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Reach of Washington County is a faith-based, non-profit organization birthed in 1990 when a group of compassionate people agreed to make themselves available 24 hours a day for emergencies such as motel placements for homeless families, food, prescription medication and more.

We have come a long way since those humble beginnings. We now partner with the faith community to operate a year-round Day Resource Center where county residents facing housing crises or having other urgent needs can come for resources, referrals and a listening ear. With the help of local faith groups and more than 1000 volunteers we run a Cold Weather Shelter for homeless adults complete with case management to help clients move from homelessness to self sufficiency. And the original 24-Hour Crisis program continues to address urgent housing needs that arise after our normal office hours.

For more details about each of these programs,click on the green “Our Services” tab above.

“When Helping Hurts” Discussion

Event Date/Location: 5:30pm, November 11, at Concordia Lutheran Church (17906 Garden Lane, Hagerstown)

Last year the Reach staff and a few board members read and discussed “When Helping Hurts” and gained great insight and understanding by discussing together what we read. The concepts we learned are reshaping our interactions with those in poverty.

We are pleased to announce that Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) is launching a year-long “When Helping Hurts” initiative in partnership with HUB NETwork in an effort to help us re-think the way we do “charity.” We encourage you to come to the kick-off meeting and participate in the round-table discussions based on topics from “When Helping Hurts” and similar books “Toxic Charity” and “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good.”

A light dinner will be provided and a collection will be taken to cover the cost of the meal. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, November 7 to

Click When Helping Hurts for a summary you can read before attending the first meeting. Even better — buy the book and jump in!

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