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  • Trinity Services to continue Lamb’s Fold’s mission of helping homeless, abused women and children achieve self-sufficiency

    Apr 07, 2017

    JOLIET, IL — Trinity Services, Inc., of New Lenox, and Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children, of Joliet, are pleased to announce that on July 1 this year, Trinity Services will continue Lamb’s Fold’s mission of helping homeless or abused women and children work toward self-sufficiency.

    Since 1985, Lamb’s Fold has provided supportive housing and personalized recovery services to help countless women and children gain independence. Trinity Services has worked with Lamb’s Fold since 2003, providing case management services to the organization’s clients.

    Lamb’s Fold’s Board of Directors is excited that the organization’s mission will be continued by Trinity Services, according to Lamb’s Fold Executive Director Rhonda Sykes.

    Gaps in funding because of Illinois legislators’ inability to pass a full operating budget since July 2015 have left Lamb’s Fold on uncertain financial footing.

    “Trinity will ensure the future of our mission, and we are excited for the possibilities for progress,” Sykes said. “This will give more security to the women and children we served and make sure our mission continues.”

    Trinity Services is enthusiastic about being able to continue to offer Lamb’s Fold’s services, ensuring the women and children the organization supports continue to receive the assistance they need, according to Art Dykstra, executive director of Trinity Services.

    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.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Rhonda Sykes
    Executive Director
    Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children
    rsykes@lambsfold.org 

    Meredith Dobes
    Communication and Media Development
    Trinity Services, Inc.
    (815) 320-7229
    mdobes@trinity-services.org

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  • Executive Director Art Dykstra testifies about staffing crisis before Illinois legislators

    Apr 06, 2017

    On Tuesday, April 4, Executive Director Art Dykstra testified before a joint meeting of the Illinois House Human Services, Special Needs Services and Appropriations committees to draw legislators’ attention to the issues Trinity Services and other disability service providers in Illinois are facing because of a lack of appropriate funding from the State.

    Art focused on the fact that “there is no such thing as all of a sudden,” as this problem has built throughout the years to become the major workforce crisis we face today.

    The video of the hearing below includes Art’s testimony, as well as testimony from Gus van de Brink, executive director of Sertoma Centre, Inc., and Greg O’Connor, CEO of Sparc.

    The video can help viewers gain a better understanding of the issues that community-based providers are facing. Please share it on social media.

    The fight for an end to the workforce crisis will continue until a solution is reached. The people Trinity serves and the direct support professionals who work with them deserve more.

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  • The Effective Organizational Leader: Positive Attitude

    Apr 19, 2017

    An extremely important element in the effective leadership of others is a positive attitude. Generally speaking, people tend to fall easily into the habit of looking for what’s wrong rather than what’s right. This naturally leads to a negativity that often undermines progress in organizations and on teams to say nothing of its effect in the personal lives of those who suffer from a negative perspective.

    In reaction to this “disease model,” mental health professionals began to develop positive psychology, an effort spearheaded by Martin Seligman. Chris Peterson, a former professor at the University of Michigan, defined positive psychology as “the scientific study of what goes right in life.” Phrased another way, it is the study of what makes life worth living.

    Of course, there are those who characterize a positive attitude as blind optimism. For instance, in 1927, Elbert Hubbard described a pessimist as a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist. Or you may have run across the definition of optimism in "The Devil’s Dictionary":

    OPTIMISM: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. It is held with greatest tenacity by those most accustomed to the mischance of falling into adversity and is most acceptably expounded with the grin that apes a smile. Being a blind faith, it is inaccessible to the light of disproof — an intellectual disorder, yielding to no treatment but death. It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.

    The truth is that having a positive attitude does not mean that one adheres to happiology, because a truly positive person recognizes “the good, the bad and the ugly.” He does not, however, allow “the bad and the ugly” to be his focus. Ernie Banks, the greatest shortstop of the 20th century, was a perfect example. He remained irrepressibly optimistic though he played for the Cubs through 19 seasons of unsuccessful efforts to make it to the World Series. Known for comments like “Tomorrow will be even better than today,” Ernie always did his unselfish best. He exhorted his teammates to “play for the name on the front [of the shirt], not the name on the back.”

    Someone might remark that we should always be optimistic. I would disagree with the assumption. There are certainly times in our lives when we shouldn’t be optimistic. Examples include times when you are crafting a budget, assessing the cost of car repairs or crossing a busy four-lane street!

    Research in the 1990s indicates that individuals presented with different challenges who thought they could achieve them were optimistic. Those who thought they couldn’t were pessimists. Interestingly, their expectations became self-fulfilling much of the time.

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  • The Effective Organizational Leader: Self-Leadership

    Apr 12, 2017

    Becoming effective organizational leaders requires much more than knowledge and charisma. In fact, the qualities that characterize strong leaders must show up in more than one facet of life. One essential quality is that they must know how to manage themselves. Let me talk about some important elements that distinguish those who are adept at self-management.

    First, the best leaders have accepted themselves as they are. They know their strengths and weaknesses, and can also identify their bad habits. They work on those negative habits without beating themselves up for not being perfect. They also know what motivates them. That knowledge helps them grow and live with a clear sense of purpose.

    Second, effective leaders have a high functioning personal radar system. They know what is going on around them. Since they don’t over-evaluate their effectiveness and importance, they can assess the behaviors and feelings of the people with whom they work with more accuracy. As a result, they notice when something is wrong — and right.

    Max Bazerman (The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See) describes the personal radar system as vigilance rather than paranoia. A good leader avoids obsessing over issues and simply takes sufficient time to ask the important questions. Therefore, he/she notices subtle changes that indicate that the organization may be straying in some fashion. That awareness enables him/her to avert major and minor disasters.

    Third, effective leaders manage their personal lives. That’s not to say that they live in a problem-free sphere. They don’t. People with leadership skills face their problems head on and work to resolve them in such a way that additional avoidable problems don’t surface. Furthermore, they refrain from “wallowing in their misery,” use their energy to address the issues that arise and then move on. Consequently, they are able to follow the same pattern when dealing with the inevitable problems that surface in an organization.

    Fourth, effective leaders manage their emotions. Of course, no human is completely unflappable, though some people are calmer than others. Leaders acknowledge their feelings and do not allow them to control their interactions with other people or their view of conditions around them. The goal is to be positive, encouraging, productive and fun to be with. For instance, ask yourself this question: “Would you rather be around someone who expects the worst (i.e., 'The woods are on fire,' 'The sky is falling,' 'The “state” is here.') or around someone who can smile, laugh, listen with empathy and offer encouragement in the course of positive and negative events. Co-workers/employees respond best to leaders who are predictable.

    Finally, effective leaders manage themselves in such a way that they achieve results. They remind themselves that their job is to produce results — good results. To accomplish this, they set monthly objectives and follow the identified priorities. They ask themselves continually, “Am I working on what I am supposed to be working on? Or is this something that others should be doing?”

    Brian Tracy addressed these issues with his popular “ABCDE Method.” He suggests the following:

    An “A” task is one that is so important that if left undone will incur significant consequences. Of course, it is highly likely that more than one such task exists, so label them “A-1,” “A-2,” “A-3,” and so on. The trick is to remember that “A-1” remains the most important.

    A “B” task also incurs consequences if left undone, but they are not as damaging as the those suffered by leaving an “A” task undone. Never work on a “B” task when there is an “A” task left to do.

    A “C” task is one that would be nice to accomplish but has no real consequences if left undone. Reading a magazine or newspaper might keep you up on politics or sports, but it does not contribute to your work. Never do a “C” task when a “B” task is left undone. 

    A “D” task is anything that you can delegate to someone else. One of the important leadership rules is that you should delegate anything that can be delegated. You have enough work that only you can do; you should not be spending your time on tasks that can be done by others. Ask yourself, “What can I and only I do that will make a major difference in the company?” If a task doesn’t fall into this category, give it to someone else. And the priority rule continues: Never work on a “D” task when there is a “C” task left undone.

    An “E” task is something that needs to be eliminated. It shouldn’t even be on the table. It has no consequences and is of no use. Perhaps it was a task that was important in the past but is now obsolete. Or perhaps it should never have been done at all.  At any rate, now is the time to eliminate it.

    The key to making this model work is to commit to avoid working on any low priority task while there is a higher priority task yet undone.

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  • 24th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Golf Classic

    Join some American icons like Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty, Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin, Rosie the Riveter, Abraham Lincoln and more for a day of fun Thursday, May 18, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park to benefit Trinity Services, Inc.

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

    The schedule for the day is as follows:
    10:30 to Noon: Registration/bucket of range balls
    11 to 11:45: Buffet lunch
    Noon: Shotgun start
    5:30 p.m.: Cocktails and silent auction
    6 p.m.: Dinner and awards

    Cost is $195 per golfer/$780 per foursome and $50 for dinner only.

    Click here for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

    RSVP to Trinity’s Development Office by May 6 at (815) 717-3750.

  • Trinity Triumph 5K Run/Walk

    The Trinity Triumph 5K celebrates the triumphs and achievements – big or small – of those who participate and of the adults and children with disabilities and mental illness who are served by Trinity Services. 

    Runners and walkers of all ages gather to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie while supporting Trinity Services, a 67-year-old non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with disabilities in 31 Illinois communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Madison, Peoria, Jackson, and St. Clair counties as well as in Reno, Nevada. 

    For those who prefer a shorter route, a 1K walk is available. The 5K course is certified by USA Track and Field and the race will be chip-timed for accurate results. Awards will be given to fastest male and female as well as top performers in various age ranges.

    Celebrate your story, be an inspiration or participate in memory of someone. Share your reason for running or walking on race day on the Wall of Triumph and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrinityTriumph5K.

    The first 200 pre-registered participants will receive a tech T-shirt. 

    GET YOUR REGISTRATION REFUNDED!
    Participants also may opt to create their own fundraising page online while registering. Collect $150 or more in donations for Trinity Services, and we will send you a refund check after race day. Ask friends, family and coworkers to support Trinity’s mission to help people with disabilities live full and abundant lives.

  • 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction

    Please join us for a night of fellowship, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 16, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. 
    This year's theme is "Havana Nights."
    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 BW ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

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

    Ad Information:
    Full-page color $500 7.5” W x 9.75” H
    Full-page BW $300 7.5” W x 9.75” H
    1/2-page BW $200 7.5” W x 4.875” H
    1/4-page BW $100 3.75” W x 4.875” H
    1/8-page business card/celebration BW $50 3.75”W x 2.4375” H

    We hope that you will 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. 25, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451.
    If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.

    Please check back for ticket information as it becomes available, or call (815) 717-3750.
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