Salvation Army closing two thrift stores, adult rehab center

Struggling to fill beds at the Tucson adult rehab center

Salvation Army closing two thrift stores, adult rehab center
The Salvation Army shelter (Source: WAFF)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Salvation Army plans to close the adult rehabilitation center in Tucson, as well as two thrift stores, one in Tucson and one in Sierra Vista.

It has been a struggle to fill the centers in Phoenix and Tucson to capacity, according to Dalita Lovett, the Director of Resource Development for the West.

Lovett said they pride themselves on being good financial stewards and operating a center at half full is not the best use of finances for donors or participants. They would be spending the same amount of money on resources but for less people.

Both programs will be consolidated in Phoenix, according to officials. Intake for participants in Tucson has stopped, and those still in the Tucson program will be moved to Phoenix.

The Tucson thrift store, which has provided income to support the ARC in Tucson will be closed, in addition to the one in Sierra Vista, according to the Salvation Army. Donation pick-ups are also being scaled back. One Salvation Army thrift store, located on Oracle will remain open, along with the donation center on Tanque Verde.

They will be completely closed by Oct. 1. According to the Salvation Army those buildings will be sold, and the income generated from those sales will be placed in an endowment to support the remaining 17 Adult Rehabilitation Center programs and services.

“We feel the most important takeaway is that The Salvation Army isn’t going anywhere; we’re here for Tucson and Sierra Vista, and we’re here for good. We continue to operate our Hospitality House shelter in Tucson and offer social services, food for the hungry, utilities assistance, senior outreach, after-school programs, summer camps, emergency disaster services, holiday support, and worship and community centers in both communities.”

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