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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