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  • Help End the Workforce Crisis by Signing Online Petition, Advocating for Disability Services in Illinois

    Oct 20, 2016

    NEW LENOX, IL — The fight for a living wage for direct support professionals (DSPs) in Illinois is far from over. An online petition is circulating to raise awareness about the workforce crisis that Illinois disability service providers are facing and to encourage state legislators to vote for a veto override for House Bill 5931.

    The Value the Work Coalition, of which Trinity Services is a member, is seeking an override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the bill during the fall override session of the Illinois General Assembly Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

    HB 5931 would raise the starting wage for DSPs — workers who provide direct services and supports to people with development disabilities and mental illness — to $15 an hour.

    Community service providers like Trinity Services are enduring a workforce crisis and report that up to 30 percent of their direct support positions are vacant at any time, with the average state wage remaining at approximately $9.35 an hour. The passage of this bill would attract more workers to the profession by providing a living wage.

    The workforce crisis affects everyone in the disability services field — particularly the thousands of men, women and children throughout the state who rely on disability service providers for supports and services.

    To voice your support for a veto override for HB 5931, sign the online petition by clicking here.

    Trinity encourages supporters to also contact the Governor’s Office to relay their support for a wage increase and ask him to take administrative action that would increase the wage for DSPs. Trinity also encourages supporters to contact State senators and representatives to ask them to commit to voting for the veto override of HB 5931.

    For resources about the veto override campaign and more information about how you can help, please click here.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 66-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit

    Meredith Dobes
    Communication and Media Development
    Trinity Services, Inc.
    (815) 320-7229

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  • Updated Book from High Tide Press Aims to Increase Discussion in Disability Services Field

    Oct 17, 2016

    NEW LENOX, IL — What does it mean to treat a person with disabilities respectfully? What do the terms “exploitation,” “abuse,” and “neglect” mean? How should a suspected incident of abuse, neglect or exploitation be reported in an organization?

    These questions are just a few of the discussion prompts included in “From Inquiry to Insight: Guided Discussion for Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Persons with Cognitive Disabilities,” which is an updated release from Trinity Services, Inc. Executive Director Art Dykstra and nationally renowned expert Amy Tabor.

    The book is one of High Tide Press’ most popular training tools, and is meant to educate, inspire and increase discussion among professionals in the disability services field.  The updated 50-page guide includes a Dialogue Deck of 52 cards with discussion prompts that professionals can use to openly talk with each other about the challenging issues of preventing abuse, neglect and exploitation.

    “From Inquiry to Insight” is packaged in a three-ring binder and includes a small mesh bag for the Dialogue Deck cards. It can easily be integrated into other training programs or can be used as standalone training. The cost of the book is $24.95, and all proceeds benefit people with disabilities and mental illness who Trinity Services serves.

    High Tide Press was founded in 1995 and publishes books and media on leadership, developmental disabilities, and other learning and training materials for people working in the fields of human services, education, nonprofit management and health care. For more information, visit

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 66-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit

    From Inquiry to Insight

    Meredith Dobes
    Communication and Media Development
    Trinity Services, Inc.
    (815) 320-7229

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  • When Does Everything Count?

    Sep 26, 2016
    By Art Dykstra

    True personal responsibility acknowledges the wisdom of the imperative, "Everything counts." I was first struck with the impact of those words in one of David Steinberg's comedy routines in which he made light of our tendency to be over vigilant regarding trivial matters. Steinberg's character would walk around the house, straighten a picture on the wall, alphabetize the magazine rack, and say, "Everything counts." And indeed there are those administrators--sometimes known as obsessive/compulsives--who drive their staffs to the brink of mutiny by obsessing over the truly unimportant.

    But everything does count in an Outcome Management environment, and not just the outcomes--the first mistake made by folks who don't really understand the complex nature of process and outcomes.

    Everything especially counts when you are dealing with unusually vulnerable people--the little things as well as the big things. It is important how staff members greet the program participants each morning, how  they hang the coats up, where they hang their coats up, and whether the people served participate in meaningful activities or not. Nothing is taken for granted.

    Where the coffee pots are locate dis important. Who may drink the coffee is probably more important. How many times the phone rings before it is answered is important. Is the environment clean, cheerful? Have the flowers been weeded, the snow shoveled on time?

    How are checks distributed and by whom? Howe much money does the janitor make? Where does the staff eat lunch? How expensive are the soft drinks in the vending machine?

    How do the staff members in community-integrated living arrangements (CILAs) refer to the homes? At Trinity, we operate and serve more than 60 such homes by such names as Courtland House, Route Three, or Cedar House. For some, this may raise the question: "So what?" But, when you realize that he way you talk affects the people you serve, you don't have to ask. What does a person being served in a CILA home say when asked, "Where do you live?" Does she tell them her address as we would? Or does she call her home by its worksite name that the staff uses? Probably the latter--and that is our fault.  These properties may be worksites to us, but they are homes to the people who live there. That's an important distinction to make.

    Everything counts, absolutely everything. This philosophy does not mean that one controls or micromanages each of these events or activities, but rather that staff realizes the importance of every encounter with the people they serve. It is critical that little issues be dealt with before they become problems, conflicts, or sources of bigger concerns.
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  • Increasing Ability through Technology

    Dec 11, 2015
    Technology is hot at Trinity Services, Inc. With help from great partners, like Ablelink Technologies, and Create Ability, people with disabilities are using the latest technologies to move toward more full and abundant living. Communication options, work skills, entertainment choices, and relationships are all enhanced with the use of computers, tablets, and even smart phones. Check out the video to see what is happening right now!

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  • Third Annual Dinner and Concert Gala

    Please join us for "An Evening of Holiday Music" at our Third Annual Concert Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook to support our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    This showcase of holiday music paired with dinner and fantastic company is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. 

    This year's event features the Hinsdale Central Chamber Choir and the Western Springs School for Talent Education Allegro!!! Violin Ensemble.

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