National Rehabilitation Program

The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.

 Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.

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Who Is Eligible?

Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be.

A long-term commitment of at least six months is required so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices – changes that will help them become productive citizens of their community.

Applicants* with a desire to get help may be referred by families, friends, courts, clergy and community leaders or may simply call the Intake Office at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) to make an appointment or get more information about local ARC programs. 

True Stories of Recovery

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*The Salvation Army’s services are available without regard to race, religion or national origin.

Stories of Recovery

Larry was just 15 years old when he started using drugs. However, through The Salvation Army ARC program, Larry is recovering and gaining confidence in himself.


“I feel like my life's going somewhere.”

Larry was just 15 years old when he started using marijuana. It was harmless, he thought, just for fun, and as he says, “Smoking weed just made me laugh.”

But things started getting worse. He began drifting away from his parents, and started going to parties where he began using cocaine and heroin.

Even his time in the Air Force couldn’t stop his downward slide. When he left the Air Force at age 21, he ventured off into harder drugs.

Finally, after a night of using, he found himself in his car outside a club as the sun rose, and he decided he’d had enough. Using a calling card that his mother had given him, he called his mom and asked if she would drive him to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center.

Larry says he feels like the program is helping him gain confidence in himself. “You don’t have to hide anything here.”

He has reconnected with his parents, and loves playing golf with his dad, just talking and enjoying the life that he’s reclaiming.

As far as Larry’s future is concerned … “I just take every day as it’s given to me. I know today’s been a cool day. Yesterday was a good day. I’ve been sober. I’m alive. Dang … that’s cool.”

Prior to coming to The Salvation Army ARC, Glenna was living on the streets, pursuing her addiction by any means possible. The Salvation Army ARC, funded by donations in kind, helped turn Glenna's life around. She is now clean and sober.


“Today, I’m worth saving.”

A young mother with two daughters, Glenna was going to school, planning a career as a nurse. But when her husband was sent to prison, her life changed for the worse.

“I turned into a total monster … doing marijuana, drinking and smoking crack.”

Living on the streets, pursuing her addiction by any means possible, she gave up her daughters to her mother’s care. She was arrested multiple times for selling drugs, and ended up spending seven years and two months in prison.

“I didn’t know how to ask for help. I was tired of packing it … all that pain.”

She finally got the help she so desperately needed, and “life is good today.”

“Since I’ve been at The Salvation Army, I’ve learned to love me.”

“I go to church now … I do the things I’m supposed to do to stay clean and sober.”

“God has a plan for me, because the things I was doing out on the streets … I shouldn’t even be here today. But I’m here … and I’m here for a reason. I’m here to live. I’m here to tell somebody else my story. Because I just may save somebody else’s life.”

Thomas was homeless, living on the streets, sleeping under bridges, the victim of a crack cocaine addiction. The Salvation Army ARC helped Thomas become sober and reconnect with his family through donations in kind and your purchases at our Family Stores and Salvation Army Thrift Stores.


“One hit away … one drink away … I’ll be back there on the street.”

Thomas was homeless, living on the streets, sleeping under bridges, the victim of a crack cocaine addiction. He knew it wasn’t how his life was supposed to be, but he had been trying for nearly 17 years to get clean.

Finally, he found life-changing help at The Salvation Army.

“When I walked through the doors, I was ashamed of myself … ashamed I had let my family down.”

“But now I am full of joy. I love to be around my family, and they love for me to be around. Through the program, I learned how to let go of my past.”

Thomas has been clean for more than two years, and is now a supervisor in the upholstery shop at The Salvation Army. His job offers him the privilege of taking in donated goods and restoring them to new life – which is quite fitting, because the proceeds from the sale of those donated goods will, in turn, be responsible for restoring more lives like his own.