That money has turned into some of the nation's largest community centers, serving those who have lacked the resources needed to succeed.
Today, the Salvation Army unveiled the results of years of development and construction on Chicago's far south side - the Joan & Ray Kroc Corps Community Center. The 160,000 square foot, $160 million facility sits on 33 acres in the West Pullman neighborhood. When it opens next month, the 250,000 people who live within a three-mile radius of the facility will have access to an indoor swimming pool with waterslides, basketball courts, a state-of-the-art baseball and football field, classrooms, meeting areas, a theater and worship space that seats 600, a running track, volleyball courts, workout and aerobic rooms, a cafe - and 200 full and part time employees greeting them with a smile.
The Salvation Army opened the space up for media tours today. My feature aired on the WGN News at Five. You can watch it above.
Be sure to check out my photo gallery from the tour today (sorry for the pour quality cell phone shots, but you get the idea!).
You can visit the center's website for all of their various membership plans. It's KrocCenterChicago.org.