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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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The Effective Organizational Leader: Power

by Art Dykstra | May 17, 2017

Leaders at every level of an organization use varying degrees of power, and those who are effective value and use it appropriately. It is valuable because nothing gets done without it; therefore, using it wisely is essential to smooth operations within any company.

The exercise of power occurs every day and involves making decisions such as:

  • Who is hired
  • Who is fired
  • Who is spared
  • Who we choose to help
  • Who is promoted
  • Who gets overtime.

These and other required decisions affect real people, not just organizational structure or the bottom line. And sometimes they are very tough. I always remember a piece of advice my father gave me: “Art, if you ever have a chance to play God in someone’s life, take it seriously.” Some may shy away from these decisions or become paralyzed by the responsibility, but no one who finds it difficult to exercise power will do well in a leadership position.

Since power can be both destructive and constructive, effective leaders avoid its hostile use. Rather than achieve their goals through coercion, they establish their authority through their integrity, knowledge and positive relationships with their followers. As a result, peers and subordinates alike choose to follow their lead because they have earned their respect. In this context, leaders are able to use the least amount of power needed to accomplish the goal. As Tim Williams says in The Pipe Wrench Theory of Power, “Don’t use the wrong size of wrench [to get a ‘job’ done].”

While there are many sources of power, the most important one for organizational leaders is the power of persuasion. They recognize that, in an organization, “we can do together what we can’t do alone.” Effective persuasion occurs when leaders

  • Present the goal and action to be taken clearly
  • Listen
  • Are open to differences
  • Validate points of view
  • Guide discussion by keeping the goal in mind
  • Make plan modifications if appropriate.

They obviously work to understand the thought patterns and needs of team members and can therefore communicate their ideas well. As a result, employees respond and act. 

At this point, a word of warning is in order. Nothing erodes power as fast as not doing what you said you were going to do. Effective leaders must be credible in their words. They must keep their promises though that isn’t always easy when intervening variables suddenly change the landscape. They must also provide accurate numbers in sales statistics, earnings, losses, expenditures, and raises or reasons for the absence of raises, to name just a few. Leaders must be trustworthy so that their followers can count on them in good times and bad times. Whether we like it or not, we all have reputations, and they include the elements of our character. 

Finally, let’s remember that wielding power just for oneself, an area of responsibility or an organization is more often than not destructive. However, leaders who work for the greater good exercise it effectively and can transform their sphere of influence.

1 Comment

  1. 1 educational sites 23 May
    Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up the great spirit.


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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.

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  • 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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