The Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center at a Glance
The Ashland Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is located at 527 East Liberty Street, Ashland, Ohio beside Luray Lanes. Groundbreaking for the Kroc Center was held on September 23, 2007 and the dedication of the center was held April 17-19, 2009. The 43,000-square-foot facility serves as a place of worship for members of the Salvation Army and as a community center intended to serve the greatest number of people experiencing the greatest need.
Kroc Center Open to Public
The Ashland Salvation Army RJKCCC is open to all. Memberships are not needed to be part of the Kroc Center. We do collect contact information on each guest for emergency reasons. Parental signatures are required for those younger than 18 years.
The Salvation Army’s 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.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Purpose
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: arts, 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.
Joan Kroc’s Vision
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 $87 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 there that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like it across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers open and opperational. Visit San Diego website >>
How to Register for Kroc Programs
Sign-Up at the Welcome Center
Fill out a form at the Kroc Center, or download a Program Enrollment Form online and bring your completed form to the Welcome Center.
As part of Joan Kroc’s wish for the Kroc Center, we offer scholarship opportunities toward classes and lessons. Financial need must be demonstrated. Applications are available at the Welcome Center. For details, call us at 419.281.8001.
527 East Liberty Street
Ashland, OH 44805
We are located 2.7 miles west of I-71 exit #186, only blocks from downtown. From I-71, follow 250 West and continue straight on Main Street (do not take 250 bypass). Turn left on East Liberty Street (by Besta Fasta Pizza). Entrance is on the left.
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A Note From the Majors
Hello Kroc Community,
I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for this New Year. 2016 will go down in history as a year that our Nation was divided, angry, scared and perhaps mean. I am thankful that the elections are behind us, and I am thankful that I can watch television without seeing cruel campaign commercials and answer my phone without being asked to participate in a political survey.
January is a time to start new, to take a deep breath and refocus. I can feel my lungs clearing already, as I inhale deeply and breathe out taking in the new crisp air January has to offer. With all the frustration of the last few months behind us let us look forward to the new and what we can do.
Whether you wanted to “Make America Great” or be “Stronger Together,“ your focus now can be one of love and compassion, being the best person you can be. Let’s live the words of Paul from Ephesians 4:1-3, “Lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves together with peace.”
Majors Brett & Jessica DeMichael, Corps Officers