We’re excited to share that The Salvation Army launched a new mobile version of the organization’s Family Store site, www.SATRUCK.org that makes donating unwanted goods easier than ever. With a few clicks on your tablet or smart phone, the streamlined mobile site allows visitors to easily schedule a donation pick-up at their home or business, or [...]
Remember Christine Burton, the thrify fashionista regularly featured on the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog?
She’s back for the first time in 2012 with another great piece she found at her Salvation Army Family Store! And this time, she proves that you might find something at The Salvation Army not found at regular ol’ department stores.
It’s National Spring Cleaning Week! In celebration of the cleanest week of the year, the Huffington Post offered a handy list of 10 ways to de-clutter your closet. #8 on the list just happens to be “Get rid of unwanted junk.” I don’t know about you, but unseasonably warm weather over the weekend resulted in my [...]
Our friends in The Salvation Army Western Territory have a fabulous blog called Expect Change. Even if you don’t live the area, the blog’s known for featuring some really unique stories that anyone can enjoy.
Like their latest post about 16 year-old Meredith, a popular “beauty guru and vlogger” on YouTube, who recently posted a video about her fabulous fashion finds from her local Salvation Army thrift store.
Suffering throughout the world is a sad reality. Outside of the light of Christ, it’s easy to understand why some people attempt to squander feelings of depression and hopelessness by fueling their addictions.
Every day and by your help, employees of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers experience the joy of witnessing the transformation of these individuals. From darkness to light; dependency to sobriety, those who once had nothing now have everything because they have discovered faith and hope through their new life in Christ.
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 Salvation Army. In fact, it’s safe to say that most people only associate red kettles and thrift stores to The Salvation Army. When I talk with folks about the plethora of Salvation Army programs available, listeners are always pleasantly surprised.
They’re amazed to hear that The Salvation Army has been helping those afflicted with drug and alcohol addictions for over 100 years. 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 deeper understanding of their fallible nature but also surety and trust in God’s promise of salvation. 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. Through the positive six-month experience, 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 Justin’s inspiring full story here.
Your donations and purchases at Salvation Army thrift stores could potentially safe someone’s 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 graduates of The Salvation Army ARC’s.
Back in April we blogged about Sammy Davis, the cost-conscious fashionista from New York City. The stylist, writer, and thrifty shopper has proven herself to be a huge fan of the Salvation Army!
So, we thought it fitting to showcase her latest ‘Sal Val’ (Sammy lingo for Salvation Army Thrift Stores) post: Thrift Shopping Salvation Army for a Brooklyn Bedroom Part 1 and 2. Together with a friend on a furnishing deadline, Sammy shopped Manhattan’s massive Salvation Army clothing & furniture store for all of the bedroom essentials. They were able to find some amazing pieces! In the end, they successfully purchased the perfect dresser at a jaw-dropping price. Check out more photos here.
Get a good deal and lend a helping hand by visiting your local Salvation Army Family & Thrift stores today!
What’s even better than the price? Every dollar you spend benefits Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers nationwide. Click here to learn more.
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sneaked a peek into Christine Burton’s closet.
For those of you who missed our first two posts of the series, Christine works for The Salvation Army’s Western Territory, and she’s also a thrifty fashionista. Much of her runway-ready wardrobe comes from our Salvation Army Thrift Stores at an extremely affordable price.
Christine is sharing her shopping tips and photos with us through The Western Territory’s Expect Change blog. Her latest outfits come with two valuable lessons:
1. If you like it, grab it before it’s gone.
2. Spend a moment taking one last look before you go.
See the outfits that inspired these words of wisdom, including:
A funky kimono-style jacket that creates Christine’s look #3 here.
A saucy lace skirt that pulls together look # 4 here.
P.S. Each item showcased in these outfits cost less than $5!
Dirt? It’s not an item you’d expect to be for sale at a Salvation Army Thrift store.
But in Billings, Montana, that’s just what you’re going to find, and The Salvation Army promises it will be “top-of-line” quality.
To be more specific, workers are starting an organic Bokashi composting business and selling some of it to local home gardeners. The rest will go to community and school gardens the Army is helping establish.
The entrepreneurial idea is just in time for the approach of spring!
Plus, The Salvation Army composting business will support nine formerly homeless men who are working on the project. Salvation Army Major Kevin Jackson says their entrepreneurial skills have really shined since the start of the operation. In addition to expanding their business skills, the men are taking educational courses, adding up to great experience and knowledge that will make them competitive in the job market.
Get all the dirty details about The Salvation Army’s compost initiative here at the Billings Gazette.
Christine Burton of The Salvation Army’s Western Territory is back with a new stylish outfit she put together with a little help from her local Salvation Army Family Store.
This feminine western look was made possible by a pair of brand new $5 white cowboy boots and red skirt, a la Barbara Stanwyck in television’s The Big Valley. Both items were picked up at the store in Christine’s neighborhood for a grand total of about $10!
Click here to see Christine’s latest outfit.
Click here to read about Christine’s shopping strategy and see her first look.