Released 7 April 2014
Cleaning Homes and Hearts with The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation
Spring 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
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."
After 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
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
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 satruck.org/donate-goods.