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  • Trinity Services reveals renovated Roxy theater to members of Trinity community

    Feb 27, 2018

    LOCKPORT, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. revealed an entirely renovated Roxy theater at a private event Feb. 21 in downtown Lockport, allowing members of the Trinity Services community to experience the renewed space for the first time.

    In 1995, Trinity Services purchased the Roxy theater, and for many years, the space served as a social spot for the people with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom Trinity supports. The unique social experience it provided drew attention locally and nationally, including coverage from National Public Radio.

    In recent years, through a partnership with the City of Lockport, the Roxy was open to the public select nights for movie viewings and other events. The building was then temporarily closed for renovations, which were revealed at the Feb. 21 event.

    Updates include a new facade and marquee sign; new flooring; updated bar, lounge and recreation areas; fresh interior paint and lighting fixtures; a new roof; and upgraded fire and safety systems. All renovations emphasize a 1920s Art Deco theme.

    When guests enter the building, they may check their coats and walk through a set of colorful glass doors that open to the Roxy’s bar and lounge area. This area is equipped with comfortable seats and tables, and a beautiful bar with a backlit bar top. Beyond the lounge is the Roxy’s performance space, in which theater or table seating can be configured. A stage provides room for musical performances and presentations.

    At the event, a string quartet from Lincoln-Way Central High School and The Big Lagniappe, a New Orleans-style jazz band which features Trinity staff member Kevin Krauss on keyboard, took the stage for portions of the evening. Their performances delighted attendees and showed the versatility of the space.

    For those who Trinity serves, The Roxy has set the stage for new relationships and friendships to blossom, social skills to grow, and a true sense of community to flourish. With the renovations, the lounge area will be more conducive to conversation. The theater will be used for dinners, lectures, live entertainment, movies and more. Trinity Services' staff will use the space for celebrations, staff appreciation events and trainings.

    By early summer, the Roxy will also be available for the public to rent for events like wedding receptions, birthday parties and other gatherings.

    The Roxy’s renovation ensures that for many years to come, people will benefit from the beautiful social gathering spot where they can enjoy the company of friends.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 68-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 northeast, central and southwest Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity Services to recognize Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with open house

    Feb 26, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Awareness is the first step to understanding and community inclusion. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month has been observed each March in the United States since 1987, and this year, to celebrate the month, Trinity Services welcomes the public to an open house to learn more about the organization.

    From 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, all are welcome to attend the open house at Trinity’s Corporate Center, 301 Veterans Parkway in New Lenox.

    Guests will learn about Trinity’s residential options; community day, behavioral health and employment services; transition programs; and information about guardianship, the Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) List, respite care and more.

    The event is primarily tailored to parents, guardians, family members, teachers, aides and therapists of people with developmental disabilities, but all are welcome to learn more about Trinity Services.

    Trinity’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives. What it means to flourish is different for everyone, but it typically involves goals and dreams that people without disabilities have, like getting a job, pursuing a hobby, learning a specific skill, becoming more independent, or having closer relationships. To obtain these goals, it is essential for people with disabilities to be included in their communities, alongside people without disabilities.

    Developmental disabilities may impact a person’s cognitive, behavioral or physical abilities. Examples of developmental disabilities are autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

    For more information about the open house, or to RSVP for the event, contact Director of Admissions Jen Klouse at (815) 485-6197 or jklouse@trinity-services.org.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 68-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 northeast, central and southwest Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Leaders as Emergency Generators

    Feb 07, 2018

    We have a home in Michigan located in a remote area that is not too far removed from the Lake Michigan lake-effect snow belt. Naturally, it tends to get bombarded by storms—especially in the winter. Blizzards can take down the power lines and cut off the lights, furnace, phones, refrigerator, etc. We’ve solved the problem by installing an emergency generator.  It works like a charm. When howling winds and heavy snow knock down power lines, the generator turns on automatically, bringing the household appliances to life again. The lights come on, the furnace begins blowing warm air, and the dishwasher cleans up the dirty dishes.

    Business and organizational environments often mimic Michigan’s stormy weather, so leaders inevitably contend with emergencies. Sometimes it is the loss of a major grant, a physical plant crisis, or the resignation of a key staff member. Since the human service sector relies in large part on funding from state governments, there are constant concerns with cash flow and adequate financing that affect recruitment and retention of staff. Needless to say, leaders must address the problems or face the consequences, such as reducing available services or, in worst case scenarios, shutting their doors.

    What then might constitute an emergency generator in these situations? Leaders, of course. Leaders must be the generators because they understand the vision and mission of their organizations. In addition, they are aware of the range of issues the organization faces and the potential consequences of sub-optimal outcomes. Given their knowledge and focus, leaders can assess possible challenges, explore causes and search for solutions—ahead of time. Wise leaders engage key team members, recognizing that they need a variety of perspectives to lay the groundwork and build solid plans of action.

    Interestingly, a leader’s success depends in great part on his/her attitude and outlook. The person who looks only at obstacles will duck for cover and expect the worst because negativity clouds his/her vision so thoroughly that it affects the ability to see a way out of the emergency. So, when a crisis occurs, the leader or manager looks around for an emergency generator and cannot rely on his/her own skills and abilities. On the other hand, the one who focuses on the positive will see potential because he/she sees the landscape more clearly and discerns possibilities in spite of—and sometimes because of—difficulties.

    An old story of two shoe salesmen illustrates the difference. Legend has it that a shoe company sent two salesmen in a foreign country to determine the market potential for their products. The first salesman traveled to the eastern coast to canvass the area. When he arrived, he stared in growing dismay at the people he met on the roads and in villages. They wore no shoes! Within days, he sent this message to headquarters: “No one wears shoes. There is no market for us here.”

    The second salesman visited the western coast of the same country. As he traveled, he encountered much the same scenario; however, he became more and more excited as the days passed. His message to headquarters read, “No one here wears shoes! There is a huge market for us! Send inventory fast!”

    I suggest that we leaders—the emergency generators—need to develop a positive focus because it influences our perspective and our choices. If we look for the positive, we will be able to see opportunities, generate enthusiasm among our team members and take action that successfully stabilizes and guides our organizations through the storms of life.

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  • A Positive Relationship to the Self: Personal Organization

    Jan 31, 2018

    What do we mean when we say someone is organized? Usually, we are referring to the fact that such a person knows what to do, when to do “it,” and how to do “it.” (“It,” of course, can refer to many different actions or tasks in our lives.) Organization implies the presence of structure, beginnings, middles and ends.

    Organized individuals attempt and accomplish their work with a sense of order. They:

    • Use time and resources effectively
    • Set priorities so that work happens in a systematic fashion
    • Typically know where they are in relation to goal achievement
    • Handle interruptions and new assignments well
    • Are pre-active, prepared to take action before a situation occurs.

    As a result, they may face the challenge of being overworked, but they are never overwhelmed because being overwhelmed is a choice.

    Following are three foundational ideas regarding the matter of organization.

    1. You must know what your job is to avoid being overwhelmed.
      • Therefore, it is important to have a detailed, well written job description so that you know exactly what you are expected to accomplish.
      • In addition, you must know the stated standards of performance. 
    2. You must have a system for being organized.
      • Experts in personal organization offer many alternative approaches. In Getting Things Done, David Allen describes a detailed system that can be modified to fit anyone’s needs.
      • Once you select a system to organize your work/life, you must continue to use it. Using it occasionally just creates a different kind of chaos.
      • A clearly labeled and accessible filing system makes organization much easier. Lists are also helpful as long as they are constructed in a way that reflects an order of priority.
      • You must identify clear priorities and organize your tasks accordingly.
    3. You must also have goals and use metrics. It is impossible to be organized if you do not have objectives or intended outcomes. Establishing clear goals allows you to focus on what is important first. It also helps you become a productive leader rather than simply a busy person. To achieve your objectives, ask yourself the following questions:
    • What am I seeking to accomplish right now?
    • Can I forecast my own work?
    • Are my goals written down?
    • Where am I in relation to my duties and responsibilities? And perhaps more important, where am I in my relationship with others?
    • Where am I right now? Have I made significant progress toward my goal(s)? (You must measure to know progress whether you made any headway on a task. If you don’t measure, how will you know if you have improved?)

    While none of us will achieve perfection, we can be much more effective at work and in life when we think ahead, make plans and methodically work toward our goals. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Around the World in 18 Holes — 25th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Golf Classic

    Trinity Services’ 25th Annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic will take golfers Around the World in 18 Holes!

    Click here to register for or sponsor the event!

    Join us for a day of fun as we travel the world together Thursday, May 17, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. The Golf Classic benefits Trinity Services’ mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Your $195 registration fee includes a gift; buffet lunch; bucket of range balls; pop, beer and snacks on the course; a complimentary specialty drink and cigar on holes 5 and 16; dinner; and awards.

    The schedule for the day is as follows:
    10:30 a.m.-Noon   Registration/bucket of range balls
    11-11:45 a.m.   Buffet lunch
    Noon   Shotgun start
    5:30 p.m.   Cocktails and silent auction
    6 p.m.   Dinner and awards

    To register for the event online, click here. To print a sponsorship and registration form, click here.

    If you have any questions or would like more information about how to get involved with the Golf Classic or with Trinity Services, in general, please contact us at (815) 717-3750.

  • Trinity Triumph 5K

    The Trinity Triumph 5K celebrates the triumphs and achievements – big or small – of those who participate and of the adults and children with disabilities and mental illness who are served by Trinity Services. 

    Runners and walkers of all ages will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie while supporting Trinity Services. 

    Now through April 30, receive $5 OFF all adult registration fees. Register now!

    For those who prefer a shorter route, a 1K walk is available. The 5K course is certified by USA Track and Field and the race will be chip-timed for accurate results. Awards will be given to fastest male and female as well as top performers in various age ranges.

    For every $30 registration fee or individual donation, supporters will receive a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show!

    NEW THIS YEAR: Receive a tech T-shirt and a drawstring "swag bag" with every paid registration.

    GET YOUR REGISTRATION REFUNDED! Participants also may opt to create their own fundraising page online while registering. Collect $150 or more in donations for Trinity Services, and we will send you a refund check after race day. Ask friends, family and coworkers to support Trinity’s mission to help people with disabilities live full and abundant lives.
  • 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction — 'Moonlight Sonata'

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 68th year of providing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Since first opening our doors as a small school, Trinity Services has been committed to helping individuals flourish and lead more independent lives. We now serve more than 3,500 people through an array of innovative programs. This would not be possible without generous supporters like you.

    We hope you will join us for an evening of entertainment, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This year's theme is "Moonlight Sonata."
    The evening starts with cocktails at 5 p.m.

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Platinum - $5,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business logo posted on Trinity Services' website
    10 complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Gold - $3,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Six complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Silver - $2,000
    Full-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Bronze - $1,000
    Half-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Two complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Program Book Advertisement Opportunities:
    Full-page color $500 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    Full-page B&W $300 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    1/2-page B&W $200 (7.5” W x 4.875” H)
    1/4-page B&W $100 (3.75” W x 4.875” H)
    1/8-page business card/celebration B&W $50 (3.75”W x 2.4375” H)

    Auction Items:
    You can also help us make this event a success by contributing a new, unused item for the silent or live auction. All items donated are 100% tax deductible.
    Some popular auction items from past years have included: tickets to sporting events, autographed sports paraphernalia, vacation packages (or airline miles), tools, theater tickets, gift cards, spa treatments, jewelry, wine, kids’ fun baskets, pet baskets, and electronics (iPad, Kindle, wireless sound systems, smart TV, etc.)
    Please drop off or mail your item(s) by Friday, Aug. 21, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451. If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.
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