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Cleaning Homes and Hearts with The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center

Released 7 April 2014

Cleaning Homes and Hearts with The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Program

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Army Adult Rehabilitation Center of PhiladelphiaSpring has always been a season for fresh starts. The same season that brings warm weather and lush greenery out of their winter sleep brings us the opportunity to reorganize our lives and get a fresh start on the year through spring cleaning. But what if while you're getting your life in order through garage cleaning and closet organizing, you could give someone in need a fresh start of their own? What if recycling your smallest used possessions had the largest impact?

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center program (ARC) uses generously donated goods to fund programming that provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who struggle with alcohol and drug misuse, homelessness and other social issues that have cost them the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. The ARC's programming is made possible primarily through the sale of these donated goods at The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores. The program provides participants with the support needed for them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment.

"What we do is take the broken pieces of their life and help them put it back together," said Major John Cranford, administrator of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia. "We transfer them back into society effectively."

With more than 100 centers of this kind throughout the country, The Salvation Army asks that each participant makes an initial commitment of six months in the program. After a thorough initial assessment to determine the appropriate care for each individual, participants are offered a healthy living environment, food, individual and group counseling, spiritual direction, and resources to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God.

"The spiritual aspect of the program makes if different from others," said Major Cranford. "We work with the total individual; not only do we meet physical and emotional needs, but we meet their spiritual needs."

life. The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center of PhiladelphiaAfter participants are given the tools to independence and self-sufficiency, they are reunited with their families and resume a normal life. A shining example of the program's success is Jane. As a grandmother who came to The Salvation Army ARC program in her time of need, Jane triumphantly won her battle with addiction and has been heavily involved with the program ever since.

"My prayers were answered," said Jane. "Here was a place and haven, and an opportunity to start over. I'm so grateful The Salvation Army provided that opportunity."

So while you're freshening up those cluttered spaces this spring, consider donating gently used goods to give someone a fresh start. Even your smallest donations can go a long way towards leading someone down the road to recovery. To learn more about how you can donate your gently used goods to The Salvation Army's family thrift stores, visit

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