Six Sites Selected To Receive Salvation Army Kroc Centers - Share of Mrs. Kroc’s $1.5 Billion+ Gift Will Fund Construction and Endowment

The Salvation Army USA Western Territory announced today that proposals for six KROC Centers have been approved and will receive funds to build and endow Salvation Army Ray and Joan KROC Corps Community Centers. The Western Territory, headquartered in Long Beach, California, oversees operations in the 13 Western states. The Territory received a $250 million share of Joan Kroc’s $1.5 billion-plus gift to The Salvation Army, enabling six centers to begin the construction process soon. The following sites were selected to begin development: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Honolulu, Hawaii; Long Beach, California; Phoenix - South Mountain, Arizona; Salem, Oregon; and San Francisco - Tenderloin, California.

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Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 1, 2006

The Salvation Army USA Western Territory announced today that six proposals for KROC Centers have been approved and will receive funds to build and endow Salvation Army Ray and Joan KROC Corps Community Centers.

The Western Territory, headquartered in Long Beach, California, oversees operations in the 13 Western states. The Territory received a $250 million share of Joan Kroc’s $1.5 billion-plus gift to The Salvation Army, enabling six centers to begin the construction process soon. The following sites were selected to begin development: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Honolulu, Hawaii; Long Beach, California; Phoenix - South Mountain, Arizona; Salem, Oregon; and San Francisco - Tenderloin, California.

The KROC Center application process was very competitive. In April 2005, 19 comprehensive proposals were submitted to and reviewed by the USA Western Territory selection committee during the Feasibility Application Phase of development.

At the completion of the Feasibility Application Phase, Territorial Commander for the West, Commissioner Philip Swyers said, “The committee has identified eight locations with community needs that would be enhanced and impacted for good by the construction of a Salvation Army KROC Center.” In June 2005, those eight proposals were pre-qualified to move into the Development Application Phase. During this phase, each of the eight locations submitted a budget, a program and facility design, a development timeline, and a transition plan. Final applications were received on April 3, 2006.

Throughout each of the competitive phases, the KROC Center site selections were made based on how well the proposals do the following: 1) advance The Salvation Army’s mission; 2) implement Mrs. Kroc’s vision; 3) enhance under-served communities; 4) cost-effectively develop high-quality KROC Centers; and, 5) provide the best opportunity for long-term sustainability.

"Each of the proposals we received represented hundreds of hours of thought and planning on the part of our local Salvation Army personnel and especially their community partners. We want to thank everyone involved in the proposal process for their level of dedication and caring," said Commissioner Swyers. “And, we want to thank Mrs. Joan Kroc for making it possible for The Salvation Army to reach people of all ages with life enhancing programs and services.”

About the Kroc Gift: Announced in January 2004, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonalds’ founder Ray Kroc, gave The Salvation Army in the United States an estate gift in excess of $1.5 billion for the exclusive purpose of building and endowing KROC Centers in many communities across the country. The gift was one of the largest estate gifts made by an individual in the history of charitable giving. The first Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center was opened in San Diego in June 2002 at a ceremony presided over by Mrs. Joan Kroc. Members and friends of all ages enjoy access to the center’s climbing wall, ice arena, aquatic center, gymnasium, performing arts complex, indoor skate park, family enrichment center, Salvation Army church, day care center, and much more.

About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is, 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. Founded in London in 1865, the Army serves approximately 35 million people in the US each year with food for the hungry, companionship for the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, educational and recreational opportunities for at-risk children, relief for disaster survivors, recovery for the addicted, and many more services designed to assist those in need.

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