Trinity Services, founded in 1950, is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization that provides services and supports to persons with disabilities, so that they might achieve their full potential and have the opportunity to live full and abundant lives.
Trinity is a 501(c)3 organization and serves more than 3,500 children and adults who have intellectual/developmental disabilities or mental health needs. Services include a school, residential options, adult learning programs, autism diagnosis and support, in-home supports, a therapeutic horseback-riding program, respite services, a drop-in center for working persons, and a wide range of therapeutic services.
Trinity's Behavioral Health program offers a range of services in four areas: intensive outpatient, residential, employment and counseling.
Trinity has a presence in 33 Illinois communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Madison, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, as well as in Reno, Nevada.
Over the years, Trinity Services has been nationally recognized in many publications and honored by many organizations. Read more. . .
Trinity School in Joliet, Illinois, was founded in 1950 by a dedicated group of parents of children with developmental disabilities. At that time, families could not obtain any financial support for services that would help a child with disabilities succeed in the local schools. For this reason, they joined together to create a learningful environment for their children.
The founding families formed partnerships with The Arc and the United Way. Through their own hard work and the hard work of volunteers, other families, relatives, a handful of staff, and the board of directors, they raised enough funds to support the school.
Trinity Services eventually created a developmental training program for those former schoolchildren
who had reached adulthood. Trinity continued to operate both programs for over 30 years. By 1987, the organization could serve as many as 50 individuals with its staff of 30 people.
In 1987, Art Dykstra joined the organization as CEO. Trinity began a major transition in order to also serve adults in residential settings. The first CILA home opened in 1990. From there, the organization grew rapidly as the need for services grew. Today, Trinity is the largest provider of residential services for persons with developmental disabilities in Illinois.
In 1994, Trinity began to develop programs for persons with persistent mental illness. Trinity's Behavioral Health team was uniquely prepared to serve individuals who also had a mild developmental disability, or a dual diagnosis
. Today, this specialized program remains one of the few available in the United States. In 2010, Trinity expanded its Behavioral Health services and now provides crisis prevention and intervention across Illinois through the ICPN
Visit the leadership page
to learn more about Art Dykstra, Trinity's CEO for more than 25 years. Or, send him an e-mail
Trinity Services, Inc. receives funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Illinois Office of Rehabilitation Services, the United Way, and tuition reimbursement from local school districts.
Trinity is also supported by donations from foundations, corporations, businesses, service organizations, religious organizations, and individuals.
You can find information on how to donate online by clicking here: Give Today.