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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Salvation Army has teamed up with Goodwill of Central Arizona to open a job resource center on our Salvation Army campus Phoenix. This first-of-its-kind center features 11 computer workstations with access to Goodwillâ€™s database of jobs, as well as a staff member to help job seekers with services including resume development and interview strategy.
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.
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!
The Salvation Army in Alaska puts on one of my favorite events each year, called Transformed Treasures.
Local artists scour our thrift stores for clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, bric-a-brac, etc., that’s in need of a little love and attention and can be re-made into a thing of beauty. The Transformed Treasures are then auctioned off to support the work of The Salvation Army in Alaska.
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.