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  • Trinity Triumph 5K encourages runners, walkers to embrace the pace of their own journey

    May 22, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — The Trinity Triumph 5K will turn the New Lenox Village Commons into a celebration of community at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

    This is the ninth year for the 5K, which raises funds for Trinity Services, Inc., a New Lenox-based nonprofit that helps people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Runners, walkers and onlookers are invited to enjoy the evening together in celebration of their personal achievements, their friends and neighbors, and the people Trinity Services supports.

    The spirit of inclusiveness and community that drives the Trinity Triumph encourages people of all abilities and ages to participate. Whether a runner, walker or wheelchair user takes 20 minutes or 1 hour, 20 minutes to complete the course, they are cheered on and celebrated equally. A 1K walk option is also available.

    Registration for the Trinity Triumph 5K is $30 for participants ages 13 and older, $15 for children ages 5-12, and free for children younger than 5 years old. The price includes a performance T-shirt, environmentally friendly drawstring swag bag, snacks and more. Entry fees increase to $40 and $20 per person, respectively, on the day of the race.

    For each $30 registration fee paid or donation of $30, participants will receive an entry to win an Amazon Echo Show.

    Participants may also have their registration fees refunded if they create an online fundraising page upon signing up for the race and then raise $150 or more for Trinity Services.

    Medals will be awarded to participants who place first through third in the following male and female age groups: 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older.

    To register for the race or sign up to sponsor it, visit www.trinitytriumph.com.

    For more information about the Trinity Triumph 5K, contact Director of Development Sherry Ladislas at (815) 717-3750 or sladislas@trinity-services.org.

    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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  • Trinity Services staff member receives Direct Support Professional Award from The Arc of Illinois

    May 18, 2018

    DES PLAINES, IL — Mohamed Siddiqi loves helping people.

    As an independent living coach at Trinity Services, Siddiqi works one-to-one with people who have developmental disabilities. For 21 years, he has served people at Trinity in this role, helping them with their everyday needs and ensuring that they are living full, abundant lives.

    Recently, Siddiqi was awarded the Arc of Illinois’ 2018 Direct Support Professional Award for his outstanding service to the people he works with. This is a prestigious honor for DSPs in Illinois, setting award-winners apart as true leaders in the field.

    What makes this award particularly special for Siddiqi is the fact that he began working in this field by chance.

    Originally from India, Siddiqi spent roughly 20 years in Saudi Arabia working for a company that manufactured and installed bank equipment. He specialized in the installation of vaults, which was physically laborious and tedious.

    With his family, he moved to America in pursuit of better education for his two daughters. Today, both daughters are finishing school. His oldest will soon be a medical doctor, and his youngest will soon have a degree in communications.

    Despite the successes of his children, moving to a new country was not easy for Siddiqi. He did not know English when he first arrived here, and because of the physical demands of his past profession, he could no longer work in that field.

    He worked at UPS for one year but found the work to also be too taxing on his body. When he saw an opening for a driver at Trinity Services, he applied for and accepted the job.

    “I had no experience with people with disabilities,” he said. “Where I came from, I never saw people with disabilities. The first days were very, very hard.”

    Siddiqi’s unfamiliarity with the disabilities field initially made him second-guess his career choice. His wife encouraged him to give it at least two weeks before quitting, and in that time, one interaction in particular helped him decide to stay.

    After driving people from their community day service program to their home, Siddiqi was getting ready to leave.

    One man had a different idea, however. Not wanting Siddiqi to go, he reached out and grabbed Siddiqi’s hand.

    Siddiqi’s colleague, who was working at the house, asked him to stay for a couple of hours. Those two hours turned into a full shift, and in that time, Siddiqi realized what an impact he could have in this field.

    Family members of people supported by Trinity Services have noticed his impact.

    Tim Sassen is the older brother of Matthew, who lives in a group home at Trinity. Sassen said he has tremendous admiration for Siddiqi because of the attention to detail he has with each individual person he works with, including Matthew.

    Matthew is particular about having his hair cut a certain way, and each week, Siddiqi cuts Matthew’s hair beautifully, Sassen said.

    “He has a remarkable sense of patience and a way of repeating these small acts of kindness,” Sassen said. “He has a very keen sense of Matthew’s limitations and a keen sense for people. I have the ultimate sense of gratitude knowing Matthew is in good hands.”

    Siddiqi’s dedication to helping others does not stop with those he serves. It extends to his coworkers and supervisors. He answers phone calls 24/7 and is always ready to report to work. Often, he works 16 hours a day or more.

    That has not gone unnoticed by his supervisor, Jen Hodges, network director of Trinity Northwest in Des Plaines.

    “He’s someone I can always count on, and without complaint, he goes where help is needed,” Hodges said. “He has worked with every single person and situation here, and he is never stressed out by challenging situations.”

    When he received the award from the Arc, Siddiqi said he felt happy and supported by his colleagues.

    “Everyone is very nice, and they encourage me,” Siddiqi said. “It’s a really good feeling. Without support, nobody can do anything, but my managers always support me and trust me.

    “I’m staying here. I like to work. My nature is to help people.”

    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.

    Arc Award
    Mohamed Siddiqi (center) received the Arc  of Illinois' 2018 Direct Support Professional Award. He is pictured here with Trinity Northwest Network Director Jen Hodges (left) and Associate Director Carly Rae Steele.

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  • Leaders as Emergency Generators

    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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  • A Positive Relationship to the Self: Personal Organization

    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. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Trinity Triumph 5K

    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 will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie while supporting Trinity Services. 

    Register now!

    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.

    For every $30 registration fee or individual donation, supporters will receive a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show!

    NEW THIS YEAR: Receive a tech T-shirt and a drawstring "swag bag" with every paid registration.

    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.
  • 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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