For over 100 years The Salvation Army has been providing assistance to people with a variety of social and spiritual afflictions through its 119 United States based Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs). The ARC helps people to cope with issues of substance misuse, legal problems, relational conflicts, homelessness, unemployment, and most importantly, a need for spiritual awakening and restoration.
The ARCs are self-supporting through the reuse, resale, and recycling of textiles and other donated goods. Donated items of sufficient quality are resold to those in need through the well-known network of Salvation Army Family Stores. Items that do not meet the resale standard are recycled. Through store proceeds and textile recycling approximately 60 ARC residents regain stability in their lives and have the opportunity to conquer addiction.
Every Thursday, The Salvation Army will now offer curbside pickup for recycling of dry materials and donations of goods. This will make recycling of textiles more convenient for residents. With a simple phone call, a Salvation Army truck will collect recycling and donations from your curbside.
“The generosity of the public benefits our community in so many ways,” Center Administrator Captain Leo Lloyd said, “From the thousands of people who shop in our stores to find gently-used items at affordable prices to those in our program who overcome serious obstacles to put their lives and their families back together. We feel that offering this service to make donating easier is an important way to acknowledge the public support we receive in Brockton. We couldn’t do what we do to transform lives without the generous donors who support us.”
Acceptable materials include new and used clothing in children's, women's and men's sizes; casual, work and dress styles; shoes, toys, and accessories, household linens like towels, sheets, tablecloths and cloth napkins. Dry textiles in any condition can be recycled.
Captain Lloyd hopes the program’s success could lead to implementation in other towns. “The Salvation Army is happy to provide this service to Brockton residents and we look forward to continuing to serve this community.”
Donations should be marked with the words “Salvation Army Textile Recycling”. Official Salvation Army recycling bags are not required, but will be available through City offices and many local businesses.
Call (508) 586-1187 to schedule a pickup. The Salvation Army asks that donors call by Wednesday at noon to arrange a Thursday pickup.