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  • Paint Night at the ROXY will benefit people supported by Trinity Services, Inc.

    Aug 15, 2018

    LOCKPORT, IL — Local artists and crafters of all levels, including complete beginners, are invited to attend Paint Night at the ROXY at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at 1017 S. State St. in Lockport.

    The event allows guests to choose from one of two paintings that they can replicate and take home after following instructors’ step-by-step instructions while mingling with old or new friends. Guests may paint a feathery owl or a radiant sunflower.

    The cost to attend the event is $30 per person and includes the materials necessary to complete the painting. A cash bar will be available. Proceeds benefit Trinity Services’ mission to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    The event will take place in the newly renovated ROXY, which Trinity Services owns and operates as an event venue to generate revenue for its homes and programs, and to host events for the people it serves. Government funding alone cannot sustain a provider of developmental disability and behavioral health services in Illinois, so funds from the ROXY help bridge gaps to purchase necessities for people receiving services.

    To view images of the two painting options and to register, visit www.trinity-services.org or call (815) 717-3750.

    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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  • 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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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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Upcoming Events

  • Blood Drive

    Stop by Trinity Services between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, to donate blood through LifeSource!

    Donors who give a pint of blood will receive a pint of ice cream, donated by Culver's. Additionally, all donors will be entered into a raffle for White Sox tickets.

    To prepare for your donation, please eat well, stay hydrated and bring a photo ID.

    Register online HERE using group code 628B, or call 877-543-3768.
  • Paint Night at the Roxy

    At Trinity's Paint Night, set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, artists will provide step-by-step instructions for creating your own artwork while you socialize. A cash bar will be available. All proceeds benefit Trinity Services' work to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    No previous skill or art experience is necessary! Artists can choose from one of two pictures. View the images below, and CLICK HERE to register.

    One group will paint a beautiful, feathery owl.
    Owl

    One group will paint a bright, radiant sunflower.
    Sunflower
     
  • 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction — 'Moonlight Sonata'

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    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."
    The evening starts with cocktails at 5 p.m.

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Platinum - $5,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business logo posted on Trinity Services' website
    10 complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Gold - $3,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Six complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Silver - $2,000
    Full-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Bronze - $1,000
    Half-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Two complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Program Book Advertisement Opportunities:
    Full-page color $500 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    Full-page B&W $300 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    1/2-page B&W $200 (7.5” W x 4.875” H)
    1/4-page B&W $100 (3.75” W x 4.875” H)
    1/8-page business card/celebration B&W $50 (3.75”W x 2.4375” H)

    Auction Items:
    You can also help us make this event a success by contributing a new, unused item for the silent or live auction. All items donated are 100% tax deductible.
    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.)
    Please drop off or mail your item(s) by Friday, Aug. 21, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451. If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.
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