Salvation Military rehab packages want funds from thrift retailer gross sales

Salvation Military rehab packages want funds from thrift retailer gross sales

The Salvation Military is placing out the decision for extra donations and extra buyers at its chain of Valley thrift shops.

Final 12 months, income on the second-hand shops was down about $385,000 — roughly 25% decrease than pre-COVID ranges. Proceeds from the shops largely fund the nonprofit’s Grownup Rehabilitation Middle, which offers free substance abuse therapy. 

“The Salvation Military isn’t immune from the financial obstacles different companies face, together with modified purchaser habits because of the pandemic, staffing shortages, and the rising price of gasoline and different merchandise,” mentioned Main Darren Stratton, who oversees the shops in Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler and Peoria. 

The shops promote typical gadgets: second-hand garments for adults and children, residence decor and housewares. Costs are aggressive. Ladies’s T-shirts are $1.99. The number of used furnishings has dwindled for the reason that retailer minimize out at-home decide ups to economize.

“Donor help is the lifeblood of what we do,” Stratton mentioned. 

A customer shops inside one of the Salvation Army Thrift Stores.

The 117-bed Grownup Rehabilitation Middle is situated subsequent door to the Salvation Military’s operation simply south of downtown Phoenix.

Residents get three meals a day and attend counseling and help teams. The program is Christian faith- and 12-step primarily based. Bible scriptures are learn day by day and worship providers are integral to this system. 

Most of the residents work processing thrift retailer donations. Others are assigned kitchen or laundry duties.