The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
The Salvation Army Greater New York Division in Manhattan commissioned the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Staten Island, where the USA Salvation Army was established 125 years ago. The goal of the facility is to produce tangible outcomes that will transform the youth, families, individuals and neighborhoods of Staten Island through educational, creative arts, recreational and spiritual development activities.
The center’s mission is to be a “lighthouse,” a beacon of hope, and an instrument of change in the Staten Island community that will actively reach out to those who might not otherwise feel included. Secondarily, it will offer exemplary programs and unique facilities that will help unify a multicultural community, strengthen families and enhance quality of life. Lastly, it hopes to be a magnet and anchor for the community through the provision of social services, youth and family development programs, and ministry to the whole individual.
The center will have sweeping views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. At 111,000 s.f., this facility will include a 500-seat performing arts theater and provide worship and emergency services. Additionally, a family enrichment center will offer drug and alcohol counseling, and a technology center will house family literacy and ESL classes.
Fundraising to match Joan Kroc’s gift must be completed before the project proceeds. The center, if constructed, will serve more than 85,000 residents.