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For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has operated rehabilitation facilities across the country that provide help and hope to individuals with a variety of problems, including issues relating to substance abuse. Our charitable residential programs offer spiritual, emotional, and social assistance in an environment designed to help participants live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Adult Rehabilitation Center FAQs

Why is work therapy part of The Salvation Army’s ARC program?

There are many critical components of the ARC program, including spiritual counseling, personalized counseling services, recreational activities, and work therapy. The work therapy component is designed to teach strong work habits and to restore self-esteem, creating a sense of self-worth and accomplishment that helps individuals reintegrate into society and return to (or enter for the first time) an employment environment.

Do ARC participants know they will be participating in work therapy as part of their rehabilitation?

Yes. Upon enrollment, an “Admittance Statement” is required to be signed by all participants acknowledging that work therapy will be a part of their program. Individuals acknowledge that they understand that they are participants of the program and not employees

How much of The Salvation Army ARC program is work therapy?

There is no universally mandated minimum duration for participants in work therapy, but all ARCs adhere to a maximum of 40 hours per week. Schedules can be adjusted to meet the needs of the participants.

Are people in The Salvation Army ARC program paid for their work?

There is no compensation given to people who enroll in The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
IF NEEDED: Program participants may receive a nominal weekly gratuity, which is solely based on the participant’s progress in all aspects of their rehabilitation program. Program participants also receive a variety of services, including individual and group counseling, religious services, food, lodging, life-skills training, and recreational activities.

Do Salvation Army ARC program graduates go on to have/hold jobs?

Many of the men and women in our ARC program have little to no work history. Work therapy helps them build the habits they’ll need to use in the workforce. While it may help them acquire skills they can leverage into gainful employment after the program, the focus of Adult Rehabilitation Center programming is rehabilitation. When the rehabilitation program is nearing completion, however, ARC staff assists ARC program participants in the process of applying for employment with the goal that when the participant graduates from the program, they will have a job and outside housing. Employment is not promised to graduates, but employment is considered very important to the success of ARC graduates in reentering society and living productive lives.

Do people in the ARC program have to pay The Salvation Army?

The Salvation Army believes that anyone who can benefit from the Adult Rehabilitation Center program should have access to the services that the centers offer to help them get their lives back on track. Our Adult Rehabilitation Centers offer 180-day residential programming that includes housing, food, individual and group counseling, and life-skills development, generally free of charge, so participants can focus on their rehabilitation.

When beneficiaries qualify, some government-provided benefits may be used to offset the costs of a participant’s room, board, and clothing.

How are the Thrift Stores connected to ARCs?

The Salvation Army does not solicit government funding for the Adult Rehabilitation Centers. The charitable program at the ARCs is made possible through the generosity of people like you who donate goods that are sold in our 429 ARC-affiliated Family and Thrift Stores. The proceeds from these sales fund the ARC rehabilitation program, which is generally provided to participants without charge to them.

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