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Please note that we are moving towards a digital registration platform. Hard copies of the registration brochure and forms will not be distributed, but are available by special request. Thank you very much!
Helping Hand Center provides recreational opportunities on a weekly basis in the late afternoon and on Saturday. These programs provide a variety of activities which reinforce social skills and encourage independence. They also provide structured experiences in which participants can have fun as well as meet new people.
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Special Recreation Programs
Friday Night In
Friday Night Out
Day Trip
Procedures & Guidelines
NEW     Wednesday – Be Active With Me! | 3:00pm-5:00pm

Come and join us in staying fit! During the next 3 months participants will get an opportunity to experience different ways of staying fit like yoga, Pilates, chair aerobics, Zumba, and much more! Participants must wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $90 per month/$260 per quarter

NEW    Friday – Let's Get Sporty | 3:00pm-5:00pm

Come and join us as we explore different sport and the skills necessary to play those sports. Some of the sports that we will be learning about are: basketball, badminton, bocce, soccer and much more! Participants must wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $80 per month/$240 per quarter

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Monday – Creative Crafters | 3:00pm - 6:00pm. 

It's all about creating projects that you can keep, give as gifts, or sell at craft fairs and events. A variety of art media and tools will be used, including markers, glitter, foam and beads.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $125 per month/$375 per quarter

Tuesday – Bowling | 3:00pm-5:00pm

Each week we will bowl one to two games at a bowling alley. Rolling Lanes Bowling Center in Countryside will be our primary site unless there is a conflict with their schedule in which case we will go to another local bowling alley. Participates will need to bring $2 or $4 depending on how many games they would like to bowl. (Currently it is $2.00 per game).

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $90 per month/$270 per quarter

Tuesday – You Be The Critic | 3:00pm-6:00pm

Every week, participants have the chance to be a movie critic. They will watch movies from every time period and genre. We will have in depth discussions about the movie we just saw, like favorite character, least favorite character and why we feel this way.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $135 per month/$405 per quarter

Wednesday – Let's Put On A Show | 3:00pm-6:00pm

Come and be part of The Center Stage Theater Group! Over the next 3 months, we will explore different characters from The Wizard of Oz and work on acting skills. We welcome all levels of involvement and experience, we have roles for everyone! The first hour of this group, we will be working on musicality. The next two hours, this group will work on acting with our bodies, our voices and our emotions.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $125 per month/$375 per quarter

Wednesday Night Movie Series | 6:30pm-8:30pm

The Special Recreation department will host a Wednesday Night Movie Series. Individuals can sign up for specific movies or the entire series.

 Program fee: $10 each or all seven for $60

1/6 - Snow Dogs
1/20 - Frozen
2/3 - Groundhog Day
2/17 - Just Like Heaven
3/2 - Leap Year
3/16 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
3/30 - Shrek

Thursday – Bust-A-Move | 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Come learn all the cool dance moves and get a good workout! Learn dance moves that you will be able to show off at the Special Recreation Banquet and at future events through the year.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $80 per month/$240 per quarter

Thursday – What's Cooking | 3:00pm-6:00pm

Participants will be split into 2 smaller groups that will take turns in completing the responsibilities of planning and preparing a meal. One group will find a recipe for the next week, create a shopping list and go shopping for all the ingredients. The other group will prepare the recipe that was planned the week before. All participants will get to sample the meal at the end of the group. Please inform staff if there are any dietary restrictions.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $120 per month/$360 per quarter

Friday – Weekly Wildcard | 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Game on! Every Friday afternoon, our participants will enjoy a day of socialization through a variety of games. The group will experience friendly competition and fun through board games, video games, sports, and other activities.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $115 per month/$345 per quarter

Saturday – Social Club | Noon-3:30pm

Come spend time with friends in a variety of activities that promote socialization and leisure planning. The group will meet at Helping Hand Center’s Adult Services Building in Hodgkins and immediately go into the community. Admission fees are not included in the program fee.

Min/Max: 10/20Program fee: $155 per month/$465 per quarter

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This monthly programs offers participants a chance to socialize with friends at Helping Hand Center.
There is no minimum or maximum number of participants for these events
Ladies' Night - January 8 | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Join the ladies as they get manicures, play games, and hang out without the guys. We’ll have snacks and drinks.

 Program fee: $10

Guys' Night - January 22 | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Join the guys as they play sports, games, and hang out without the ladies. We’ll have snacks and drinks.

 Program fee: $10

Fine Arts Festival - February 5 | 7:00pm-9:00pm

The evening will include a performance from D2 Performing Company. It will include different forms of dance and afterwards, the girls will reserve time for question and answers. They will also teach, those who want to learn, some of the dance moves they perform. We will provide elegant snacks and beverages. Please note this event will take place at the Countryside building (9649 W 55th Street).

 Program fee: $20

Valentine's Day Dance - February 12 | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day by dancing and playing games at Helping Hand Center. At the end of the night, we will crown a Valentine’s king and queen.

 Program fee: $15

Casino Night - March 18 | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Come play Blackjack, Keno, War, and other casino games. Participants will be given poker chips and Special Recreation dollars that can be used to purchase prizes at the end of the night.

 Program fee: $10

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There is a 25 participant limit for this event.
Disney On Ice - January 24 | 9:00am-2:30pm
Helping Hand's Special Recreation


December 18, 2015
January 1, 2016

If you have questions, please call 708-426-8281. You can also call our front desk at 708-352-3580 and ask for Special Recreation.

Special Recreation Supervisor e-mail:

Door to door transportation may be included for an additional $50 per month if you are within the driving range.