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History

Founded in 1898 by the Chicago Ethical Humanist Society, HBH primarily focused on the development of ethical principles, education and quality of life.  It is named after Judge Henry Booth, the organization's first President. In its earliest years, the agency provided services to economically challenged Irish and German immigrants who required such services as citizenship training, English as a second language, literacy training, employment preparation, parenting, and family planning.

Through the years, the agency has broadened its reach and today provides a culturally diverse population with services which include Healthcare, Social Services, Nutrition Counseling, Childcare, and Head Start programming.  At HBH, we engage in advocacy and facilitate opportunities for personal growth and development, strong family relations, and the improvement of the overall quality of life for children and families.  

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Today, Henry Booth House serves more than 4,000 children and families in 18 aldermanic wards of the City of Chicago by continuing to advance its mission of improving the quality of life for culturally and economically diverse families by providing comprehensive educational, health, and social services.  These services are all provided through our two main programming pillars- Head Start and Family Health.

As we look to the future, we continue to seek ways to make our agency grow and become an even more effective player in the provision of educational, health care, and social services to all facets of the communities we serve.  We seek to become the nation’s leader in providing high quality services that will provide a continuum of comprehensive life support from conception to the cradle, to the classroom, through college, career and recycling back into the community.We have identified a set of growth initiatives which include increased professional development for our staff, recruitment of additional bilingual staff, improved access to educational and health care services for immigrant and minority communities, expansion of our WIC nutritional program, increased use of information technology in our program delivery and fiscal management, increasing our fund raising, and unifying our current programs into a seamless social service solution for our clients.