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  • Trinity Services remembers Elizabeth 'Betty' Kloski-Song

    Feb 08, 2018

    Trinity Services lovingly remembers Elizabeth “Betty” Kloski-Song, who passed away Feb. 1 at age 78.

    Betty was an active, devoted member of Trinity’s Family and Friends Group for more than 20 years, involved in organizing and volunteering for the group’s activities

    She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, aunt, sister and friend. Her graciousness, charm, beautiful smile and constant support of Trinity’s mission leave a lasting impact on everyone in the Trinity community.

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  • Trinity Services, Inc. Breaks Ground on Permanent Supportive Housing Development in Northlake

    Jan 18, 2018

    NORTHLAKE, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. officially broke ground on Trinity Park Vista, a permanent supportive housing development in Northlake, on Jan. 16.

    The state-of-the-art apartment building will offer three floors and a total of 16 units for residents with disabilities, who will be offered subsidized rent.

    Primarily, residents will live independently and have the option to receive support from Trinity Services staff members. Support may include assistance finding employment, help managing finances or occasional counseling services.

    Three three-bedroom units will each provide space for one care provider and two people with developmental disabilities to live. These are known as shared living settings — environments in which care providers share their lives with the people they support.

    The apartment building, which is planned for 1 E. Lakewood Terrace in Northlake, will be within walking distance of local businesses, providing job opportunities and convenience for future residents.

    The modern, upscale building is being designed by Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, P.C., developed by Brush Hill Development, financed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and constructed by Synergy Construction Group.

    IHDA chose the apartment building’s location in Northlake based on assessed need for permanent supportive housing in the state of Illinois.

    Representatives from all organizations involved with the development, as well as from the City of Northlake, were present at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Northlake Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin has been recognized by IHDA for his support of these types of residences. During the groundbreaking, Trinity Services President and CEO Thane Dykstra, Ph.D., also recognized Sherwin and all who were involved in the development for their enthusiasm about welcoming people with disabilities to the community.

    Once constructed, Trinity Park Vista will become Trinity Services’ fifth permanent supportive housing development. Trinity provides services at similar developments in Villa Park, Lombard, Lockport and Sandwich, Illinois.

    Through permanent supportive housing, dozens of people have been able to experience stronger independence and empowerment by having living space they can call their own.

    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 www.trinity-services.org.

     

    Trinity Park Vista GroundbreakingRepresentatives from Trinity Services, Inc.; the City of Northlake; Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, P.C.; Brush Hill Development; the Illinois Housing Development Authority; and Synergy Construction Group celebrate the groundbreaking of Trinity Park Vista Jan. 16 in Northlake.

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A Positive Relationship to the Self: Personal Organization

by Art Dykstra | Jan 31, 2018

What do we mean when we say someone is organized? Usually, we are referring to the fact that such a person knows what to do, when to do “it,” and how to do “it.” (“It,” of course, can refer to many different actions or tasks in our lives.) Organization implies the presence of structure, beginnings, middles and ends.

Organized individuals attempt and accomplish their work with a sense of order. They:

  • Use time and resources effectively
  • Set priorities so that work happens in a systematic fashion
  • Typically know where they are in relation to goal achievement
  • Handle interruptions and new assignments well
  • Are pre-active, prepared to take action before a situation occurs.

As a result, they may face the challenge of being overworked, but they are never overwhelmed because being overwhelmed is a choice.

Following are three foundational ideas regarding the matter of organization.

  1. You must know what your job is to avoid being overwhelmed.
    • Therefore, it is important to have a detailed, well written job description so that you know exactly what you are expected to accomplish.
    • In addition, you must know the stated standards of performance. 
  2. You must have a system for being organized.
    • Experts in personal organization offer many alternative approaches. In Getting Things Done, David Allen describes a detailed system that can be modified to fit anyone’s needs.
    • Once you select a system to organize your work/life, you must continue to use it. Using it occasionally just creates a different kind of chaos.
    • A clearly labeled and accessible filing system makes organization much easier. Lists are also helpful as long as they are constructed in a way that reflects an order of priority.
    • You must identify clear priorities and organize your tasks accordingly.
  3. You must also have goals and use metrics. It is impossible to be organized if you do not have objectives or intended outcomes. Establishing clear goals allows you to focus on what is important first. It also helps you become a productive leader rather than simply a busy person. To achieve your objectives, ask yourself the following questions:
  • What am I seeking to accomplish right now?
  • Can I forecast my own work?
  • Are my goals written down?
  • Where am I in relation to my duties and responsibilities? And perhaps more important, where am I in my relationship with others?
  • Where am I right now? Have I made significant progress toward my goal(s)? (You must measure to know progress whether you made any headway on a task. If you don’t measure, how will you know if you have improved?)

While none of us will achieve perfection, we can be much more effective at work and in life when we think ahead, make plans and methodically work toward our goals. 

2 Comments

  1. 2 Eileen Bosi 05 Feb
    Thank you quite informative and a good reminder to keep on track and strive for the outcomes. 
  2. 1 Sharon Holcomb 17 Feb
    Thoroughly enjoyed the article. Information is key for those of us that are retired or semi-retired. We are just as busy as we were in our careers. Having goals and being organized is key. 

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    Trinity Services’ 25th Annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic will take golfers Around the World in 18 Holes!

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    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.

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