Our History – A Timeline of Caring
Prior to 1970 Parents with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities were accustomed to tenaciously advocating for education and every other customary service their child required.
1970 Desiring residential care for their sons with close proximity to Chicago, a group of parents and their friends learned the St. Jude Seminary located in Momence, IL in Kankakee County, sitting on 60 beautiful acres was for sale. The families secured the property and engaged the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd to administer a program of Christian care for their sons and others also desiring services for their sons.
1971 Good Shepherd Manor opened as a licensed shelter care facility for 122 men.
1979 Carl J. Reuter Activity Center opened
1981 Good Shepherd Manor Foundation was formed as a supporting organization
1993 St. Anne Work Center opened and is now located on the main Manor campus
1995 Herbstritt House and Lombard House were opened as Intermediate Care Facilities
1997 Blagrave House opened
1998 Webber, Robert Leonard, Hayes, Hill Street, and Colnon-Wild Houses opened and named
1999 Maple Street House opened
2001 Opler, Willow Street and CILA 11 Houses opened
2004 CILA 13 and William J. and Helen Dwyer McAllister Infirmary opened
2005 Park Street House opened
2006 Hill House closed and Gladiolus Street House opened
2007 Shepherds Endowment Society formed
2009 CILA 13 named the Helen McAllister House and Willow Street named the William McAllister House
2010 Gladiolus Street House named Zurek House
2012 Blagrave House torn down on campus. Brother Alphonsus Michael Brown House opened; CILA 11 named Blagrave-Biesemier House