Employed and empowered
With very little funding for mental health services in Illinois, many young people diagnosed with a mental illness are forced to live in nursing homes. A young adult living in a nursing home has little to no opportunities to make friends, attend concerts, go on dates, build a career or partake in any of the activities he or she might be interested in.
Darlene moved into one such nursing home in 2006, at the young age of 25, and spent six years and 14 days there — an amount of time ingrained into her memory, as she was counting the days until she could move out.
In 2012, while participating in one of Trinity Services’ outpatient clinical programs, Darlene told staff how unhappy she was to be living in a nursing home. Trinity staff helped Darlene gain the confidence and resources she needed to pursue the life she wanted for herself and make the move to live in a home supported by Trinity.
“Before, I avoided talking to strangers — especially on the phone — and was afraid to ask for what I wanted,” Darlene said. “Now, thanks to Trinity staff, I am able to ask for whatever I want, ask questions at work and home, and schedule my own transportation.”
After coming to Trinity, Darlene began volunteering at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, and after demonstrating exemplary compassion and reliability for a few months, she was offered a paid position.
Darlene works three days a week in the housekeeping department. Through overcoming challenges at her job, she has continued to grow and become more self-confident.
With her paycheck from Our Lady of Angels — which she radiantly smiles at the very thought of receiving — Darlene is striving to have her own apartment. Next on her to-do list is to sign up for art classes that will help her improve her drawing skills. With her newfound confidence, she is sure to succeed.
With your help, Trinity Services is able to employ a team of job developers and coaches to help the people we serve gain meaningful employment that extends their independence and gives them the pride and joy of earning a paycheck.
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