During the holiday season, many revel in the joy of giving in the form of donating clothing or other household items to help those in need. With so many options out there, it may be difficult to decide which organization to donate to. Few realize that by donating to the Salvation Army they are helping out countless families in unimaginable ways.
As of February 2014, the Salvation Army opened its new Adult Rehabilitation Center in North Las Vegas. At this residential treatment center, men and women who are battling addiction get access to free counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation that literally changes their lives and the lives of their families.
One such beneficiary of the program named Sue credits the Salvation Army with bringing her back together with her children, just in time to be there for the birth of her grandson. Even though resident beneficiaries are not allowed to leave the campus during treatment, she was granted a pass to be with her daughter during the emergency C-section. Sue credits the Salvation Army’s rehabilitation program with making it possible for her to mend her relationship with her daughter.
“I never dreamed I could have this close of a relationship with my mother,” says Annie, another of the program’s residents, who took a break from her duties in the processing warehouse to talk with me. She is set to graduate from the program in the next few weeks.
All beneficiaries of the program work in the processing warehouse as part of their treatment and to help with the costs of the program. The entire facility, which provides free treatment, housing, food, clothing, and medical care to its beneficiaries is funded solely by donations. Most of the donations are sold in the Salvation Army thrift store, but that is only the tip of the iceberg.
Clothing accounts for the bulk of received donations, but not all of it is fit for sale in the stores. If an item is deemed unworthy for the store, it is bailed into huge blocks which are then sold overseas. Occasionally, brand name designer clothes are donated and sold at rock bottom prices in the boutique section of the store.
Electronics are also frequently donated. Before they are sold in the Salvation Army store, however, they are inspected to make sure that everything works. Television sets, if they’re broken, could potentially become a liability. Disposal of TV sets can be costly, but luckily and true to their efficient form, the center has found a local man who has agreed to take the broken sets off of their hands for free. He breaks apart the TV sets and recycles the components.
Nothing goes to waste at the processing center. Metal parts are stripped from items that cannot be sold and recycled; crates of random items are auctioned off daily; pretty much nothing is ever thrown away.
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
The Adult Rehabilitation Center is located at 411 Judson Ave.
For more information about the ARC, visit them at their official website.
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