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“We’re not garbage. Recovery is possible. There is hope.”

Sometimes addictions are so powerful that they drag good people from those they love most in the world. Other times, people go willingly.

Mark was one of the latter. He’ll tell you that he ran out on his children.

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Michael

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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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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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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Oscar does “walk-a-thon” for drug & alcohol rehab grads

Oscar fell ill in 2006 after getting a flu shot and was later diagnosed with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome. Last weekend Oscar participated in the Count Me In Walk-a-thon to raise money so that he and others can attend a reunion of 5,000 graduates of Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers in October 2014.

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Innovative Salvation Army ads target people in need

Unless you live in Seattle, you probably haven’t seen The Salvation Army’s latest advertising campaign. Instead of billboards, bus bench signs and mall kiosks asking you to financially support the Army’s work to help people struggling with hunger, addiction or homelessness, the ads are targeted specifically to those in crisis. The ad copy simply urges […]

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McAndrews' thrifted wooden plant stand-turned shoe rack

@HighplainsThrifter shares shopping tips

On of my favorite people to follow on Instagram is a bit of celebrity in the thrifting world. Her name is Meghan McAndrews and her account is called HighplainsThrifter. Her Instagram posts are fun, sweet and inspiring.

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Outdoor - Salvation in Nature room. Photo by R2 Visual Studios

Design students create beauty with Salvation Army finds

Every year for the last several, interior design students in Orange County, California participate in an event called the Noah’s ARC Design Challenge. The ARC stands for Adult Rehabilitation Center – The Salvation Army’s drug and alcohol program which is funded by the sale of items you donate to and buy from our Family Stores.

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SD ARC Tax Day Sale

You can afford our Tax Day Sale at San Diego Salvation Army Family Stores

If you’re getting a refund from Uncle Sam – or even if you’re not – you can afford to shop The Salvation Army San Diego Family Stores’ tax day sale!

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And, make sure you feline pal isn't in the cushions before you donate the couch!

Before donating in-kind items to charity, check the drawers, pockets, and cushions!

USA Today just ran a story about the cash, jewelry and other goodies that are often donated unintentionally to charities like The Salvation Army and Goodwill. Click here for a link to the article online. They noted the story of a man who recently moved into a nursing home. A family member donated the personal effects that he no longer needed but didn’t realize that $40,000 was tucked in his clothes!

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Dress Event

Get your Academy Awards party dress at The Salvation Army’s event this weekend!

The Salvation Army’s Family Store in Chula Vista, California is holding a formal dress event on Friday, February 28 and Saturday March 1. There will be hundreds of dresses to choose from in a variety of sizes, so pop by the stores at 366 Broadway in Chula Vista between 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Friday or 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday.

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