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A NEW Place to Live

The New Salvation Army Kroc Center

Photo Courtesy Of The Salvation Army Kroc Center And Minorwhite Studios

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For Anita Rojas, husband Apolonio, and son, Sergio, the newly built Kroc Center, located just north of their South Omaha home, is shining new life onto their community. “Now this piece of land radiates with the light of hope,” Rojas said. “You simply couldn’t dream any higher for something as good as this for fear that it would not become a reality.”



Celebrating the completion of the Central Territory’s first Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, local donors and dignitaries, Salvation Army officials and special guests from around the country gathered Friday, November 6th, to dedicate the $30 million, 122,000 square foot facility in Omaha, Nebraska.
The community center, located at 28th and Y Streets in Historic South Omaha, was made possible by a $60 million gift from Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc, and a $15 million local matching endowment campaign headed up by a non-for-profit Omaha firm, Heritage Services. Local donors and civic leaders were hosted by Heritage Services and recognized for their dedication and generosity.
An early morning media event kicked off the day with local television and radio stations providing live coverage of area high school varsity basketball players and swimmers working out in the newly-opened three-court gymnasium, six-lane competition pool and recreation pool.
Next, a Ribbon Cutting and Flag Raising Ceremony was held for civic leaders, guests, donors and Salvation Army officers and officials who gathered in front of the east/main entrance to formally “open” the facility to the Omaha community. Omaha Public Power District President and CEO W. Gary Gates, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Omaha Salvation Advisory Board Chairman Mike Cassling were among the featured speakers. Members of the Omaha South High School Ambassadors Show Choir performed The Star Spangled Banner and Why We Sing. Special guests included Amanda Latimer, Joan Kroc’s granddaughter, Latimer family members and U.S.A. Olympian and Silver Medalist, Maritza Correia.

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