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Welcome to The Kroc Center

A great place to learn and grow.


Learn more about The Salem Kroc Center.

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Salem, Oregon embodies the very best of The Salvation Army’s service and mission impact for the 21st century. The Salvation Army is committed to producing tangible outcomes that will build character, confidence and competence in the children and families of the Mid-Willamette Valley region and throughout the State of Oregon.

Development of the Kroc Center was made possible by a $90 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.

Kroc Center Features:

  •  Competition Pool - 25 yards (80 - 82 degrees)
  •  Recreation Pool (86-88 degrees); Hot tub (100-104 degrees)
  •  NBA-sized gym designed for basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, badminton, and more
  • Fitness Center, including over 40 pieces of cardio equipment, weight lifting equipment, and multiple training areas.
  • 33ft Rock Wall and Climbing Gear
  • Group Fitness and Cycling Studios
  •  A Chapel/Theater
  • Community Rooms for classes, meetings, and more
  • Childcare Services
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner


To build a community where everyone is given the opportunity to live a better life.

In keeping with the mission and holistic approach of The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center provides opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through: art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service. The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s facilities, programs and services bridge the gap between potential and opportunity for children and adults, strengthen individuals and families, and enrich the lives of seniors.

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.


 We can help bring our city together by declaring our love to all of its children and showing them the faith we have in their future. 

–Joan Kroc, 1998


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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