The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta’s vision is to provide excellent programs, facilities and services that will promote positive life changing experiences for all people of the Greater Augusta Area.
In 2004, the estate of Joan Kroc made the largest single bequest ever to a charitable organization ($1.7 billion) to The Salvation Army earmarked to build and endow Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers across the United States. Nationally, The Salvation Army studied the bequest to determine if the Kroc Center’s prescribed parameters were in keeping with our overall mission. It was determined the centers, once built, had the potential to increase The Salvation Army’s ability to serve more people and was not in opposition to our existing mission: To conduct a ministry to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
In 2006, The Salvation Army in Augusta gathered a coalition of partners to make application for and was awarded a Kroc Center. The approved proposal brought $33.9 million for construction and $33.9 million for an operational endowment, provided Augusta raised another $30 million for the endowment. The Salvation Army has earmarked sufficient funds from its operations budget in Augusta to reduce the new money required to be raised locally from $30 million to $20 million. Once the campaign ended with over $22 million raised for the operating endowment, The Salvation Army in Augusta received a $33.9 million community center with a permanent operations endowment of over $55 million.
The Salvation Army’s Kroc Corps Community Center contains over 100,000 square feet of programming space including a 77,000 sq ft complex located on a 17 acre site in the historic mill community of Harrisburg. Nestled along the Augusta Canal, the center campus is comprised of one main building designed to complement the nearby Sibley Mill and King Mill and a 10,000 square foot building that will house the First Stop Family Service Center. In addition, there will be expansive park space and several historic homes and even a historic church renovated for programming on the campus.