your vehicle and park it here overnight, but it must be off-property during the day. If you have a special circumstance, you may request a short-term exception.
Do you have private rooms?
Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we do not have private rooms. Overnight guests sleep in an open area, and cots/mattresses are given out each night.
How long can I stay?
Guests can stay for up to thirty (30) days if they follow our rules. Furthermore, they may request two (2) one-week extensions. Extensions are granted on a case by case basis.
What about in the winter months?
The stay can be longer in the winter, but we still encourage everyone to seek long-term work and housing during their stay.
Do I have to attend religious services?
Yes, there is a ten (10) minute devotional before Soup Line (lunch) and an hour-long service before the evening meal. Refusal to attend will cause you to miss a meal or even lose the privilege of staying.