FRIEND OF 271

    The Salvation Army Kroc Center - Coeur d’Alene

    October 2023

    Since it opened in 2009, the Coeur d'Alene Kroc Center has had an incredible impact on our community. Made possible by a $70 million combined capital and endowment grant from a bequest to the Salvation Army by the late Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, this unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts, and supportive programs serving the people who live here. When the center opened, the Salvation Army thought 1,500 families would sign up in the first few weeks. Today, that number is over 17,000.

    One in three people in Kootenai County is impacted by the Kroc Center's work every year. These people are our kids, colleagues, parents, and neighbors. Specific to the Kroc Center's mission to be “a safe place to belong and grow," their facility has hosted 3rd-grade students for over a decade, sharing the importance of water safety in their beautiful pools, and serving as a regular host to numerous drug and alcohol-free senior student parties over the years. 

    The first goal in our 2023-28 strategic plan is to develop and strengthen community partnerships. The Salvation Army Kroc Center continues to support our work to meet the needs of our students and community. Through many initiatives, the Kroc has actively provided support and access to water safety, mental health awareness, physical wellness, the arts, and school recess intervention and snacks for many Coeur d’Alene elementary school students. 

    kroc award presentation

    On behalf of our students, staff, and faculty, we honor the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center as a Friend of 271.