Mission & History

At Beacon Therapeutic, we are committed to serving homeless and at-risk children, adolescents, teens and their families through an impressive range of clinical therapies and academic programs designed to provide a safe and supportive family environment.

Our Mission

Beacon’s mission is simple: to empower children and families by helping them discover a better future through accredited educational, mental health and social services.

Backed by the ongoing support of the community and the continued generosity of our donors, we work to accomplish our mission by providing a scope of innovative services to the most fragile children and families in the metropolitan Chicago area.

The History of Beacon Therapeutic

Beacon Therapeutic has been working to empower Chicago’s young people and their families for more than four decades. In 1968, a group of concerned parents on Chicago’s southwest side gathered to discuss a better learning environment for their children’s educational needs. As a result of their efforts, these parents launched Beacon School, a private special education facility serving children ages 3 to 21 years old.

Over the years, Beacon’s has continuously built on its success, growing from a single school to a multi-site service center for high-risk, multiple problem children, adolescents, teens and their families. Today, Beacon is licensed and accredited by the Joint Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), the North Central Association and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Beacon’s tradition of excellence in clinical therapy and educational programming is made possible by the participation and generosity of individuals throughout our community. To learn more about our mission and discover how you can become a part of the Beacon story, visit our partnership page.