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  • Trinity Services spreads message of inclusion for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, all year-round

    Mar 24, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Though Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is coming to a close, efforts to promote awareness of developmental disabilities is a year-round endeavor for Trinity Services, Inc.

    Trinity supports hundreds of men, women and children with developmental disabilities through its residential services, adult learning programs, school, supported employment programs, and other specialized programs and services.

    Trinity’s mission is to help those it serves so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Part of flourishing means the people Trinity serves are integrated into their communities, provided the same opportunities that people without disabilities have to experience the world, socialize and contribute to society in a meaningful way. And part of that integration depends on the general public having an understanding of developmental disabilities as well as a willingness to accept people’s differences.

    Developmental disabilities are categorized as any condition that causes impairment in physical, learning, language or behavior areas. Some common types of developmental disabilities are autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities.

    Some people with disabilities may need specialized education courses. Others may require assistance to complete duties at their jobs. And some may need help getting from place to place, cooking their meals or completing other tasks that are part of a typical day.

    These differences do not mean that people with disabilities must lead a life that is any less full than that of any other person. Having a full life and being a member of one’s community requires acceptance from other members of the community. Many people with disabilities have felt excluded, judged, belittled or disrespected at some point in their lives while in public, and this is why spreading a message of inclusion and oneness is so important.

    At Trinity Services, Personal Outcome Measures defined by The Council on Quality and Leadership, a human service training and accreditation organization — which Trinity’s Executive Director Art Dykstra once led — are ingrained into the culture. These measures have an impact on the quality of one’s life — regardless of ability or disability — and all staff members at Trinity Services strive to ensure the people Trinity supports are provided the following outcomes.

    People: are connected to natural support networks; have intimate relationships; are safe; have the best possible health; exercise rights; are treated fairly; are free from abuse and neglect; experience continuity and security; decide when to share personal information; choose where and with whom they live; choose where they work; use their environments; live in integrated environments; interact with other members of the community; perform different social roles; choose services; choose personal goals; realize personal goals; participate in the life of the community; have friends; and are respected.

    To wrap up Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Trinity Services encourages others to continue to spread a message of inclusion — a message that dates back to the month’s national proclamation in 1987.

    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

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  • Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program announces Spring Sale to begin May 5

    Mar 03, 2017

    JOLIET, IL — Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program is spending the final weeks of the winter looking ahead to spring. Program participants are getting ready for the annual Spring Sale, set to kick off Friday, May 5, at the greenhouse, 100 N. Gougar Road in Joliet.

    The men and women who participate in the program are working on growing and preparing spring flowers, plants, vegetables, grasses and herbs. Some of the highlights of this season’s sale are marigolds, verbenas, impatiens, petunias, needle point ivy, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and more.

    Flowers are available in cells, for $2 each, or flats, for $14 each. Baskets range from $14-$17, and planters range from $18-$26. All herbs are on sale for $3. Grasses range from $4-$7.50, and individual plants are either $3 or $4 each.

    Pre-sale order forms are available now at All proceeds benefit the men, women and children with developmental disabilities and mental illness who Trinity supports.

    Beginning May 5, members of the public can visit the greenhouse between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday to purchase flowers and plants onsite.

    Those who would like to set up a time outside of regular business hours to shop the program’s available items can contact the Horticulture Program directly at (815) 485-8146.

    The Horticulture Program is an Adult Learning Program operated by Trinity Services, Inc. All proceeds from sales benefit the people served by Trinity, 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

     Horticulture Spring Sale
    Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program, in Joliet, is preparing spring flowers and plants for its 2017 Spring Sale.

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  • Fostering Exploration and Creativity

    Mar 22, 2017

    One of the elements characteristic of an organization pursuing outcome management is the permission and freedom to explore and experiment. However, in order for staff members to feel that they can explore and try out new ideas, they must be free from two major organization impediments: the presence of an over-controlling authority structure and a mistake-punishing administration.

    Many organizations are over-controlled. It is not unusual to trace this phenomenon to the personality of the chief executive. The CEO’s modus operandi may reveal itself in such practices as employee parking, rules concerning the copy machine, the number of duplicate documents made or requested, and whether employees receive their mail opened or not.

    Most employees can accept some of these indignities, but as higher order controls also present themselves, the enthusiasm to be creative begins to wane. Higher order controls surround such issues as whether one has keys — and more important, to what? Purchasing freedoms, hiring authority, the type of information one may access, what permissions must be secured before taking action are other areas frequently over-controlled by management. Of immediate concern here is the freedom to initiate or suggest alternative program services or strategies, as well as management practices. Are employees encouraged to make proposals? Are their proposals read and responded to?

    Over-controlled employees are easy to spot — their heads are bowed, and their spirits are broken. Such individuals will rarely engage in risk-taking activities and when first confronted with a novel situation, will look through the index of the organization’s Policy and Procedure Manual before doing anything. If, however, no one is looking, they will more likely telephone their fellow employees and ask them what to do. Personal judgment is very rarely called upon.

    The extent to which the organization punishes mistakes is the other primary inhibitor of creativity and experimentation. Once again, this is true throughout the organization, whether it be at the corporate or operating level. An individual publicly embarrassed or humiliated will not feel free enough inside of his or her head to let the ideas fly — negative thoughts will dominate, and lost opportunities signal the failure of the day.

    Mistakes need not be overlooked, but the preferred attitude is, “What have we learned from this situation?” The fact is we frequently learn more from our mistakes than our successes. In an organizational culture where mistakes are punished, they are also covered up, and so no one wins. The employee’s self-esteem and integrity also suffer.

    However, exploration comes naturally to organizations seeking to improve continually. They are always pursuing better ways of doing things. This dynamic needs to be evident at all levels of the organization. Top management sets the tone of the creative environment. Furthermore, ideas must not only be welcome, they must be sought. Conversations with employees should include, “What’s your thinking on that responsibility?” “Now that you’ve been doing it for a while, do you have any ideas on how it could be done better?”

    This is especially important with new employees. It should be a formality that, after 60 or 90 days of employment, the new employee meets with his or her supervisor and is asked, “What do you think about the way we are handling the laundry responsibilities?” “How are we managing the household chores?” and so on. All employees should feel that one element of their organizational responsibility is the responsibility to propose new ideas. The best ideas come forward from the employees who are doing the job that can always be done better. Ideas should be expected from everyone.

    In addition to the natural flow of ideas, however, in-house seminars and creativity workshops stimulate original thinking. Many techniques are available to foster such desired behavior.

    Exploration can also be facilitated through the use of carefully selected consultants. A trained third party can assist staff to consider paths of organizational exploration that would otherwise not be taken. Experts in such areas as compensation planning, organizational development or specific program areas can foster ideas and areas of opportunity.

    At the management level, opportunity seeking should be stressed just as much as, if not more than, problem solving. Not all staff members are as capable of identifying opportunities as others, but employees can learn to be more creative through practice, support and encouragement.

    Exploration should concern itself not only with the operations of the present but with the possibilities of the future. The anticipation of and concern for the future rest primarily with the most senior management staff. In fact, Elliott Jaques, writing in Requisite Organization, suggests that employees should be paid on the basis of their responsibilities for the future. Because top management staff members are responsible for the greatest timelines, they would be paid the most. It would be interesting to survey corporate executives and determine their time frames of concern. The time spans, one hopes, extend past tomorrow and the end of the fiscal year.

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  • Shifts Happen

    Mar 15, 2017

    My old pickup truck had a manual, three-speed transmission, and I miss it. To get going, you would put the shift lever in first, slowly let out the clutch, give it a little gas and begin your travels. Once you were moving, with the proper clutch coordination, you could shift into second.

    With experience, you knew when to shift — the sound of the engine provided the signal — and after picking up speed, you once again pushed the clutch and shifted into third, the gear in which you could gain maximum and consistent speed. It was possible to stay in third for prolonged periods of time, but you always had to be ready to downshift to a lower gear when coming to a stop, making a sharp turn, or climbing a steep grade.

    I miss the shifting because it was a continual reminder of the need to be mindful with respect to one’s speed, road conditions and how the truck was running. Getting there meant going through all three gears in the correct sequence. Attempting to start in the wrong gear resulted in jerks and lurches or in killing the engine.

    First and second gears are reminiscent of organizational stages. You might be going through them slowly or quickly. But going through them carefully, skillfully and in the right order allows the driver to move into third — or the phase in which systems and people are in the proper balance for maximum productivity.

    Some organizations are able to get into third very quickly and stay there for significant lengths of time. Other organizations have trouble shifting into second, or, once in second gear, never pick up enough speed to make the transition to third. They sometimes sputter and stop entirely. Occasionally, you will even find them going in reverse. Because organizational environments and circumstances are constantly changing, there are times when it is necessary to downshift, reduce speed, and check the condition of the vehicle and road before returning to cruising speed.

    Today, my truck shifts by itself and, as they say, shifts happen. I am pleased with the convenience, but miss the organizational reminder that people and businesses need to start and complete their work in the appropriate gear, shift up and shift down as necessary, and maintain the proper speed for the conditions they are in.

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  • 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

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

    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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