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Darlene

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.

Help build the pathways to better possibilities. Donate today. Thank you for your support.

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Upcoming Events

  • 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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