Gary Adult Rehabilitation Center General Information
The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Gary is a long-term residential rehabilitation facility primarily serving men between the ages of 21 and 65 who have substance abuse issues, emotional instability or other social problems. The Gary ARC provides food, clothing, housing, counseling and support for up to 110 men at a time. This is a six month rehabilitation program; however, men are allowed to stay up to one year.
The Gary ARC is fully self supporting and does not receive any outside monetary assistance or government grants. The services offered at this facility are solely funded by the sale of donated items at our Salvation Army Family Stores in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois.
The Gary ARC is near downtown Gary. It is situated on two bus routes and is within walking distance of the Metro Center (main bus station, South Shore train and Greyhound).
The Recovery Program
The cornerstone of the recovery program is spiritual development. Bible study classes and chapel services help provide the spiritual experience which is crucial in the recovery process. Additional classes in Christian living and recovery augment the experience. Residents are also required to participate in a variety of classes specifically formulated to assist them in the recovery process. These classes include anger management, chemical dependency, domestic violence, relapse prevention and reentry into society. Additional classes are offered by the Napolean Hill Foundation. Attendance at local outside Narcotics Anonymous and/or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings is required. Individual and group counseling is mandatory for each resident. GED and literacy classes are provided as needed.
As part of the rehabilitation program, residents are required to participate in work therapy for forty hours per week. Work therapy assignments are performed at the main center and at the Family Superstores. There are positions available in a wide range of fields. Work therapy positions include: store and truck helpers, warehouse and loading dock workers, maintenance men, custodians, cooks and cook’s assistants, short order cooks, scrappers, communications and dispatch operators, telemarketers, IT assistants, clerical workers, receptionists and supervisory positions.
Living Quarters and House Rules
Residents are housed in dorm rooms with up to eight men in a room. Bedding and a full length locker is provided. Each man is responsible for keeping his area clean and neat. Residents are required to shower and shave on a daily basis. Beards are not allowed. Mustaches cannot extend below the mouth. Hair may not be longer than collar length. No jewelry other than a wrist watch and wedding band is allowed.
Residents must wear acceptable clothing at all times (work clothes for work therapy, suit and tie for chapel, appropriate leisure clothing, etc.). Clothing is provided to all men who enter the program. The laundry room has washers and dryers available to residents from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Ironing boards and irons are also provided.
Three meals are served daily in the cafeteria. In the evenings, the Canteen offers short order meals and a variety of snacks. The Canteen has a large screen TV and viewing area.
Along with the Canteen, the center also offers:
- A library for quiet reading and study
- An additional TV room with a large screen television
- Pay phones with reduced rates
- A barber shop
- A game room with a pool table, table tennis, chess, dominos and a variety of board games
- An exercise room with free weights, various weight machines and treadmills
Initially, residents are placed on a 30 day restriction, meaning that they cannot leave the center for the first 30 days. After successful completion of the initial thirty days, residents are allowed one 24 hour pass and one 48 hour pass each month. In the evenings and on weekends (outside of work therapy and classes), residents are allowed to leave the center. Daily curfew is at 10:30 PM (11:30 PM on Saturdays).
There are no fees for the program for men who do not have any income. Men receiving outside income such as social security will be asked to pay a portion of that income to help defray the cost of the program. Residents are also asked to relinquish their food stamps to The Salvation Army.
If you would like more information, please contact:
Ivier McSwine, Director Of Rehabilitation Services
Toll Free: 1-800-348-8700
The intake department is open from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
If you have an urgent need or need to be admitted outside of normal business hours or on a weekend, call one of the above phone numbers immediately and a supervisor will assist you.
Gary ARC Advisory Council
- Loy Roberson
- Bill Hill
- Dorothy Lee
- Brett McDermott
- Radley Robinson
- Mary Ann Torian
- Jacqueline Lee
- Josh Caddick