History

For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has been providing assistance to people with a variety of social and spiritual afflictions through its 119 United States-based Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC).

The Adult Rehabilitation Center ministry began in 1881 when William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, opened shelters for homeless people on the streets of England. This initiative quickly spread to the United States.

Persons seeking our ministry, nurture and healing have come with issues of substance misuse, legal problems, relational conflicts, homelessness, unemployment, and, most importantly, a need for spiritual awakening and restoration. Through the generosity of those who have donated material goods to our Family Stores, we’ve been able to offer those in difficult situations the hope and healing they need to begin leading productive lives.