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Trinity Services honors direct support professionals for their dedication during DSP Recognition Week 2017

Sep 13, 2017

NEW LENOX, IL — At Trinity Services, independent living coaches — also known as direct support professionals — are the backbone of the organization, working to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness achieve their goals and live full, abundant lives.

Their tireless dedication to the people they support and the outstanding, compassionate care they provide is worth honoring today and every day.

For Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, Sept. 10-16, Trinity Services is calling attention to the valuable work independent living coaches at the organization do each day and to the importance of recruiting and retaining talented, caring staff members to provide people with disabilities the support they need.

At Trinity Services, the DSP position is titled “independent living coach” because the essential efforts of these staff members center around coaching people — teaching, instructing and helping them develop skills for the future.

ILCs are responsible for helping people with everyday tasks, such as cooking and cleaning, but their assistance is also key to helping people achieve goals like managing their finances or independently taking public transportation.

The work ILCs do is vital. Beyond ensuring that the people they serve have all of their basic needs met, ILCs ensure people are fully integrated into their communities, have strong relationships with others, are respected and treated fairly, and much more. 

For DSP Recognition Week, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a statewide proclamation to “recognize and celebrate the contributions of direct support professionals that help strengthen our communities by fostering greater inclusion for persons with disabilities” and to officially proclaim the week in Illinois.

“We thank independent living coaches for all the care, compassion, dedication and effort they put into supporting the people they serve,” said Art Dykstra, Executive Director of Trinity Services. “Their work is vital and immensely valuable, ensuring people with disabilities are flourishing."

To find out more about the work ILCs do, and to apply to become an ILC at Trinity Services, visit www.trinity-services.org/ILC.

Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-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 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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