By: Stephanie Mueller, Communications
A well-deserved facelift to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) Thrift Store on Forest Park Ave. will come to fruition this weekend after months of work from the clients and staff of the facility.
Moving from 3949 Forest Park Ave. to 4121 Forest Park Ave., the ARC’s new facility will be larger, more organized, and carry a higher quality merchandise. Instead of looking solely to individual donors, the ARC has expanded its donor scope to businesses like Goods 360, as well. With the addition of new and high-end products, the ARC hopes to expand their client base like they have expanded their store, appealing to those who shop at thrift stores but still look for well-made products.
The new ARC Thrift Store has been constructed as part of work therapy for clients of the Adult Rehabilitation Center. The Rehabilitation Center, which aims to put men suffering with addiction back on their feet, requires their clients to work in the thrift store or in the facility, itself, during their stay.
Major Mathews, the Administrator of the facility, said that this new store has only been made possible with the help of the 95 clients that are currently seeking treatment at the facility.
“Basically, everyone at the ARC is making efforts towards the store opening. They are sorting products, working on the infrastructure, buffing floors, building walls, and laying concrete,” he said. “The clients are responsible for this store from top to bottom.”
The store will have its grand opening this Friday, Nov. 2 and continue into Saturday, Nov. 3. A ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday will jumpstart the weekend. Attendees will be given 15 percent off coupons at the ceremony that they will be able to use at the new store during the Grand Opening. Christian rap artist, Minista, will perform Saturday at noon. Raffles will take place throughout the weekend for customers.
A year after the work on the new store began, the enormous undertaking has reached its culmination. The benefits for the clients of the ARC will be two-fold, Major Mathews says, the profits ultimately benefiting them as they work to get back into the lives that they used to know.
“The revenue will produce a better facility and a better program. These men have seen their work with this worthy task come through and there’s a lot of pride associated with a job well done.”
The store will be open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.—7 p.m.