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  • Trinity Services, Inc. Receives $15,000 Grant from Community Foundation of Will County

    Oct 24, 2016

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. was the grateful recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Will County and the Rink Family Grant Fund for the purchase of new assistive technology for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness who Trinity serves.

    The grant was formally presented Oct. 5 at a ceremony at Mistwood Golf Course in Romeoville. Other recipients of the CFWC’s Community Partner Grants were in attendance, as well.

    At Trinity, the $15,000 will fund the purchase of 15 4G iPads and cases for the iPads; 15 touch screen monitors; 10 adapted computer keyboards; 15 sets of wireless headphones; and other hardware and applications that can be used independent of or alongside the equipment.

    Assistive technology can help adults with disabilities learn new skills, communicate — sometimes for the first time in their lives — and complete tasks that would otherwise be difficult without the technology. Both assistive technology and information technology are used in all of Trinity’s Adult Learning Programs.

    Daily life, fitness, woodworking and gardening skills are some of the focuses these different forms of technology can help users learn or more easily complete. Through technology acquired through the grant, Trinity aims to help people acquire new skills, improve communication and learn new forms of communication, and acquire new roles or deepen commitments in current roles.

    It is an important goal of Trinity Services to continue to expand its technology offerings to the people it serves so that, eventually, every person served has daily access to equipment and applications that help them advance their health, levels of activity and independence. 

    To view a video about some of the ways technology is used at Trinity Services, visit The video is entitled “Touch To Begin.”

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 66-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit 

    CFWC Grant 1

    Pictured are Michael Trench, executive director of the Community Foundation of Will County; Kathy Cawley, trustee and Grant Committee chairwoman of the CFWC; Thane Dykstra, chief operating officer of Trinity Services, Inc.; and Michael Rittof, board chairman of the CFWC.

    CFWC Grant 2

    Trinity Services Chief Operating Officer Thane Dykstra speaks at the Community Foundation of Will County’s grant presentation ceremony Oct. 5 at Mistwood Golf Course in Romeoville.

    Meredith Dobes
    Communication and Media Development
    Trinity Services, Inc.
    (815) 320-7229

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  • Help End the Workforce Crisis by Signing Online Petition, Advocating for Disability Services in Illinois

    Oct 20, 2016

    NEW LENOX, IL — The fight for a living wage for direct support professionals (DSPs) in Illinois is far from over. An online petition is circulating to raise awareness about the workforce crisis that Illinois disability service providers are facing and to encourage state legislators to vote for a veto override for House Bill 5931.

    The Value the Work Coalition, of which Trinity Services is a member, is seeking an override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the bill during the fall override session of the Illinois General Assembly Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

    HB 5931 would raise the starting wage for DSPs — workers who provide direct services and supports to people with development disabilities and mental illness — to $15 an hour.

    Community service providers like Trinity Services are enduring a workforce crisis and report that up to 30 percent of their direct support positions are vacant at any time, with the average state wage remaining at approximately $9.35 an hour. The passage of this bill would attract more workers to the profession by providing a living wage.

    The workforce crisis affects everyone in the disability services field — particularly the thousands of men, women and children throughout the state who rely on disability service providers for supports and services.

    To voice your support for a veto override for HB 5931, sign the online petition by clicking here.

    Trinity encourages supporters to also contact the Governor’s Office to relay their support for a wage increase and ask him to take administrative action that would increase the wage for DSPs. Trinity also encourages supporters to contact State senators and representatives to ask them to commit to voting for the veto override of HB 5931.

    For resources about the veto override campaign and more information about how you can help, please click here.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 66-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit

    Meredith Dobes
    Communication and Media Development
    Trinity Services, Inc.
    (815) 320-7229

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  • Making a Request

    Oct 27, 2016

    We are now at the point in our efforts to raise the wages of direct support staff where there are but two options in front of us – three if doing nothing is considered to be an option.

    The first option is to continue to make the case to Governor Rauner and his top aides. The case, in this instance, is the threatened safety and welfare of vulnerable citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This situation has evolved over the past few years to the point where it is now a statewide crisis.

    The primary cause of this crisis can be traced back to the fact that service providers in Illinois have not had a rate increase in more than eight years. As a result, providers have not been able to raise the wages of direct support staff, and today, the low entry wage level has made it almost impossible to recruit new staff. As has been noted elsewhere, other major employers, including those in the fast food industry, retail and warehousing, have all raised their wages in recent years.

    Governor Rauner has vetoed HB 5931 but has indicated a willingness to continue the wage conversation, so we must continue to carry the message to him – the wages of direct support staff must be raised in the near future, or the community support system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will collapse.

    The second option available to us is to build community support in seeking a legislative override of Governor Rauner’s veto.

    And that is the purpose of this post — to seek your involvement and support for such an action.  You can contact your local legislators, write letters to newspaper editors, talk to your friends, etc. For resources on how you can quickly, efficiently take action, visit, and click “Self-Advocate and Family Veto Override Campaign Materials.”

    But perhaps the easiest option of all is to simply sign an online petition supporting the veto override.

    Did you know that in its most basic form, a petition is really a request? What could be simpler?

    Please visit, and enter your name and email address to sign. You can choose whether or not you want your name to appear on the website — either way, every signature counts.

    Sooner would be better than later, as the veto session is fast approaching in mid-November. And the more signatures the better to get the message across, so tell your friends.

    Art Dykstra

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  • Increasing Ability through Technology

    Dec 11, 2015
    Technology is hot at Trinity Services, Inc. With help from great partners, like Ablelink Technologies, and Create Ability, people with disabilities are using the latest technologies to move toward more full and abundant living. Communication options, work skills, entertainment choices, and relationships are all enhanced with the use of computers, tablets, and even smart phones. Check out the video to see what is happening right now!

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  • Third Annual Dinner and Concert Gala

    Please join us for "An Evening of Holiday Music" at our Third Annual Concert Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook to support our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    This showcase of holiday music paired with dinner and fantastic company is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. 

    This year's event features the Hinsdale Central Chamber Choir and the Western Springs School for Talent Education Allegro!!! Violin Ensemble.

    Tickets are $125 per person. Call (815) 717-3750, or click here to purchase tickets or sponsorships.

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