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Adult Rehabilitation Center
and Family (Thrift) Stores

4216 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78745
(512) 447-2272

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The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is a residential rehabilitation program for 117 men. While in the ARC program residents receive work therapy, life skills training, and individual, group and family counseling. The ARC provides residents an opportunity to regain self-direction and transition back into the community as a productive citizen.

The ARC is solely funded from the profits made at The Salvation Army Family Store locations in the Austin Metropolitan Area

Men suffering from homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, chemical dependency or misdirected lives can get the help they need at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.

The Adult Rehabilitation Center exists to help men grow closer to God in mind, body and spirit; overcome their addictions or afflictions; re-enter relationships with family, friends and society with a renewed and enriched sense of purpose; and live independently, self-sufficiently and morally.

Through the sale of donated items, including clothing, furniture and appliances, at Salvation Army thrift stores, the Adult Rehabilitation Center is able to sustain and enhance its programs and services offered to men throughout central Texas.

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is located at 4216 South Congress Ave. in South Austin. The center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more than 100 years, the Salvation Army has been fighting alcoholism in the U.S. through its Adult Rehabilitation Centers.

The center's ministry is entirely self-supporting, receiving no government or United Way funding. To support the ministry, the Salvation Army takes items people donate, recycles them and then sells them in Salvation Army thrift stores throughout the Austin Metropolitan area.

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Austin serves men with social, emotional and spiritual needs who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. The center provides housing with work, group and individual therapy in clean, wholesome surroundings.

The entire program of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is built on a spiritual motivation - a compulsion to help men as an expression of divine love.

Rehabilitation is the process of restoring individuals to their best possible level of functioning. It includes all aspects of the center program - the spiritual emphasis, to bring people into an effective relationship with God; work therapy; health and education; social and leisure-time activities; individual and group therapy; living arrangements; and the general aura of the center.

Without discrimination, in a positive, professional and nurturing environment, The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center will help men meet their immediate needs and those of their families and formulate a plan to become drug and alcohol free, independent and self-sufficient.

Entry requirements
Each person considered for admittance into the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center must:

Admit the need for rehabilitation to overcome problems
Be in good physical health
Be willing to participate in the entire program
Commit to a six-month period of rehabilitation
Be free of intoxicating drugs, including alcohol, upon admission
Express a desire to rebuild a lifestyle free of chemical dependency

During the stay, each man is offered counseling, group therapy, spiritual guidance, educational programs, work therapy, Christian living classes (practical application of Christian ethics), Bible study, literacy education, medical screening and help with anger management and relapse prevention.

Work therapy
Men get used to working again within a safe, controlled environment that allows him to interact with peers and supervisors while dealing with the mental, physical and emotional challenges posed by a life without alcohol or drugs.

When possible, men are placed in an assignment compatible with past experience and abilities. However, in many work therapy areas it is possible to do fundamental training that will prepare the participant for entering the job market.

Chemical dependency classes
The films, some of the latest and finest in the field, deal with all aspects of addiction including many classic symptoms and emotional phases through which the disease progresses.

Visiting speakers are well-respected local professionals in the field of chemical dependency and offer insights from a wide variety of viewpoints. Illustrated lectures lend additional aid to the ministry. They are supplemented with handouts and collateral material, helping those attending to retain the information presented and giving them a starting point for their own reflections.

Relapse prevention
Sometimes, support groups take the form of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Many times, in-house meetings are run by the the men in treatment themselves.

Group therapy
Groups meet weekly and during meetings, men openly discuss their feelings in a caring environment facilitated by a counselor.

Christian living classes
Several themed classes taught at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center are focused on leading men to Christianity-led lifestyles. Class themes include:

Bible study and its significance in daily life
Origins of scripture
Issues of faith in Christ as the foundation of spiritual life
The nature of a personal relationship with God
Ways to make prayer a valuable tool in building a Christian life
The value of Christian living leading to recovery

Chapel services
Each Sunday, the worship service at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is a formal one. Many men admitted to the center are joined at the service by their families. Each Wednesday, the service is more informal. Men explore their personal relationship with Jesus Christ while worshipping with their peers. Sometimes, achievement awards, story sharing and program achievement awards are given.

Drug testing
Breathalyzers are used to spot-check men at various times at the center. A urinalysis machine is used to systematically and consistently drug test men at the center.

Family education
Spouses, parents, brothers and sisters and other immediate family members of men in treatment participate. Subjects include the center's program, the disease concept of addiction and family roles in dependency. Family members learn how they are affected by their loved one's addiction, what they can do to help and how to seek help and further support for their own growth and healing.

All material donations made to the Salvation Army in Austin, unless specifically earmarked by the donor, are both accepted and facilitated by the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.

Your donation is tax-deductible. the Salvation Army is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Here are some of the most common donations the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center receives:

Clothing for men, women and children
Dry goods
Sporting goods
Miscellaneous household items

To schedule an appointment for the Salvation Army to pick up your usable donations at a location you desire, call the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at (512) 447-2272.

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center also gives donors the opportunity to donate an operable car, truck, RV, motorcycle or boat (on a trailer).

Your donation of an operable vehicle is tax-deductible (IRS Form 526). The Salvation Army is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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