“WE CAN HELP BRING OUR CITY TOGETHER BY DECLARING OUR LOVE TO ALL OF ITS CHILDREN AND SHOWING THEM THE FAITH WE HAVE IN THEIR FUTURE.”
– Joan Kroc, 1988
THE KROC CENTERS STARTED WITH ONE WOMAN’S DREAM:
Meet Joan Kroc, Philanthropist & Kroc Center Benefactor
Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children’s social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential. She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community.
Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished there that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like the original Kroc across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers nationwide.
Mission of The Salvation Army
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.
THE SALVATION ARMY RAY & JOAN KROC CORPS COMMUNITY
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Atlanta is a 53,500 square-foot worship, arts, education, and recreation facility located in the Pittsburgh community of Atlanta, Ga. The center serves as a beacon of hope and a place of refuge for the spiritually, creatively, and physically hungry members and community alike.
Chapel & Performing Arts Theatre
Community Meeting Rooms
Indoor Walking Track
State-of-the-Art Fitness Equipment
Group Exercise Classes
Weight and Stretching Rooms
Classrooms on Main Street
After School Programs
Summer Day Camps
Adult Education Classes
Family Worship and Discipleship Classes
Major Pierre Smith, together with his wife Major Louna Smith, has over 20 years of service as officers with The Salvation Army in the Florida Division. They have served five years Miami, six in Winter Haven, three in Naples and six Palm Beach County
Major Pierre Smith’s education includes the College for Officer Training (CFOT) Atlanta, Georgia, the International College for Officer Training (ICO) London, England, plus a BA from Nazarene Bible College Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a MA from Point Loma University San Diego, California. Major Smith originally trained as an electrician.
Major Louna Smith’s education includes the College for Officer Training (CFOT) Atlanta, Georgia, plus an AA in Business Administration Polk County State College, a BA in Christian Education from Nazarene Bible College Colorado Springs, Colorado. Major Louna Smith was trained as a nurse.
The Smiths are the parents of two young adults: Jovanie and Lousson Smith. Both of them are currently working for The Salvation Army. Jovanie works as a Territorial Young Adult Mission Deployment Coordinator and Lousson as an Assistant Divisional Music Director.
Major Pierre Smith many interests include reading and music and Major Louna enjoys events planning and quiet time.
Majors Guy & Monica Nickum
Kroc Officers for Community Outreach / BGCA
Majors Guy and Monica Nickum come to the South Atlanta Kroc with 16 years of experience. The past 11 years have been spent in Georgia – Valdosta for 5 years, LaGrange for 2.5 years, and most recently Jonesboro for 3.5 years – but they have also served in Texas and Oklahoma.
Major Guy was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 2004. Before that, he worked in the medical field and then at The Salvation Army’s Southern Territorial Headquarters. He has an Associates of Science degree and enjoys cheering on the Florida State Seminoles and the Atlanta Braves, as well as cooking and reading.
Major Monica was commissioned as an officer in 2001, but resigned to marry Major Guy later that year and was reaccepted as an officer in 2004 when Major Guy was commissioned. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts with a concentration in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida as well as a Masters of Science – Adult Education (Integrative Studies) from Capella University. Major Monica enjoys oil painting, pottery, reading, and learning.
The Nickums bring to the Kroc twin sons, Anthony and Braden, both 14 years old. They also have a son, Matthew, living in San Antonio, Texas.
The Nickums responsibilities focus on the community surrounding the South Atlanta Kroc. Considering trends and statistics, as well as the feedback from those in the community, the Nickums will seek to develop culturally relevant programs that meet the needs and interests of those they are targeted to reach. Partnerships with other organizations and community groups will also be sought to maximize the impact of the South Atlanta Kroc.
The Nickums look forward to getting to know the community!