I have begun my work.
I have two boys, ages 6 and 7.

With those words, Mary Wessels founded
Hephzibah Home in 1897. When a
local orphanage burned down soon
after, she took in a dozen more children.

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Who We Are

Hephzibah is Oak Park’s oldest social service agency. More than a century later, Hephzibah’s mission is multifaceted:

We offer short- and long-term group homes for abused and neglected children; child welfare and family services; foster care and adoption program; and award-winning day care on a sliding scale for families of all income levels.

Funding Breakdown

Federal Funding60%
State and Local Funding35%
Donations70%
Grants90%

Our Mission

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

Our Leadership

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Licensing

Hephzibah is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as a child welfare agency, group home, child care institution and day care center.

History of Hephzibah

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Accreditation

Hephzibah is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services, Inc. in New York.

Funding

Hephzibah receives funding from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Human Services, Day Care program fees, the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, the Illinois State Board of Education, Oak Park’s School District 97 and our own fundraising activities.

Supporters

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Financial Reports

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By staying narrowly focused on helping children and families in need in Illinois, Hephzibah has evolved into an internationally recognized agency known for providing exceptional care for those who need it most.
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