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  • Trinity Services invites golfers to its 24th annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic, themed ‘Patriot Putt,’ May 18 at Odyssey Country Club

    Apr 26, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL – Trinity Services, Inc. is to hold its 24th annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic, “Patriot Putt,” Thursday, May 18, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.

    Golfers are invited to join American icons like the Statue of Liberty, Benjamin Franklin, Rosie the Riveter, Abraham Lincoln and more for a day of fun on the green in support of Trinity Services and the work it does to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Tickets are $195 each and include: a buffet lunch from 11-11:45 a.m. and a complimentary bucket of range balls, before golf; complimentary snacks, drinks and cigars on the course; cocktails and dinner after golf; a gift; awards; a silent auction with sports memorabilia and game tickets; and much more.

    Tickets for dinner only are also available for $50 each. Sponsorship opportunities are available, as well — details of which can be found online.

    For more information about this event, or to register, visit www.TrinityGolfClassic.com or contact Trinity’s Development Office at (815) 717-3750.

    Trinity Services is a 67-year-old non-sectarian, 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 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity Services to continue Lamb’s Fold’s mission of helping homeless, abused women and children achieve self-sufficiency

    Apr 07, 2017

    JOLIET, IL — Trinity Services, Inc., of New Lenox, and Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children, of Joliet, are pleased to announce that on July 1 this year, Trinity Services will continue Lamb’s Fold’s mission of helping homeless or abused women and children work toward self-sufficiency.

    Since 1985, Lamb’s Fold has provided supportive housing and personalized recovery services to help countless women and children gain independence. Trinity Services has worked with Lamb’s Fold since 2003, providing case management services to the organization’s clients.

    Lamb’s Fold’s Board of Directors is excited that the organization’s mission will be continued by Trinity Services, according to Lamb’s Fold Executive Director Rhonda Sykes.

    Gaps in funding because of Illinois legislators’ inability to pass a full operating budget since July 2015 have left Lamb’s Fold on uncertain financial footing.

    “Trinity will ensure the future of our mission, and we are excited for the possibilities for progress,” Sykes said. “This will give more security to the women and children we served and make sure our mission continues.”

    Trinity Services is enthusiastic about being able to continue to offer Lamb’s Fold’s services, ensuring the women and children the organization supports continue to receive the assistance they need, according to Art Dykstra, executive director of Trinity Services.

    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 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Rhonda Sykes
    Executive Director
    Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children
    rsykes@lambsfold.org 

    Meredith Dobes
    Communication and Media Development
    Trinity Services, Inc.
    (815) 320-7229
    mdobes@trinity-services.org

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  • The Effective Organizational Leader: Positive Relationships with Their Teams

    Apr 26, 2017

    Effective leaders have positive relationships with their teams and with individual employees. They are always asking themselves the question, “How do we want to be together?” Furthermore, they encourage the employees to ask the same question and offer concrete ways in which the answer can be put into action. This may be the first rule of leadership success, because no one can get things done with a demoralized workforce.

    How do leaders achieve this essential goal? They get to know their employees — and not just by name. They take the time to notice things like an employee’s habitual expression, how he/she carries him/herself and how he/she interacts with coworkers. Does the person seem sad and oppressed, angry and curt, or cheerful and engaged with other people and with work tasks? They also take time to listen and ask questions during conversations in and out of the office. They find out what makes them tick, what their needs are and what they want both at work and in life. Neither CEOs nor managers can lead unless they have relationships with the people with whom they work.

    Since relationships are always two-way streets, leaders need to be very self-aware, realizing that just as they influence others, others can and do influence them. “Hanging out” with more negative coworkers may begin to color their perspective. So what can be influenced? Other people can begin to affect their motivation, aspirations and standards of performance. Situations may take on a darker hue, and certain people seem more intractable or unreasonable. Over time, leaders may come to realize that their behaviors and standards of what is acceptable have been eroded, and the road back is never easy.

    Leaders also need to be aware of whether an employee is a supporter, an enabler, a detractor, a whiner, a “bucket drainer,” or one who habitually performs unacceptably. Those with negative attitudes and behaviors affect the environment. They cause irritation, slow down smooth operation, and influence the tone and atmosphere of teams and even the work space. This is particularly detrimental in human service settings. Therefore, leaders must deal decisively with the employee who undermines a positive atmosphere.

    Finally, leaders should ask themselves, “Are my staff better off after they leave my office?” It isn’t enough that an item of business has been ticked off the day’s long list of tasks. Maintaining an atmosphere that promotes a positive relationship requires much more. When the door closes behind the employee, the leader should ask:

    • “Did my employee feel listened to?”
    • “Did he or she feel encouraged?”
    • “Did my responses promote engagement with me and with the tasks required?”
    • “Did he or she feel understood and assisted?”

    Of course, “yeses” to all four questions do not ensure a happier employee. It does, however, mean that the leader has achieved his/her goals and further developed a positive working relationship with the employee.

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  • The Effective Organizational Leader: Positive Attitude

    Apr 19, 2017

    An extremely important element in the effective leadership of others is a positive attitude. Generally speaking, people tend to fall easily into the habit of looking for what’s wrong rather than what’s right. This naturally leads to a negativity that often undermines progress in organizations and on teams to say nothing of its effect in the personal lives of those who suffer from a negative perspective.

    In reaction to this “disease model,” mental health professionals began to develop positive psychology, an effort spearheaded by Martin Seligman. Chris Peterson, a former professor at the University of Michigan, defined positive psychology as “the scientific study of what goes right in life.” Phrased another way, it is the study of what makes life worth living.

    Of course, there are those who characterize a positive attitude as blind optimism. For instance, in 1927, Elbert Hubbard described a pessimist as a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist. Or you may have run across the definition of optimism in "The Devil’s Dictionary":

    OPTIMISM: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. It is held with greatest tenacity by those most accustomed to the mischance of falling into adversity and is most acceptably expounded with the grin that apes a smile. Being a blind faith, it is inaccessible to the light of disproof — an intellectual disorder, yielding to no treatment but death. It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.

    The truth is that having a positive attitude does not mean that one adheres to happiology, because a truly positive person recognizes “the good, the bad and the ugly.” He does not, however, allow “the bad and the ugly” to be his focus. Ernie Banks, the greatest shortstop of the 20th century, was a perfect example. He remained irrepressibly optimistic though he played for the Cubs through 19 seasons of unsuccessful efforts to make it to the World Series. Known for comments like “Tomorrow will be even better than today,” Ernie always did his unselfish best. He exhorted his teammates to “play for the name on the front [of the shirt], not the name on the back.”

    Someone might remark that we should always be optimistic. I would disagree with the assumption. There are certainly times in our lives when we shouldn’t be optimistic. Examples include times when you are crafting a budget, assessing the cost of car repairs or crossing a busy four-lane street!

    Research in the 1990s indicates that individuals presented with different challenges who thought they could achieve them were optimistic. Those who thought they couldn’t were pessimists. Interestingly, their expectations became self-fulfilling much of the time.

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Upcoming Events

  • 24th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Golf Classic

    Join some American icons like Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty, Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin, Rosie the Riveter, Abraham Lincoln and more for a day of fun Thursday, May 18, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park to benefit Trinity Services, Inc.

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

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

    Cost is $195 per golfer/$780 per foursome and $50 for dinner only.

    Click here for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

    RSVP to Trinity’s Development Office by May 6 at (815) 717-3750.

  • Trinity Triumph 5K Run/Walk

    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 gather to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie while supporting Trinity Services, a 67-year-old non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with disabilities in 31 Illinois communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Madison, Peoria, Jackson, and St. Clair counties as well as in Reno, Nevada. 

    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.

    Celebrate your story, be an inspiration or participate in memory of someone. Share your reason for running or walking on race day on the Wall of Triumph and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrinityTriumph5K.

    The first 200 pre-registered participants will receive a tech T-shirt. 

    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.

  • 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction

    Please join us for a night of fellowship, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 16, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. 
    This year's theme is "Havana Nights."
    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 BW ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

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

    Ad Information:
    Full-page color $500 7.5” W x 9.75” H
    Full-page BW $300 7.5” W x 9.75” H
    1/2-page BW $200 7.5” W x 4.875” H
    1/4-page BW $100 3.75” W x 4.875” H
    1/8-page business card/celebration BW $50 3.75”W x 2.4375” H

    We hope that you will 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. 25, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451.
    If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.

    Please check back for ticket information as it becomes available, or call (815) 717-3750.
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