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Michael wondered if there’s more to life than getting high

Like countless other people, Michael fell in with the wrong crowd and got into destructive behavior. After years of using drugs and alcohol, he wanted something different. He asked his friends if there was more to life than getting high. Sadly, they just didn’t know. Michael’s solution was to buy a one-way ticket from Ohio to California. He thought a change of friends and scenery could fix his life but it didn’t go far enough. He was still waging the same inner battle – but now with different people and in a warmer climate.

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Salvation Army coffee house is “Doing the Roast Good”

Coffee + studying = success! With this in mind, The Salvation Army in Tempe, Arizona opened a coffee house, just steps away from Arizona State University. Called 1865 Coffee, the cafe has affordable coffee, tea, espresso drinks, grilled cheese sandwiches, and of course, wifi. On a more serious note, university-age Americans don’t know as much about the work of The Salvation Army as their parents do. Or grandparents. So Lieutenants Christopher and Latisa Ratliff want to change that.

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Salvation Army helps give free van service to isolated seniors

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), being isolated is just as dangerous as smoking and even more harmful than being obese. Given those dire predictions for isolated elders, what’s the Director of a Senior Center in a town with no public transportation to do? For Charlie Petersen, director of The Salvation Army’s local unit in Wickenburg, AZ, the answer is all about partnerships.

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95% of clothing, linens, & textiles can be recycled

Seattle Public Utilities will launch a program on March 1 called Threadcycle which encourages people living in the area to consider giving their clothes a new purpose instead of throwing them away. A surprising number of products are made from recycled clothing, including, carpet padding; mattresses and upholstery; wiping rags; insulation and sound-proofing material for automobiles and appliances; as well as rugs and blankets.

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You’re making 2nd – and even 3rd – chances possible

Della (not her real name) was released from prison 6 months ago. One of the conditions of her parole was that she must enroll in the residence program at The Salvation Army’s R.J. Montgomery Center (RJMC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Again. You see, this is Della’s third chance at a life of sobriety and freedom at The Salvation Army’s RJMC.

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Jimmy

Jimmy’s story gives addicts hope for the future

A couple of months ago, I sat in a room full of men and women who’ve battled back from addiction and heard their stories. It was a very humbling experience for me.

When it was Jimmy’s turn to speak, I was stunned by the contrast between the bleak description of his former life and the joy I felt hearing him encourage others who’ve walked a similar path.

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“We’re rich because they’re poor.”

The Huffington Post recently ran a story about three Norwegian fashion bloggers who worked in a Cambodian sweatshop for a reality show. The idea of the show wasn’t to further exploit the workers but to shed a light on their living and working conditions. The unavoidable truth the bloggers discovered is that people are suffering – and sometimes dying – so that we can buy goods at a reasonable price.

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Please use Melissa’s video to help an addict in your life

Life is difficult and many of us – and those we love – use alcohol or drugs as a numbing agent. It’s hard to know what to say or do for a loved one who’s lost control and has become mired in addiction.

Melissa has something to say to them.

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Salvation Army founders advocated a vegetarian lifestyle

If you’re looking for some inspiration to make healthy change this year, look no further than The Salvation Army’s founders William and Catherine Booth and their family. The Booths came from the Methodist tradition and – like many from their denomination – followed the vegetarian practices of John Wesley even though doing so was difficult in Victorian England.

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Keep resolutions to get healthy at Salvation Army in Ore.

Of the 10 most popular New Years Resolutions Americans make, three are related to health and fitness.

Number 1 on the list: lose weight. Number 5: stay fit and healthy. Number 7: quit smoking.

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Doing Well by Doing Good, Founder William Booth Style

Did you know that more than 100 years ago a social innovator changed an entire industry and by doing good, managed to save lives too? The Salvation Army’s very own founder William Booth was an early social entrepreneur who bought a derelict factory and went into business in order to fix a social ill.

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Now It’s Our Turn to Serve Them

Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz and Washington Post editor Rajiv Chandrasekaren collaborated on a book that was released this week, just in time for Veterans Day, called “For Love of Country.” They found that 55% of Iraq veterans felt disconnected from civilian life when they returned from deployment. That’s because fewer than 1% of Americans served in Iraq or Afghanistan and most of the other 99% who didn’t were too busy with their own lives to notice when they came home.

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