Please help. Heartfelt Healthcare is a home for the holidays

Everyone wants to be home for the holidays.

Family, friends, food and laughter. Comforting, familiar and happy. The warm, welcoming embrace of the Infant Welfare Society’s Children’s Clinic is a home of a different kind. We care for children from families that could not find help anywhere else. Children who are living in poverty and face difficult circumstances. We provide medical, dental and behavioral services right here from our cozy building on Lake Street. We even help with nutrition, pet therapy, health education and literacy support.

We call it Heartfelt Healthcare.

Make your holiday even more wonderful by helping to make a home at the Clinic for deserving children.

Please give generously this holiday– from your home to theirs.

Heartfelt Healthcare: Why it’s important & how we do it

It’s Medical, but it’s also health education and helping the family. It’s Dental, but it’s also behavioral health and mentoring health professionals. Treating the whole child takes a community of partners and volunteers. It’s why we have strong relationships with organizations throughout the community. We help a vulnerable population and, for many of our patients, our services are a safety net. That’s why it really matters what services we offer – and how we deliver them. From Pediatrics and Dentistry to Behavioral Health and Nutrition Counseling, our welcoming Children’s Clinic provides quality, heartfelt healthcare for the whole child.

Home-iest of Medical Homes

Children visiting the IWS Children’s Clinic not only receive high quality health care, they enter a special space designed with them in mind. A unique, therapeutic mural welcomes children throughout the halls of the clinic with whimsical illustrations that engage with playful characters, educational motifs and health-living portrayals.

After a visit with a doctor, children may be invited to meet one of our truly special providers – a pet therapy dog. These specially trained dogs can bring calm to a child that may be anxious and happiness to a child that is unable to have a pet of their own. Our pet therapy dogs are warm, patient and loving and bring another level of cozy to our clinic.

And, the warmth of the clinic experience does not stop there. Each child that visits is invited into our custom Giving Library, where they are welcome to choose a book to become theirs to keep – just one more of the many steps we take to be the home-iest of medical homes.

Planned Giving

We invite you to become a Legacy Giver to OPRF Infant Welfare Society. If you would like more information on how to designate a planned gift, please contact Mindy Ondrla at (708) 406-8661.


Nancy thinks the Clinic is 'a blessing'. It began with a simple dental visit for her son Tracie, which led to help from Social Worker Denise Gonzalez who provided resources and expertise to help them move from homelessness to a new apartment.

Felicia feels she doesn't have to do it all alone'. She describes the assistance of Clinic Dentist Wanda Laszcz in helping her navigate through barriers to care and to find resources for her five children with special needs as life-changing.

Roberta's family describes the Clinic as a 'safe haven'. Clinic Doctor Stephanie Weller's care in helping treat her son's ADHD and her daughters' preventative care led to improved academics and a healthy school year.

Your donations can help families like these and many more.

Please give today.

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