About Us

Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Gosia Baran, and I'm the proud founder of Helping Hands Commercial Cleaning Services. In 1999, I made the life-changing decision to leave my birthplace in Poland and relocate to Chicago, drawn by the immense opportunities that the United States had to offer. It was during this time that I fell in love, both with my now-husband, Tony, and with the endless possibilities that lay before me.

Initially, I found employment at a law firm in downtown Chicago, and everything seemed to be falling into place. However, in 2000, I received the wonderful news of my pregnancy. Like most expectant mothers, I quickly realized that balancing a full-time job and the challenges of pregnancy was no easy feat. The demands of my work made it nearly impossible to find the time and energy to maintain a clean and organized home, despite my fondness for a spotless kitchen, sparkling bathrooms, and polished floors.

With my husband and I both working long hours, coupled with the difficulties of being an expectant mother, we made the decision to hire a cleaning service. Little did I know that this experience would leave a lasting impression on me.

The woman sent by the cleaning service arrived wearing a tank top and incredibly short shorts, which was rather unexpected, given the hot summer weather. To my surprise, she brought along her own cleaning towels, which turned out to be nothing more than "her husband's old t-shirts." I was taken aback by the lack of professionalism and standards displayed by the cleaning service. Not only did I have to provide all the cleaning products, but I also found myself having to train the cleaner on how to use them effectively. It was truly an unforgettable encounter, and I continued to utilize their services until my son was born.

However, just six weeks after giving birth, I returned to work, facing long hours that stretched from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. In addition to my professional responsibilities, I still aspired to maintain a meticulously clean home. Unfortunately, this meant sacrificing precious time with my baby. I spent my weekends tirelessly washing floors, scrubbing bathrooms, and tidying the kitchen, all while my son sat in his playpen nearby. It pained me deeply to realize that I had so little time to bond with him.

Then came the fateful day of September 11, which marked the end of my tenure at the law firm as I was laid off. It was at that moment that the idea for Helping Hands was born. I made a promise to myself: I would establish a cleaning company that not only delivered exceptional cleaning services but also offered busy families, like mine, the gift of free time and peace of mind. Equally important to me was providing employment opportunities to immigrants, just like myself, who were searching for a better life.

Today, at Helping Hands, we empower individuals who have come to this country seeking a brighter future. We invest in their training, teaching them the proper techniques, and acquainting them with the high-quality cleaning products we use. Our goal is to shape them into exceptional cleaners and ensure that they provide an unparalleled level of service. Moreover, I have created a career ladder within the company, offering our employees opportunities for growth and the chance to achieve their own dreams. We provide them with the necessary resources and support to realize their life goals. I am truly grateful to our customers for their unwavering support, as it is through their patronage that I am able to create a workplace that fosters opportunity for those seeking it.

As an active member of ISSA/ARCSI, the international cleaning association, I continue to grow as a leader. By sharing my experiences and knowledge, I not only help my own employees thrive but also assist other businesses in their growth, ultimately.

Who We Are

Established in 2001, Helping Hands Commercial Cleaning Services has emerged as the most rapidly expanding cleaning services company in the Chicagoland area. With our headquarters situated in the heart of Elmhurst, our workforce of over 75 dedicated professionals continues to grow each day. Our primary focus lies in delivering top-notch facility services across diverse markets. At Helping Hands, we foster a culture where employees are deeply committed to the success of their colleagues and the overall company.

We take pride in investing in our employees' personal and professional growth, equipping them with new skills through comprehensive training programs, and facilitating internal promotions. We strongly encourage every team member to contribute their innovative ideas and foster a supportive environment for creative problem-solving. Integrity and honesty serve as the cornerstones of our organization, ensuring that we consistently deliver superior service while maintaining an unwavering commitment to excellence.

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