The Kroc Center Vision

The Kroc Center in Quincy will be a place of Inspiration, Instruction, and Involvement in our community by providing hope and opportunities for all people through spiritual and physical wellness, educational enrichment, and life skills development. We will foster an environment where individuals are enabled to reach their maximum potential physically and spiritually while providing the opportunity to be involved in the mission of The Salvation Army. We are Inspired by God’s Holy Spirit, Instructed by God’s Word, and Involved in God’s work.

Joan Kroc

Joan Kroc left The Salvation Army $1.5 billion for the construction of Kroc Centers across the country. She designed the gift so that communities wishing to pursue building a Kroc Center must raise half of the money needed for the project, to establish an internal community support structure. Another stipulation of her bequest was that NONE of this money may be used for social or family services, only for Kroc Centers. To date, 26 Centers are open and operating across the nation.

Mrs. Kroc and her husband Ray - founder of McDonald’s - were long-time supporters of The Salvation Army. During the 1950’s and 60’s, Ray volunteered as a bell-ringer and used to deliver hot coffee and hamburgers from his Golden Arches restaurant to bell-ringers along Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.

Mrs. Kroc remembered hearing her family talk around the dinner table about how The Salvation Army helped people during the depression and has had a favorable impression ever since. She made her first large gift - in excess of $90 million - several years ago to establish the first Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in San Diego. That Center opened June 2002 to great success and Mrs. Kroc visited often. She felt that the Center exceeded her own expectations and was an ideal vehicle for her vision.


Mission and History of The Salvation Army

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 Quincy Salvation Army’s mission is to bring about positive changes in lives by meeting spiritual and physical needs.

The Quincy Salvation Army’s vision is to be a caring evangelistic church, called by God to make disciples through bible study and prayer, using Godly leaders in every aspect of our ministry.

William Booth

William Booth was the founder and first General of The Salvation Army. In 1865 William Booth left the Methodist ministry to preach as an independent evangelist in the slums of London’s East End. Many converts were won, but they didn’t feel “at home” and were not welcomed by the churches in England, so Booth setup Christian Mission Centers.

In 1878 Booth adopted the name, “The Salvation Army” and was set up in a quasi-military fashion. Missions became “corps”; members became “soldiers”; ministers were “officers” and Booth himself, the General. This “army” was furnished with uniforms, a flag, and a brass band, and they met in tents, theaters, dance halls and the outdoors.

At first, the Army was persecuted by the churches because it was so unconventional. Despite this persecution, the Army successfully attacked social ills such as hunger, homelessness and poverty.

In 1880, Commissioner George Railton and seven young women began work in New York City, helping the poor and combining the Gospel with social work. Thus came the saying… “Heart to God . . . Hand to Man.” Salvation Army work began to spread rapidly around the world . . . to India, Australia, South America, Pakistan and many European countries.

By the early 1900′s The Salvation Army had thousands of officers and soldiers in 36 countries. Many special services emerged, such as women’s social work (1884), the first food depot (1888), the first Army missionary hospital (1901). During World War II The Salvation Army operated 3,000 service units for the armed forces and led in the formation of the USO. The Salvation Army currently serves in more than 110 countries throughout the world.

The Salvation Army officially opened in Quincy, Illinois in 1893.

Today, The Salvation Army continues to work where the need is greatest, motivated by its faith in God and its love for all people!


Did you know that . . .

• William Booth was the founder and first General of The Salvation Army?

• The Salvation Army is an International Organization providing programs and services in more than 100 countries around the world?

• International Headquarters of The Salvation Army is located in London, England?

• During World War II, The Salvation Army operated 3,000 service units for the armed forces and led in the formation of the USO?

• The Salvation Army is a church as well as a social services agency?

• The Salvation Army was officially established in Quincy, Illinois on January 21, 1893?

• The Salvation Army’s first home in Quincy was located at 213 N. Fourth St. and that the Army was later located at 515 Hampshire, which is now WGEM’s Studio H?

• On April 19, 1953, The Salvation Army dedicated its new headquarters at Fifth and Broadway. The building took six months to build and contained a chapel, dining room, offices and a kitchen.  The Salvation Army recently moved to 732 Hampshire in order for the Kroc Center to be built at the Fifth & Broadway site.