The Phoenix Center opened in 2001 as a safe space for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth to meet. Since those early days we have expanded to provide other programs and services. Current services include:

      • LGBTQA Youth Group
      • Free HIV, Hepatitis C Testing, Condoms
      • Billy’s House Transitional Housing Program
      • Community Education & Outreach
      • SHaRI Project (Springfield Harm Reduction Program)
      • Counseling & Support Groups
      • Springfield PrideFest

If you are in need of a particular service that we do not offer, please feel to call us – maybe we can provide a referral or help you in some way!

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Phoenix Center Board & Staff

14th annual fall gayla dinner & auction

Please join us at for the 14th Annual Fall GAYla Dinner & Auction, October 17th at Erin’s Pavilion at Southwind Park. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, dinner will be served at 6:30, followed by a live auction with MT Vann, auctioneer. Tickets are $50 per person (tables of 8 people) and are available by calling the Phoenix Center at 217-528-5253. Payment may be made by cash, check, or charge.

Phoenix Center Paranormal Experience

The building that houses the Phoenix Center was built in the 1870’s. It was originally a Catholic orphanage, then housed Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, then the Catholic diocese bought it back and it served until the late 1990’s as St. Monica’s home for unwed mothers (later troubled teen girls). The Phoenix Center purchased the building in 2005 and there have been many reports of strange experiences – smell of cigarette smoke in the hallways (when there is nobody there), sounds of children’s voices, cold spots, and numerous people have seen habit wearing nuns and heard people in the hallways to find nobody there. The staff became interested and contacted CAPS (Capitol Area Paranormal Society) to do an investigation. Using various equipment (audio and video recorders, meters, cameras, spirit boxes, and divining rods) and bringing in a medium, they were able to record voices, strange lights, and the medium identified and talked to spirits who are still hanging around the building. There is Robert – a Chaplain, Josiah – a small boy, Berta – a cook who was still in the kitchen, and Brian – painfully shy young man who will not leave the basement stairwell, and the handyman in the attic.

With that said, the staff and board of the Phoenix Center decided it would be a fun night to invite small groups into the building to experience the Phoenix Paranormal. There will be 3 nights, October 24, 25, and Halloween night, October 31. On each night there will be 3 groups.

Group 1 will start at 6:30 p.m. with a Paranormal Pasta Dinner (including salad, bread, drink & dessert) served on antique china that came with the house, in the dining room where the lights are known to flicker when there is tension in the house. This will be followed by a presentation by the Capitol Area Paranormal Society. They will discuss and play recordings of what they have found, show you the tools that they use, and then take you on a paranormal investigation of the main floor. This will be followed by an escorted walk into the darkness of the Phoenix Center yOUTh Group’s Haunted House.

Group 2 will start at 8:00 p.m. and will proceed exactly the same as Group 1.

Group 3 is an Extended Paranormal Investigation, led by the Capital Area Paranormal Society from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. In addition to the discussion about the paranormal activity in the Phoenix Center, you will go on an extended tour/investigation, and get to use the paranormal investigation equipment and witness for yourself. Prepare yourself for one chilling night!

There will be LIMITED tickets. Twenty-three seats for Group 1 and 2 and Twelve seats for Group 3! We would be happy to accommodate groups within these limits. Get your friends together and call to reserve your space…if you dare!

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by calling Jonna at 217-528-5253.