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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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Leaders as Emergency Generators

by Art Dykstra | Feb 07, 2018

We have a home in Michigan located in a remote area that is not too far removed from the Lake Michigan lake-effect snow belt. Naturally, it tends to get bombarded by storms—especially in the winter. Blizzards can take down the power lines and cut off the lights, furnace, phones, refrigerator, etc. We’ve solved the problem by installing an emergency generator.  It works like a charm. When howling winds and heavy snow knock down power lines, the generator turns on automatically, bringing the household appliances to life again. The lights come on, the furnace begins blowing warm air, and the dishwasher cleans up the dirty dishes.

Business and organizational environments often mimic Michigan’s stormy weather, so leaders inevitably contend with emergencies. Sometimes it is the loss of a major grant, a physical plant crisis, or the resignation of a key staff member. Since the human service sector relies in large part on funding from state governments, there are constant concerns with cash flow and adequate financing that affect recruitment and retention of staff. Needless to say, leaders must address the problems or face the consequences, such as reducing available services or, in worst case scenarios, shutting their doors.

What then might constitute an emergency generator in these situations? Leaders, of course. Leaders must be the generators because they understand the vision and mission of their organizations. In addition, they are aware of the range of issues the organization faces and the potential consequences of sub-optimal outcomes. Given their knowledge and focus, leaders can assess possible challenges, explore causes and search for solutions—ahead of time. Wise leaders engage key team members, recognizing that they need a variety of perspectives to lay the groundwork and build solid plans of action.

Interestingly, a leader’s success depends in great part on his/her attitude and outlook. The person who looks only at obstacles will duck for cover and expect the worst because negativity clouds his/her vision so thoroughly that it affects the ability to see a way out of the emergency. So, when a crisis occurs, the leader or manager looks around for an emergency generator and cannot rely on his/her own skills and abilities. On the other hand, the one who focuses on the positive will see potential because he/she sees the landscape more clearly and discerns possibilities in spite of—and sometimes because of—difficulties.

An old story of two shoe salesmen illustrates the difference. Legend has it that a shoe company sent two salesmen in a foreign country to determine the market potential for their products. The first salesman traveled to the eastern coast to canvass the area. When he arrived, he stared in growing dismay at the people he met on the roads and in villages. They wore no shoes! Within days, he sent this message to headquarters: “No one wears shoes. There is no market for us here.”

The second salesman visited the western coast of the same country. As he traveled, he encountered much the same scenario; however, he became more and more excited as the days passed. His message to headquarters read, “No one here wears shoes! There is a huge market for us! Send inventory fast!”

I suggest that we leaders—the emergency generators—need to develop a positive focus because it influences our perspective and our choices. If we look for the positive, we will be able to see opportunities, generate enthusiasm among our team members and take action that successfully stabilizes and guides our organizations through the storms of life.

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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.

    Your $195 registration fee includes a gift; buffet lunch; bucket of range balls; pop, beer and snacks on the course; a complimentary specialty drink and cigar on holes 5 and 16; dinner; and awards.

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