Adult Rehabilitation Centers

Restoring lives!For more than 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 Adult Rehabilitation Center ministry began in 1881 when William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, opened shelters for homeless people on the streets of London, England, and this initiative quickly spread to the U.S.

Persons who have sought our ministry, nurture and healing have come with issues of substance misuse, legal problems, relational conflicts, homelessness, unemployment, and most importantly, a need for spiritual awakening and restoration.


The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center ministries in the U.S. provide an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities. Each beneficiary (program participant) is provided with a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, and resources to assist each person to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God as provided by Jesus Christ.


Since we do not solicit government funding for this program, The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center rehabilitative ministry is made possible through the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses who donate goods that can be sold in our Family Thrift Stores and provide services that are made available to the participants in the program.

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Entry Requirements

A comprehensive in-take interview is required for every potential program participant to ensure that the individual seeking help and the program are a good match. In the event that the interview process determines that the program is not appropriate, every attempt will be made to make a referral to more appropriate help.

Although the core program is bascially the same, ARC programs may vary somewhat from center to center. Each applicant must come with the recognition of a need that can be addressed within the framework of the entire ARC program. A long-term commitment of at least 6 months helps the participants make life choices and changes that, upon re-entry, will enable them to maintain themselves as productive citizens in their community.

Applicants with a desire to get help may be referred by family members, friends, courts, clergy and community leaders, or simply call the Intake Office to make an appointment or get more information.

Program Participation

The ARC program assists the beneficiaries in learning to live a balanced lifestyle. Participation in all program components is required by every beneficiary. We use work therapy to assist persons in learning or re-learning how to be productive, participate cooperatively, follow instructions, contribute towards a goal, and maintain balance. We use individual and group counseling to assist with character formation (a change of thinking and behavior). We offer spiritual direction to help the beneficiaries embrace the practical application of the Christian faith as a lifestyle and encourage them to become established in a church community of their choice. Each center is able to offer other services on site or in conjunction with available community resources.

Adult Rehabilitation Centers for this region are located in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton.

If you wish to make a donation or learn more about the Adult Rehabilitation Center ministry, please visit the ARC web site at