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.
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.
Andrew Martin, 40, acquired kitchen responsibility when he confirmed up on the Salvation Military program 15 months in the past after transferring to Arizona from Tennessee, the place he’d bounced round psychological well being therapy and sober residing amenities.
Martin mentioned this system helped him reconnect along with his religion. And understanding that folks had been relying on him to be on responsibility gave him a objective.
“That is the longest time I’ve been sober,” Martin mentioned.
After finishing this system, Martin was given a job serving to enroll folks within the therapy middle. He mentioned he feels a way of duty to “pay it ahead to the following individual that comes into this system.”
“You’ll be able to are available in with the garments in your again and they’re going to assist you to,” Martin mentioned.
Easy methods to assist
Eight Salvation Military Thrift Retailer and Donation Facilities function in Arizona. Two are in Tucson, one in Casa Grande. Listed here are the Maricopa County places:
- 24 E. Mohave St., Phoenix
- 2324 N. Scottsdale Street, Tempe
- 1849 W. Greenway Street, Phoenix
- 4920 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
- 8702 W. Cholla St., Peoria.
Moreover, a dropoff-only website is situated in Shock at 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts.. Make donations and discover extra details about the substance abuse rehab program at phoenixarc.salvationarmy.org.