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New Salvation Army thrift store opens in Chandler

February 20th, 2019 development
New Salvation Army thrift store opens in Chandler

Santan Sun News Staff


Chandler’s new Salvation Army thrift store is offering bargains to shoppers and helping former substance abusers get back on their feet.

The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store  at 4920 S. Arizona Ave. sells new and gently used donated items.

The thrift stores are the Army’s main source of funding for its adult alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, offered free at the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Phoenix.

Hundreds of shoppers waited outside the Chandler store’s door at its Jan. 24 ribbon cutting as Salvation Army officers teamed up with Vice Mayor Terry Roe to perform the ceremony.

“We are thrilled with the turnout today, and we are extremely excited to open this store in Chandler,” said Maj. Darren Stratton, Salvation Army western territory administrator for business for adult rehabilitation centers.

“We encourage people to donate to and shop at The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Stores to help provide a new lease on life for people and families affected by substance abuse,” he added. “One person’s old chair is another person’s new outlook.”

The Phoenix ARC accepts men and women ages 21 to 64 and it has a capacity for 88 beds for men, many of which are currently available for men who need rehabilitation services.

The ARC offers 10 beds for women, all of which are full, and will soon be expanding to provide 24 beds for women.

The Salvation Army’s ARCs offer men and women fighting substance abuse the chance to gain stability and develop self-respect and confidence again while developing good work ethics and other responsible behavior.

Adults are provided housing, meals, clothes and rehabilitation services in the program in a residential setting. The programs last from six months to a year, depending on individuals’ needs.

The Chandler thrift store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The Salvation Army has been helping people in need for more than 125 years in Arizona through various social services including food for the hungry, clothes and shelter for the homeless, as well as disaster and heat relief, opportunities for underprivileged children and senior activities and outreach.

About 82 cents out of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to offer those services in more than 7,600 centers of operation around the country.