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  • Thank you to all who shared the love with Trinity on #GivingTuesday

    Dec 08, 2017

    Trinity Services, Inc. would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who supported Trinity on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28.

    Whether it was through donating, sharing information about Trinity or creating a Facebook fundraiser, we appreciate all of the support that was shown for our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    More than $47,000 was raised for Trinity online across the duration of the #GivingTuesday campaign.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This was Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity.

    Thank you for sharing the love with the people we serve.

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  • Trinity Services supporters can amplify their impact this #GivingTuesday

    Nov 03, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Supporters of Trinity Services, Inc. can amplify their charitable impact this #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible online donation to the nonprofit on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

    Thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 only will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000. The Coleman Foundation will match $25 for every gift between $25-$99; $100 for every gift between $100-$499; and $500 for every gift of $500 or more. Matches apply to both current and new supporters.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all donations made Nov. 28 through Facebook fundraisers created on behalf of Trinity Services will be matched at $1,000 per fundraiser, up to a total of $50,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This is Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity. #GivingTuesday is always held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and holiday shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Those interested in donating to or helping Trinity Services on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to visit www.Facebook.com/TrinityServices/fundraisers to create a shareable fundraiser on behalf of the nonprofit or to visit www.Trinity-Services.org/GivingTuesday to donate. Trinity is using the hashtag #ShareTheLove for its campaign.

    For more information about ways to get involved, call (815) 717-3750.

    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 more than 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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The Effective Organizational Leader: Positive Attitude

by Art Dykstra | Apr 19, 2017

An extremely important element in the effective leadership of others is a positive attitude. Generally speaking, people tend to fall easily into the habit of looking for what’s wrong rather than what’s right. This naturally leads to a negativity that often undermines progress in organizations and on teams to say nothing of its effect in the personal lives of those who suffer from a negative perspective.

In reaction to this “disease model,” mental health professionals began to develop positive psychology, an effort spearheaded by Martin Seligman. Chris Peterson, a former professor at the University of Michigan, defined positive psychology as “the scientific study of what goes right in life.” Phrased another way, it is the study of what makes life worth living.

Of course, there are those who characterize a positive attitude as blind optimism. For instance, in 1927, Elbert Hubbard described a pessimist as a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist. Or you may have run across the definition of optimism in "The Devil’s Dictionary":

OPTIMISM: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. It is held with greatest tenacity by those most accustomed to the mischance of falling into adversity and is most acceptably expounded with the grin that apes a smile. Being a blind faith, it is inaccessible to the light of disproof — an intellectual disorder, yielding to no treatment but death. It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.

The truth is that having a positive attitude does not mean that one adheres to happiology, because a truly positive person recognizes “the good, the bad and the ugly.” He does not, however, allow “the bad and the ugly” to be his focus. Ernie Banks, the greatest shortstop of the 20th century, was a perfect example. He remained irrepressibly optimistic though he played for the Cubs through 19 seasons of unsuccessful efforts to make it to the World Series. Known for comments like “Tomorrow will be even better than today,” Ernie always did his unselfish best. He exhorted his teammates to “play for the name on the front [of the shirt], not the name on the back.”

Someone might remark that we should always be optimistic. I would disagree with the assumption. There are certainly times in our lives when we shouldn’t be optimistic. Examples include times when you are crafting a budget, assessing the cost of car repairs or crossing a busy four-lane street!

Research in the 1990s indicates that individuals presented with different challenges who thought they could achieve them were optimistic. Those who thought they couldn’t were pessimists. Interestingly, their expectations became self-fulfilling much of the time.

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