The Salvation Army was started in the late 1800s with the singular goal of converting those who were in need to Christianity. Today, the organization has the same underlying purpose with the primary goal of providing services to those struck by a natural disaster, illness or hardship. The hope is that those who benefit form their services will develop a spiritual understanding that is based on Christian principles.
You can learn how to help fund the Salvation Army’s efforts in rehabilitation and assistance around the world by visiting their website. Volunteer opportunities are available as are numerous options for donating everything from old clothes to money to airline miles.
Programs Provided by the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides a number of different programs with the goals of providing comfort and support, community and fellowship, or rehabilitation. Some of their programs include:
- Kroc Centers
- Youth camps
- Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
- Prisoner rehabilitation
- Christmas charity
- Community care ministries
- Elderly services
History of the Salvation Army
William Booth began ministering his Christian faith in England in 1852. Rather than stand behind a pulpit, Booth took the message of Christ to the streets and to the people he felt needed it most. Many who responded were drug addicts, thieves, prostitutes – all people that conventional churches would not accept because of their pasts. Eventually, Booth’s ministry evolved into the Salvation Army, an organization that converted more than a quarter of a million people between 1881 and 1885. Soon, the Salvation Army spread to the United States – then Canada, Australia, France, Sweden and other parts of the world. Today, the organization exists in some incarnation in almost every country in the world.
Help the Salvation Army
If you are interested in supporting the Salvation Army, you can do so by:
- Donating money
- Donating a car
- Donating unwanted clothes and household items to their thrift stores or shop at the thrift stores
- Donating airline miles
Specifics on how to donate are available on their website.
Take What You Need and Give What You Can
The Salvation Army offers those who are dealing with issues of addiction or mental health disorders two separate ways to benefit. First, you can take advantage of any of the programs that they offer that speak to your needs. There are very few financial obligations and those are usually on a sliding scale or at a low cost. Second, you can volunteer your time and services to work for any one of these programs. What are you good at? What cause speaks to you? Investing your time and effort to help other people can go a long way toward helping you to heal emotionally and spiritually as well.
Private Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs
Though the Salvation Army offers quite a bit in terms of services and has worldwide effects, they are somewhat limited in what they can offer. For example, their drug and alcohol addiction treatment services provide only the basics in care. They simply don’t have the funding to offer a wide range of services or to create individualized treatment plans for each person. Instead, the focus is a highly religious program that is uniformly provided to every patient.
Studies show that individualized care that provides a number of alternative and holistic treatment options to augment medical detox and psychotherapeutic treatment can be quite effective. Private drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are better equipped to provide these resources to their patients, and make sure to have more staff members than patients in residence at any given time – sometimes more than a dozen staff members per patient.
If you would like to learn more about your options in private drug and alcohol addiction treatment, our counselors are waiting for your call at the phone number listed above. Contact us today to find the program that will best work for you and give you what you need to heal.