Our Mission and Vision

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. The ultimate goal of our agency is "Keeping Families Together.”

At Garden of Prayer Youth Center, we support children and their families with quality services so they have the ability to succeed.

  • We engage children starting at 6 weeks and provide services through adulthood.
  • We offer quality services which support their growth and ability to succeed in the 21st century.
  • We are building strong partnerships within the Kankakee community which will help provide essential success to those in need.

Today, GOPYC services include group home and residential services, emergency and specialized foster care services, individual and family counseling, family advocacy and support services, early childhood education services, mentoring, tutoring, after school recreation, life skills training, and job readiness training.

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 Vision

The vision of Garden of Prayer Youth Center is to see a world full of strong families held together by love and hope. It is our vision to be the nation’s premier family service agency. It is our desire to be the Walmart of family services.