International Mission Statement
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 History behind the Red Shield
The history of The Salvation Army in Salem began in 1865 in the darkest area of East London by William Booth. William Booth’s vision was to serve the people who were rejected by society due to their social status; those who were under-served and neglected. In his heart he felt that everyone should experience the love of God without discrimination. He believed that in order for him to help broken spirits, he first needed to meet their physical and emotional needs. 15 busy years later, The Salvation Army crossed the Atlantic to New York City to establish its services in the US. In 1886 the work of the Army made its way to the West Coast to Portland and then moved southward to Salem, Oregon.
The Dream of Joan Kroc
In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. Her goal was to create a center, supported in part by the community, where children and families would be exposed to different people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Completed in 2001, the center sits on 12 acres and offers a variety of family-friendly options for indoor and outdoor recreation, health and fitness, performing arts, after-school programs, and more.
When Mrs. Kroc passed away in October 2003, she left $1.5 billion – much of her estate – to The Salvation Army, by far the largest charitable gift ever given to the Army, and the largest single gift given to any single charity at one time.
The gift, which eventually grew to $1.8 billion, was split evenly among the four Army Territories – Central, East, South and West. Half of the money was designated to build a series of state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers nationwide patterned after the San Diego center, and the other half formed endowments to supplement local fundraising for the centers’ ongoing operational costs.
No other U.S. charity has ever undertaken such a sweeping fundraising or construction effort with the potential to impact so many people. By late 2014, 26 Kroc Centers had opened and were serving well over 130,000 people each week, and growing.
The Kroc Vision Statement
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Salem, OR embodies the very best of The Salvation Army’s service and mission impact for the 21st century. The Salvation Army is committed to producing tangible outcomes that will build character, confidence and competence in the children and families of the Mid-Willamette Valley region and throughout the State of Oregon. Purpose: Promoting Wellness, Encouraging Excellence, Building Character, & Inspiring Faith
The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Mission-Driven Principles of Operation:
- The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Mission-Driven Principles:Plan, operate, and develop in a manner consistent with the mission of The Salvation Army: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
- Remain true to the intentions of Joan Kroc: to relieve the suffering of the poor, communicate dignity, and provide resources to those with limited opportunities to develop their skills to the full extent of their potential.
- Be a beacon of hope and an agent of change in the Mid-Willamette Valley region that will actively reach out to those who might not otherwise feel included and make the center open to everyone.
- Offer programs that will enhance the quality of life, build relationships, and help unify a diverse community, and transform youth, families and neighborhoods through education, art, recreation, and worship activities.
- Be an anchor for the community. Plan, develop, and operate in a manner that engages in true community leadership, networking, and offering support resources.