About Us

Garden of Prayer Youth Center is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that was incorporated in 1995. Garden of Prayer is a child welfare agency licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services and governed by a Board of Directors that supports the center and its mission. Today, GOPYC services include group home and residential services, individual and family counseling, family advocacy and support services, mentoring, tutoring, after school recreation, life skills training, and job readiness training.The ultimate goal of our agency is "Keeping Families Together."

Our Mission

Garden of Prayer Youth Center's mission is to improve the well-being of at-risk children, adults, and families by providing educational and mental health services that places them on a pathway towards success.

Our Beliefs

We believe in meeting the needs of children and families while maintaining our Christian values. We believe in providing affective services to children and families while respecting their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age and culture. We believe in keeping children healthy, educated and safe from harm. We believe in involving the client, their families and their community in the planning and implementation of programs. We believe in employing, maintaining, training and appreciating dedicated and professional staff. We believe in conducting business with fiscal integrity and in good faith.

Agency History

In 1970, Reverend Jordan and his wife, Doris, left Chicago in order to purchase a 49 acre farm located in Momence, Il. They purchased the farm in order to provide a safe haven for homeless children. Over the years, they became foster and adoptive parents to orphaned children and helped hundreds of families by providing them food, clothing and shelter. From their vision, in 1995 the Garden of Prayer Youth Center was created as a comprehensive child welfare agency.

Awards & Recognitions

Our Winning Culture defines the approach and performance that is required of each stakeholder in order to continue the development of our vision.

  • Agency Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities – May 2015
  • Best Practice Award – Voted most comprehensive after school program in the state of Illinois by the After School Alliance Network (2010)
  • National City Bank Children's Champion Award Finalist – Recognized for commitment to youth in Kankakee, Il. (2007)
  • Governor's Cup Award – Recognized for volunteer hours provided to families in Kankakee County (2004)
  • Governor's Home Town Award – Recognized for volunteer hours provided to families in Kankakee County (2004)
  • State Legislative Recognition – President Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the House, honored Garden of Prayer Youth Center with House Resolution 629. This resolution commended GOPYC for continuous services provided families in need (2002)
  • Program Excellence Award – Department of Children and Family Services for "My Second Home" program. (2000)
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P.O. Box 532, Kankakee, IL 60901
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