Programs at the Ray & Joan Kroc Center ensure families have a safe place to belong and grow during crisis

The Ray & Joan Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene adheres to the mission of founder Joan Kroc. She entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in San Diego in 2002, and there are now 26 centers across the country built on her eventual $1.5 billion investment. Joan envisioned that the centers would “ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to grow their natural gifts and talents.”

The Kroc Center received a $15,000 grant from Innovia Foundation as flexible funding to address community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. While their offerings are adjusted due to the crisis, they are continuing to offer recreational opportunities and supportive programs to aid the community, including virtual exercise classes.

A testament to the generosity of both Joan Kroc and the many community members who have donated, the Kroc Center is striving to create a safe place for families to belong and grow, even during these challenging times.

“Staff walk alongside all our families as they grow physically, emotionally and spiritually,” says Cynthia Rozyla, Development Coordinator for the center. “As a community center dedicated to serving all without discrimination, we honor and appreciate the collaborations, donations and especially the grantors who help to change lives.”