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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 Gala!  Thanks to all of you who bought tickets, raised your paddles, and went home with auction items.  Even though there was no skyline view on our snowy Saturday night, it was a wonderful evening as we raised funds for the kids and families of Hephzibah.  We saw the heart, rhythm and soul of Hephzibah supporters for sure!  Pictures will be posted soon! 




Hephzibah Happenings

May 01, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Volunteer Orientation Session

May 26, 2014
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hoof It For Hephzibah




Annual Report 2013

Sign up to Volunteer !
Contact Kerry Logan,
Volunteer Coordinator
by email or phone at 708-649-7122

Sign Up to Volunteer at the Economy Shop



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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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