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  • Trinity Services reveals renovated Roxy theater to members of Trinity community

    Feb 27, 2018

    LOCKPORT, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. revealed an entirely renovated Roxy theater at a private event Feb. 21 in downtown Lockport, allowing members of the Trinity Services community to experience the renewed space for the first time.

    In 1995, Trinity Services purchased the Roxy theater, and for many years, the space served as a social spot for the people with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom Trinity supports. The unique social experience it provided drew attention locally and nationally, including coverage from National Public Radio.

    In recent years, through a partnership with the City of Lockport, the Roxy was open to the public select nights for movie viewings and other events. The building was then temporarily closed for renovations, which were revealed at the Feb. 21 event.

    Updates include a new facade and marquee sign; new flooring; updated bar, lounge and recreation areas; fresh interior paint and lighting fixtures; a new roof; and upgraded fire and safety systems. All renovations emphasize a 1920s Art Deco theme.

    When guests enter the building, they may check their coats and walk through a set of colorful glass doors that open to the Roxy’s bar and lounge area. This area is equipped with comfortable seats and tables, and a beautiful bar with a backlit bar top. Beyond the lounge is the Roxy’s performance space, in which theater or table seating can be configured. A stage provides room for musical performances and presentations.

    At the event, a string quartet from Lincoln-Way Central High School and The Big Lagniappe, a New Orleans-style jazz band which features Trinity staff member Kevin Krauss on keyboard, took the stage for portions of the evening. Their performances delighted attendees and showed the versatility of the space.

    For those who Trinity serves, The Roxy has set the stage for new relationships and friendships to blossom, social skills to grow, and a true sense of community to flourish. With the renovations, the lounge area will be more conducive to conversation. The theater will be used for dinners, lectures, live entertainment, movies and more. Trinity Services' staff will use the space for celebrations, staff appreciation events and trainings.

    By early summer, the Roxy will also be available for the public to rent for events like wedding receptions, birthday parties and other gatherings.

    The Roxy’s renovation ensures that for many years to come, people will benefit from the beautiful social gathering spot where they can enjoy the company of friends.

    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

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  • Trinity Services to recognize Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with open house

    Feb 26, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Awareness is the first step to understanding and community inclusion. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month has been observed each March in the United States since 1987, and this year, to celebrate the month, Trinity Services welcomes the public to an open house to learn more about the organization.

    From 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, all are welcome to attend the open house at Trinity’s Corporate Center, 301 Veterans Parkway in New Lenox.

    Guests will learn about Trinity’s residential options; community day, behavioral health and employment services; transition programs; and information about guardianship, the Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) List, respite care and more.

    The event is primarily tailored to parents, guardians, family members, teachers, aides and therapists of people with developmental disabilities, but all are welcome to learn more about Trinity Services.

    Trinity’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives. What it means to flourish is different for everyone, but it typically involves goals and dreams that people without disabilities have, like getting a job, pursuing a hobby, learning a specific skill, becoming more independent, or having closer relationships. To obtain these goals, it is essential for people with disabilities to be included in their communities, alongside people without disabilities.

    Developmental disabilities may impact a person’s cognitive, behavioral or physical abilities. Examples of developmental disabilities are autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

    For more information about the open house, or to RSVP for the event, contact Director of Admissions Jen Klouse at (815) 485-6197 or

    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

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Some Solutions to the Crisis in Services for People with Disabilities

by Art Dykstra | May 10, 2017

In last week's blog entry, I painted a bleak though accurate picture of what human service organizations are facing as they try to serve people with disabilities in Illinois. Fortunately, we do not have to remain mired in these depressing facts. Many of those who face these difficult conditions have offered a variety of excellent recommendations to help ease this service crisis. One initiative already made by the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network involves 17 recommendations presented to the Department of Human Services and the Developmental Disabilities Division in this state. They are as follows:

  • Community providers are experiencing increased difficulty in recruiting direct support staff, primarily because of the low entry wage level. This clearly impacts the ability to serve those with behavioral and medical challenges.
  • A number of problematic living situations leading to crisis service referrals are the result of incompatible housemates living together. A survey across providers and service coordination agencies should be conducted to determine the scope and extent of this situation.
  • The Illinois service and support system should consider partnerships with hospital or treatment centers to offer short-term inpatient stabilization for people experiencing a psychiatric crisis or in need of significant medication adjustments.
  • An integrated information tracking system should be fully implemented across the service coordination system that would allow for a better understanding of available resources and needed services statewide. This system would be used to match a person with complex behavioral or medical needs with a provider that has the necessary experience, supports and services.
  • The Illinois service and support system should include specialized homes for people with high intensity or high frequency behavioral challenges, especially for those whose behavior decreases the quality of life for their housemates.
  • People living in community residential settings with medical needs, especially under the CILA program, would benefit from the presence of additional registered nurses.
  • Specialized CILA homes for people with complex medical issues would allow people to remain in the community and decrease admission to nursing facilities.
  • With additional funding, service coordination agencies should employ a senior staff member with knowledge and expertise in behavioral programming. This person could serve as an internal resource to other staff.
  • A number of people with challenging behavior have been discharged from SODCs to community providers who lack the capacity or experience to serve them. Greater attention must be paid to the matching-choice process to ensure successful residential placement.
  • Many young adults have aged out of the DCFS system and entered the adult DHS-DDD system. Because of their behavioral issues and impaired judgement, a number of these people would have benefited from an appropriate level of appointed guardianship. The DCFS/DHS-DDD transition process should address this issue in a timely manner.
  • Legislation should be introduced to create a fund within DHS-DDD to reimburse providers for the cost of extensive property damage and destruction caused by people with challenging behaviors. Current statistics indicate that 46% of the people referred to ICPN engaged in such behavior.
  • There is much unevenness across the system with respect to the appropriate use of emergency departments and community hospitals. This issue also extends to short-term psychiatric hospitalizations. Efforts to address this situation could begin with a meeting of relevant stakeholders.
  • People who are dually diagnosed often benefit from structured psychosocial rehabilitation programs and individual therapy. Mental health providers should be encouraged to develop specialized day services for people with a dual diagnosis that would be available to people across provider agencies.
  • Hospitals often serve as the point of discharge for people who have significant behavioral and medical issues. Due to current rules and regulations, the person and provider cannot participate in residential visits, resulting in placements that may not meet the specific needs of the person. Rules and regulations should be modified to allow for more residential planning.
  • Major advances in the development and use of assistive technology have improved the lives of people with a wide range of developmental and intellectual disabilities. Funding based on financial need, specifically for assistive technology, should be sought for people and families.
  • Direct care staff are the greatest resource for a person, family and community provider. Ongoing training for direct care staff, in addition to their pre-service training, is essential to their professional development and growth, and reduces the likelihood of turnover while improving the quality of services provided. This additional training should be adequately reimbursed.


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  • Trivia Night

    Join Trinity Services, Inc. for a Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the newly renovated Roxy Theater in downtown Lockport.

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Seating is limited to 21 teams of 8. Tickets are $200 per team of 8 or $25 per person. Tickets include pizza, soft drinks and two drink tickets for beer and wine. A cash bar is available.
    Don't have a team of 8? We will do our best to round out your table.

    In addition to trivia, there will be cash prizes, raffle baskets and a split-the-pot raffle!

    All event proceeds will benefit STRIDES, Trinity's therapeutic horseback riding program, which provides people with developmental disabilities with learning, exercise, employment and fun year-round at a heated stable in Manhattan, Illinois.

    For more information, call Trinity's Development Office at (815) 717-3750.

    Trivia Night
  • Around the World in 18 Holes — 25th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Golf Classic

    Trinity Services’ 25th Annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic will take golfers Around the World in 18 Holes!

    Click here to register for or sponsor the event!

    Join us for a day of fun as we travel the world together Thursday, May 17, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. The Golf Classic benefits Trinity Services’ mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Your $195 registration fee includes a gift; buffet lunch; bucket of range balls; pop, beer and snacks on the course; a complimentary specialty drink and cigar on holes 5 and 16; dinner; and awards.

    The schedule for the day is as follows:
    10:30 a.m.-Noon   Registration/bucket of range balls
    11-11:45 a.m.   Buffet lunch
    Noon   Shotgun start
    5:30 p.m.   Cocktails and silent auction
    6 p.m.   Dinner and awards

    To register for the event online, click here. To print a sponsorship and registration form, click here.

    If you have any questions or would like more information about how to get involved with the Golf Classic or with Trinity Services, in general, please contact us at (815) 717-3750.

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