The words to that hymn have deep meaning for people all over the world. And, for the men and women who were lost in addictions to drug and alcohol but now are found in sobriety, it means even more.
"Amazing Grace" TV spot
Our newest ad, coming to a television near you, is called “Amazing Grace.” It showcases the lives you save through the items donated to our Thrift Stores.
You see, everything you give to our Thrift Stores is sold to raise financial support that gives men and women who need it access to no-cost drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
This beautiful ad not only celebrates the grace that saves men and women every day, but it honors the part you play in it too. Once you watch, I think you’ll see what I mean. Thank you.
Featured right now on The Salvation Army’s YouTube Channel – “Amazing Grace.”
ABCNews.com featured a beautiful story this week about a woman named Delora who spent twenty years of her life addicted to drugs, in jail, homeless, and in and out of rehab five times.
The last time Delora decided to get clean of drugs, she meant it. And, she credits the holistic ministry she found at The Salvation Army’s First Choice program in Fort Worth, Texas with much of her success. She needed a place to live: she got one. She needed the support of firm, caring counselor: she got that too. And she learned important life skills at First Choice that she’d never mastered in her previous life. Things like meal preparation, budgeting, stress management, etc.
Her story is proof positive that simply moving homeless people into “affordable housing” isn’t the answer. Years spent living on the street, battling addictions, and brushes with the law doesn’t prepare people to live on their own productively. The only way to help people whose lives have become chaotic like Delora’s is to give them plenty of time in a supportive environment to learn new ways of coping with life.
Delora has done that and so much more. After receiving her associate degree from junior college in 2004, Delora graduated from University of North Texas on December 13 – magna cum laude – with a degree in rehabilitation studies.
The mother of four works as a drug counselor at Hutchins State Jail and will begin pursuing her master’s degree later this month and her her long-range goal of becoming a prison chaplain.
Reading stories like Delora’s are one of the great benefits of working for The Salvation Army. No, they don’t all turn out like Delora’s but by God’s grace, so many of them do.
Congratulations Delora! (read more about her story at ABCNews.com)
In San Diego there’s a Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (we call them ARCs) which serves people who’ve lost their way because of drug and /or alcohol dependency. There are dozens of these no-cost centers around the US that are supported by the revenue generated at our Thrift Stores.
Tonight, a man named Joe will not only celebrate a new year, he’ll ring in a new life free of a crippling addiction to alcohol. Like a lot of men and women treated at our ARCs, he began drinking to celebrate the good in his life and numb the bad, until the alcohol ruined everything he had.
Now he has a new way – and a new reason – to celebrate. Click on this link to read more of his story. Joe, congratulations on your graduation from The Salvation Army San Diego Adult Rehabilitation Center. And, Happy New Year!