Bridgeport Family Store(L-R Lamond Daniels, Project Manager for Neighborhood Initiatives from Mayor Bill Finch’s Office; Councilwoman Melanie Jackson, from the 138th Upper East Side; Lt Colonel Hugh Steele, Adult Rehabilitation Centers Eastern Territory Commander; and Captain Leo Lloyd, Southern New England Administrator, getting ready to cut the ribbon and welcome the new shoppers.)

New Family Store Opens in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT – On Saturday, March 7, The Salvation Army opened its new Bridgeport Family Store at 345 Huntington Turnpike. A large crowd of dignitaries and shoppers showed up for the "ribbon cutting" and grand opening of this "newest family store." This family store replaces the old Thrift Store that was located on East Main Street. Captain Leo Lloyd, Jr., who oversees the Adult Rehabilitation Centers in Southern New England, said, "Our new Family Store will offer more selections and bargains that appeal to everyone. This location will provide our customers with a better shopping experience and should generate heavier customer traffic to help support our social services work. We really look forward to contributing to the community at all levels."

Bridgeport Family Store(Captain Leo Lloyd welcoming the early shoppers to the new Bridgeport Family Store opening.)

The Huntington Turnpike store is designed to improve the shopping experience for Salvation Army customers and includes 10,000 square feet of shopping space, filled with bargain-priced clothing, household items, electronics, books, toys, furniture and collectibles. Budget–conscious shoppers will also appreciate the store’s even deeper "Family Day" discounts on Wednesdays and other special sales throughout the week. The new location will provide customers with a much larger shopping space, ample free parking and will be open Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m..

For additional information about the new store, please call 1-800-SA-Truck (800-728-7825).

Funding Adult Rehabilitation Centers

For over 100 years, The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) have provided spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. The ARCs offer residential housing, work and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The Connecticut ARC is located at 333 Homestead Avenue in Harford and has the capacity to accommodate up to 120 clients.

This physical and spiritual care program prepares participants 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.

Each program participant is provided with a clean and healthy living environment, good food, work therapy, leisure time activities, group and individual counseling, spiritual direction, and resources to develop life skills and a personal relationship with God, as provided by Jesus Christ.

Since we do not solicit government funding for this program, the ARC program is made possible through the generosity of those who donate goods that can be sold in our family stores, providing services that are made available to the participants of our programs. To learn more about our ARCs, click here.