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Persons with developmental disabilities want help creating these five valued life experiences: belonging, respect, sharing spaces, contribution, and choice.  John O’Brien Before coming to Garden Center Services twenty years ago today, I had many mentors and teachers that helped shape my vision of how individuals should be seen, heard, and supported. I am thankful to all of […]

Our Mission

Advancing lives of connection, contribution, and meaning for persons with developmental disabilities and the individuals that support them. – Garden Center Services Mission Statement It’s been thirty-six years since President  Reagan recognized March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to increase “public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities” and to […]

Celebrating our Interdependence

None of us can ever save himself; we are the instruments of one another’s salvation, and only by the hope that we give to others do we lift ourselves out of the darkness into light. -Dean Koontz I was thinking this past weekend, as many of us were finding ways to celebrate July 4th, a […]

We Have Much to be Grateful For

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack. –Germany Kent It is very apparent that we have many things to be grateful for here at Garden Center Services. We are honored to serve […]

Black History Month

A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Ghandi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you. Marian Wright Edelman As an agency, Garden Center is committed to recognizing both the valuable contributions made by Black Americans throughout our […]

COVID-19 Update

Garden Center Family,   We’ve been on quite a journey these past seven months and we wanted to give you an update on where we are as an agency regarding the coronavirus.   We closed the Day Programs and sheltered in place starting March 13th.  Soon afterward, the Illinois Department of Human Services mandated that […]