Bidding farewell to their beautiful home on Pen Mar Mountain for the last time, Jim and Ellen Resh and their five children had no idea they were embarking on an adventure that would span four decades and four generations. They did know that God had called their family to start a rescue mission on Jail Alley-the worst slum section in Hagerstown, Maryland. Many friends said they were crazy as they moved into a dingy apartment and began taking in homeless, alcoholic men. Today the once-tiny mission has expanded into a complex of ministries reaching into four states, wth a TV outreach across the United States and into the former Soviet Union. At a time when when many families are falling apart, this family has grown strong by service to others. The metamorphosis that has taken place in the Union Rescue Mission since the time it first opened its doors is nothing short of miraculous. Some things, however, remain the same. There is always love, nourishing food, a hot shower and a clean bed for any man in need. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is still proclaimed without reservation or hesitation.
The sign-that blessed sign- is still there: "If you haven't a friend in the world, you have one here." Hagerstown Mayor Steve Sager said, of the Resh family's ministry: "They're here to help the least, the last, and the lost."