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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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Seeking Proposals for Organizational Improvement

by Art Dykstra | Oct 11, 2017

A learning organization is constantly realigning itself, examining the inevitable gap between vision and reality, and making plans to do things better tomorrow. It is a seeking organization, not just a responding one. New ideas or new ways of doing things are explored and implemented before they are read about in professional journals or shared in “How to Do It Better” seminars.

Learningful organizations are creative, so they anticipate the need to change in a rapidly evolving world. Their creativity essentially emerges from the people who are carrying out the work of the organization on a daily basis. Many of the improvements occur as a result of simple agreements between interested parties. Other changes happen through formal or informal meetings.

There are other patterns of ideas, however, that exceed the model of “Let’s just meet and make a decision on that.” One proven, helpful device is to provide all employees with a simple one-page format for presenting their ideas for organizational change. It is important that the outline not be unnecessarily bureaucratic or overly complicated; the intent is to encourage free-flowing ideas. Having a standardized instrument is useful in as much as the proposal being generated will include all of the necessary elements. A sample format follows.

Developing a Proposal – Five Steps

  1. Show that there is an important unmet need.

    An employee must demonstrate with specific examples that a need exists and that fulfilling this need is critical.

  2. Specify the objectives, the specific outcome which will significantly affect that need.

    How does the employee propose to fulfill the need he or she has identified? What are the specific goals of the program, and how will reaching those goals meet the need?

  3. Outline a plan for accomplishing the objectives.

    The employee details the scope of organizational involvement, estimates timelines, forecasts expected results, and plans for adapting to unexpected results.

  4. Establish the organization’s ability to carry out the plan in an efficient and effective manner.

    The employee must realistically assess the organization’s capacity to carry out the plan. What skills, knowledge or talents does it need to accomplish the task?

  5. Specify the costs anticipated in carrying out the plan.

In my experience, proposals for organizational change or improvement tend to overstate the value of the proposed change while underestimating the costs in terms of money, time and effort. That is why this section of the outline is so important.

Employees need to become aware of the economic side of doing things differently. This isn’t to say that proposals can’t result in financial savings, but too often staff members see only the program advantages and not the attendant costs. Staff should similarly be familiar with the concept of sub-optimization—there are no perfect solutions. A positive intervention on the one hand may create a negative impact on the other.

Creating an organizational culture that builds an expectation of personal responsibility for making suggestions and which instills this expectation into every job description is the ideal for a change-seeking organization. This expectation of personal responsibility along with the acceptance of risk that goes with it, should be conveyed in the initial interview and emphasized from that day forward.


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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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