After finally settling on a title for these posts, I am endeavoring to discover exactly what it means. To me, to you, to the community…
First, a little bit of history about our grand establishment.
San Diego’s Kroc Center was the first to be built with a generous donation from Joan Kroc in 2002. Since then, these awesome community centers have blossomed in many different communities, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to Chicago, Illinois, to Memphis, Tennessee. Each center is started with funds from the Kroc endowment, and then grows to support itself by reaching out to the community.
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in South Bend recently celebrated its 2nd birthday. On January 29, 2014 to be exact. It is currently one of 27 Kroc Centers across the country. Offering fitness, enrichment, social services, and a myriad of other programs. Each one unique according to the needs of its community. Even the physical structures are different. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.
However, they all have one very important thing in common. Just like snowflakes with a common molecular structure, they were all built on the foundation of The Salvation Army’s 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.
Each center creates an individual mission and vision specifically based on the principles of The Salvation Army Church. Preach the Good Word. Meet human need. Accept those who need us most.
How many of us spend our lives searching for a place to feel safe, secure, loved? A place that will care for us just as we are, without asking us to be different from what God made us? A place that inspires our creativity, motivates our goals, and encourages our wellbeing? Staff that know us by name and smile when we walk through the doors? A place to belong.
The Kroc Effect. How has it affected you?