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Welcome to The Kroc Center

A great place to learn and grow.

The 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.

Philadelphia Kroc Center Vision

Individuals will find opportunities to develop their body, mind, and spirit within a state-of-the-art, caring, Christian environment.


Learn more about The Kroc Center in Philadelphia

The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia is the newest, largest, most comprehensive community center on the east coast and represents The Salvation Army’s ongoing commitment to building communities of faith, hope, compassion, and grace.

The project is the single largest investment in human services in the region, with an investment exceeding $130 million dollars. Designed by MGA Partners Architects, in association with PZS Architects and landscape architects Andropogon Associates, and built by T.N. Ward Company, the 130,000-square foot super community center is situated on 12.4 acres located at the junction of several of North Philadelphia’s most troubled neighborhoods. The center will double the amount of services that The Salvation Army currently provides in Greater Philadelphia and will house an array of programs designed to address the economic, educational, health, recreational and spiritual needs of the communities it will serve.

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.

Kroc Center Features:

  • Cardio, resistance and free weight training equipment with individual television entertainment systems
  • 10-lane competition pool, indoor water park, and hot tub
  • Full gymnasium and multi-sport outdoor athletic field
  • Group exercise studios and stretching areas
  • Personal Training services
  • 300-seat Auditorium, Prayer Chapel with weekly worship services
  • Early Childhood Education Center
  • Computer Lab and Learning Center with classrooms for education and job-training
  • Community Horticulture Garden

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


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