Thursday, January 6, 2011
By now you’ve all heard of the homeless man with the golden radio voice, Ted Williams. (To view the YouTube video that started it all, click here.) In just a few days he’s gone from panhandling to becoming an internet sensation with prestigious job offers pouring in.
Ted’s amazing turn of events, not to mention his humble and charismatic personality, has inspired an instant and growing fan base.
Interview with CBS’ The Early Show
Now Ted’s second chance at life is inspiring other gifted homeless people, including Salvation Army clients. In Minneapolis, Stu and Laporsha are both talented and educated individuals who never expected to be homeless, but they have hope that they will be able to once again get back on their feet, just like Ted.
Fox 9 spoke with them about how The Salvation Army is helping them pursue their own second chances:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Who said there’s nothing good on TV these days? A reality show is the surprising inspiration for the latest Salvation Army initiative in Miami.
In the style of NBC’s “Biggest Loser,” men from The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Miami are competing to drop some serious pounds. As the ARC program helps them control their addictions, the friendly competition helps them gain control of their overall physical health!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Today is National Thrift Store Day! What are you going to do to celebrate?
How about donating to or visiting a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store?
If you’ve been meaning to get rid of those extra clothes, books, and clutter taking up space in your house, today’s the perfect day to do it.
Or maybe you need to do some back to school shopping for your child’s clothes or dorm room essentials.
Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores provide a convenient way to recycle new or gently used items and our discounted prices are wallet-friendly, both great benefits for you and your family.
But your support of our Thrift Stores also significantly helps people in need!
Sales from our stores fund Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers where men and women can find treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, as well as learn life and employment skills that prepare them to re-enter society and the job market.
All great reasons to celebrate. Happy National Thrift Store Day!
Friday, June 25, 2010
The styles below look like they were ripped from the pages of a high-end fashion magazine…
But would you believe the models featured are all wearing clothes that were donated to The Salvation Army?
In Argentina, the local Salvation Army teamed up with ad agency JWT Argentina and five of the country’s top fashion designers to put together these stunning outfits, blowing away conventional ideas of thrift store style!
The goal of The Salvation Army Argentina’s “Sr. Amor” campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of recycling clothes through donation and resale, which benefits both people in need and the environment.
The pieces pictured above were auctioned off earlier this month with the funds raised going to support The Salvation Army.
Now don’t let Argentina have all the fun. Visit our site www.satruck.org to learn more about donating clothes and other items to The Salvation Army. Your generous gifts donated to our Family Thrift Stores willsupport the work of our Adult Rehabilitation Centers. You could look around stores to see if you find some new inspiring treasures for yourself!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
About 80 men were rescued by boat from a Nashville Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) when the recent Tennessee flood waters rose so high they reached the first floor of the Center’s ceilings. Since then the men have been staying at a Community Center, and despite the difficulties they’ve faced during the devastating storm, they broke out into spontaneous worship during dinner last night!
From watching this video you’d never guess they just lost their housing and endured such difficult events. This is an encouraging testimony to their enduring hope and what a great ministry the ARC program has been.
More than half the men have already committed to continuing their rehab program with The Salvation Army in Memphis as Nashville recovers from the massive flooding.
Thank you to Jonathan Haskill from The Salvation Army in Knoxville who shot this video! For firsthand updates of our ongoing efforts in Nashville, visit Nashville’s blog at salarmynashville.wordpress.com.
Monday, April 12, 2010
A few weeks ago we told you about Noah’s ARC Interior Design Challenge, in which student designers used recycled items to create inspired, themed rooms within several California Salvation Army Family Thrift stores .
Below are a few photos that may look like they’re from a high end home store magazine, but believe it or not, they are some of the amazing rooms the students staged with items they found in the Thrift stores! The contest is running from April 10 to April 24, at the end of which the student team with the most inspired design will be honored, and a silent auction will be held for the furniture and decorative pieces used in the challenge. Proceeds will help financially support The Salvation Army’s local Adult Rehabilitation Center which provides no-cost drug and alcohol treatment for the people who need it.
For more photos and information, visit The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Flickr page here and their Expect Change blog.
And be sure to leave us a comment about which is your favorite design!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
There’s an old saying that goes, “A good deed is its own reward.” But who’s to say that you shouldn’t get some extra encouragement for an act of goodwill? Phillips-Van Heusen, one of the world’s largest apparel companies, is partnering with the Salvation Army to recognize your altruistic acts.
For in-kind donations you contribute between April 1 and May 31 to select Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, you will be thanked with a $10 gift certificate to any Phillips-Van Heusen, IZOD, or Bass retail stores. Participating Salvation Army stores will provide you with a dated receipt for your generous donations and a coupon to redeem for your next shopping trip.
The goal of the campaign is to help replenish stock at Salvation Army Thrift and Family Stores, some of which have seen dwindling donations during the economic downturn. Proceeds from sales at these stores directly support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) where more than 300,000 men and women receive treatment for drug and alcohol addictions each year.
The Salvation Army operates a network of more than 1,300 thrift and family stores nationwide. These stores accept gently used donations of furniture, clothing, household appliances, automobiles and other items which are then re-sold to the general public. All gifts are tax-deductible and go to support Salvation Army programs and services in the local community. For more information or to find your local store, please visit www.satruck.org or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
If you haven’t been to the grand opening of the new Esprit flagship clothing store in NY City, you’ll want to get there ASAP. If you’ve already been, chances are you left pretty happy!
Today, March 5, through tomorrow, March 6, Esprit is hosting their ‘Love It & Leave It’ campaign, meaning you could be one of many lucky customers who pick out an outfit you absolutely love, try on, and take home for free! All you have to do is leave something you’re wearing. This trade sounds MORE than fair!
And what happens to the item you bid adieu? Esprit will donate everything they receive to The Salvation Army, where your clothes will embark on their second life at our Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, and the proceeds from their sales will directly support our Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) (See? The good just continues to snowball!).
Get a little bonus for yourself while doing some good, and help Esprit support a great cause. Details are below, and you can also visit their Love It & Leave It website, as well as their facebook page. For more information about The Salvation Army, visit our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Monday, March 22, 2010
It is officially spring, and what better way to celebrate than to roll up your sleeves for a vigorous round of spring cleaning?
Ok, so there are probably better ways to enjoy the season, but whether you are a clean freak or deathly allergic to brooms, The Salvation Army can help you in your clutter-clearing efforts by taking unwanted or unused items off your hands!
And as additional encouragement, it may help to know that your generous donations to The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores support our Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) which are completely funded through the sales of Family Store donated items.
If you need even further encouragement, we’ve tried to make it as convenient as possible by offering multiple ways to donate:
* In Person – Drop off your belongings to a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store
* Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK – Schedule a pickup at your home by phone
* Visit www.satruck.org – Schedule a pickup at your home by going online (Scheduling over the internet is not available in some areas.)
So gather up all those things that you’ve been “meaning to get rid of” and send them over to your local Salvation Army store, where an item worth a few dollars and cents becomes invaluable in restoring the life someone in need! Just ask James and many others like him:
Friday, March 19, 2010
If reality TV is any sort of indicator, Americans love the idea of designing, remodeling, and creating, especially when it come to our homes! Well, instead of turning on your TV for the latest DIY episode, head to The Salvation Army.
In Orange County, California, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores are partnering with the local American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter to host the Noah’s ARC Design Challenge (learn more on their Facebook page)!
Students from local interior design colleges will showcase their talents at 5 select Salvation Army Family Stores, demonstrating the art of incorporating donated (recycled) home furnishings into well-designed living spaces.
Each store will decorate a 12 x 12 area in the assigned genre of eclectic, mid-century modern, beachside, antique, or Mediterranean decorative styles. There will be a friendly competition for best room design among the 4 designer teams, plus the room items will be sold by silent auction bid! All proceeds benefit the Anaheim Adult Rehabilitative Center (ARC) program which provides free rehabilitation services for up to 140 men and 28 women at a time.
The designer rooms will be displayed April 10-April 24 with the silent auction taking place on Saturday, April 24, so if you’re in the area, you have 2 full weeks to take advantage of this opportunity to:
• Discover new ideas for how to integrate thrift store items into your favorite home decor style
• Learn about the latest trends and designer tips for decorating with recycled items
• Meet the student designers at the stores on Saturday, April 10th
• Participate in silent auction bid for unique and affordable room items
So take a glance at the list below and see which store(s) you want to visit as our aspiring young designers show off their creative prowess and reveal all the potential that lies within your home and our Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores’ aisles! And if you don’t live in the California area, we’ll let you know if similar events pop up elsewhere around the country!
Noah’s ARC Design Challenge Participating Salvation Army Stores:
• Anaheim West (Eclectic Style)
3150 W Lincoln
• Costa Mesa (Mid-Century Modern Focus)
2126 Harbor Blvd.
• Huntington Beach (Beachside Theme)
17362 Beach Blvd
• Orange (Antique)
180 S Tustin
• San Clemente (Mediterranean Decorative)
2727 Via Cascadita