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Until then, here are quick facts about the Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission:

-The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission was started in 1955 in an old dance hall on Jail Alley in Hagerstown

-Jim & Ellen Resh were called by God to start this outreach even though their own families were opposed it

-Jim & Ellen moved their 5 children from a farm outside of Hagerstown to begin working with drunks

-The name of the ministry has changed throughout the years. It's been known as the Union Rescue Mission, Hagerstown Union Rescue Mission, Rescue Mission, Hagerstown Rescue Mission and the current Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission

-The average age and type of person being helped at the Hope Center has changed during the years too. In 1955 most people that were reached were middle-aged alcoholic men. Now the average age is 20's-30's and are guys addicted to both drugs and alcohol.

-The Hope Center has had a long history of reaching kids and teens. Conoco Camp, now Camp Wild, was started in the 1970's. There was also an afterschool program called the Lighthouse Kids Club. It's now known as Wildside Kids. There was also a teen ministry called YouthQuake (directed by current Executive Director Sonny Shank & wife Becky). It was revived in the 2000's as Extreme Impact and has now become Wildside Extreme.

-The Hope Center was started as an outreach ministry to helping get drunk men off the streets. It's now become a multifaceted ministry with outreaches geared specifically for the homeless, men, women & kids.

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