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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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Continuous Improvement

by Art Dykstra | Oct 05, 2017

When we talked about personal growth, we mentioned the fact that none of us stays the same. The intent of continuous improvement as a value is to ensure that what we do as people and as an organization continues to get better.

Before going on, I want to stress once again the reality that as people, we leak and we stray. We must continuously fill others and ourselves back up and come back to true north. It’s an ongoing process. We recognize that leaking and straying are unfortunate consequences of our being human. Such shortfalls occur even in the midst of carrying out our continuous improvement strategies.

Everything Counts is how we describe our efforts here at Trinity. Among our areas of concern are:

  • Organizational climate and culture 
  • Values and vision
  • Employee services
  • Structure and enterprise
  • Resource stewardship
  • Learningfulness
  • Operations. 

All of these efforts are grounded in our desire to provide quality services and supports for those individuals enrolled in our programs, while also improving performance. 

Measurement is vital to accessing organizational performance, including the achievement of results. It helps answer the question we raised earlier—“How do we know if we are getting better or worse?” We improve results by looking at the data and if necessary, changing our behavior. We must ask the high impact questions. The challenge is to measure the important things. 

The result should be improvement–continuous improvement–not just collecting a growing list of things to do. After consistent effort, we should also find that we have a list of things we no longer have to do. Continuous improvement represents a commitment to achieving and producing high-quality service and outcomes, not the avoidance of mistakes and errors. 

My dad used to repeat the old saying, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

NOTE: This is Part 10 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.
To read Part 6 on Collaboration, click here.
To read Part 7 on Stewardship, click here.
To read Part 8 on Achieving Outcomes, click here.
To read Part 9 on Personal Growth, click here.

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    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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