Who We Are

Brother James Court, located in Springfield, Illinois, is a residential, intermediate care facility that is home to 98 men with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and up.

Brother James Court, or BJC, as we like to call it, opened its doors in 1975, as the second mission in Springfield of the community of the Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross, who also founded and operated the St. James Trade School from 1930 to 1972. The congregation of the Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross was founded in Germany in 1862 by Brother James Wirth. Following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, they administered to the poor by teaching trades and providing health care in a variety of settings.

Brother James Court is a non-profit organization that not only meets the educational, recreational, health, and safety needs of its residents for as long as they need it, but supports them in a loving environment. BJC also provides end of life care for those who are terminally ill. Our men are always a part of a loving, supportive family, even though we are the largest facility of our kind in Central Illinois.


“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

— Richard James Molloy

Our services are available to adult men, aged 18 and older, with the following disabilities, regardless of race, creed, ethnic origin, or ability.


Our Vision: We empower individuals with special needs to fulfill their highest potential through life skill training.

      • intellectual disabilities
      • cognitive disabilities
      • epilepsy
      • down syndrome and other chromosome disorders
      • cerebral palsy
      • autism
      • deafness or hearing impairment
      • blindness or visual impairment
      • speech impairment/ communication disorders
      • spinal disorders, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries (if occurred before age 18)