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 Mission: To help children thrive and families flourish through innovative, community-based 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.