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.