The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, New Jersey, hosted President Barack Obama on Monday.
Obama spoke in front of about 300 at the Salvation Army center touting the community's policing and outreach efforts, which has received national attention for reducing crime in the city.
Obama called Camden a "symbol of promise for the nation" and noted improvements, but called the efforts "a work in progress."
Salvation Army Maj. Paul Cain, a Kroc Center administrator, found out about the visit last week from the Camden County Police, according to a Courier-Post report.
“They suggested the event be held at the Kroc Center primarily because of our partnership — and because we’re a new and vibrant part of the community,” he said.
The 120,000-square-foot center opened in October 2014 and has almost 7,000 members, according to the Courier-Post.
The Kroc Center hosts an office for the department and the "officers come here and relax, talk to people here, and just be a presence," Cain told the Courier-Post.