The Salvation Army is known for their thrift shops and holiday bell-ringers, but there is much more to the organization than one might expect. In the heart of North Las Vegas, just off of the I-15 freeway, exists the recently renovated Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. At this self-funded drug and alcohol rehabilitation, center anyone can receive full treatment for their addictions as well as learn new skills that will assist them in turning around their lives once and for all.
All that is required for entry into the program is a picture ID and a current tuberculosis screening. All services, room and board, and three meals and two snacks per day are provided to these beneficiaries at absolutely no cost to them. It is also possible for the beneficiaries to earn their GEDs while in the program. Because the facility is located across from a school and is in a residential area, the Salvartion Army does not admit anyone with a history of violent or sexual crimes.
The adult rehabilitation program has a success rate of 33%—compared to the national average for drug and alcohol rehabilitation of 11%. That is nothing to scoff at. The reason for their outstanding success rate is due to their four pronged approach. Everyone admitted into the program is given individual counseling and group therapy, spiritual counseling, and work experience.
The individual as well as the group counseling services, which are cognitive behavioral oriented, are rendered by licensed counselors. The counselors are hired from outside of the Salvation Army so that the mental health and rehabilitation treatment that the beneficiaries receive is of the same quality they would get at any privately run rehabilitation center. Like everything else, these services are provided completely free to the program’s beneficiaries.
Because the Salvation Army is a Christian organization, the spiritual side of the program is Christian oriented. However, anyone of any faith is welcomed into the program, and no one who enters treatment is required to convert or be baptized into Christianity.
In order to help with the cost of treatment, each person is allowed to work in the Salvation Army’s warehouse. This is where all of the donations are sorted, cleaned, repaired, priced and shipped to stores. Beneficiaries also keep the center’s grounds in good repair.
In addition to all of that, each beneficiary is taught to keep their living quarters clean and tidy. Emphasis is placed on teaching the beneficiaries to dress professionally and present themselves in a respectable manner. It has to be kept in mind that many of these people may have become accustomed to living on the streets prior to entering the program. These life skills help them to get jobs after they leave the program that they may not have thought possible before.
The Salvation Army lives up to their name; the program and warehouse are run in a manner reminiscent of a military facility. Cleanliness, respect, and discipline are values taught to all beneficiaries, and it shows. The entire building is kept immaculately clean, and it is difficult to tell the difference between outside employees and program beneficiaries. Everyone here works with a purpose and takes pride in their appearance and recovery. After visiting the facility, it is easy to see why they have such a high success rate.
For more information, visit them at their official website.
The Adult Rehabilitation Center is located at 411 Judson Ave.
They can also be reached by phone at (702) 399-2769.
If you would like to schedule a pickup for donation to the Salvation Army, call them at 1-800-SATRUCK or go the donation website at satruck.org
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