Canaan Development Foundation

Substance abuse and economic hardship are not unique to large cities.  These problems exist in our own backyard, tragically affecting the lives of local families and impairing the ability of individuals to function as productive members of society.  Community outreach is now more vital than ever to safeguard the wellbeing of our children, men, and women.


Founded in 1995, Canaan Development Foundation (CDF) is a community service outreach organization empowering individuals to become self-sustaining and successful through education, application, and empowerment throughout the community.  The Foundation utilizes the holistic philosophy of Canaan Baptist Church to meet the needs of people academically, culturally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.


The mission of the not-for-profit CDF is to partner with the community in providing a value-based approach to rehabilitating victims of substance abuse and to bring education to those lacking access to crucial economic and social resources. 


The organization currently funds and operates three programs: Canaan Academy, the SAFE House for Men, and the SAFE House for Women to serve the needs of individuals and families in Champaign-Urbana.