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 our New Program Director
Hello Kroc Community,
I am so excited for the coming of summer and all the fun new programs we will be offering! Change never seems to be easy but it can be invigorating. We have, over the last couple of months, seen multiple changes here at the Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center. From new faces to new programs and as the sun starts shining, the weather begins to warm and trees begin to bloom so to do we.
This summer will bring old favorites like our Movie Under the Stars night, Professor Atom’s Wacky Wednesdays, VBS and of course RJ’s spraypark as well as new programs such as stained glass art, leather tooling and our Back to School Bash. Whether you are here for classes, cooling off with the kids or fellowshipping with other guests I can’t wait to see all the smiling summer faces.
Rachel Mutchler, Program Director