2021 Spring Project:
Completed: Salvation Army Victoria Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre
This facility serves 15,000+ meals a month and they need our help.
The Salvation Army ARC is a full-fledged Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre that follows a Continuum of Care approach.
Providing over 140 beds and preparing more than 15,000 meals per month, this multipurpose facility is an integral support system in the community.
Housing men struggling with addiction and poverty, they employ a holistic approach attending to the spiritual, social, physical and psychological well-being.
- Providing community meal services
- Detox services
- Residential addiction treatment
- A correctional halfway house
- Education plus vocational training
- Low-income housing
Like many local charity spaces, The Salvation Army Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre is overdue for a renovation. This project will overhaul their commercial kitchen, some shelter and exterior areas. The comprehensive renovation will increase their sustainability and capacity to offer more meals and beds to those who need it most. Elements include:
- Complete construction of a large commercial kitchen., including new HVAC, electrical, plumbing services, stainless, and much more.
- Installation of new kitchen equipment.
- Updated food service area with a newly configured work flow to increase efficiency.
- Redesign, remediation, and rebuild of the dining area.
- Renovate two residential suites in to dormitories for four to shelter more men
- Re-fresh exterior deficiencies
This value of this project, all in, is $1.1Mil
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Our 2021 Partners
Without these people & companies we wouldn't be able to organize and complete our 2021 Radical Renovations. Thank you to each of them!
Great crew, organization, and atmosphere.Past HeroWork Volunteer
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Great to see all the amazing effort that's gone into this transformation and kudos to everyone who stepped in to help others.Past HeroWork Volunteer
I am very moved by the whole experience & being part of an enthusiastic community effort.Past HeroWork Volunteer
About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre (SA ARC) program is located at 525 Johnson Street in Victoria. It is a full-fledged Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre that follows a Continuum of Care approach, providing community meal service, shelters, detox services, residential addiction treatment, a correctional halfway house, education plus vocational training, and low-income housing for men. Providing over 140 beds and feeding more than 15000 meals per month, they are an integral support system in the community.
The Victoria Addictions and Rehabilitations Centre is a 147 bed facility that has been situated in downtown Victoria for nearly 30 years. The multipurpose facility makes every effort to give its residents the opportunity to live in a safe drug and alcohol-free environment. At the centre of the ARC is a comprehensive addiction recovery program, providing a safe space for clients in recovery, with easy access to services, opportunities for training and employment, while engaging clients in meaningful activities. Through a continuum of care model, they employ a holistic approach to programs that attend to the spiritual, social, physical and psychological well-being of the individual.
People served by SA ARC
Currently providing 147 beds and providing more than 15,000 meals per month. The following areas of service will be impacted through receipt of this renovation with an increased capacity:
- SA ARC Residents
- Free Community Meals for the public
- Packed lunches for clients who are re-entering the workforce
- Meals for their Emergency Disaster Services vehicle (the Hope Van).
Services provided by the SA ARC
We provide programs and services to some of our most vulnerable communities and citizens. Our programs include hunger relief for individuals and families through food banks and meal kitchens; shelter for people experiencing homelessness and those in emergency situations; rehabilitation for people struggling with addiction; long-term and palliative care for the elderly and the disabled; programs for women escaping violence including human trafficking and domestic violence; Christmas assistance such as food hampers and toys; after-school programs, camps and school nutrition programs for children and youth and life-skills education to facilitate social and/or labour market integration.
History of SA ARC Building
The Salvation Army’s Work began in Victoria in 1897 with its first food and shelter facility known as The Salvation Ark. In 1918 The Salvation Army relocated the shelter to a larger building on Johnson Street expanding the offering the opportunity of employment and income to the shelter’s residents. The Salvation Army opened a second Centre in 1956. Located on Yates Street, the facility was named Harbour Light and was for the specific treatment of alcoholism in men. Victoria’s was the third Harbour Light Centre for the treatment of alcoholism to be opened in Canada.
In 1980 the Johnson Street food and shelter facility was demolished and redesigned for a more streamlined operation, and to incorporate the Harbour Lights Centre as well as a new halfway house for men. The facility on Yates Street closed down, and in 1982 the new Johnson Street building was opened and renamed the ARC to reflect both the Centre’s beginnings on Cormorant Street and its capacity as an Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre. The ARC programs and services have since continued to expand in order to serve the ever-increasing and changing needs of our community.
It was a privilege to work with this group of amazing people. I look forward to the next project.