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From My Pad to Yours is about leadership and other topics, and is written by Art Dykstra, the CEO of Trinity Services, Inc.

Serving and Supporting

by Art Dykstra | Aug 09, 2017

Serving and supporting is about the actual work of the organization; it’s our purpose and our mission—to help people with disabilities live full and abundant lives. A major component of abundant living involves the ability—and opportunity—to relate to other people and enjoy the benefits of being part of a community. Stated from an ethical, socially responsible perspective, achieving this objective requires that staff in our organization assist people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and address those behaviors that prevent them from becoming physically or psychologically close to other people. Key to that purpose is the work of our direct support staff. 

Therefore, their work involves bathing, feeding, toileting, cooking, cleaning, passing meds, taking blood pressures, giving shots and doing health assessments. It also includes carrying out written programs, job coaching, teaching a class, counseling, doing group and individual therapy, doing functional analysis and developing behavior support plans, or carrying out the curriculum in the adult day programs. It’s what we do. 

We believe the rest of us should be supporting these people, who, after all, make our jobs and our achievements possible. So we’ve tailored our business office practices, employee services, administration and staff development around the direct support staff and their needs. We work, for example, to make sure there are convenient short-term parking spots at our administrative buildings. We try to reduce paperwork and other bureaucratic hurdles. And if someone needs something, we don’t ask them to come back later because we’re on our way to lunch. We strive to serve and support people to the best of our ability and with the best and most promising practices.

Those same commitments to service and support inform relationships and interactions in individual departments. While coworkers have specific responsibilities, they endeavor to avoid the tunnel vision that can separate them. They recognize that no completed task stands alone; it is part of a whole that advances the mission of the organization. With this in mind, they also share information and offer aid when it is needed. Henry Ford stated it well when he said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

NOTE: This is Part 2 of a 10-part series on Trinity's Core Values. To read Part 1, click here.

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