By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader
Methodist Hospitals Foundation donated a year’s supply of personal toiletries to Northwest Indiana Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Gary. The supplies included razors, shaving gel, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, slippers, combs, soap and shampoo – many items we all take for granted.
“Again this year, Methodist Hospitals Foundation is privileged to support such a fine organization whose work is improving the quality of life for the many men they serve. We trust that our gift will help strengthen the work of the Northwest Indiana Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center and bring joy to many this holiday season,” said Judy Lindsey, executive director of the Methodist Hospitals Foundation.
The Salvation Army’s Northwest Indiana Adult Rehabilitation Center located in Gary is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program which provides spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for men who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.
The facility, administered by Captains Jason and Ilona Schaal, offers residential housing, group and individual counseling, as well as work therapy for program participants. 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.
A long term commitment of at least six months is required for participation in the Salvation Army’s Northwest Indiana Adult Rehabilitation Center program so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices, which will help them become productive citizens of the community. The ARC program is free to men in the Eastern Illinois and Northwest Indiana region.