Lack of Donations at Salvation Army Stores Results in Fewer Services

The $7.1 million program that is The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center is struggling to serve the 118 men enrolled in the six month residential program due to a significant drop in donations of clothing, furniture, and other used goods.

The 118 bed facility on Virginia Beach Blvd in Virginia Beach uses the funds earned from sales in Adult RehabilitationSalvation Army Family Stores to repair the broken lives of men suffering from addiction and substance abuse, however due to a 20% drop in donations men working in the stores have had hours cut and new enrollees in the program will be limited.

“Normally we do 125 pickups of donated goods a day, we’re down to 90 now,” said Major Dewey Alderson, Administrator of the Adult Rehabilitation Center. “A slow March put us back almost $45,000; that’s utilities, meals, and programming and preventing us from serving at maximum capacity and helping men overcome addiction and reunite with their families.”

The Adult Rehabilitation Center uses the Gospel, in conjunction with work in the Family Stores, to teach program participants useful tools in their fight against addiction. Training in warehouse operations, retail store management, team cooperation, determination, and productivity help participants prepare for life after treatment. Individual and group counseling assist with character formation and life skills. Spiritual direction helps the beneficiaries embrace the practical application of the Christian faith as a lifestyle and encourages them to become established in a church community of their choice.

“Now that Spring has sprung in Hampton Roads, this is a great time to visit the Family Stores for either a new wardrobe or to make a donation,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “Items sitting idle in closets and garages across Hampton Roads can be picked up by Family Store personnel and put to good use in Family Stores to repair broken lives.”

Hampton Roads residents doing Spring cleaning, and wishing to support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center, can call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) or visit one of the five Family Stores in Hampton Roads:

  • 5524 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach
  • 2093A General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach
  • 1136 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach
  • 901 Eden Way, Chesapeake
  • 157 West Washington Street, Suffolk