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The monies raised at our SEMI ARC Thrift Stores fund all the services we provide at our Adult Rehabilitation Center. This is why we can provide the services free of charge to those who need them. We thank all who donate and shop.

     
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As Posted on 12/27/13 on HometownLife.com

The Salvation Army’s thrift stores will be open until midnight, Tuesday, Dec. 31, to accept last-minute 2013 tax contributions.

Proceeds from the stores fund The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), which offers a short-term, self-help residential program for adult substance abusers.

The stores accept gently-used clothing, linens, home goods, toys, furniture and more. With drive-up, drop off sites, supporters don’t need to leave their cars. Salvation Army Thrift Store representatives will move contributions from vehicles to the stores. Patrons will receive a 2013 tax receipt that can be applied to 2013 taxes, in exchange for their donations.

As part of the annual New Year’s Day Sale, all 34 metro Detroit Salvation Army thrift store locations will offer half off prices on clothing, as well as hourly spot sales in several departments, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Local stores are located at 33600 Plymouth Road, Livonia, 734-425-7573; 28982 Ford Road, Garden City, 734-261-7175; 27170 Grand River Ave., Redford, 313-255-0777; and 43403 Joy Road, Canton, 734-416-1925.


 As posted on 11/21/13 on The Daily Tribune

The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center has teamed up with Gardner-White Furniture to host a clothing and shoe drive through the end of the year. Community members can donate gently used clothing and shoes to any of Gardner-White locations as well as the 34 metropolitan Detroit Salvation Army thrift store centers.

Donations will benefit the Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Rehabilitation Center’s independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults. Gardner-White shoppers who make a contribution to the drive will receive a Best Buy electronics gift from Gardner-White. Donations will be accepted during normal business hours.


As Posted on 11/21/13 in The Oakland Press

The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) recently converted its Pontiac Thrift Store on Perry Street to a dollar store. The transition represents the second ARC dollar store to join the nonprofit’s 34 metro Detroit thrift stores, the other of which is located on Michigan Avenue in Detroit.

With $1 deals on clothing, linens, towels, curtains and household goods, the Pontiac Dollar Store offers patrons savings on the same selection of Salvation Army Thrift Store merchandise  at any of the nonprofit’s stores. The ARC rotates clothing on and off the store floor daily, ensuring a fresh selection of merchandise each time you shop.

In addition, the Pontiac Dollar Store will participate in the ARC’s seasonal 50 percent off clothing sales. Shoppers can look forward to deals throughout the year for only 50 cents. Furniture and electronics will remain priced as marked.

“We expect the Pontiac Dollar Store will boost our sales,” said Jacqulynn Idzior, director of operations, The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan ARC, which operates the thrift stores. “Since we converted the Detroit location to a dollar store in October 2011, we have more than doubled sales at that thrift store. We are confident the Pontiac store will yield similar results.”

The Pontiac store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.


As Released on 11/14/13

A life reclaimed. A family saved. Every day The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center offers free rehabilitation services, food and shelter, counseling and encouragement, to men and women who have lost their way. To support this vital community effort, Gardner-White Furniture is collecting gently-used quality clothing for the Salvation Army Thrift Stores. If you would like to help these men and women get their lives back on track, please bring adult and children’s garments to any Gardner-White location, now through New Year’s Eve. When you donate, you’ll receive a Best Buy electronics gift from Gardner-White.

As Posted on 11/14/13 on WXYZ

(WXYZ) - A pair of Polo pants for a buck...how about a Mizrahi blazer for the same bargain price?

At the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Pontiac, most everything is just a dollar.

This store is the second Salvation Army thrift store in Michigan to make the switch to the dollar format.  It was a way to increase sales at the struggling shop on Perry Street in Pontiac and it worked for the Michigan Avenue store in Detroit.

But there's a bit of a catch...you're going to have to hunt for what you want.  Unlike other Salvation Army thrift stores where things are hung up and sorted by colors and styles, most of the merchandise is just thrown into big bins.

Janet Reed is a customer who not only shops for herself, but for those in need. She gathers warm winter coats and donates them to her church.

The merchandise comes from other Salvation Army stores after it's been on the floor a while.  Shoes here are three dollars.  And yes, you'll find big names.

And there's low cost furniture too.

Shopping here is a true win-win.  Not only can people get a tremendous amount of stuff, but fund life-changing rehab programs for men and women at the same time.  Without the donations from people in the community, the Salvation Army would be unable to fund the programs.

You can read more about the store below in the press release sent out by the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) recently converted its Pontiac Thrift Store on Perry Street to a dollar store. The transition represents the second ARC dollar store to join the nonprofit’s 34 metro Detroit thrift stores, the other of which is located on Michigan Avenue in Detroit.
 
With $1 deals on clothing, linens, towels, curtains and household goods, the Pontiac Dollar Store offers patrons tremendous savings on the same great selection of Salvation Army Thrift Store merchandise you can expect at any of the nonprofit’s stores. The ARC rotates clothing on and off the store floor daily, ensuring a fresh selection of merchandise each time you shop.
 
In addition, the Pontiac Dollar Store will participate in the ARC’s seasonal 50 percent off clothing sales. Shoppers can look forward to great deals throughout the year for only 50 cents. Furniture and electronics will remain priced as marked.
 
“We expect the Pontiac Dollar Store will boost our sales,” said Jacqulynn Idzior, director of operations, The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan ARC, which operates the thrift stores. “Since we converted the Detroit location to a dollar store in October 2011, we have more than doubled sales at that thrift store. We are confident the Pontiac store will yield similar results.”
 
The Pontiac store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

 As posted on 7/4/13 on WDIV

The Fourth of July holiday was a time for saving big money at metro Detroit's Salvation Army Thrift Stores.

All 34 locations held a huge sale with 50% savings on clothing, and deals on other items as well. It was an all-day sale from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It's just another sign of how hot second-hand shopping has become.

In fact, Goodwill Industries says its sales have increased 83% from 2007 to 2012.

Of course, those years coincided with the recession, but fans of "thrifting" also say shopping for those bargains can always help you stay fashionable, without going broke.

In Atlanta, fans of "thrifting" have given second-hand clothes the high fashion treatment. They held the first, and hopefully annual "Thrift Week".(Similar to Fashion Week) Bargain hunters were given a chance to show off their high fashion, which they bought for low prices!

"When you see other people doing things, and you see all the great pieces that they find, it kind of motivates you to at least try it," said Karen Charles, a thrift style blogger.

She says more and more people are giving those second-hand stores a try.

"What I love about thrifting is the thrill of it. The challenge in finding something unique that everybody else isn't going to wear," Charles said.

Other shoppers agree "thrifting" has come a long way.

"Back when I started in high school, there was really a stigma attached to it. People always though if you went to a thrift store you were either poor or homeless," said Neshanta Smith-Davis, a thrift fashion show winner.

The new image for thrift stores is paying off.

"We literally some days before the store opens at 10 o'clock, there's a line outside at 9:30 with people lining up waiting to come here to shop," said Camille Kessler, president of the Junior League of Atlanta, which runs a thrift shop.

Supporters say the newfound popularity has a downside. The competition for those great bargains has driven prices up just a little bit.

Still, if you love high-fashion, but have a discount budget, you might want to give "thrifting" a try!


 As posted on 7/3/13 on Freep.com

The bargains are waiting at metro Detroit's Salvation Army Thrift Stores — including racks of clothing to be discounted an extra 50% for the charity's annual Fourth of July blowout on Thursday.

But store managers have a special request this year. When you shop, leave something you don't want.

"We do need donations — electronics, clothing, furniture, toys, whatever people want to give us," said Jacqulynn Idzior, operations director for the Thrift Store chain in metro Detroit.

Donations for the 34 stores in six counties slid slightly this year but were down 22% in 2012 and 28% in 2011, as measured by the number of donors, officials said. Billboards around Detroit show the Salvation Army's red shield next to the words, "Donations Are Fading — We need yours."

Idzior blames the region's prolonged high unemployment rate. Across the Rust Belt, donations were down last year and early this year, said Jeff Curnow in Chicago, spokesman for the Salvation Army in 11 Midwestern states.

Thankfully, the Detroit-area stores enjoyed sales increases in recent years, "and we also attribute that to the economy, (with) more people cutting down their expenses. Plus, it's become trendy to buy from us. People want to reuse, reduce, recycle," Idzior said.

Maintaining a steady flow of donations is crucial to funding the organization's social aid. The Adult Rehabilitation Center in Detroit that houses 300 men, and one in Romulus with 80 women, rely on Thrift Store profits — including those from the flagship store in Rochester Hills, considered the most profitable Salvation Army thrift store in the nation, officials said.

"We expect to hit $4.3 million in sales this year," said Brian Smith, manager of the Rochester Hills store, which sits in a prosperous shopping center. The store is more than a football field long.

Veteran shoppers say the stores offer unbeatable bargains, especially at holiday sales when hours are extended. Thursday hours for all stores will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"I shop here because it's cheaper than antique stores," said Elise Faurote, 40, of Oakland Township, as she left the Rochester Hills store Tuesday clutching bargains for the family cottage. Among the "real deals" Faurote said she'd just liberated were a '50s-era metal magazine rack and a "mid-century glass bowl."

Nearby, Tony Boos, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, was shopping for his six children, aged 8 to 16.

"There are great prices for a family. These kids have to have clothes," Boos said as he left with arms laden and several children in tow.

"Oh, sunglasses," he said, turning back. From another direction came a familiar voice.

"Dad, we need a spreader," said his son Brandon, 15, pointing to the lawn tools.


As released on 4/25/13

Raise your paddles and raise funds for The Salvation Army at the 9th annual Rochester Hills spring antique and collectible auction on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Beginning at 9 a.m., auction-goers will have the opportunity to preview nearly 600 lots that will be available for bid starting at 11 a.m. The auction is expected to end by 5 p.m.

“Shoppers are often surprised to see what comes across the auction floor. From vintage housewares to full-size cars, we’ve seen it all at our annual spring auction,” said Brian Smith, manager of the Rochester Hills thrift store. “Last year the auction experienced record-breaking sales, raising just over $38,000. We’re hoping for another prosperous year, as all proceeds benefit a great cause.”

All proceeds from the auction benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers, independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation programs for adults.

“I started shopping at thrift stores to furnish my home, but it quickly turned into a hobby,” said Jordan Tasich, veteran Salvation Army thrift store shopper and Rochester Hills local. “All the unique, vintage collector’s items come out during the Rochester Hills auction. It’s a great opportunity to find pieces that you never thought you’d come across, like the Star Trek Next Generation Phaser laser pointer I bid on last year.”

This year auction-goers can expect to see antique and collectable pieces including a French sterling silver desk caddy, a mechanical singing bird cage, various autographed tchotchke, musical instruments, and many more unique items.Among the pieces expected to ring in at higher bids are a prayer card signed by Mother Teresa, a circa-1890 temperance tea cup, a 36-in. Heinrich Handwerk porcelain doll, a 1960’s baseball signed by Hank Aaron, a mini Cleveland Cavaliers basketball signed by Lebron James and a Hull Pottery Little Red Riding Hood cookie jar.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Rochester Hills is located at 823 East Auburn Road in Rochester Hills.

Absentee bidding is available for those unable to attend the auction. To learn more about absentee bidding and see a full lineup of auction items, visit www.eagleauction.com or contact Oz Zamora at 586-978-0369.


As posted on 3/3/13 on HometownLife.com

The Detroit Zoological Society and The Salvation Army will conduct a donation drive to collect clothing and household goods during two consecutive weekends in March at the Detroit Zoo.

Donors can drop off used but usable clothing and household goods at The Salvation Army truck in the Zoo's front parking lot beneath the landmark water tower March 9 and 10 and March 16 and 17, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A tax receipt will be available upon request at the time of donation. Contributions to the drive can be made without entering the Zoo, however, regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the Zoo.


As posted on 2/26/13 on DearbornPatch.com

Join the celebration as The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) opens its 34th metro Detroit thrift store in Taylor at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 with great deals, meals and fashion finds. The new 25,000 sq. ft. store is located at 9830 Telegraph between Wick and Goddard.

“This is an exciting time for us at The Salvation Army ARC as we open our newest Family Thrift Store,” said Merle Miller, administrator of the Salvation Army Southeast Michigan ARC. “We’re pleased to extend our outreach to the families we serve downriver by way of the new Taylor store.”

The grand opening festivities begin at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts, hotdogs and a special guest appearance from PAWS of the Detroit Tigers from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. four of metro Detroit’s best mobile food vendors will serve up meals during a Motor City Street Eats food truck rally, including Green Zebra, new American-style; People’s Pierogi Collective, gourmet Polish dumplings; Debajo del Sol, Spanish-style tapas; and Treat Dreams, unique gourmet flavored ice cream.

For every $50 spent, guests will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three outfits styled by noted Detroit fashion and beauty blogger Shannon Lazovski of the Detroit Fashion News and Glamorous Moms. Raffle entrants need not be present to win.

“We’re so excited to have the food trucks and PAWS onsite to make the day more special for the families we serve,” Miller said. “It truly is a celebration.”

The store will be open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and open for donations only on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contributions of gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, furniture and toys are accepted at the donation center located in the rear of the building.

Proceeds from all 34 metro Detroit Salvation Army thrift stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center’s independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

 
 As posted on 2/8/13 on TheDetroitHub.com

Macklemore has it right: You can find some kicking threads at the neighborhood thrift store.

Now, I’m not going to credit a white rapper with the recent run on merchandise at Metro Detroit’s Salvation Army stores. But something – namely, the economy and people’s perceptions of value – has made thrift-store shopping a hot ticket.

Granted, most teens eventually find their way to the thrift shop. Like Macklemore, we’re all looking for a good price and individual style. But here’s the point of this blog post (don’t you wish they all had one?). It is good to give and to receive.

The Salvation Army wants everyone to know they’re welcome to shop at its retail stores. You are indeed welcome to othe party. But we’ve collectively need to step up, get those bags of clothing and brick-a-brac out of the basement and into its warehouses. The Army needs you, soldier.

The need for donations is becoming critical, said Jacqulynn Idzior, director of operations at The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. These ARC thrift stores and warehouses are echoing with empty shelves and not enough coming in to stock them. Chances are if you drop off some bags this morning, you’ll see the items on the floor by the afternoon.

“People are being more economically conscious about what they’re purchasing. It makes sense to shop at thrift stores; some of our merchandise is nearly new and there’s plenty with tags still on them. Why spend $25 for a new shirt when you can spend $5?” Idzior said.

So between Macklemore and the Fiscal Cliff, things have been hopping around her offices.

“There was a lot of nervousness as far as spending surrounding the election; our sales continued to be very good following that point,” Idzior added.

The overall number of people donating has decreased in recent weeks, an alarming trend for The Salvation Army here. And the amount of donations needed has continued to climb. The continually increasing demand and lack of supply, if you remember your Economics 101, equals a problem that needs a human solution.

“We need everything. The clothing accounts for 60 percent of our sales, so we’re looking for wearables – shirts, pants, skirts, shoes, accessories, belts. And we love our brick-a-brac – candles, dishes, bake ware. We need that desperately.”

Sales trends are showing that 2013 will be another big year for the 33 area Salvation Army stores. During its New Year’s Day Sale, the chain reported sales increase of 2.5 percent over the previous year.

Prior to the New Year, the ARC put a call out for year-end donations, resulting in a lower response than usual from the community. The ARC reported a 20 percent drop in donors in the last two weeks of 2012, yet actual donations surged to 40 tons more merchandise than in 2011.

“While it may sound like a lot of product, it’s really only enough to get us through one day of sales across our metro Detroit thrift stores,” said Idzior. “The need for donations remains prominent in our stores and warehouses.”

Every donation results in funding for The Salvation Army’s ARC programs. These rehabilitation facilities are independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

The ARC is a key part of TSA’s mission, and offers substance-abusing adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives through a voluntary, short-term residential self-help program. Through these programs, people ideally earn the dignity, self-esteem and personal strength that will allow them to resist the desire to abuse a substance and regain their rightful place as contributing members of society.

Last year the ARC Provided essential services including 343,632 meals, 98,208 nights lodging, 78,238 counseling sessions, 43,806 worship/Christian education sessions and served 1,919 individuals in residence.  All free of charge.

“These donations fund our rehabilitation program. The Facility in Detroit serves 300 men. The facility in Romulus holds 80 women. They’re going through issues in their life, dealing with substance abuse and different additctions. We help them get their life in order, be productive.

And you’ll have two new spots to shop soon. The Salvation Army is adding its newest thrift store March 9 in Taylor. The store is located at 9830 Telegraph Rd. in front of the Oakwood Heritage Hospital. And to give some time to our friends over at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, it recently announced it will open its first retail store in Oakland County this year.

The Commerce location is scheduled to open in June. The new 15,000 square foot store, located at the corner of Haggerty and Crumb roads, north of Maple Road, is now under construction. It will be the third Goodwill store in Metro Detroit, following successful operations in Canton and Dearborn, and the first to be located in newly constructed retail space.

Donations of gently used clothing, linen, household appliances, furniture, toys, shoes, purses and housewares are accepted at all Salvation Army thrift store donation centers.  Donation centers are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For specific hours of your local Salvation Army thrift store, visit www.salarmythrift.com.

 
 As Posted on 2/8/13 on FreeIsMyLife.com

March into Spring with the help of the Salvation Army's MArch MAyhem SAle. All 33 metro Detroit Salvation Aamy thrift stores locations will offer 50 percent off clothing from 7am to 10pm on Saturday, March 2th.

“Spring is a time of rebirth,” said Merle Mille, administrator of the Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). “When you shop at our family thrift stores, you’re not only getting great deals and giving new life to the items you purchase. You’re helping provide the beneficiaries of our Detroit and Romulus rehabilitation centers with opportunities for a fresh start.”

In addition to 50 percent savings on clothing, shoppers will have opportunities to pick up great deals on accessories, home goods, and other items with bonus sales announced at individual stores throughout the day in other departments.

Proceeds from all stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers, independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

All 33 Metro Detroit Salvation Army stores will be participating in this sale.  See the list below to find a store near you

 
 As posted on 12/6/12 in The Oakland Press

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit and Walmart are asking the community to give this holiday season during The Salvation Army “Fill the Truck” Toy and Coat Drive from 9 a.m.—5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at all Walmart locations.

During this one day event, Salvation Army Corps Community Center officers and volunteers will hand out wish lists to Walmart customers as they enter the stores. Customers will have the opportunity to buy items from the list to fulfill local families’ wishes by providing them with toys and warm coats this holiday season. Supporters can drop toys and coats into bins located outside of Walmart locations. Salvation Army trucks will be parked outside to collect the purchased items.

Throughout the holidays, Detroit area Walmart stores are hosting The Salvation Army’s red kettles and bell ringers through Monday, Dec. 24.All donations made to the red kettles will remain in the community and help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to metro Detroiters in need all year long.

“Last year, The Salvation Army distributed more than 5,000 coats and 90,000 toys to local children in need. The ‘Fill the Truck’ event will enable us to help more families than we have in the past,” said Major Mark Anderson, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander of The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “We are thankful to Walmart for allowing us to collect toys and coats at their store fronts, as well as the iconic red kettles for the 2012 Red Kettle Campaign.”

In addition, more than 25 Walmart stores throughout the area will host Angel Tree Programs. Angel Trees are filled with tags containing the age/gender description and a suggested gift item for someone who otherwise might not receive a gift this Christmas. Walmart customers are encouraged to choose an “angel” from the tree, buy a gift and return it, unwrapped, to Walmart to surprise a child on Christmas morning. The Salvation Army welcomes such age-appropriate gifts such as clothes, sporting goods, toys, backpacks and books.

This year, the Walmart Foundation also made a $1 million donation to The Salvation Army’s national Red Kettle Campaign.

To make a tax deductible contribution toward The Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Campaign:

  • Visit www.salmich.org
  • Call 877-SAL-MICH
  • Text “GOODMICH” to 80888* (an automatic $10 donation)
  • Send a check or money order, made payable to The Salvation Army, to: 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075
 
 As posted on 10/26/12 on Daily Tribune

The Detroit Zoological Society and The Salvation Army will conduct a donation drive to collect clothing and household goods for two consecutive weekends in November. Donations of clothing and household goods can be made at the Detroit Zoo Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story ran in print and online.

 
 As posted on 10/24/12 on Hometown
The Detroit Zoological Society and The Salvation Army will conduct a donation drive to collect clothing and household goods during two consecutive weekends in November at the Detroit Zoo. 

Donors can drop off used but usable clothing and household goods at The Salvation Army truck in the zoo’s front parking lot beneath the landmark water tower Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

A tax receipt will be available upon request at the time of donation. Contributions to the drive can be made without entering the zoo; however, regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the zoo.
 
 As Posted on 9/24/12 on www.WestBloomfield.Patch.com

The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will host a donation drive at the Household Hazardous Waste Day recycling event in West Bloomfield Township on September 29.
                     
A Salvation Army truck will be parked on the north side of the West Bloomfield Township Hall from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept residents’ donations of gently used clothing, furniture and household goods.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection provides a way for West Bloomfield residents to properly dispose of hazardous household items in a single trip. These items include paint, expired medications, computer parts and more.

 
As Posted on 5/9/12 on www.HometownLife.com

The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will be hosting a week-long donation drive in conjunction with the organization’s seventh annual Doing the Most Good Week, May 12-20.

The community is encouraged to kick off their spring cleaning by donating gently used clothing, electronics and household items at any of the 32 thrift stores located throughout metro Detroit.

In addition to the in-store donation drive, the ARC will be posting donation trucks at various locations throughout the metropolitan Detroit, including Northville.

Northville’s County Club Village will host its annual community-wide donation drive from 9:15 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 19. Every year, the community of 350 homes collects goods for the ARC. All Northville residents are welcome to participate.

All proceeds from the DMG Week donation drive benefits The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers Program for both men and women, which are independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation programs for adults.

“In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own lives,” said Merle Miller, administrator of TSA ARC. “Doing the Most Good Week reminds us how easy it is for us to make an impact on the lives of others.”

 
 As Posted on 5/9/12 on My Fox Detroit

A Doing the Most Good Week collection drive kicks off at all 32 metro Detroit Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores on May 14 and runs through Saturday, May 19. Individuals and families are encouraged to Do the Most Good by cleaning out their closets and donating gently used clothing, furniture and electronics to help those in need.For those who can’t make it to The Salvation Army’s thrift stores, Salvation Army trucks will be making pit stops in local communities throughout the week:

  • Troy: On Thursday, May 17, Hill Elementary School will be hosting “Bring your Donation to School Day” from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Each student is asked to bring one bag of donations they will individually hand off to The Salvation Army truck. Additionally, parents of the students are encouraged to drop off larger donations before school begins.
  • Roseville: On Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, the City of Roseville will host a donation drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the city office complex near Gratiot Avenue and Common Road.
  • Grosse Pointe: On Saturday, May 19, Salvation Army donation trucks will be collecting donations near Moross Road and Mack Avenue. Residents can drop off their goods between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Northville: The Country Club Village in Northville will host a community-wide donation drive on Saturday, May 19 from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m
 
 As Posted on 2/26/12 on www.HometownLife.com

Elaine Molloy knows where she will be on Saturday, March 3 — at the 50 percent off March Madness sale on clothing that will take place at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Garden City. That's when all clothing purchases will be half off. Personal checks won't be accepted, just cash, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards.

The store is a weekly favorite for Molloy, a retired Target employee. She considers shopping at this store a hobby. “I take photos of pictures and I go home and research them, if there is a name on it.” Molloy said. She loves the artwork , glassware, clothing. and old furniture. “You just never know what you will find,” she said. “I bring my grandchildren up here on the weekends and say, ‘Go for it.'”

Find a bargain

Molloy, a married mother of two and grandmother of four, knows where to find a bargain. “Grandma is no fool,” she said. “They have to go by color on the tag. It's so much fun.” A different 50 percent off color tag is offered Monday through Thursday weekly. On Friday and Saturday, the sale is five for $5. In today's economy, people can't afford to buy nice things at high original retail prices. “You can come in here and feel good about your sale,” said Rhoda Koger, the senior store supervisor. “Our stores are nice and clean. They don't have that thrift store smell.” “We wanted to bring some excitement to the month of March. Everybody knows about March Madness. This gives people another chance at buying our already discounted items and to bring excitement into the stores,” she added.

There are 32 thrift stores in southeastern Michigan, including stores in Canton Township, Livonia, Southfield and Royal Oak which will all have the March Madness sale. On that day, the Garden City store will open two hours earlier at 7 a.m. and close about 10 p.m. The store is located on Ford, east of Middlebelt.

The locals know there are routinely bargains to be found. At the beginning of the week, a specific color tag is designated that half off sale of the week. That color tag designates the clothing has been on the floor for about four weeks.

Proceeds from all stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center, an independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

“The center is where we house men and women who have substance abuse problems.” Koger said.

Sold at store

All clothing donated to the store is sold at the store. Needy families must go through a process and are given a voucher to come into the store for items. A corps office is located in the Dearborn Heights and Wayne-Westland areas, Koger said. Clothing is the number one seller in the store. “We offer a variety of very high quality clothing at very low prices,” Koger said. “Everybody comes in with their own unique things that they are looking for. So, we try to cater to everybody.”

In the Bric and Brac area, the housewares department, customers can find everything from an iron skillet to a crystal vase, she said.

Koger estimates that about 900-1,000 people come through the store weekly. On Wednesdays, seniors get 25 percent off and once a month there is a Super Seniors Day with 33 percent off.

“About 3,600 items hit the floor daily,” Koger said.

 
As Posted on 2/17/12 on www.RoyalOak.Patch.com

According to Woody, Michigan’s version of the weather predicting groundhog, we’re in for an early Spring! What better time to start looking for that new spring wardrobe? Stop by The Salvation Army March Madness sale for a fresh look for a fraction of department store prices.

Saturday, March 3, 2012, The Salvation Army will be offering 50 percent off their already discount prices during its annual March Madness sale. Come and pick up fresh looks for the whole family but hurry, the March Madness sale is one day only.

The sale will take place at all 32 Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores throughout metro-Detroit, including the high-end Sally’s on 4th in Royal Oak and the dollar-store on Michigan Avenue in Detroit. To add to the “madness” each of the stores will announce exclusive “limited time-only” sales throughout the day on furniture, accessories and so much more. 

“Providing appropriate clothing for Michigan’s ever-changing weather can be difficult for many families,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center, or ARC. “So we provide affordable, high-quality, low-price clothing so our customers outfit themselves and their families every season.”

Proceeds from all stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center, an independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.

 
 As Posted on 1/17/12 on  www.DetroitNews.com

The Salvation Army Family & Thrift Stores will accept new and gently used clothing and household goods during the 30th annual Plymouth Ice Festival this weekend.

Donations can be dropped off from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the charity's truck, which will be parked on Main Street South at West Ann Arbor Trail. Collected items will be sold in the Salvation Army's 32 stores in Metro Detroit.

The free Plymouth Ice Festival features ice sculpture competitions, food vendors, merchants, entertainment and more.

For more information, call (313) 965-7760 or visit www.salarmythrift.com.

 

As Posted On 1/9/12 on www.HomeTownLife.com

Here is a partial schedule for the 30th annual Plymouth Ice Festival, which runs Friday, Jan. 20, though Sunday, Jan. 22, in Kellogg Park and on the streets of downtown Plymouth.

Festival hours are 3-9 p.m. Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 21, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 22.; ice sculptures will be on view around the clock, weather permitting.

Friday, Jan. 20

3 p.m. Festival opens. Food and merchandise vendors will be open for business, visitors can watch ice carvers work in Kellogg Park, and the McDonald's Winter Fun Zone, presented by Sun & Snow Sports, will feature activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Also, the “Ice Throne” will be available for photo opportunities.

4-8 p.m. The Salvation Army's Plymouth Corps will be on site to collect clothes for needy residents of the area.

6:30-8 p.m. Members of the Plymouth Whalers will meet the public at Sun & Snow Sports.

7 p.m. Opening ceremony at the main stage at Penniman Avenue and Union Street, featuring the cutting of an “ice ribbon” and an appearance by the Super Grover character from Sesame Street Live!

8 p.m. Lighting of the Fire & Ice torch in Kellogg Park.

Saturday, Jan. 21

10 a.m. Festival opens. In addition to vendors, carving demonstrations, sculpture displays and winter sports, activities will include a Family Zone on Forest between Ann Arbor Trail and Wing, with a petting farm (until 5 p.m.) and pony rides for children. Businesses on the strip will offer specials.

12 p.m. The individual competition for college carvers begins in Kellogg Park.

12-3 p.m. A live Radio Disney show at the main stage.

12-4 p.m. The Salvation Army's Plymouth Corps will be on site to collect clothes for needy residents of the area.

3-4 p.m. Judging and scoring for the college individual carving competition.

4:30 p.m. Awards ceremony, for the individual carving competition, on the main stage.

7 p.m. The “Dueling Chainsaws” speed-carving demonstration on the main stage.

8 p.m. The Fire and Ice torch will be relighted.

Sunday, Jan. 22

10 a.m. Festival opens.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Petting farm near the intersection of Forest and Ann Arbor Trail.

11 a.m. Ice carving competition for college teams begins in Kellogg Park.

12-4 p.m. The Salvation Army's Plymouth Corps will be on site to collect clothes for needy residents of the area.

3 p.m. Judging and scoring for the college team carving competition.

4:30 p.m. Awards ceremony, for the team carving competition, on the main stage.

6 p.m. Festival closes.

For more information, visit the festival's page on Facebook; updates are also expected to be available on its website, www.plymouthicefestival.com.

 
 As posted on 1/9/12 on www.LookupDetroit.com

Planning a trip to the 30th Annual Plymouth Ice Festival later this month? Brave the cold, see the Arctic art and do some good in the process by bringing your gently used goods to The Salvation Army Family & Thrift Stores’ truck that will be parked on Main Street South, at West Ann Arbor Trail, in downtown Plymouth.

The charity will accept donations of new and gently used clothing and household goods from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22.

Collected items will be sold in The Salvation Army’s 32 stores in metro Detroit.

The Salvation Army, a supporting sponsor at the Plymouth Ice Festival, strives to carry a wide variety of merchandise in its stores throughout the year. The stores are an affordable alternative for decorating and entertaining needs, children’s clothing and toys, fun and funky gift items for vintage fashionistas, books and much more.

“We are grateful to the Plymouth Ice Festival organizers for hosting our truck all three days of such a well-established, well-attended event. I urge everyone attending to please consider bringing a few bags or boxes of those gently used items you no longer need at home, as we work to fill our stores with quality merchandise that’s both attractive and affordable to everyone,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center.

The Salvation Army also encourages organizations to host collection drives on the charity’s behalf, as it works to stock its warehouses with good, quality merchandise to sell in 2012. Interested groups, such as churches or businesses, are encouraged to call Donation Specialist Stephanie Franks at 313-999-0643 for more information.

All store proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers, which provide free, six-month substance abuse rehabilitation for men and women in the area. These programs are independently funded, and receive no assistance from the government.

Founded by William Booth in London, England, in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. The ARC is an integral part of TSA’s mission, and offers substance-abusing adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives through a voluntary, short-term residential self-help program designed to establish a sense of dignity, self-esteem and personal strength that will allow them to resist the desire to abuse a substance and regain their rightful place as contributing members of society. Completely self-funded, the ARC draws its entire operating budget from the revenue of the 32 Salvation Army Thrift Stores located in Southeast Michigan.

 
 As posted on 12/6/11 on www.Bloomfield-Mi.Patch.com

 The Detroit Zoological Society and The Salvation Army will conduct a donation drive to collect clothing and household goods at the Detroit Zoo.

Donors can drop off used but usable clothing and household goods at The Salvation Army truck in the zoo’s front parking lot beneath the landmark water tower 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10-11.

Regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the zoo; however, contributions to the drive can be made without entering the zoo. A tax receipt will be available upon request at the time of donation.

Donations to The Salvation Army’s Thrift Stores generate total funding for the organization’s Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center’s 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults. The program provides food, shelter, education and counseling services to those re-establishing their lives free from alcohol and chemical dependencies.

 
 As posted on 11/30/11 on www.Troy.Patch.com

 In addition to collecting money, the Salvation Army also collects used clothing and household goods all year long. Goods can be dropped-off at any local Salvation Army stores.

In addition, the Detroit Zoo will be aiding efforts in the coming weeks by hosting its own donation drive. Those interested in donating can drop off household goods and clothing to the Salvation Army trucks parked in the Zoo’s parking lot beneath the water tower. Drop-off dates are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11.

 
 As Posted on 11/29/11 on www.Brighton.Patch.com

The front door of Livingston County's Salvation Army Thrift Store was discovered smashed with a rock on Thanksgiving morning, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Department.

Nothing was reported stolen, although four cash registers were found open slightly, according to a police report. A rock was found about 10 feet inside with glass strewn inside and outside the store, 7000 W Grand River Ave, in Genoa Township, the report said.

Police said the vandalism occurred between 9 p.m. Wednesday and about 9:50 a.m. Thursday, according a 74-year-old Genoa Township man who lives in the area and called 911 after he saw the door damaged.

There are no suspects, the report said. The assistant manager told police he knew of no one who could have done this, the report said.

The cost to replace the door is estimated at $400.

A Detroit-area spokesman for charity's thrift stores did not return a call from Hartland Patch on Tuesday seeking comment.

Capt. Jenny Ortman, who co-runs the Salvation Army of Livingston County but is not in charge of the store, said the vandalism is disheartening to the charity, adding she's concerned that the organization was targeted. Ortman said said after learning about it, the charity's Howell center was checked but nothing had happened.

"The idea they would do that on Thanksgiving is extra disgusting," she said.

 
 As posted on 10/26/11 on www.RoyalOak.Patch.com

As designers showcase their latest fall fashions, join The Salvation Army and choose a fashion that never goes out of style – recycling.

By shopping resale – for “recycled” apparel – individuals are setting a new trend and giving old styles a modern look, all while helping those in need. The Salvation Army is kicking off the recycling season with help from New Balance shoes.

As part of the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle program, New Balance has launched a new recycled shoe. In the ultimate recycling move, they are asking consumers to donate them to The Salvation Army when they are done.

The New Balance newSKY is constructed of 95 percent PET recycled plastic bottles, making it the most “green” shoe on the market, with one version for men and two for women. For more information about newSKY, visit http://www.newbalance.com/wellness/newsky/

Apart from New Balance, shopping resale stores like The Salvation Army is the ultimate way to recycle. According to the Association of Resale Professionals, the resale industry survives, grows and thrives during economic downturns. Shopping at The Salvation Army cuts back on access spending and allows you and your family to wear the latest, must-have looks with personal flair.

“Recycling has a positive impact, both socially and economically, in our community. This New Balance promotion in particular allows individuals to literally “walk” in someone else’s shoes,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. “We support New Balance for encouraging their consumers to donate their newSKY recycled shoes to The Salvation Army.”

Proceeds from all 32 Salvation Army stores benefit the nonprofit’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers, which provide free substance abuse rehabilitation for men and women in the area. The Salvation Army programs are independently funded, and receive no assistance from the government.

 
 As posted on 10/26/11 on www.FreeIsMyLife.com

The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center on Michigan Avenue in Detroit is offering all items for only $1 as of October 1, 2011.

The price change will remain indefinitely as The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center continues to revitalize this location.

Shoppers can purchase a variety of items, such as shoes, hats, purses, clothing and household goods, all for just $1, excluding orange tag items.

“We are proud to offer such an outstanding value for this community and the entire area,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. “We know this will attract many shoppers looking for our top quality items at a truly rock bottom price.”

The store will continue to participate in weekly 50 percent off sales like The Salvation Army’s other 31 thrift store locations as well, making hundreds of items available for just 50 cents at any given time.

The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center is located at 7640 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI, 48210. For more information, please call (313) 965-7760.

Like all of its stores, proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers, which provide free substance abuse rehabilitation for men and women in the area. The Salvation Army programs are independently funded, and receive no assistance from the government.

 
 As posted on 10/6/11 on www.LookupDetroit.com

The price change will remain indefinitely as The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center continues to revitalize this location.

Shoppers can purchase a variety of items, such as shoes, hats, purses, clothing and household goods, all for just $1, excluding orange tag items.

“We are proud to offer such an outstanding value for this community and the entire area,” said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center. “We know this will attract many shoppers looking for our top quality items at a truly rock bottom price.”

The store will continue to participate in weekly 50 percent off sales like The Salvation Army’s other 31 thrift store locations as well, making hundreds of items available for just 50 cents at any given time.

The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center is located at 7640 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI, 48210. For more information, please call (313) 965-7760.

Like all of its stores, proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers, which provide free substance abuse rehabilitation for men and women in the area. The Salvation Army programs are independently funded, and receive no assistance from the government.

 

As posted on 8/17/11 on www.DailyTribune.com

ROYAL OAK -- The Salvation Army is collecting gently used clothing and household goods through Saturday at Olga's Kitchen, 30332 Woodward Ave.

A truck is in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, which is the day of the Woodward Dream Cruise.

The nonprofit group is taking donations of apparel items for adults and children in addition to accessories, linens, home décor and other nearly new goods to sell in its 32 metro Detroit area family and thrift stores. Those who donate will also receive a discount coupon to use in any of the thrift stores.

"We are so thankful to Olga's Kitchen for hosting us the whole week. We need gently used clothing and household items, and we'll be providing tax donation receipts on site as well," said Merle Miller, administrator of The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center.

The goods will be sold in the thrift stores with proceeds going to the center, which provides free substance abuse rehabilitation for men and women in the area

 

 
 
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