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Changed Lives

These stories are just a sampling of the incredible lives that God has changed at The Hope Center! Thanks to your prayers and support, hundreds to thousands of men, women and kids have been able to receive food assistance, housing, clothing and spiritual counseling through the years at The Hope Center. And each day, we can see God working in the lives of so many people! We are able to reach many through our mulitiple outreach ministries and in the future we are hoping to expand our ministries and facilities to be able to reach many, many more for Christ! Check out our blog,, to see how God is clearly at work in the heart of Hagerstown. And just think, God is using you to help make a difference!!

From Abandonment to Abundant Joy

This is the story of Robert Smith

Abandoned as a baby in New York City, Robert had ample reason to question his worth and purpose in life. Thankfully, a loving elderly couple took him into their home and filled Robert's early years with stability and security.

And when they died- the only mother and father he had known- Robert was just a teenager, and found himself once again, entirely on his own.

He embarked on a series of moves that would take him from New York to Washington, D.C., and eventually to Hagerstown. Hopping from job to job - and relationship to relationship - he eventually got into drugs and alcohol.

He thought he could function as an addict, but soon his world caved in.

Down, then up, then down once more

Unemployed, homeless, and at rock bottom, he checked into a recovery program in Washington, D.C. Completing the program, Robert stayed clean and sober for over a decade. Life was good.

Without really knowing how to deal with difficult aspects of his life - Robert started using again. However, he did not want to live the life of an addict. Less than a month later, Robert came to the Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission.

"This is where you need to be"

His plan: to stay one month. God's plan: considerably longer. "This is where you need to be," Robert felt God saying. And so he stayed.

Today, Robert is free from drugs and alcohol, and he can't believe his new life: a strong marriage, a good job, and a church home.

"God answered all my prayers," Robert shares.

Because of faithful supporters of the Hope Center, Robert can say with confidence, "My time here at the Hope Center gave me the solid foundation I needed to live for go back into society and live the Christian life."


This is the story of Jose

Although he had given his heart and life to the Lord in 1991, Jose’ could not seem to break free from his addiction to drugs. Someone at a Rescue Mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania suggested that he come to The Hope Center for three months. However, when Jose’ arrived here in January 2011 he soon learned that our Foundations program is a 13-month program. Jose’ was prepared for a 3-month program, but he wasn’t sure if he could do 13 months!

But God began to work in his life and Jose’ now realizes that God’s timing is perfect. “It’s not about my timing, but it’s all about God’s timing. God has more work to do on me.” Jose’ will graduate from the program in January 2012 and is waiting on God for direction after graduation.

In the meantime, God is doing some great things in Jose’s life. He has been reunited with his sister whom he had not seen for 17 years. And just recently he and his sister, along with his nieces and nephew, went to New York for a reunion with their mother!

When asked what God has taught him since he has come here, Jose’ says, “You’ve got to keep moving forward. Never give up! It’s not easy because every day I still have to deal with myself – my human nature. But they teach us to focus on God and to consider what God has to say about every situation. I only want what God wants. My favorite verse is found in Philippians 1:6 and it says, ‘Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.’”

Jose’ is a life that has been radically changed because of the work God is doing here at The Hope Center! God can and does transform lives and we see that happening in all aspects of this ministry.

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