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  • Trinity Services remembers Elizabeth 'Betty' Kloski-Song

    Feb 08, 2018

    Trinity Services lovingly remembers Elizabeth “Betty” Kloski-Song, who passed away Feb. 1 at age 78.

    Betty was an active, devoted member of Trinity’s Family and Friends Group for more than 20 years, involved in organizing and volunteering for the group’s activities

    She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, aunt, sister and friend. Her graciousness, charm, beautiful smile and constant support of Trinity’s mission leave a lasting impact on everyone in the Trinity community.

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  • Trinity Services, Inc. Breaks Ground on Permanent Supportive Housing Development in Northlake

    Jan 18, 2018

    NORTHLAKE, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. officially broke ground on Trinity Park Vista, a permanent supportive housing development in Northlake, on Jan. 16.

    The state-of-the-art apartment building will offer three floors and a total of 16 units for residents with disabilities, who will be offered subsidized rent.

    Primarily, residents will live independently and have the option to receive support from Trinity Services staff members. Support may include assistance finding employment, help managing finances or occasional counseling services.

    Three three-bedroom units will each provide space for one care provider and two people with developmental disabilities to live. These are known as shared living settings — environments in which care providers share their lives with the people they support.

    The apartment building, which is planned for 1 E. Lakewood Terrace in Northlake, will be within walking distance of local businesses, providing job opportunities and convenience for future residents.

    The modern, upscale building is being designed by Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, P.C., developed by Brush Hill Development, financed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and constructed by Synergy Construction Group.

    IHDA chose the apartment building’s location in Northlake based on assessed need for permanent supportive housing in the state of Illinois.

    Representatives from all organizations involved with the development, as well as from the City of Northlake, were present at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Northlake Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin has been recognized by IHDA for his support of these types of residences. During the groundbreaking, Trinity Services President and CEO Thane Dykstra, Ph.D., also recognized Sherwin and all who were involved in the development for their enthusiasm about welcoming people with disabilities to the community.

    Once constructed, Trinity Park Vista will become Trinity Services’ fifth permanent supportive housing development. Trinity provides services at similar developments in Villa Park, Lombard, Lockport and Sandwich, Illinois.

    Through permanent supportive housing, dozens of people have been able to experience stronger independence and empowerment by having living space they can call their own.

    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.

     

    Trinity Park Vista GroundbreakingRepresentatives from Trinity Services, Inc.; the City of Northlake; Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, P.C.; Brush Hill Development; the Illinois Housing Development Authority; and Synergy Construction Group celebrate the groundbreaking of Trinity Park Vista Jan. 16 in Northlake.

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Collaboration

by Art Dykstra | Sep 06, 2017

Cooperation can be defined as “being willing to work with others,” as well as “wanting to work jointly with others.” Collaboration is about working together. “Willing to and wanting to” are clearly on the same spectrum but once again, there’s the added dimension of feeling and motivation when we are collaborating. We get much more done when we collaborate than when we work as individuals–assuming we stay on task and work within established time frames. There are many times in organizations when collaboration is more important than individual leadership.

Collaboration occurs among direct support staff, team leaders, coordinators, middle managers and directors. It happens when they do committee work and training sessions. Collaborative projects can also occur when team members are apart but working for the same goal, such as carrying out an objective related to a treatment or service plan, implementing an organizational policy or procedure, communicating important information regarding a person receiving services or simply sharing helpful facts. Collaboration is truly a source of organizational strength.

The underlying attitude in the approach comes from a desire to be helpful to others, recognizing that we accomplish more when our efforts are coordinated and in harmony. Working collaboratively is much more of a challenge than when we work on our own. The fact is, each member of the team is interdependent. We are not individual employees just carrying out our assigned duties; we are part of a bigger and more rewarding effort.

On some occasions people use the word teamwork to describe the goal of every staff person working together. At Trinity, we have teams meet in an attempt to reach consensus on how we can best support the people we serve in reaching their goals. Problems that arise must be solved through joint efforts, not individually.  The team collaborates so that every person on the team knows exactly what goals the person is striving for and how we can best support the person in achieving them.

Individuals working in collaboration are working in partnership, that is, engaging and cooperating, suggesting and encouraging. The willingness to listen openly to other team members and consider new ideas is imperative. Collaboration and leadership are the book ends of Trinity’s “Everything Counts” model of organizational performance.

NOTE: This is Part 6 of a 10-part series on Trinity's Core Values.
To read Part 1 on Servant Leadership, click here.
To read Part 2 on Serving and Supporting, click here.
​To read Part 3 on Honest and Open Communication, click here.
To read Part 4 on Discretionary Effort, click here.
To read Part 5 on Thinking Ahead and Following Through, click here.

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

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    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.

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