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Quincy, Ill. Kroc Center

Prominently located on a city block, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (RJKCCC) in Quincy will provide numerous life-enriching opportunities, fill gaps in the region's social services network and extend The Salvation Army's life-changing mission and ministry, report Kroc Center Administrators Majors Alan and Carol Wurtz.

"One of the most apparent strengthens with the Quincy project is their focus on Salvation Army mission and ministry," said Major Ralph Bukiewicz, who is overseeing the development of RJKCCCs in the Central Territory. "Everyone from Salvation Army staff to advisory board members to city leaders are looking forward to this being a Christ-centered campus filled with opportunities for the community."

The Salvation Army in Quincy serves four counties in Illinois and one in Missouri. Quincy is the economic, education and health-care hub for more than a quarter million people. The population continues to grow as new business and industry moves in.

While the RJKCCC will be ideally located to meet the needs of low-income residents, the programs and services provided have been designed to serve as a magnet that will attract diverse populations, be financially self-sustaining and further the mission of The Salvation Army.

Recreational programs will include an ice skating rink, climbing wall and a large teen activity center. A broad range of classes in performance and fine arts, physical fitness and recreation, family enrichment and health, education and academic achievement will be offered, along with Bible studies, character-building groups, an after-school "Kidz Klub" and special events.

The City of Quincy will invest more than $1.3 million in vital infrastructure improvements around the RJKCCC, including water and sewer lines, streets and sidewalks, new street lighting for enhanced security and appearance, and additional parking.

"We are so grateful for this opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of so many," said Major Alan Wurtz. "It is our desire that the Quincy RJKCCC be a center of hope and a beacon of light in our community."

Then Midland Divisional Commander Major Dennis Strissel added, "The Midland Division is proud of this milestone accomplishment for Quincy. Majors Wurtz, along with their capable staff and Advisory Board, are to be congratulated for their very hard and fine work. Quincy has a sterling reputation for serving their community while maintaining a vibrant Army presence. The Quincy Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center will be a catalyst for Salvationist vitality."


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