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  • Trinity Services welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors

    Aug 22, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors.

    Christine Falvey and Ron Stricklin joined the board this summer. Both are parents of children who are supported by Trinity Services, and both have been involved with the organization for roughly 15 years.

    Falvey, a Mokena resident, has approximately 30 years of experience in the environmental industry as a transportation coordinator for a waste management company.

    She said she is honored and proud to be a member of the board and part of Trinity Services.

    “I have seen firsthand how parental involvement is so beneficial to the individual clients and to the direct service providers,” Falvey said. “Trinity has given my son and me so much. Brian is surrounded by dedicated professionals at every level. Joining the Trinity Board of Directors is the perfect way for me to give back to Trinity.”

    Falvey’s goals for her first term are to become familiar with the full scope of the services Trinity provides and to promote Trinity throughout her community.

    Falvey added that she and her husband are contemplating retirement, so her opportunity to become more involved with Trinity Services came at the perfect time.

    Stricklin, a South Barrington resident, is a retired executive with roughly 35 years of business experience. He is involved in the Parent Advisory Group at Trinity Northwest, located in Des Plaines, and has volunteered in numerous capacities, including during audits, during legislative advocacy campaigns, and on the planning committee for Trinity’s annual Dinner and Concert Gala that takes place every December in Oak Brook.

    “I like keeping busy,” Stricklin said of his interest in joining the board. “I’m excited to learn how the board works and how different programming works at Trinity. I’m always amazed anytime I learn more about how many different services Trinity offers. I’m interested in learning about different things Trinity is doing, and hopefully my business background can be tapped into to help.”

    Stricklin added that he also wanted to join the board to stay connected to his son and contribute to what is best for him.

    “I’m impressed with people I see up and down the organization,” Stricklin said. “They are so committed to what they do and to trying to help everyone succeed.”

    President and CEO Thane Dykstra, Ph.D., praised both Falvey and Stricklin for their dedication to their sons and the mission of Trinity Services.

    “I’m so pleased that Chris and Ron decided to volunteer their time and talents to Trinity by joining the Board of Directors,” Dykstra said. “They are both instrumental supporters of the organization, and will provide Trinity with valuable perspectives and insight in their new roles.”

    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 southern Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity Services’ 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction to raise funds for people with disabilities, mental illness

    Aug 22, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc.’s 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction will raise funds for the more than 3,500 people with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom the organization supports throughout Illinois.

    The event, themed “Moonlight Sonata,” is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.

    All are welcome to attend the fundraiser, which will feature a variety of silent and live auction items, entertainment by The Night Shift Orchestra, fine dining, and great company. Tickets are $100 per person, and sponsorship and program book advertisement opportunities are available.

    At this year’s event, guests may bid on experiences, appliances, sports memorabilia and tickets, electronics, and much more. Mobile bidding will be available to all attendees for the silent auction, conveniently sending bidders a text message when someone has outbid them.

    Tickets for the Dinner Dance & Auction are $100 each and are available at www.trinity-services.org.

    Those interested in helping Trinity Services in other ways are invited to volunteer on the event’s committee or donate new, unused items for auction at the event. These donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.

    The work of Trinity Services would not be possible without its generous donors and supporters. Because of the backing of sponsors, attendees and volunteers of events like the Dinner Dance & Auction, Trinity Services is able to meet the full range of needs of the people it supports and help them to flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    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 southern Illinois. 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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