The Trilogy Beacon is a seven day a week 365 day per year community Drop-In center that offers peer-to-peer leadership and is open to any person presenting as an individual with serious mental illness. In 2010, Trilogy was awarded a $330,000 three-year competitive Title XX grant that allowed us to significantly enhance our Drop-In center by hiring three full-time and two part-time Peer Specialists—mental health consumers who have completed specific training that enables them to enhance a person’s wellness and recovery by providing peer support—and an Employment Specialist—a recovery counselor who assists with job exploration, job searching, resume writing, mock interviews, and job coaching.
The initial goal of the Beacon was to serve more than 400 unduplicated participants per year. One of the great successes of The Trilogy Beacon is that we currently serve more than 1500 guests per month—a large number being “non-registered” clients from the Rogers Park community who are homeless or without Medicaid benefits. As part of a City of Chicago's Department of Public Health's (CDPH's) Minority AIDS Initiative Target Capacity Expansion (MAI-TCE) Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care grant award, Trilogy is proud to partner with Chicago House-an agency which "provides housing and supportive services to HIV-affected and HIV-at risk families and individuals, who may also be impacted by poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness"- to provide AIDS testing and counseling within The Trilogy Beacon.
The mission of The Trilogy Beacon is to build a safe community, grounded in mental health recovery, where peers inspire, support and empower each other through social, vocational, leadership and advocacy opportunities. The Beacon is a secure milieu—free of threats to our participants’ physical and emotional well-being. Participants work together to create a special place for all adults living with serious mental illness to work on their recovery. This exciting program increases access to therapy and employment services for our underserved client population and those individuals presenting as having serious mental illness.