With summer ending and fall approaching, are you cleaning out those old clothes and getting ready for new ones? Did you do your back-to-school shopping and need to get rid of those gently used clothes?

Do you have items that have been sitting in your house for a long time that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? If the answer to any of these is “yes,” then why not donate them to the Salvation Army and be our ally in doing the most good.

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center ministries in the United States provide an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities. Each program participant receives a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure-time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction and the resources needed to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God.

Since the Adult Rehabilitation Center doesn’t solicit government funding, the ministry runs solely on the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses who donate goods to be sold in the Family Stores (formerly known as Thrift Stores).

Proceeds from their sale go toward providing important services for the program participants, helping them get back on their feet and live productive lives.

Please consider making a donation today to a box or store near you, or call 800-SA-Truck to confirm availability in your area and to schedule a pickup time. Boxes are located throughout the Portland area and can be found at Pratt Abbott locations in Portland, South Portland, Scarborough and Falmouth.

Boxes can also be found at Riverside Recycling in Portland and at the South Portland and Cape Elizabeth transfer stations – or you can visit our Donation Center at 30 Warren Ave. in Portland.

William “Bil” Moriarty

donation development coordinator, Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center