May 2015
Ronald Reagan (1984 Memorial Day Ceremonies)

New Battle Creek Store is Open May 1st

                                                                  Hello, my name is Jamie Abang and I am currently the Store Manager at the Battle Creek Salvation Army Family Thrift  Store. I have been with the Salvation Army for almost 8 years and thoroughly enjoy my job and believe in the mission of   the Salvation Army Thrift Stores. I have found it to be a very rewarding experience to know that my work has helped hundreds maybe even thousands of men and women who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and their families. 

        My Management team Greg, Cindy, and Tracy and my entire staff would like to THANK YOU for all your support and loyalty over the years and hope to continue seeing you at our new location at 294 Highland, next to Planet Fitness. We have been working very hard over the last few weeks in anticipating our opening on May 1st. This move is truely a blessing and an honor to provide you with a totally new, clean and pleasant shopping atmosphere. We have missed you  all over the last few weeks and can not wait to see you soon.

Don't forget Friday, May 1st at 9 am will be our Grand Opening at 294 Highland next to Planet Fitness.

Beneficiary of the Month 
Reginald King

     Before coming to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), my life was unmanageable. I started working when I was 14 at a grocery store in Missouri. I started drinking socially with co-workers and friend in town. We moved from Missouri and I found a new job and l knew I had to stop drinking to get my high school diploma. I am the first in my Family to get a diploma, but over the years my drink had progressed.

     Here now at the ARC, I feel happy again working as a janitor. There are challenges from day to day, that remind me of the days when I worked at the Marriott. There are many differences though too. The biggest being my recovery. I trust my high power to bring out the fullness of goodness out of me. The ARC has helped me achieve a spiritual growth. It is comforting and a privilege to be encouraged and have help with my medical needs. The ARC has helped me move on to a healthier frame of mind and emotions, calming my mind and body into the knowledge of not being alone in my recovery. 

     I now look forward to playing a few games of bowling, chess, and dominoes without the weight of addictions on my shoulders, and maybe even some needlepoint. I would like to close with this thought: "I am hoping God will work in a way I cannot see, but always help us all in our recovery. " 

We'd love for you to donate your gently used items.

Our Salvation Army truck will be at the following locations for your convenience.

Saturday, May 9  ~          Family Fare - Wyoming, Mi.  

Saturday, May 16 ~          D & W - Caledonia, Mi.

Saturday, May 30~         D & W - East Grand Rapids

The Salvation Army Grand Rapids ARC
1491 Division Ave. South
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Majors Roger and Cecilia Senn, Administrators