Sustaining recovery


Across the country, thrift sales fund rehabilitation through The Salvation Army.  

The Salvation Army Anaheim, Calif., Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is one of 141 centers across the United States, all of which sift and sort the public’s donations that are then sold in 1,226 family stores nationwide.

Last year, the stores recorded nearly $626 million in sales to the public, according to the Army’s 2015 annual report—money that in turn funds a cost-free, biblically based six-month program to overcome addiction for more than 200,000 people a year.

New Frontier Chronicle went inside the Anaheim warehouse for a look at the full operation.

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Clothes account for 40 percent of the warehouse’s sales, and beneficiaries and staff process 12,000 pieces of donated clothing each day. One out of three clothing items is tagged with a size and price, and racked for transport to a store. Resale is a $16 billion dollar a year industry. According to America’s Research Group, 18 percent of Americans will shop at a thrift store during a given year—not far from the 21 percent who shop in department stores.

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