Last year, we posted a recovery story from Barbara S., who began working with Trilogy and our Housing First Program in October 2013. Trilogy’s Housing First Program is designed to serve homeless persons who are living with a serious mental illness and/or who have co-occurring problems with alcohol and/or substance abuse. In Fiscal Year 2013, Trilogy was awarded $237,109 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program to assist 25 HUD-qualified homeless people in transitioning from the streets into permanent supported housing.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Trilogy was a $10,000 winner in the Guaranteed Rate Ultimate Neighborhood Giveback Challenge. The award is being used to partially fund our Beacon revitalization project, which we began at the end of July. The goal of the Beacon revitalization project is to expand Trilogy’s capacity to serve individuals in Rogers Park and the surrounding community who self-identify as having a mental illness by offering them a safe space to work on their recovery. Jesse P. has been participating in the Trilogy Beacon for almost three years and he credits the services he receives in the Beacon, and other Trilogy programs, for helping him turn his life around.
For much of my life I did not feel like I was headed in a good direction and it was largely due to not getting medication or treatment for my mental illness. In 2004, I tried getting my life on track by taking classes in automotives at several community colleges across Chicago. I was able to pick up a few college credits here and there, but each time I got involved with school I became symptomatic, I would stop taking classes, and things would get worse. Eventually, I wound up in the hands of law enforcement and was court ordered into the forensic ward of a State of Illinois mental health center. I received treatment there for several years until January of 2013.
Trilogy’s Housing First Program is designed to serve homeless persons who are living with a serious mental illness and/or who have co-occurring problems with alcohol and/or drugs. In Fiscal Year 2013, Trilogy was awarded $237,109 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program to assist 25 HUD-qualified homeless people in transitioning off the streets and into permanent supported housing. Since starting the Housing First Program in August 2013, Trilogy’s Housing Coordinator has successfully helped individuals across Chicago who qualify for housing assistance achieve
permanent housing, while Trilogy provides essential supportive services.
A lot of kids say, “My dad is crazy!”, but they don't mean it the way I meant it. My dad was bipolar, but we didn’t know it at the time. At the time we blamed his alcoholism. He drank all day and used to yell at my twin sister and me incoherently. He frequently became violent, hitting us with a razor strap or a belt. We would find our favorite toys in the trash. Sometimes he accused us of doing things we had not done, but by the time I was 12 I would not let him get away with false accusations. I stood up to him, saying we had not done what he was accusing us of because to me it was worth the beating just to stand up for myself. I was in high school when I realized my father was bipolar, a disease that ran in his family.
In 2013, Trilogy’s Supported Employment Program underwent an intensive two-day fidelity review and received the highest initial Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model fidelity score in the history of the program in Illinois. As a result, Trilogy’s Supported Employment Program was invited to become a learning partner in the internationally-recognized Johnson & Johnson—Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program.
Joseph C. is one of more than 500 people who take advantage of the services offered through the Trilogy Heartland Integrated Healthcare clinic each year. Trilogy established our Integrated Healthcare Program in 2008 to help address the needs of individuals like Joseph who are living with serious mental illness and, often times as a result of that mental illness, have trouble accessing quality primary health services.
Diana is a peer specialist who works in the Trilogy Beacon. A passionate advocate for recovery and trauma-informed care, she was recently the guest speaker at the Illinois Region 1 Integrated Behavioral Health Network Meeting where she shared her story of recovery:
As a Williams Consent Decree Provider for the State of Illinois, Trilogy’s Williams Transition Team has assisted more than 100 people with their transition from nursing homes into independent living. Each individual we have worked with has a unique story of that process and what it has meant for them. Robert M. is a current Trilogy client who took time from planning a trip to Colorado with his family to talk about what the opportunity to live on his own has meant to him. His story shows just how important the Williams Consent Decree is for individuals who are currently residing in nursing homes but who are capable of living on their own with community-based assistance.