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OUR HISTORY
History
In the early 1950s, there was little help for parents of children with developmental disabilities. In 1955, the Helping Hand Autism School was established to address such needs. We are grateful to the early pioneers, a small group of parents whose dedication and perseverance brought into fruition the extraordinary accomplishments of children and adults with disabilities who currently participate in the excellent programs and services of Helping Hand Center.
Today
Today, Helping Hand Center is a not-for-profit community-based agency that serves approximately 500 children and adults with mild to severe developmental disabilities.
Overview of Services
Children's Services include an outpatient clinic with physical, speech, occupational and developmental therapy, early intervention services for 0-3 year olds, and our new Autism School and Autism Clinic.
Adult Services include day services, housing options in the community, social skills training, physical therapy, counseling, behavioral therapies, employment counseling, job placement, and independent living skills. More recently, we have expanded services for our adult clients to include horticulture, cooking, computer training, art, music, and recreation therapy.
SubCon Packing & Assembly, a division of Helping Hand, was established in 1962. Located at 10 North Beach Street in LaGrange Park, men and women from the community, including many of our adult clients, perform various packaging and assembly jobs that are subcontracted by local businesses.
Helping Hand Center recently celebrated our 50th Anniversary. Even as we grow and expand our services, our mission remains the same, "to assist persons with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence through quality programs and services."
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Helping Hand Center unique?
We ensure exceptional standards of care through our high client to staff ratios, individualized training programs, 24-hour residential supervision, full transportation services, award winning School for Children with Autism, and fully accredited programs. Our agency is a valuable resource for our clients, their families, and our community.
Which communities do you serve?
Helping Hand Center is a nonprofit serving over 500 children and adults with developmental disabilities in suburban Cook County and greater Chicagoland communities since 1955. Our clients span over 70 surrounding communities, including Berwyn, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Chicago, Cicero, Countryside, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, LaGrange, Lyons, Riverside, Summit, Westmont, Western Springs, Willowbrook and numerous others.
How is Helping Hand Center funded?
Helping Hand Center receives funding through a variety of sources, including the State of Illinois, Lyons Township Mental Health Commission, Riverside Township Mental Health Commission, corporate and private foundations, and general donations.
Can I schedule a visit?
Of course! We offer guided tours of our program and service areas. To schedule your visit, please call (708) 352-3580 x221.
What do I do if my contact information has changed and I am a family member of a client?
Please contact our administrative office by calling (708) 352-3580 x221. We try our best to stay up to date with our clients, family members and friends. Please contact us to ensure we have your e-mail address and your most current contact information.
What do I do if there is a death in the family?
We will handle this on a case by case basis based on your specific request. Please contact your case manager, Children's Services, or our administrative staff at (708) 352-3580 so we can up date our records.
How can I help?
There are several ways you can contribute to Helping Hand Center through time, talent, and treasure. Please visit our website, www.hhcenter.org, to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities. If you would like to make a donation that directly impacts the programs and services we offer, please make check payable to: Helping Hand Center, 9649 West 55th Street, Countryside, IL 60525