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Good Karma

May 9, 2011

Last month, IIC partnered with the new social app KarmaKorn to raise awareness for our Nonprofit (NGO) Partners. We encouraged participants to show their support for their favorite IIC NGO Partner by sharing their stories on the IIC wall. Participants shared relevant links, photos, and information. By participating through the KarmaKorn app, individuals  received Karma Kernels, with which they can encourage others do good actions through KarmaKorn.

Hephzibah Children's Association

We’re happy to announce that Jennifer Stix  is the winner of the IIC-KarmaKorn Contest! Jennifer showed her support for a nonprofit she’s passionate about – Hephzibah Children’s Association. Thanks to Jennifer, Hephzibah will receive $250 from IIC – a small token of our appreciation for the work that Hephzibah and all of our outstanding NGO Partners do. For her commitment, Jennifer will receive an iPod Touch!

Hephzibah was founded in 1897 by Mary Wessels, who opened her home to displaced children when a fire destroyed a local orphanage. Ten years later, Mary purchased a small home at 332 Lake St. in Chicago, to accommodate more children as word  of her work spread. Hephzibah Home continued to grow and flourish through the 1920s, the Great Depression, and WWII by cultivating strong relationships with community members, who gave generously of their resources and time.

While the needs of the children that come to Hephzibah have changed with the times, the mission of the house has remained constant: to provide safety and care to society’s most vulnerable children. Today, Hephzibah Children’s Association provides a diversity of much-needed services. From the Diagnostic Treatment Center and Residence that helps children heal from abuse and neglect, to foster care and adoption services, to family counseling and support, crisis intervention, family reunification, day care, and educational enrichment programs, Hephzibah strives to provide a comprehensive network of support for children and families subject to the pressures of poverty, neglect, chronic illness, mental instability, joblessness, and


The longevity of Hephzibah Children’s Association speaks to the value and quality of the services it provides. Thanks to Jennifer Stix for showing her support for this fantastic organization. IIC is proud to have Hephzibah Children’s Association as a Nonprofit Partner.

Is your favorite nonprofit an IIC NGO Partner? Visit to learn how IIC is turning real estate transactions into philanthropic events, and generating no-cost, unrestricted funding for great organizations like Hephzibah.  Partnership in IIC is free, so be sure to share IIC with your favorite nonprofit today!

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