The Salvation Army - South Bend IN Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center


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Christmas Programs

The Christmas season is a time to celebrate God’s gift to us – his Son Jesus. Unfortunately, it is also a time of hardship and burden for many families in our community. For those who already have a hard time meeting their basic needs, the societal pressure to provide new toys to their children is great. In addition, while children celebrate two weeks off from school, parents sometimes struggle with the increased costs of food and childcare.

The Salvation Army helps to fill these gaps by providing toys for children and holiday food boxes. Every season, we register approximately 1,500 families for Christmas Assistance. Thanks to the Marines’ Toys for Tots program, we guarantee at least 2 new toys for every child through the age of 12. Our holiday food box not only incorporates all the foods that a holiday feast would include (even a turkey), but also extras like peanut butter, cereal, and soup for kids who are home from school. All this food is purchased with donations to our Red Kettles.

We typically accept applications for assistance over numerous weeks in November, but require specific documentation to prove who lives in the household and their income level. Then, we verify that applicants have not applied at other local agencies for Christmas assistance. Applicants are then registered for the Toy Shop, at which they get to choose toys for their children and receive a holiday food box.

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2018 Christmas Volunteer Driver - Red Kettle program 28 12/13/2018 12/24/2018
2018 Angel Tree & Toy Shop Gift Sorting for 2018 6 12/13/2018 12/14/2018
2018 Angel Tree Gift Move and Toys for Tots, 2018 1 12/14/2018 12/15/2018
2018 Christmas Distribution Day - ELVES for 2018 5 12/17/2018 12/18/2018


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Community Service (Court Ordered) 1

Family Resource Center

Previously known as The Salvation Army Social Services, we have retooled and expanded this area of service under a new name, The Family Resource Center. The Salvation Army has been serving the St. Joseph County community since 1904 and we are excited to expand our services within the Kroc Center. The Family Resource Center includes all of the social services you are familiar with, and more. We are located on the west side of the facility with a private entrance and convenient parking to help maintain your comfort.

The goal of the Family Resource Center is to live out The Salvation Army’s mission statement. Here, we address basic needs for those experiencing a need. Services include: the Walter A. Meyer Food Pantry, emergency financial assistance, our community garden, and Christmas assistance.

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Family Resource Center (FRC) Receptionist 1

Fitness & Recreation

The Kroc Center provides the greater South Bend area with a unique membership opportunity to be part of a fitness facility and multisport mega complex. With over 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art weight training equipment and cardiovascular machines, you’re sure to find the equipment needed to build muscle, lose weight, and stay fit.

Looking for help losing weight or taking your fitness to the next level? Our professional staff of certified trainers will work with you to create a personal fitness training program complete with workouts focused to achieve your fitness goals.

Trainers and Instructors
Group Fitness Classes
Climbing Wall
Outdoor Turf
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Fit Kids 360 Mentor 1
Fitness/Gym/Rec volunteer 0
General Health, Fitness and Athletic Instructor 1
Program Attendant 1


The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of South Bend’s (RJKCCC) Internship Program’s mission is to develop individuals through experimental learning in a real-world working environment and help aid those individuals as they transition from academics into a profession. The South Bend Kroc Center offers two types of internship programs. Our college internship program is available to those individuals that are currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, vocational or trade school, or certification program. Similar to our college internship program, our RJKCCC’s Service Learning Internship Program is available to individuals, eighteen (18) and under, that are currently enrolled in high school, alternative school (GED Program, etc.) or home school.
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Corps Oneighty Mentor 1
Corps Oneighty Tutor 1

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.

Contact:  Scott Holmlund at 574.233.9471 ext: 2211