Our mission: “To Show the Love of Jesus Christ to Children in Need.”
Covenant Children’s Ministries was established in 1921 as Covenant Children’s Home and Family Services, by the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, to provide a caring home for children who had lost a parent, or whose parents were unable to care for them. Today the Mission of Covenant Children’s Ministries remains essentially the same, namely “to show the love of Jesus Christ to children in need,” as it honors the legacy of Christian hope and caring began in 1921.
In partnership with our hosted programs and ministries, we provide:
Spiritual Care. Our chaplain works to promote the spiritual well-being of clients, residents, and staff on campus through one to one visits, small group interaction and by providing worship services for special occasions. The chaplain also provides counseling to members of the larger Princeton community.
Care for Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse. First opening its doors in 1983, Freedom House was founded by a family therapist as a walk in shelter in Wyanet, IL. The program moved to its current location on the Princeton campus in 2003. Freedom House provides a wide array of services around domestic violence including Adult and Children Support Groups, DV Education and Life Skills classes. Other services include 24-hour emergency shelter care, transitional living, counseling and court advocacy. Recently we added an Equine Facilitated Therapy program to help children with symptoms and signs of post-traumatic stress disorder due to domestic and sexual violence. Every year, Freedom House serves almost 800 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault from the five-county area around our facility. For more information, visit FreedomHouseIllinois.org.
Low-Income Housing. In cooperation with the Bureau County Housing Authority, CCM provides low-income housing in a two-bedroom apartment over the gymnasium on campus.
Our facilities also meet a variety of other needs in the Princeton, IL community:
The Easter Seals Child Development Center meets regularly in Nelson Chapel, serving children with developmental issues under the age of three. Easter seals also uses our facilities for individualized speech therapy twice weekly.
Our soccer field is home to the Princeton High School girl’s and boy’s teams.
The Princeton Evangelical Covenant Church youth group hosts a community-wide, youth-led worship service on our campus for more than 40 young people every other week.
During the winter, our gymnasium is used by the Special Olympics for boy’s basketball, girl’s fast-pitch softball, and other activities.
We provide office space for the local director of Young Life, as well as meeting space for Bible Studies with high school students.
Our recently renovated baseball field is home to the Princeton-area, traveling baseball team.
The mission of Covenant Children’s Ministries is to show the love of Jesus Christ to children in need. The vision of Covenant Children’s Ministries is to be a recognized champion of the Evangelical Covenant Church, providing ministries and services to children in need, by the year 2021.