Do You Know About The ARC’s?

You may have seen the Today Show Tag Sale Auction that we promoted over the weekend. Thanks to risky bidders, generous supporters, and big-spenders, The Salvation Army raised almost $10,000 which will help fund The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC).

Most people don’t think of rehab when they think of The Salvation Army. In fact, it’s safe to say that most people only associate The Salvation Army with red kettles and thrift stores. When talking with folks about the plethora of Salvation Army programs available, listeners are always pleasantly surprised.

For over 100 years, The Salvation Army has been helping those afflicted with drug and alcohol addictions. In fact, The Salvation Army thrift stores exist solely to fund the ARC’s! With 119 locations across the country, the centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance, without discrimination, to adults who have lost their ability to cope with life and provide for themselves.

What makes The Salvation Army ARC’s stand out from other rehabilitation centers is that ARC program participants are cured in the only lasting way – through spiritual awakening. They discover a personal relationship with God, a deeper meaning to their existence, and a foundation of values. They leave treatment with a better understanding of their fallible nature but also surety and trust in God’s promise of salvation. In short, participants graduate with an understanding that God is the only true source for lasting change and happiness.

The inspiration behind this blog post came from an ARC success story that was posted on www.SouthernSpiritOnline.org.

Addicted to drugs, Justin was given one more chance to turn his life around through treatment. By means of his probation officer, Justin was admitted to The Salvation Army ARC of Jacksonville, Florida. While undergoing treatment and counseling with over 100 other men, he was inspired to be like them – grateful, happy, and full of joy and love for God. In six months of rehabilitation, Justin found his faith. Although his life has been at times tumultuous, he feels that God led him to his current career – Christian Counseling – through all of his life experiences, particularly that of his placement at the ARC.

Read about Justin’s Journey with The Salvation Army here.

Your donations and purchases at Salvation Army thrift stores could save a life. For ways that you can support The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, please visit www.satruck.org.

Click here to read more success stories from other graduates of The Salvation Army ARC’s.

10 Comments on “Do You Know About The ARC’s?

  1. My son was just put out on the street after showing significant and excellent progress at the ARC in Grand Rapids. No one will listen to his side of the story. He was apparently being punished for speaking with a female resident outside of the facility. They put him out on the street! No home, no food, no money. He was doing quite well and he is given no second chance. What type of organization does this. Unbelievable. He was doing the program and was there over a month. I just cannot believe that this happened, and I am too far away and unable to do anything. He needs help more than anything right now and he is not getting it. These are the stories that need to be told. These are things that need to stop happening.

  2. Linda, I am terribly sorry to hear about this. I’d really like to pass on your comments to the Grand Rapids ARC to try to dig deeper and get some answers. It seems very wrong that they would kick him out on a first offense, though, it seems unclear as to what that first offense actually was.

    Would you mind sending me the name of your son, your contact info as well as the above paragraph to our Media Relations team to follow up with the ARC directly?

    Please email: MediaRelations@USN.SalvationArmy.org. Thanks, Linda. I hope we can help resolve this.

  3. I believe this is a wonderful program and I thought the program was working out so good for my son. He has 4 months into the program staying clean and sober at the Phoenix ARC. I found out yesterday that he was kicked out for laughing and having to much fun and I guess they think he is not taking the program serious enough and is just wasting bed space. You know, I can understand rules…but WHY would he be kicked out for this? WHY don’t they help him work through this bump in the road. He NEEDS HELP…that’s why he checked himself into the program. These men are not mentally sound and need guidance. After 4 months he felt like he was at home there…he called it home…and probably got a little “too comfortable”? He said to me on the phone the day before he was kicked out that he was put on restriction for this…and felt that they were wanting him to just leave on his own. He wanted to stay…he wanted to finish…he wanted the help. He told me he didn’t want to be in a place where he wasn’t welcomed. How horrible to feel unwanted by a place that is supposed to be helping you. I am devastated. He was addicted to heroin and other things. And I was told he can’t go back for 6 month.

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  6. My fiance who is also the father of my child was kicked out of the ARC program in Jacksonville, Florida for going to the store and getting a soda for a friend that couldn’t leave. Apparently the friend had a foodstamp card and told my fiance to just use that. Well he did and it got him kicked out because they found out and told him he had to leave and couldn’t come back. He has nowhere to go. He can’t come to my home because before he went into the ARC program he got into trouble at our residence and there is a no contact order for our address. I don’t know where he is right now and I am scared for him. How can a program that is suppose to help someone just kick them out on the streets? He wasn’t even given a restriction or a second chance. But they let people who bring in heavy drugs, and people who use other peoples urine to pass a drug test stay there? It makes no sense. He was 3 months into the program and the day before he was kicked out they asked him to be a mentor. I don’t get it.

  7. My boyfriend was kicked out for opening a can of health drink and it sprayed on another person. Since the other person was a 3 time offensive they kicked both of them out. Evidently, you can get kicked out for any reason…sounds more like a FEMA camp than a supportive refuge for treatment.

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  10. My bf is currently in the ARC program, he’s been in over a month. Doing well, following the rules, had positive attitude about keeping sober and had grown closer to the Lord. I see great changes in him, he went in on his own & I pray he finishes the entire 6 months…… great program!

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