Kane County Guide

A Guide to Services in Kane County

Full Resource Name:

Guardian Angel Community Services

168 Ottawa St
Joliet, IL 60435

(815) 729-0930

www.gacsprograms.org

Description:

Serving families since 1897. Dillard Harris Education Center, Exchange Club Center, Foster Care, Groundwork, Suzy's Caring Place, Partner Abuse Intervention & Sexual Assault Services Center. GACS is a member of the United Way.

It is the mission of Guardian Angel Community Services to help empower people to improve the quality of their lives.

Guardian Angel Community Services (formerly, Guardian Angel Home), was founded in Joliet, Illinois in 1897 as an orphanage, run by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Mary Immaculate, to care for dependent and neglected children. In 1973, Guardian Angel Community Services became a licensed, child welfare agency and began focusing its efforts on addressing the increasingly complex problems of children and families. In August 2005, the Agency officially changed the name to reflect the wide array of services provided to the community. Guardian Angel Community Services expanded in the mid 1990’s to include an office in Morris, Illinois, which offers counseling, and medical and legal advocacy services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The Agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and in January of 2012, Guardian Angel Community Services’ accreditation was renewed. The congratulatory letter from the Council noted, “COA’s program of quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have set high performance standards for themselves and have made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the very best quality services. COA is proud to recognize you as one of these outstanding providers, and I wish you the very best in your continuing service to the individuals in your community.”

GACS is a member of the United Way of both Will and Grundy Counties and the Illinois Coalitions Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Primary Services:

General Information

Hours:

Main Office: Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30 pm

Intake Process:

Please call our main line (815) 729-0930 during office hours for more information.

Program Fees:

Varies/Program Specific.

Languages:

English, Spanish.

Eligibility:

DILLARD HARRIS EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Supportive alternative education for at-risk students grades 2-12

EXCHANGE CLUB CENTER
Counseling & education-based services for the prevention of child abuse & neglect

FOSTER CARE PROGRAM
Nurturing and safe homes for children

GROUNDWORK DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM
Comprehensive services for individuals & families impacted by domestic violence

PARTNER ABUSE INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Support & education for the development of healthy relationships

SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICE CENTER
Sexual assault and rape crisis services

SUZY’S CARING PLACE
Transitional housing & support services for survivors of domestic violence

For more information on the programs and services of GACS, please visit our website: www.gacsprograms.org

Handicap Accessible?

Yes

Is Shelter?

Yes

Shelter Requirements:

Please call our 24-Hour Hotline at (815) 729-0930 for more information.

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