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Helping Hand Center earns highest accreditation

<p>Helping Hand Center clients Oldrich Novotny of La Grange and Lance Woosely of Willowbrook with Mary Beth Hepp, executive director of Helping Hand Center in Countryside. | Provided</p>

Helping Hand Center clients Oldrich Novotny of La Grange and Lance Woosely of Willowbrook with Mary Beth Hepp, executive director of Helping Hand Center in Countryside. | Provided

The nonprofit Helping Hand Center in Countryside, which serves more than 650 children and adults with developmental disabilities, was recently presented with the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization.

This decision shows Helping Hand Center’s commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality in the community. Those services for people with developmental disabilities include outpatient therapies, early intervention, a school for children with autism, high school transition, residential homes, employment services, adult developmental training, behavioral services, and special recreation programs.

An organization receiving this accreditation has put itself through a rigorous three day on-site peer review process performed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an international accrediting body that evaluates and provides benchmarks for the industry.

Helping Hand Center has provided services since 1955 that are help developmentally disabled people achieve independence. For more information visit www.hhcenter.org or call (708) 352-3580.

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