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Hephzibah is Oak Park’s oldest charity—founded in 1897 when Mary Wessels opened her home to children from a nearby orphanage that had been destroyed by fire. Responding to a need in the community, Mary continued to welcome youngsters into her home and made it her mission to “care for society’s most vulnerable children.”

Today, Hephzibah’s services are many and we are continually developing new programs that meet the changing needs of the community.

Hephzibah’s MissionTo help children thrive and families flourish through innovative, community-based programs.



 Our Programs.

Hephzibah's Group Homes are where abused and neglected children come to heal and grow, where they can be free of fear, worry, and loneliness. Our Family Based Services renews and strengthens family bonds and our Foster Care Services creates new, loving and secure family ties. Hephzibah's Day Care program offers an award winning educational experience for children in the community -- regardless of their family's ability to pay.



2014 Chicago Auxiliary Dodgeball Event  Thanks to all of you who came downtown to North Avenue Beach on Saturday, August 8th and played Dodgeball to benefit Hephzibah!  "Winter is Coming" team won the Hephzibah Dodgeball Tournament through their skills in the sand - and sheer determination!  Special Thank You for the fabulous refreshments donated by Mariano's and Midwest Foods! 




Hephzibah Happenings

September 23, 2014
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
GE Charity Golf Classic

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Fall Volunteer Orientation
When: November 4, 2014 

Time: 6:15-7:15pm 

Location: 946 North Blvd.

Open to all individuals interested
in volunteering at Hephzibah.  Space is limited.
Please RSVP to the Volunteer Manager,
Hannah Weigel, or phone at 708-649-7122

Sign Up to Volunteer at the Economy Shop





Annual Report 2013


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Hephzibah Children's Association
946 North Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60301
1144 Lake Street 5th Floor, Oak Park, IL 60301
Telephone 708-649-7100
Fax 708-649-7102
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