Thrift store sales support rehab center
A new Salvation Army Thrift Store is now open on Brewerton Road in Syracuse. The 14,000 square foot store is the eleventh location in Central New York and proceeds from sales go directly to the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Syracuse. Our Brad Vivacqua has more.
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NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The new store in North Syracuse opened last Saturday and is the fourth store to open in Onondaga County. All the sales made from all 11 stores in Central New York support the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center which is located on Erie Boulevard in Syracuse.
The center provides support to individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and other life issues. Adults usually stay at the center for 30 weeks in order to focus on getting their lives back together.
This new store includes everything from bargain priced clothing, home goods, and collectibles made possible by your donations. Officials say clothing and merchandise donations are especially appreciated this time of year. Many of those donations turn to money to help the center operate, helping individuals reshape their lives.
"This is the means that we fund our program. We do not receive government funding for our program, we do not receive United Way funding. It's all through the processing and resale of merchandise and that's a tremendous issue for us right now because, with the economy the way it is, we've been seeing more people come to us," said Major Kevin Schoch, Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center Administrator.
Officials say donations at this time are lower this year compared to the last few years and the non-profit could use your help.
The new store has helped bring 25 new jobs to the area. This store and most locations are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.