Charitable Organizations – Community Services
Hazel Crest, Illinois
Good Shepherd Center opened in 1963 to provide therapeutic services for disabled children age’s birth to 7. Since then we have developed/implemented many new services in south suburban Cook and northern Will counties including Early Intervention / Pediatric therapy, an In-Home Respite Care program that provides parents of disabled children a break from their responsibilities of raising their child, a Child Development / Disabilities Resource Center, a Childcare Resource / Referral program providing training and support for Childcare providers, Acorn Child Care Center which serves children with without special needs and our Strong Children ~ Strong Communities bilingual conference (English & Spanish) that provides adults with topics of educational support for children. We also collaborate with local Childcare Centers to provide early education for children with developmental disabilities. Finally, our Children and Adult Waiver program provides training / assistance for eligible children and adults with developmental disabilities who live at home with their families to enable them to accomplish tasks that they would normally do for themselves if they did not have a disability.
The agency Mission Statement is: “Good Shepherd Center, a community advocate for children and adults, with and without disabilities, provides support, service, and education that empower individuals and families to lead exceptional lives.”
Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children opened in 1963 to provide services for disabled children age’s birth to 7. Since then we provide many programs including Pediatric therapy, Respite Care services for parents of disabled children, a Childcare Resource/Referral program to train Childcare providers, a conference that provides trainings to support children and a Waiver program that assists eligible children & adults with disabilities to accomplish tasks they would do themselves if they did not have a disability. Recently the agency acquired a Child Care Center in Oak Forest, IL which shall serve up to 70 children.
South Suburban Family Shelter is a non-profit agency which provides comprehensive and coordinated services to victims of domestic violence and their families. All victim services are provided free of charge. All are available in English and Spanish, and for men and women. These services include:
· 24-Hour Hotline (708-335-3028)
· Counseling for adult victims and their children (708-798-7737)
· Emergency Shelter
· Court Advocacy (Markham courthouse- 6th district of Cook County)
· Medical Advocacy (St. James Hospitals, Ingalls, Advocate South Suburban)
· Prevention program (school-based)
· PAIP (Partner Abuse Intervention Program)
· Professional trainings and presentations
· Outreach program
For more information about services, or to volunteer, call 708-794-2140.
Chicago Heights, IL