2015-07-24 / Letters

Salvation Army helps fellow residents

To the editor:

How far would you go to help someone in need?

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

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center ministries in the United States provide an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities. Each program participant receives a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction and the resources needed to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God.

Since the Adult Rehabilitation Center doesn’t solicit government funding, the ministry runs solely on the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses who donate goods to be sold in the family stores (formerly known as thrift stores). Proceeds from their sale go toward providing important services for program participants, helping them get back on their feet and live a productive life. Not only do participants of the Adult Rehabilitation Center program benefit from your donation, but you benefit by claiming the donation as a deduction on your income taxes. Please consider making a donation today to a box, store or call 1-800-SA-Truck to confirm availability in your area and to schedule a pickup time. Boxes in your area include the South Portland Transfer Station, the Neighborhood Laundromat and the Cape Elizabeth Transfer Station.

William “Bil” Moriarty
Donation development coordinator
Salvation Army

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