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  • Trinity Services celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Oct 06, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — This October, Trinity Services, Inc. celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month, recognizing and spreading awareness about the many abilities and skills that people diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability bring to the workforce.

    The theme of this year’s national campaign is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

    At Trinity Services, job coaches, job developers, and all who work one-to-one with people seeking or working in occupations through Trinity’s Supported Employment Programs know the theme to be true.

    With the right accommodations or supports, people with disabilities can provide invaluable resources to businesses of all sizes, in a variety of industries.

    “Diversity among staff members can allow for more effective problem-solving and result in new ideas through fostering inclusive work environments,” said Kristina Zappavigna, Employment Services Coordinator at Trinity Services. “It can also support recruitment efforts by showing how individuals of all abilities can contribute to company productivity.”

    The employment rate for people with disabilities is less than half of the rate for people without disabilities, and people with disabilities tend to be employed in low-paying occupations, according to the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in the United States Department of Labor.

    However, higher-paying job opportunities for people with disabilities have the potential to grow with the development of computer and information technology, along with the increasing popularity of home-based and flexible work arrangements, according to the ODEP. These new technologies and corporate policies would benefit people with disabilities by helping them overcome physical or cognitive limitations, as well as transportation difficulties.

    To observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Trinity Services encourages businesses to commit to inclusivity for people with disabilities.

    Employers seeking resources on how they can make inclusion a reality can receive guidance from the Job Accommodation Network at askjan.org and can find more information at dol.gov/ndeam.

    Employers who would like to partner with Trinity Services, Inc. or let Trinity Services’ Supported Employment staff know about job openings can call Zappavigna at (815) 462-3652.

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

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  • Petals & Twigs to offer Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 13-14

    Sep 25, 2017

    Petals & Twigs Home Decor and Gifts is preparing to embrace its spooky side at its Halloween Spooktacular on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, at its store, located at 427 W. Francis Road in New Lenox.

    The Spooktacular Sales Event will feature extended hours of 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and will feature a Mystery Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

    Guests may pick a treat from Petals’ pumpkin to receive a discount from their entire purchases. There will also be raffle baskets and samples.

    For more information about this event, call (815) 485-5976, or follow Petals & Twigs on Facebook.

    Petals & Twigs is a support business of Trinity Services, Inc. All proceeds from sales benefit the people served by Trinity, a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. Petals & Twigs opened as a craft boutique in 1987 and today provides a unique shopping experience in the Will County area. To learn more, visit www.petalsandtwigs.com.

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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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  • An Evening of Holiday Music — Fourth Annual Concert Gala

    Please join us for "An Evening of Holiday Music" at our Fourth Annual Concert Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook to support our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

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    This showcase of holiday music paired with dinner and fantastic company is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. 

    This year's event features the Western Springs School for Talent Education Allegro!!! Violin Ensemble.

    Tickets are $140 per person. Call (815) 717-3750 or email sladislas@trinity-services.org to find out more about how you can help with the event.


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