In the fall of 2012 a team of passionate people
gathered around a dining room table and began fighting modern slavery in
Bond County, Illinois. Faced with a community unaware of trafficking, together they learned about human
trafficking and explored the needs in their community. This team became a Set Free Movement
task force and spearheaded efforts to pursue Zero Tolerance for injustices in their community. Within three
years significant engagement had taken place through the team’s effort
to network, educate, and mobilize a community.
That's when Eden's Glory was born. An ordained minister and a licensed clinical social worker teamed up to lead and equip staff and volunteers. In 2014 we received use of a home and property. That summer, over 100 volunteers renovated the space to a comfortable, safe and inviting home. Eden's Glory added to the number of available beds for survivors in Illinois by 50%. Since opening our doors in 2015 we have been privileged to serve over 20 women ages 18-30 through a Christ-centered, two-year treatment program. Building on the legacy of our original task force, we continue to multiply our impact by educating nearly 4,000 community members annually.
In 2020 we launched Foster Kairos, our program for minors who are at-risk or who are survivors of trafficking. Through our work with adult survivors, we learned that in most cases, trafficking begins before the age of 18. Kairos is Greek meaning “an opportune moment for action and transformation.” Through trauma-informed therapy, classes, and specialized training we provide connection and support to minors and their caregivers. We come alongside families and guardians to offer support as children heal from their trauma, develop new skills, and gain knowledge that will change the trajectory of their futures.
Every day, survivors are finding freedom and our community is being transformed because people like you choose to show up at the table.