The 120,000 square-foot Salvation Army Kroc Center redefines what a community center is all about. This unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts and supportive programs never before assembled under one roof in Camden, open and accessible to all. The programs, as well as the building itself, have been designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit, to provide hope, and to transform the life of each and every member of the community.
It’s not a fairy tale, It’s NOT impossible… to help hardworking mothers feel loved and blessed at Christmas time. An evening of surprises, pampering and blessings… of laughter and tears of joy, designed specifically for women who have often felt alone and forgotten during the holidays. Each woman is chauffeured in white stretch limousines to a salon before being taken on a shopping spree – with the money only to be spent on herself. Charity around the holidays often centers on children and families, sometimes leaving mothers forgotten. Operation Cinderella was created to bless these deserving women. In 4 years in Camden, over 200 women have been blessed on this night to remember, including 65 women in 2015. Starting in 2016, we have begun “Cinderella Club” as a weekly support group to keep the fellowship and love flowing all year round. Attendance has grown to 50 women each week. We encourage donors to support this important women’s ministry.
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For the second summer, in August 2016, we will be hosting the annual Virtua-Philadelphia 76ers clinic for 8-14 year olds in Camden. Each child receives new sneakers, jersey and backpack to start off their school year. But what these 850-900 children get is an amazing experience, interacting with 76ers and Virtua employees and, of course, professional athletes including the cheerleading squad. Each child participates in a full day of activities and makes a memory to last a lifetime.blob:https%3A//players.brightcove.net/a83b267e-8335-42dc-b34b-0f4dd7531e70
The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is using the choice food pantry model to address food insecurity and poor diet quality among low-income families. A choice food pantry is organized like a grocery store where families walk through the pantry and choose food items using a point system. Our choice food pantry will include canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, beans, and limited meat and dairy products.
Because families choose food based on need and preference, food is less likely to be wasted. Also, if families are not used to accepting donated food items, the grocery store-like atmosphere of a choice pantry is a more dignified option than that of a traditional food pantry. The Choice Pantry model also allows for a strong base of volunteers to escort and assist clients, providing another opportunity to dignify and humanize the process.
Donors should contact Jacob Julian, Client Choice Food Pantry coordinator, at Jacob.firstname.lastname@example.org to donate food items or to plan a collection.
Membership offers full access to The Salvation Army Kroc Center including facilities, classes and programs. For programs that carry a cost, there is a discount for active Kroc Center members. For details of available activities on a monthly basis, see our Program Guide: