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  • Trinity Services supporters can amplify their impact this #GivingTuesday

    Nov 03, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Supporters of Trinity Services, Inc. can amplify their charitable impact this #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible online donation to the nonprofit on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

    Thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 only will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000. The Coleman Foundation will match $25 for every gift between $25-$99; $100 for every gift between $100-$499; and $500 for every gift of $500 or more. Matches apply to both current and new supporters.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all donations made Nov. 28 through Facebook fundraisers created on behalf of Trinity Services will be matched at $1,000 per fundraiser, up to a total of $50,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This is Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity. #GivingTuesday is always held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and holiday shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Those interested in donating to or helping Trinity Services on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to visit www.Facebook.com/TrinityServices/fundraisers to create a shareable fundraiser on behalf of the nonprofit or to visit www.Trinity-Services.org/GivingTuesday to donate. Trinity is using the hashtag #ShareTheLove for its campaign.

    For more information about ways to get involved, call (815) 717-3750.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in more than 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • ‘An Evening of Holiday Music’ Fourth Annual Dinner and Concert Gala to raise funds for Trinity Services Dec. 1 in Oak Brook

    Nov 02, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. is planning its Fourth Annual Dinner and Concert Gala, “An Evening of Holiday Music,” for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Butterfield Country Club, 2800 Midwest Road in Oak Brook.

    The event will raise funds for the men, women and children with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom Trinity Services supports through its residential, behavioral health, adult learning and other programs.

    Guests will be treated to a showcase of holiday music, paired with dinner, fellowship and a preferred raffle of gifts perfect for loved ones or oneself.

    This year’s musical performances will feature Catherine Ramsey, a harpist and sophomore at Downers Grove North High School who was recently selected as one of nine finalists in the Intermediate 1 Division for the Mexico International Harp Competition and Festival. The Allegro!!! Violin Ensemble from the Western Springs School of Talent Education will also perform, featuring children who are at the top of their game in string performance.

    Each year, Trinity Services welcomes members of the DuPage County community to attend the Dinner and Concert Gala to learn more about the work Trinity does and become part of the Trinity community.

    In DuPage County, Trinity provides residential services to people with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness, including in group homes in residential neighborhoods and in two permanent supportive housing apartment buildings. Trinity also operates the Neurofeedback, Counseling and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Institute of Illinois in DuPage County. Trinity has served the county for 13 years.

    Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and program book ads are available for this year’s event. Tickets are $140 per person. To support or attend the event, visit www.trinity-services.org/concertgala or call (815) 717-3750.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in more than 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Top Management Relationships

    Nov 22, 2017

    The future of successful organizations will emanate from full partnerships among all relevant participants. Such partnerships are based on trust. Trust, in this context, consists of several elements: a concern for the whole, a willingness to share information, the freedom to speak up, credibility and the recognition of competence.

    1. A concern for the whole is vital to the establishment of trust. Each corporate member is aware that the organization comes first, before any individual program or department. To know that the other person will subordinate his or her needs for the greater good is a powerful motivation to do the same. On a practical level, it means that the program with only a few vacancies in the staffing plan refers potential employees to the program that has the most. It also means allowing a staff member to take a promotional opportunity in another department.

       

    2. A willingness to share information is another characteristic of organizational trust. The type of information can vary widely—the acknowledgment of problems, the status of the company’s books, or providing the reasons for the decisions being made. Is the information openly shared, allowing employees to feel that they are part of a larger body that works out problems and celebrates together? Or is it vigorously guarded, creating an environment characterized by fear and disengagement?

       

    3. Trust is also present when employees feel that they can speak up and disagree without fear of punishment. Some organizations actually have specially designated times when staff can address, “What’s wrong in the company? Or the department? What’s holding us back?” James J. Cribbin refers to these times as “barnacle-removing sessions.”

       

    4. In addition, trust develops through credibility. Is there congruence between words and actions? Does honesty characterize organizational practices? People are willing to trust those who tell the truth. An organizational maxim states that it is better to tell the truth and have employees angry than to tell a lie and have them hate you when they find out.

       

    5. Another important element of trust is the knowledge that one’s coworkers, boss and subordinates are competent to carry out their duties. Knowing that people can perform at the level required not only breeds confidence but also creates an environment in which risk-taking can occur.

    As the CEO of Trinity Services, I am often away, representing the concerns of the organization. It can be a very time- and energy-consuming endeavor. I make these excursions without dis-ease because Trinity is managed through a leadership group, the Executive Committee. It has authority over the major programs and services offered. In addition, these group members have developed an Executive Committee Partnership Agreement that each person signs. The agreement outlines how they will do business together.

    The Executive Committee meets weekly and an additional two times a month as the Partnership Committee. I attend the executive meetings but not the partnership meetings. In fact, I do not ask for reports or minutes from the group. In this forum, partners resolve differences and create common agendas, make recommendations and seek to maintain the purpose of the organization as a whole.

    As I have shared this experience with other colleagues, it has not been uncommon to hear, “You can’t do that. They’ll end up talking about you and before you know it you’ll be out of a job.” Another frequent bit of advice from these same people is, “If you ever learn that one of your staff is talking to a board member, you need to jump him right away. The next thing you know he’ll be the CEO.”

    While paranoia may be an occupational hazard of a leadership position, I do not believe that these individuals will conspire to steal my chair or organize some kind of fifth-column uprising. The reality is that if leaders at this level of the organization cannot be trusted or trust each other, how can one expect employees at the operational level to trust one another? This group is a corporate model for other teams; individuals must be free to meet and discuss important issues without suspicion.

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  • Always Getting Better in Our Relationships

    Nov 16, 2017

    Shawn Achor has made the observation that nothing is more critical to our success than holding on to the people around us. Too often, under stress, we try to go it alone, and then we begin to flounder. Positive relationships are the single greatest investment we can make in terms of the definition of happiness or well-being. Research indicates that the top 10% of the people around us are in that range because of the “strength of their social relationships.” On the other hand, lack of social support can add 30 points to our blood pressure.

    So what are the characteristics of supportive relationships?  Two of the most important are:

    • Positive interactions
    • Generosity.

    All of us have experienced the pleasure that comes from positive interactions with friends, family members or coworkers. The warmth and validation that results often lifts our spirits for hours and sometimes days. Even smiles and greetings in the hallway at work can lift spirits throughout the day. Numerous studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of these experiences. In a 2015 article in the Harvard Business Review, Emma Seppala and Kim Cameron listed additional benefits, such as increased creativity, ability to bounce back from challenges and difficulties, more loyalty, greater employee engagement and higher levels of financial performance.

    The second characteristic, generosity, is also clearly essential. A person who simply receives support—no matter how gratefully—but is unwilling to offer support to others cannot build strong relationships. Mutual giving is the glue that strengthens the bond between people. In addition, those who make a habit of helping others experience long-term health benefits. The Longevity Project, a study of social connections that began in 1921—and still continues, noted that “beyond social network size, the clearest benefit of social relationships came from helping others. Those who helped their friends and neighbors, advising and caring for others, tended to live to old age.”

    Imagine the transformative effects that just these two characteristics would have on teamwork, relationships and productivity within organizations.

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  • An Evening of Holiday Music — Fourth Annual Concert Gala

    Please join us for "An Evening of Holiday Music" at our Fourth Annual Concert Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 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.

    Click here to purchase tickets, to purchase a program book ad or to sponsor the event.

    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 Western Springs School for Talent Education Allegro!!! Violin Ensemble and Harpist Catherine Ramsey.

    Tickets are $140 per person. Call (815) 717-3750 or email sladislas@trinity-services.org to find out more about how you can help with the event.

    Concert Gala Sponsors 2017

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Winter Wonderland - $5,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business logo posted on Trinity Services' website
    Prominent recognition at event
    Eight complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Sleigh Bells - $4,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business name on Trinity Services' website
    Prominent recognition at event
    Six complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Boughs of Holly - $2,000
    Full-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on Trinity Services' website
    Prominent recognition at event
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Mistletoe - $2,000
    Half-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on Trinity Services' website
    Prominent recognition at event
    Two complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Program Book Advertisement Opportunities:
    Full-page color $1,000 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    Full-page B&W $500 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    1/2-page B&W $250 (7.5” W x 4.875” H)
    1/4-page B&W $200 (3.75” W x 4.875” H)
    1/8-page business card/celebration B&W $100 (3.75”W x 2.4375” H)
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