St. Louis (KSDK) - On Wednesday the Salvation Army celebrated 80 years of helping men recover from drug addictions.
More than 900,000 men have gone through the Adult Rehabilitation Center's chemical dependency rehabilitation program.
On Wednesday some current clients in the program graduated to the next level and listened to a big success story.
Five years ago Raven Steele was a drug user and dealer, was shot twice, and even went to jail.
Now he works as the program's communications specialist.
"The Salvation Army no short of saved my life I was given an opportunity to rehabilitate myself and restore myself through going to work every morning, participating in chapel services and counseling services and the consequence of that was a spiritual awakening where you learn that the way you have been living is a slow suicide and it takes an effort on your part to kind of turn the tide," said Steele.
In honor of 80 years the mayor's office declared Wednesday "Salvation Army Arc Day."