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  • Chairs from Trinity’s New Lenox Woodworks will decorate downtown Frankfort as part of chamber’s Fall Festival

    Jul 19, 2018

    FRANKFORT, IL — People served by Trinity Services, Inc. were invited to be part of an artistic project initiated by The Center for Independent Futures (CIF) and the Frankfort Fall Festival.

    Trinity Services’ New Lenox Woodworks created 55 Adirondack chairs for the AdironDecorate project in downtown Frankfort, which is part of the Frankfort Fall Festival.

    To prepare the chairs for the installation, CIF, in partnership with artist Sam LaRocco and hot rod painting specialist Adam Krause from The Refinery, organized a chair painting night June 26 at Dancing Marlin in Frankfort.

    At this event, roughly two dozen people worked on about one dozen chairs. Attendees from Trinity Services helped out with painting and created a paint splatter-effect chair.

    Program participants at New Lenox Woodworks also decorated a chair to represent Trinity Services.

    All chairs were cut, sanded and assembled by people with disabilities who attend New Lenox Woodworks. They were then sold for local businesses to decorate and display. Chairs are being placed around Frankfort this month and are being featured on the Frankfort Fall Festival’s Facebook page.

    People of all abilities worked side-by-side on the artwork, ensuring it spreads a message of inclusion along with providing beautiful places for passersby to rest.

    For more information about New Lenox Woodworks and its products, follow the program on Facebook.

    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 publishes ‘Beeing a Leader: Insights from the Trinity Beehive’ to share buzz about intersection of leadership, positive psychology

    Jun 11, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of “Beeing a Leader: Insights from the Trinity Beehive,” a fun, easy-to-read guidebook focusing on leadership traits that adhere to the fundamentals of positive psychology.

    A group of 91 authors, all staff members at Trinity Services who have diverse professional backgrounds and personalities, collaborated on the book. Each wrote a separate entry on a quality of leadership. These qualities are divided into five categories — Nurture Positive Emotion, Experience Engagement, Cultivate Positive Relationships, Discover Meaning and Recognize Accomplishments — that are each central elements of positive psychology.

    The concept for this book was developed by Art Dykstra, recently retired executive director of Trinity Services and editor of the publication.

    In his introduction to the book, he writes that an active, energetic beehive is an apt metaphor for a fully functioning organization. Bees are unable to live by themselves. They must live and work together in a hive, communicating with each other to gather pollen and survive.

    Every entry is written as a separate “bee” — for example, “Bee Grateful” or “Bee a Servant Leader.” Each bee works together to contribute to the “hive,” an organization that values the growth, happiness and success of all of its employees, recognizing that each staff member, because of his or her individuality and contributions to the group, is integral to carrying out the organization’s mission.

    The book aims to inspire and encourage people from all walks of life to embrace their natural leadership abilities and step outside of their comfort zones for their own personal growth and for the growth of those around them.

    It also gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the positive organizational culture at Trinity Services, which employs more than 1,000 people in Illinois and serves more than 3,500 people with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

    The book is published by Trinity Services’ support business High Tide Press and will be available for sale at www.CherryHillHighTide.com beginning Tuesday, June 12. Proceeds from book sales benefit the people with disabilities and mental illness who are supported by Trinity.

    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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Workplace Harmony and a Positive Relationship to the Self

by Art Dykstra | Jan 10, 2018

Let’s consider some of the relationships that make up our lives and networks for a few minutes. I have often stated the importance of our answer to the question, “How do we want to be together?” While there are many possible replies, our responses as leaders clearly play themselves out in the harmony and productivity of the workplace. Virtually every important function at Trinity, every strategic goal is accomplished through relationships.

We all engage in many different relationships. There are:

  • Personal, friendship-based relationships – attachments based on affection and/or respect
  • Spiritual relationships – ecclesiastical or sacred and God-related affiliations
  • Sports/athletic relationships – various levels of competitive associations
  • Romantic/sexual relationships – the most visible and talked about connections
  • Transactional relationships – occurring because of the “exchange” function, a characteristic of most organizations
  • Family relationships.    

However, two important relationships don’t appear in the list: the relationship to self, and the service or commonweal relationship (for a purpose greater than oneself, for the general welfare). Both have a great stake in the discussion of harmony.

First, it is very difficult to be in harmony with others if you are not in harmony with yourself. Said another way, we could ask the question, “How do you want to relate to and/or feel about yourself?” For instance, are you joyful, embarrassed, content, dissatisfied, relaxed, agitated or unhappy?

Peter McWilliams wrote an informative book in the early 1990s called Do It: Let’s Get Off Our Buts. In it, he invents the word “selfing” and defines the concept as “doing for one’s Self in the larger sense of Self—as in True Self, or ‘to thine own self be true.’ It means fulfilling our inherent dreams, goals and aspirations. It means living our life ‘on purpose.’” It’s the opposite of being selfish—excessively consumed with your own welfare. It’s the opposite of the constant need to gather stuff. It’s the opposite of trying to impress others and to be what others want us to be. Selfing also differs from selfish in that the person who achieves a goal invites others to share in the benefits resulting from that achievement.

There is absolutely no doubt that our behavior influences others—especially in leadership activities. Leaders inspire their teams with the desire to succeed or “infect” them with dis-ease, based on their comfort with who they are and their perspective on the outer world. That is why we must always ask ourselves the question, “What must I change about myself so that they can change?”

The ability to answer the question requires an understanding of the dynamics of personal harmony. Obviously, we could discuss a broad range of topics, so I have arbitrarily selected three dimensions of harmony, which I will cover in more detail in the next three weeks:

  • Attention – the ability to attend to or concentrate on a single object, thought or activity
  • Attitude – a disposition, feeling or position taken regarding a person, thing, concept or event
  • Organization – the ability to organize one’s thoughts, belongings, tasks, goals and actions.

These three elements are essential to a stable sense of self that allows the leader to act and choose to change with comfort when the situation demands it. That stability and comfort can transform a team’s culture, focus and achievement level over time, creating a workplace characterized by true harmony.

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    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 68th year of providing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Since first opening our doors as a small school, Trinity Services has been committed to helping individuals flourish and lead more independent lives. We now serve more than 3,500 people through an array of innovative programs. This would not be possible without generous supporters like you.

    We hope you will join us for an evening of entertainment, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This year's theme is "Moonlight Sonata."
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    Some popular auction items from past years have included: tickets to sporting events, autographed sports paraphernalia, vacation packages (or airline miles), tools, theater tickets, gift cards, spa treatments, jewelry, wine, kids’ fun baskets, pet baskets, and electronics (iPad, Kindle, wireless sound systems, smart TV, etc.)
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