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  • Thank you to all who shared the love with Trinity on #GivingTuesday

    Dec 08, 2017

    Trinity Services, Inc. would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who supported Trinity on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28.

    Whether it was through donating, sharing information about Trinity or creating a Facebook fundraiser, we appreciate all of the support that was shown for our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    More than $47,000 was raised for Trinity online across the duration of the #GivingTuesday campaign.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This was Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity.

    Thank you for sharing the love with the people we serve.

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  • Trinity Services supporters can amplify their impact this #GivingTuesday

    Nov 03, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Supporters of Trinity Services, Inc. can amplify their charitable impact this #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible online donation to the nonprofit on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

    Thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 only will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000. The Coleman Foundation will match $25 for every gift between $25-$99; $100 for every gift between $100-$499; and $500 for every gift of $500 or more. Matches apply to both current and new supporters.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all donations made Nov. 28 through Facebook fundraisers created on behalf of Trinity Services will be matched at $1,000 per fundraiser, up to a total of $50,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This is Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity. #GivingTuesday is always held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and holiday shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Those interested in donating to or helping Trinity Services on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to visit www.Facebook.com/TrinityServices/fundraisers to create a shareable fundraiser on behalf of the nonprofit or to visit www.Trinity-Services.org/GivingTuesday to donate. Trinity is using the hashtag #ShareTheLove for its campaign.

    For more information about ways to get involved, call (815) 717-3750.

    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 more than 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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Manager-to-Manager Relationships

by Art Dykstra | Nov 29, 2017

From an organizational dynamic or effectiveness perspective, the quality of relationships between managers may be more important than the nature of the relationships within a given unit. Every business—be it for-profit or nonprofit—struggles with the natural tendency of managers to view their position or department as being the most important part of the company. For example, the sharing of resources is always a potential hot spot for conflict and discussion. The ways in which managers relate to one another is of critical significance if the organization is to thrive.

In organizations that provide both residential and day services or supports, it is not uncommon for major hostilities to erupt between these departments. In fact, the staff may not even speak courteously with one another. Scapegoating is a favored course of action, and it permeates the entire staff. Rather than resolve issues that arise, they focus on the negative: “They didn’t even do this.” “They did that.” “They won’t do this.”

For example, vocational staff may complain that a residential worker didn’t pack a sufficient lunch for one of the program participants. Residential staff blame the vocational staff for not telling them that an individual would be late getting home because of a picnic. To make matters worse, the managers of the program will sometimes assume that what they don’t hear won’t hurt them, so the conflicts remain unresolved. It’s no wonder that certain CEOs frequently rely on a deputy or associate director to mediate such conflicts.

It is important that managers spend time with each other, sharing insights, supporting one another and developing collaborative efforts. At Trinity we work to provide managers with training and opportunities to practice these relational behaviors. Among the activities are:

  • A Leadership Retreat, attended by all the leadership staff—directors and managers. During the retreat, staff enjoy presentations on a variety of topics and opportunities for practicing elements of the leadership skills they have learned.
  • Scheduled learning groups of 15 to 20 managers. Participants receive further exposure to leadership skills, such as communication techniques, planning, leadership styles, conflict management, and other timely topics. The trainings provide participants an opportunity to discuss their particular departments and how they can apply the concepts.

These activities and others foster an awareness of the organization as a whole and provide face-to-face interactions that promote collaboration, understanding and mutual support.

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