John Abbott, Anita Varkey, an event co-chair, John Fuente and Jeanine Pedersen

Thrive Counseling Center’s Spring Benefit was held Saturday, April 14th at the Oak Park Country Club. Over 260 guests gathered to celebrate Thrive’s 120th year anniversary. The event, co-chaired by board members Linda Binder of River Forest and Anita Varkey of Oak Park, raised more than $200,000 to support its services. The featured speaker, Kelley Kitley, is an Oak Park resident, author and therapist with a private practice in Chicago. She shared her own struggles and stated she is now living her best life because of an agency just like Thrive. Executive Director, John Meister, spoke of the agency’s rich history reinforcing this year’s theme of community helping community.  He also conveyed Thrive’s plans to launch a suicide prevention awareness and training program to make Oak Park and River Forest suicide safer communities. It was a fabulous night for Thrive, and ultimately, its clients.

Thrive Counseling Center continues to meet the needs of the community, providing a full range of mental health services to children, families, and individuals of all ages including seniors. The agency offers psychiatric services on site, which is unique and important so that clients do not have to travel outside the community to manage their medication. Thrive’s crisis work continues to be the cornerstone of the agency. The crisis team partners with the local police department, offering assistance 24/7 whenever a mental health crisis is part of the equation.

For more information about Thrive Counseling Center go to or call 708-383-7500.

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