Adult Rehabilitation Center

For more 100 years The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers have provided spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Centers offer residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment.

The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.

Each 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 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 ARC program is made possible through the generosity of those who donate goods that can be sold in our family stores and provide services that are made available to the participants of our programs.

To learn more, visit or see Austin area store locations here. Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK to request a donation pickup.

4216 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78745

The ARC is completely funded through sales at the four Salvation Army Family Stores in Austin.

For your convenience, here is a list of additional items that are not accepted:

  • Paint contaniers
  • Perishable foods
  • Plastic swimming pool
  • Pool table
  • Sand boxes
  • Stained & torn mattresses
  • Store fixtures
  • Strollers
  • Swing sets
  • Tube TV’s
  • Textbooks
  • Tires (not on rims)
  • Venetian blinds
  • Waterbed frames or mattresses
  • Window coverings
  • Wood dog kennels (plastic-OK & clean)
  • Desktop computers (laptops OK)
  • Computer monitors (flat screen ok)
  • Futons
  • IKEA
  • Baby Cribs
  • Batteries
  • Building material
  • Built in stove
  • Built in microwaves
  • Dishwashers
  • Central A/C’s & Furnaces
  • Hot water heaters
  • Furniture with rips/tears/stains
  • Home made furniture
  • Hospital beds
  • Copiers (large or desktop)
  • Unframed mirrors
  • Magazines
  • Medical equipment (crutches & wheelchairs OK)
  • Metal bed springs
  • Modular office furniture
  • Office desks
  • Office dividers

Who is Eligible?

Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be.

A long-term commitment of at least six months is required so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices – changes that will help them become productive citizens of their community.

Applicants with a desire to get help may be referred by families, friends, courts, clergy and community leaders or may simply call the Intake Office at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) to make an appointment or get more information about local ARC programs.

For more information about the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Austin, click here.

Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council

Robin Pope
KPG Commercial

Wm. Terry Bray
Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

Nadeen Gray, MD
Austin Diagnostic Clinic

Frances B. Hamm

Todd Michalowski
J & M PLLC. Services

Clarence Pietsch

Blake Berns
Congress Energy

Clayton Shorkey, PhD
The University of Texas School of Social Work

William Gammon*

William Gammon Insurance

Dick Rathgeber
Rathgeber Properties

Philip Sanders
Retired Judge

Laurie Shanblum
Correction Corporation of America

Lynda Shanblum
Austin Regional Clinic

Mark Shields
Primus Real Estate Services

Constable Drew McAngus
Travis County Precinct 3

Scott Merritt
Back On My Feet

Ex Officio

Major Lewis Reckline
Major Jacqulyn Reckline

The Salvation Army
Austin Area Commanders

Captain Brett Cundiff
Captain Kimberly Cundiff

The Salvation Army
Adult Rehabilitation Center Administrators

*The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board