24/7 Support and Guidance
The program is tailored to meet your needs, allowing you to experience a wide range of educational, vocational, social, and cultural opportunities throughout Chicago. The BWC is designed to offer you support creating plans and making healthy decisions. And when life doesn’t work out as planned, the BWC enables flexibility so that natural consequences are experienced as opportunities for growth.
What further distinguishes the BWC from other programs is the 24/7 support. A member of our transitional team is always on-site and available, no matter the time of day or night.
Practical Living Immersion
The BWC promotes practical life management and coping skills in a home, academic, and, when appropriate, employment setting. The BWC’s two locations maximize therapeutic, living, employment, educational, social, and cultural opportunities and support.
Brooke Whitted Center & House, 6238 South Ellis
You’ll live in the Brooke Whitted House (BWH), the Center’s full-time independent living residence housed in a modern condominium building. The BWH is located two blocks from the University of Chicago campus and adjacent to the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (the O-School). It provides a residential atmosphere that balances structure and accountability with autonomy, allowing you to build your future. The BWH is also the location of the Center’s offices and administration.
Brooke Whitted Loft, 1323 South Michigan Ave.
The Brooke Whitted Loft (BWL) in Chicago’s South Loop is available to you while attending classes at the many educational institutions Chicago has to offer. There are numerous cultural, recreational, social and employment opportunities located within walking distance.
Relationship with the O-School
The Brooke Whitted Center is immediately adjacent to the world-renowned Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, a residential and day school dedicated to working with children, teens and older adolescents with mental health challenges. Its hallmark, immersive “milieu treatment,” is the standard in residential treatment programs.
While the BWC is not a school, it draws upon the O-School’s relationship-based model—adjusted for college-age emerging adults—by encouraging goal setting, gaining mastery and competence, forming healthy relationships, and learning how to focus on day-to-day life experience.