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A Network of State-of-the-Art Community Centers

Providing children and families with opportunities to discover and develop their passions and talents within their own neighborhood.

Find a Kroc Center
A Network of State-of-the-Art Community Centers Image

A Network of State-of-the-Art Community Centers

Providing children and families with opportunities to discover and develop their passions and talents within their own neighborhood.

Find a Kroc Center
A Network of State-of-the-Art Community Centers Image

A Network of State-of-the-Art Community Centers

Providing children and families with opportunities to discover and develop their passions and talents within their own neighborhood.

Find a Kroc Center
A Network of State-of-the-Art Community Centers Image

A Network of State-of-the-Art Community Centers

Providing children and families with opportunities to discover and develop their passions and talents within their own neighborhood.

Find a Kroc Center

The Kroc Centers started with one woman's dream:
Meet Joan Kroc, Philanthropist & Kroc Benefactor

Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children’s social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential. She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community.

Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished here that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like this across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers nationwide

Joan Kroc believed in The Salvation Army's mission, and entrusted them to make her vision a reality.


The Salvation Army Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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Kroc Centers are designed to be an integral part of each unique community.

CREATED AS A RESPONSE TO EACH COMMUNITY'S NEEDS

Every Kroc Center offers classes, services and amenities that are unique to each individual community's needs.

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

Scholarships & reduced price memberships make it possible for everyone to attend life enriching classes and opportunities.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
& WORSHIP

A Church and is a key component of each Center, providing a place for guests to worship and to spread the love of Jesus Christ.

 

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A Place for Everyone

The Kroc Centers were developed to be a place for everyone, regardless of income or social status. Every Kroc Center has a communal space where community members from every walk of life can visit with friends and meet new people.

Mentorship & Youth Development

The future of our communities depends on the success of our youth. Youth development is a key component of Kroc Center programming, and includes youth group, day camp, scouting programs, and more.

Community Outreach

As an extension of The Salvation Army, Kroc Centers provide services to their local communities including food distribution, emergency services, counseling and more. Services vary depending on each community's needs.

Ministry

It is the mission of The Salvation Army to preach the word of Jesus Christ. All Kroc Centers include a place of Worship where weekly church services are held. Our pastors, Officers in The Salvation Army, are available for prayer, counseling and more.

Health & Wellness

A key focus of every Kroc Center is to provide access to health & wellness services. This is available through wellness coaches, state of the art cardio and weight equipment, aquatics facilities for low impact exercise, and more.

Fine Arts, Music & Theatre

Musical education is a proud tradition of The Salvation Army. Youth and adults can learn how to play an instrument, be in the choir or Worship band, and more. Youth and adult theater also take place at many Centers.

Making a difference, one community at a time.

Locate a Kroc Center Near You

Click on a location below to learn more about each Kroc Center's unique facility, classes, and other activities.

MISSISSIPPI
Biloxi

ILLINOIS
Chicago
Quincy

INDIANA
South Bend

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston

MICHIGAN
Grand Rapids

NEBRASKA
Omaha

NEW JERSEY
Camden

OHIO
Ashland
Dayton

OREGON
Salem

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia

PUERTO RICO
Guayama

SOUTH CAROLINA
Greenville

TENNESSEE
Memphis

TEXAS
Kerrville

VIRGINIA
Hampton Roads

WISCONSIN
Green Bay

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