Adult Rehabilitation Center


Among Austin’s “invisible” population are many who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.  The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for these individuals.

The ARC offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. Specifically, The Salvation Army provides each program participant with good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, and resources that help them to develop the life skills needed when they leave the ARC.

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.

4216 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78745

The ARC is completely funded through sales at the four Salvation Army Family Stores in Austin.

Who is Eligible?

Every potential participant undergoes a comprehensive intake interview to ensure the ARC program is the best possible match for them. If the interview process determines it’s not, we’ll make every effort to refer them to a program that will be.

A long-term commitment of at least six months is required so patterns of poor decision-making can be broken and replaced with positive life choices – changes that will help them become productive citizens of their community.

Applicants with a desire to get help may be referred by families, friends, courts, clergy and community leaders or may simply call the Intake Office at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) to make an appointment or get more information about local ARC programs.

For more information about the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Austin, click here.

Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council

Wm. Terry Bray
Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

Mary Evins
Evins Personnel, Inc.

William Gammon*
William Gammon Insurance

Laura Grant
Civic Leader

Nadeen Gray, MD
Family Practice

Keith Lanford
Austin Trust Company

Todd Michalowski
J & M Insurance Services

Clarence Pietsch

Robin Pope
Kemp Properties

Dick Rathgeber
Rathgeber Properties

Dan Remick
Austin Trust Company

Philip Sanders
Retired Judge

Laurie Shanblum
Correction Corporation of America

Lynda Shanblum
Austin Regional Clinic

Mark Shields
Primus Real Estate Services

Clayton Shorkey, PhD
The University of Texas School of Social Work

Rev. Bill Wigmore
Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Ex Officio

Major Andy Kelly
The Salvation Army – Austin Area Command

Major David Sams
The Salvation Army ARC

Major Bobbie Sams
The Salvation Army ARC

*The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board