Video: Skokie’s Turning Point celebrates 45 years of its recovery stories

At the Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center in Skokie, the mission is “Solid Support When You Need It Most.”

This goal was also the theme at Turning Point’s “Celebrating Stories of Recovery” benefit at the Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette on June 20.

“It’s a night to celebrate citizenship,” said Ann Fisher Raney, chief executive officer of Turning Point. “It’s a night to think about all of the things large and small that people do to contribute to the work that we do at Turning Point.”

Turning Point, marking 45 years of service, is committed to assisting people with mental illness, regardless of their ability to pay. The sold-out fundraiser drew an estimated 200 people, raising some $76,000.

The agency’s four honorees at the event were U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) of Evanston, First Bank & Trust Managing Director Jay Lytle of Evanston, (who’s also former Evanston mayor), Turning Point Therapist Julie Rooney and her husband Paul Rooney, a Shure, Inc., senior software manager and electrical engineer.

“It is very special to me,” said Lytle, of the award and what Turning Point means to the community. Someone close to Lytle benefited from services by Turning Point.

“This is an incredible organization,” Paul Rooney agreed. “The passion of the staff is incredible.”

His wife Julie Rooney added, “We couldn’t be more thrilled, what an honor to be up here with Jan Schakowsky and Jay Lytle.”

Schakowsky noted that mental wellness affects everyone. “We have thousands of bills and thousands of issues and clearly health care has been a priority of mine, certainly mental health services,” she said. “But working with advocacy groups and service groups like Turning Point which is one of the best, I can really focus in on what are the things that are really needed in my district.”

In her own family, said Schakowsky, “We have recently been facing an issue with a grandchild who is going through adolescence and some depression. There isn’t a family that really is not touched by the issue of mental illness.”

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center was established in 1969 and is an outpatient mental health center serving Chicagoland. Visit www.tpoint.org.

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