The 110,000 square-foot South Bend Kroc Center redefines what a community center is all about. This unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts and supportive programs to deliver a world class experience. The programs, as well as the building itself, have been designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit, to provide hope, and to transform the life of each and every member of the community.
The Kroc Center is comprised of four major components: a center of worship and performance venue, an aquatics center, fitness and recreation center, and special event facilities.
Development of The Kroc Center was made possible by a $70 million combined capital and endowment grant from a bequest to The Salvation Army by the late Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. As a condition to the significant Kroc grant, the community also raised $10 million locally, representing a total community investment of nearly $80 million.
Construction of The South Bend Kroc Center began in May 2010 and the facility opened in January 2012.
The Salvation Army is a branch of the Christian Church and the ultimate goal of all programs is the spiritual, emotional, and physical regeneration of all people.
SALVATION ARMY MISSION STATEMENT
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.
SOUTH BEND KROC CENTER MISSION
The Kroc Center provides a safe and accessible environment that enriches the lives of everyone
in our community by providing opportunities for holistic individual success.
Where people learn, grow and succeed.
Joy | Service | Team Player | Excellence | Christlikeness