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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.




Hephzibah Happenings

November 14, 2014
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Harvest Wine and Beer Tasting Event to Benefit Hephzibah!

December 10, 2014
6:00 PM - 11:45 PM
28th Annual Bring-A-Gift Party

January 15, 2015
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Volunteer Orientation Session

March 07, 2015
6:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Heart of Gold Gala 2015

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Volunteering at Hephzibah is rewarding!
We currently need volunteers, contact
Hannah Weigel for more information,

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Hephzibah's Annual Report FY 2014 

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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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