The Three R’s of Spring Cleaning: Reduce, Reuse, Rehabilitate

The Salvation Army Family Stores save lives through the Adult Rehabilitation Center

Spring signifies new beginnings… flowers blooming, gardens colored in lush green. For many, this season also ushers in the annual ritual of Spring Cleaning. Just as winter has made way to a picturesque landscape, so too cluttered homes make way to organized and tidy living spaces.

If you tackled on this project over the weekend or are barely making plans to do so, we invite you to donate items you have removed from your home to The Salvation Army. Not only will you be reducing unwanted or unneeded items, you are also allowing others to reuse it and helping men get rehabilitated.

By shopping at one of our Family Stores you are not only helping save our environment, by reusing items that might have otherwise ended up in a landfill, but you are also saving the lives of men who are battling addiction. Our Adult Rehabilitation Centers or “ARCs,” as we refer to them for their acronym, have been providing residential substance abuse recovery for over 100 years. In fact, The Salvation Army is the largest provider of this type of service in the country.

FREE Substance Abuse Recovery Program

A residential drug and alcohol recovery program can cost thousands of dollars, and for someone who is trying to hold together what little life their addiction hasn’t destroyed yet, this cost can mean the difference between living and existing.

Bryan Kelly, ARCBrian Kelly was born and raised in Santa Fe, Texas, a city located 10 miles from Galveston. Growing up his life revolved around sports. He dreamed of playing basketball at the University of Texas but an injury that required multiple surgeries and pain prescriptions kept him from doing so. Unfortunately, this led to an addiction that lasted about seven years. He eventually graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science but had difficulty holding on to a job. Jobless, penniless and about to be evicted from his home, Kelly sought help at the ARC in September 2014. During his six-month stay in the program, Kelly not only addressed the source of his addiction but he was also able to get his life back on track. He worked as a truck driver for our Family Stores and worked his way up to store manager.

Today, almost three years later, Kelly says life couldn’t be any better. “The Salvation Army helped me turn my life around. I participated in the Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason program, on behalf of The Salvation Army, and the running bug bit me. Since then I have ran three half and two full marathons. I am currently training to participate in my first triathlon. I am the healthiest I have ever been!”

Your Item Donations Fund the ARC

The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers do not solicit funding from the government. The ARCs are fully supported by The Salvation Army Family Stores. And our stores are stocked with inventory thanks to the generous support of its local community. Every time you visit a Family Store in your area, you have the guarantee that the money you are spending is helping men get a second chance in life.

As you declutter your home, we invite you to add us to your plans of helping get those items you no longer need off your hands. There are many easy ways to donate these items to The Salvation Army:

  • Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK, or 713-869-3551 Ext. 1 if you live in the Greater Houston Area, to schedule a pick up.
  • Visit to schedule your pick up online.
  • Download our app to your mobile phone. Not only can you schedule a pick up but you can also find our Family Store and donation bin locations, as well as get donation receipts.
  • Stop by one of our many drop off locations, including our seven Family Stores.

To learn more about the Adult Rehabilitation Center or our Salvation Army Family Stores, please visit