Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores in Arizona recently began a phased reopening.
In accordance with health department guidelines, shoppers are asked to stay 6 feet apart to maintain social distancing and wear a cloth face covering, according to a release.
In addition, fitting rooms will be closed, and each store will limit the number of shoppers at any given time. Staff will be on hand at each storefront to manage safe entry.
The reopening of the stores is an important step toward financial security for the no-fee, residential adult rehabilitation centers that are funded by the sale of donated items in The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Stores. The drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers have been without necessary funding for more than eight weeks, the release states.
“We are thrilled to reopen our family thrift stores, even at limited capacity, as we know our donors and customers alike are anxious to support us," Maj. Darren Stratton, Phoenix ARC administrator for business, said in the release. "Their donations and purchases are essential to funding our no-fee, six-month residential rehabilitation program for men and women from all over Arizona. We cannot sustain our critical program services without the support of donors and customers.”
The first three stores to reopen on May 15 and operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, were:
When buying items offered in re-sale stores, best practices include:
Shoppers who feel more comfortable shopping online are encouraged to visit ShopTheSalvationArmy.com.
The Salvation Army has been helping Arizonans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services for more than 125 years.
The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, clothing and shelter for the homeless, disaster and heat relief, senior activity and outreach, adult rehabilitation, and opportunities for underprivileged children.
Approximately 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support its life-transforming social services. Go to SalvationArmyPhoenix.org.