Workers inside Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center

How The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers work

Every day in America, over 6,500 people are hospitalized for substance abuse. The Salvation Army is where those facing addiction of any kind find the cure.

“We’re a spiritual recovery program, all funded through store and recycling and dependent on in-kind donations from donors. Grace is a big thing here. We need the strength only God can provide. The stores make it happen, but the focus is on what we produce spiritually.” —Major Grady Brown, Commander of the Adult Rehabilitation Centers in the Western U.S.

The Salvation Army opened its first “cheap food and shelter establishment” in the U.S. on Dec. 23, 1891, calling it “Our New York Lighthouse.” Thirty-six men were given food and shelter in exchange for the promise of two hours work in the morning—washing dishes, cleaning up, or chopping and sawing firewood. This premise developed into the The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) program, which today provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance to men and women—with no government funding.

Each year, The Salvation Army equips over 150,000 people to:

Combat Addiction through holistic work therapy, group and individual counseling sessions, spiritual direction and life-skills development.

Regain Health and Stability by developing a personal relationship with God as provided by Jesus Christ. Many residents learn to depend on God, rather than an addiction, for hope and relief. 

Build Work and Social Skills through physical and spiritual components of the program. Members prepare to provide for themselves and others as they set and maintain sustainable employment goals.

Restore Families as many who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and are able to resume healthy daily routines. 

Family Store sales help fund rehabilitation programs that assist people in finding recovery.

When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at Family Stores. Your donations and thrift shop finds help men and women get their lives back. You give kids their parents back.

Those in recovery find:

  • Residential housing 
  • Holistic work therapy 
  • Group and individual counseling
  • Spiritual direction

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