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  • Trinity Triumph 5K encourages runners, walkers to embrace the pace of their own journey

    May 22, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — The Trinity Triumph 5K will turn the New Lenox Village Commons into a celebration of community at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

    This is the ninth year for the 5K, which raises funds for Trinity Services, Inc., a New Lenox-based nonprofit that helps people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Runners, walkers and onlookers are invited to enjoy the evening together in celebration of their personal achievements, their friends and neighbors, and the people Trinity Services supports.

    The spirit of inclusiveness and community that drives the Trinity Triumph encourages people of all abilities and ages to participate. Whether a runner, walker or wheelchair user takes 20 minutes or 1 hour, 20 minutes to complete the course, they are cheered on and celebrated equally. A 1K walk option is also available.

    Registration for the Trinity Triumph 5K is $30 for participants ages 13 and older, $15 for children ages 5-12, and free for children younger than 5 years old. The price includes a performance T-shirt, environmentally friendly drawstring swag bag, snacks and more. Entry fees increase to $40 and $20 per person, respectively, on the day of the race.

    For each $30 registration fee paid or donation of $30, participants will receive an entry to win an Amazon Echo Show.

    Participants may also have their registration fees refunded if they create an online fundraising page upon signing up for the race and then raise $150 or more for Trinity Services.

    Medals will be awarded to participants who place first through third in the following male and female age groups: 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older.

    To register for the race or sign up to sponsor it, visit www.trinitytriumph.com.

    For more information about the Trinity Triumph 5K, contact Director of Development Sherry Ladislas at (815) 717-3750 or sladislas@trinity-services.org.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 68-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 more than 30 communities in northeast, central and southern Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity Services staff member receives Direct Support Professional Award from The Arc of Illinois

    May 18, 2018

    DES PLAINES, IL — Mohamed Siddiqi loves helping people.

    As an independent living coach at Trinity Services, Siddiqi works one-to-one with people who have developmental disabilities. For 21 years, he has served people at Trinity in this role, helping them with their everyday needs and ensuring that they are living full, abundant lives.

    Recently, Siddiqi was awarded the Arc of Illinois’ 2018 Direct Support Professional Award for his outstanding service to the people he works with. This is a prestigious honor for DSPs in Illinois, setting award-winners apart as true leaders in the field.

    What makes this award particularly special for Siddiqi is the fact that he began working in this field by chance.

    Originally from India, Siddiqi spent roughly 20 years in Saudi Arabia working for a company that manufactured and installed bank equipment. He specialized in the installation of vaults, which was physically laborious and tedious.

    With his family, he moved to America in pursuit of better education for his two daughters. Today, both daughters are finishing school. His oldest will soon be a medical doctor, and his youngest will soon have a degree in communications.

    Despite the successes of his children, moving to a new country was not easy for Siddiqi. He did not know English when he first arrived here, and because of the physical demands of his past profession, he could no longer work in that field.

    He worked at UPS for one year but found the work to also be too taxing on his body. When he saw an opening for a driver at Trinity Services, he applied for and accepted the job.

    “I had no experience with people with disabilities,” he said. “Where I came from, I never saw people with disabilities. The first days were very, very hard.”

    Siddiqi’s unfamiliarity with the disabilities field initially made him second-guess his career choice. His wife encouraged him to give it at least two weeks before quitting, and in that time, one interaction in particular helped him decide to stay.

    After driving people from their community day service program to their home, Siddiqi was getting ready to leave.

    One man had a different idea, however. Not wanting Siddiqi to go, he reached out and grabbed Siddiqi’s hand.

    Siddiqi’s colleague, who was working at the house, asked him to stay for a couple of hours. Those two hours turned into a full shift, and in that time, Siddiqi realized what an impact he could have in this field.

    Family members of people supported by Trinity Services have noticed his impact.

    Tim Sassen is the older brother of Matthew, who lives in a group home at Trinity. Sassen said he has tremendous admiration for Siddiqi because of the attention to detail he has with each individual person he works with, including Matthew.

    Matthew is particular about having his hair cut a certain way, and each week, Siddiqi cuts Matthew’s hair beautifully, Sassen said.

    “He has a remarkable sense of patience and a way of repeating these small acts of kindness,” Sassen said. “He has a very keen sense of Matthew’s limitations and a keen sense for people. I have the ultimate sense of gratitude knowing Matthew is in good hands.”

    Siddiqi’s dedication to helping others does not stop with those he serves. It extends to his coworkers and supervisors. He answers phone calls 24/7 and is always ready to report to work. Often, he works 16 hours a day or more.

    That has not gone unnoticed by his supervisor, Jen Hodges, network director of Trinity Northwest in Des Plaines.

    “He’s someone I can always count on, and without complaint, he goes where help is needed,” Hodges said. “He has worked with every single person and situation here, and he is never stressed out by challenging situations.”

    When he received the award from the Arc, Siddiqi said he felt happy and supported by his colleagues.

    “Everyone is very nice, and they encourage me,” Siddiqi said. “It’s a really good feeling. Without support, nobody can do anything, but my managers always support me and trust me.

    “I’m staying here. I like to work. My nature is to help people.”

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 68-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 more than 30 communities in northeast, central and southwest Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

    Arc Award
    Mohamed Siddiqi (center) received the Arc  of Illinois' 2018 Direct Support Professional Award. He is pictured here with Trinity Northwest Network Director Jen Hodges (left) and Associate Director Carly Rae Steele.

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The Effective Organizational Leader: Self-Leadership

by Art Dykstra | Apr 12, 2017

Becoming effective organizational leaders requires much more than knowledge and charisma. In fact, the qualities that characterize strong leaders must show up in more than one facet of life. One essential quality is that they must know how to manage themselves. Let me talk about some important elements that distinguish those who are adept at self-management.

First, the best leaders have accepted themselves as they are. They know their strengths and weaknesses, and can also identify their bad habits. They work on those negative habits without beating themselves up for not being perfect. They also know what motivates them. That knowledge helps them grow and live with a clear sense of purpose.

Second, effective leaders have a high functioning personal radar system. They know what is going on around them. Since they don’t over-evaluate their effectiveness and importance, they can assess the behaviors and feelings of the people with whom they work with more accuracy. As a result, they notice when something is wrong — and right.

Max Bazerman (The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See) describes the personal radar system as vigilance rather than paranoia. A good leader avoids obsessing over issues and simply takes sufficient time to ask the important questions. Therefore, he/she notices subtle changes that indicate that the organization may be straying in some fashion. That awareness enables him/her to avert major and minor disasters.

Third, effective leaders manage their personal lives. That’s not to say that they live in a problem-free sphere. They don’t. People with leadership skills face their problems head on and work to resolve them in such a way that additional avoidable problems don’t surface. Furthermore, they refrain from “wallowing in their misery,” use their energy to address the issues that arise and then move on. Consequently, they are able to follow the same pattern when dealing with the inevitable problems that surface in an organization.

Fourth, effective leaders manage their emotions. Of course, no human is completely unflappable, though some people are calmer than others. Leaders acknowledge their feelings and do not allow them to control their interactions with other people or their view of conditions around them. The goal is to be positive, encouraging, productive and fun to be with. For instance, ask yourself this question: “Would you rather be around someone who expects the worst (i.e., 'The woods are on fire,' 'The sky is falling,' 'The “state” is here.') or around someone who can smile, laugh, listen with empathy and offer encouragement in the course of positive and negative events. Co-workers/employees respond best to leaders who are predictable.

Finally, effective leaders manage themselves in such a way that they achieve results. They remind themselves that their job is to produce results — good results. To accomplish this, they set monthly objectives and follow the identified priorities. They ask themselves continually, “Am I working on what I am supposed to be working on? Or is this something that others should be doing?”

Brian Tracy addressed these issues with his popular “ABCDE Method.” He suggests the following:

An “A” task is one that is so important that if left undone will incur significant consequences. Of course, it is highly likely that more than one such task exists, so label them “A-1,” “A-2,” “A-3,” and so on. The trick is to remember that “A-1” remains the most important.

A “B” task also incurs consequences if left undone, but they are not as damaging as the those suffered by leaving an “A” task undone. Never work on a “B” task when there is an “A” task left to do.

A “C” task is one that would be nice to accomplish but has no real consequences if left undone. Reading a magazine or newspaper might keep you up on politics or sports, but it does not contribute to your work. Never do a “C” task when a “B” task is left undone. 

A “D” task is anything that you can delegate to someone else. One of the important leadership rules is that you should delegate anything that can be delegated. You have enough work that only you can do; you should not be spending your time on tasks that can be done by others. Ask yourself, “What can I and only I do that will make a major difference in the company?” If a task doesn’t fall into this category, give it to someone else. And the priority rule continues: Never work on a “D” task when there is a “C” task left undone.

An “E” task is something that needs to be eliminated. It shouldn’t even be on the table. It has no consequences and is of no use. Perhaps it was a task that was important in the past but is now obsolete. Or perhaps it should never have been done at all.  At any rate, now is the time to eliminate it.

The key to making this model work is to commit to avoid working on any low priority task while there is a higher priority task yet undone.

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  • Trinity Triumph 5K

    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 will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie while supporting Trinity Services. 

    Register now!

    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.

    For every $30 registration fee or individual donation, supporters will receive a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show!

    NEW THIS YEAR: Receive a tech T-shirt and a drawstring "swag bag" with every paid registration.

    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.
  • 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction — 'Moonlight Sonata'

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 68th year of providing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Since first opening our doors as a small school, Trinity Services has been committed to helping individuals flourish and lead more independent lives. We now serve more than 3,500 people through an array of innovative programs. This would not be possible without generous supporters like you.

    We hope you will join us for an evening of entertainment, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This year's theme is "Moonlight Sonata."
    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 B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

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

    Program Book Advertisement Opportunities:
    Full-page color $500 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    Full-page B&W $300 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    1/2-page B&W $200 (7.5” W x 4.875” H)
    1/4-page B&W $100 (3.75” W x 4.875” H)
    1/8-page business card/celebration B&W $50 (3.75”W x 2.4375” H)

    Auction Items:
    You can also 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. 21, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451. If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.
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