Angel Tree

Join us for our Christmas Kick-Off celebration at University Park Mall this Friday evening!



For more information about all of our Christmas Programs and how you can get involved, visit

Save the Date for KrocFest!!


Kroc Center Back Pack party 08.17.2013   Looking for one last day of fun this summer before school starts and the weather begins to cool?

August 16, 2014 is the day to visit downtown South Bend!

Lots of exciting things are happening around here that day, including ArtBeat and our very own KrocFest!

We are pretty psyched for all of the fun things planned.  Our soccer field will host an obstacle course sponsored by the ROC of St. Joseph County, KROC17aug2013_220

several large bouncy houses








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a football challenge area, live performances on the main stage, and more!

And that’s just the field!  We will also have fun and games elsewhere on the property, including,

a dunk tank

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and mascot challenges.
















The Kroc Center is proud to take this opportunity to partner with the South Bend Community School Corporation and WNDU to give away free backpacks to children in the community.  Last year we gave away nearly 4,000 bags filled with necessary school supplies in an effort to ensure no child in our community had to start the year unprepared. DSC_0109Kroc Center Back Pack party 08.17.2013

Area businesses also pitch in to provide services such as free hair cuts and physicals so that kids can start the school year right!


So whether you are looking for fun in the sun or a way to get your kids ready for school, come visit the Kroc Center on August 16, 2014 from 3-6pm!


*Pictures courtesy of KrocFest 2013*



The Kroc Effect

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…

South Bend Kroc Center

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.

Salem Kroc Center

Grand Rapids Kroc Center

Coeur d’ Alene Kroc Center

Phoenix Kroc Center

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?