Everyone Deserves a Second Chance
The Salvation Army has Family (Thrift) Stores operating in many cities around North and South Carolina. These centers rely on donations of clothing and household goods from the community, volunteer and employed staff, and the support of the general public. Proceeds from these stores are used to fund social assistance programs in the communities in which they are located.
In many cases, funds from these stores provide additional funding for Salvation Army shelter programs or other family assistance. Often they provide additional resources for rehabilitation programs (a large part of rehabilitation services is work therapy). In all cases, 100% of Family Store proceeds help directly where it is needed in the community.
While Salvation Army Family Stores are often seen as a place to find great bargains, it is easy to see that they do much more. Not only do they provide goods at low cost for those that truly need it, they also allow individuals a place to work as they begin to put the pieces of their life back together.
How Can I Help the Family Store Program
There are plenty of ways to help out the Family Store program. Primarily, these stores are constantly accepting donations. Please contact your local Salvation Army to determine what specific needs they may have.
You may also wish to volunteer your time. Again, contacting your local Salvation Army unit will certainly be appreciated and will give you the best indication of what will be expected of you as a volunteer.
Please see our locations page for information on where to find family stores near you.