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  • Fine Arts for Finer Lives art show to showcase local artwork, benefit Trinity Services

    Jun 15, 2017

    ROMEOVILLE, IL — An art show set for this summer in Romeoville will provide local artists an opportunity to showcase their work and raise funds for Trinity Services.

    Fine Arts for Finer Lives is set to open with a ceremony from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery inside the Oremus Fine Arts Center of Lewis University, located at 1 University Parkway in Romeoville.

    The show will run until Friday, Aug. 11, and will feature the work of approximately one dozen local artists, including that of Brittany Bishop, who organized the art show.

    Bishop is finishing her master’s degree in counseling, with a focus on art therapy, at Lewis and came up with the idea to blend her love for art with her support of Trinity’s mission. When she was an undergraduate at Lewis, she interned at Trinity Services’ Oak Center for Behavioral Health in Lockport and was impressed by Trinity’s focus on helping the clients there achieve greater independence, she said.

    "My ultimate goal is to make art, write and save the world, and this was just one idea that I had that could work toward that lofty goal,” Bishop said. “I believe in the power of art. It beautifies. It protests. It invokes strong emotions, and making it can be so healing.”

    The art featured at Fine Arts for Finer Lives will be an eclectic mix of jewelry, paintings, mixed media, cloth dolls, pottery and photography.

    All art can be purchased, and prices range from $5-$400, approximately. All purchased pieces will be available for pickup after Aug. 11.

    “I thought that by creating an art show that gives back to the community and helps unknown artists get their name in the world, this would make a difference,” Bishop said. “Even if it is just a small step, I would love to see this art show becoming an annual event.”

    All are welcome to attend Fine Arts for Finer Lives’ opening ceremony and to stop by the gallery during its business hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

    For more information about the event, visit

    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

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  • Illinois must address urgent need to support those with disabilities in extended session

    Jun 01, 2017
    The They Deserve More Coalition, of which Trinity Services is a part, released the following statement May 31 in response to the regular legislative session ending without the House taking action on Senate Bill 955 — a bill that would raise the wages of direct support professionals to at least $15 an hour.
    They Deserve More - Coalition Statement 5-31-17
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  • The Principle of Thirds

    Jun 28, 2017

    I have been thinking about people in terms of thirds for many years. One of the reasons this principle has stayed with me so long is that it is another antidote to depression or personal discouragement. The principle is as follows: no matter what you do, propose or change, one third will be for it, one third will be neutral and one third will be against it. (Before I go on, I must say that I have no statistical research to support my claim, only years of practical experience with the concept.)

    I propose that you engage in the following experiment: get yourself a number of $100 bills and pass them out to your staff (please note that at this time I have no source for $100 bills). After distributing the bills, record the results. One third of the staff will be grateful and excited, one third will not know what to think—they’re wondering if this is a joke, whether you’re going to take the money back—and one third will be against the action. They will, of course, keep the money, but their reaction will be, “What a cheap @%*#, with all the money she makes, she could easily have given us each 500 bucks.” Or they will conclude that the money was a way to buy their loyalty or make up for the previous harm you caused them.

    Who makes up the thirds?

    1. The Third For—are the optimists; they change freely. These employees see opportunities as well as problems.
    2. The Neutral Third—are the fence sitters who are probably risk-averse, often described as organizational voyeurs. These people are watching and waiting to see who’s going to win, trying to decide if they should jump in and, if so, when?
    3. The Third Against—are the resisters, the negative thinkers who will resist any change.

    Now that you know this, what can you do? Spend your time with group two, the neutrals, and then with group one, and finally, with group three. An observation of Casey Stengel’s comes to mind, “The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.”

    One last thought: be aware that there is a great deal of movement through the three groups. Life would be easy if people stayed in their groups, but they don’t. That’s part of what makes leadership such a challenge.

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  • The Next Best Decision

    Jun 21, 2017

    I would bet that the circumstances surrounding most significant organizational decisions are not known to those affected by them. And, in fact, if you asked many of those involved in the decision, they would probably give a wide range of diverging opinions on what happened and why, leaving the rest to ask, “Why did they decide to do that?”

    Nevertheless, organizational leaders do have to make decisions that affect a large number of interested parties. To whom should I assign this project? On what date should the deadline be set? How much of our budget do we allocate to this program? How do I handle the manager with the counterproductive attitude?

    Experienced leaders often know, without having to be advised, which is the best decision to make. What happens, however, when the best decision—the one with the greatest payoff and least potential downside—is not available?

    The ability to select the next best decision—perhaps the most undervalued aspect of leadership behavior—is a key to understanding why some leaders are more successful than others. In my experience, I have known many managers who, when faced with the unavailability of the best option, fall prey to what Herbert Simon has termed, satisficing, that is, going with the first decision that satisfies the minimal solution criteria. So what one ends up with, and what the organization ultimately ends up with, are patterns of decision-making characterized by their mediocrity.

    Availability of the best alternative can vary according to a number of considerations—legal, practical, financial and even political. A company’s CEO may know the best solution to a problem, but be unable to convince the board of directors. If this leader doesn’t have in his or her repertoire a next best alternative, a Plan B, the likely result will be hurt feelings, recriminations and a decision that reflects a total lack of forethought.

    Formulating the next best decision beforehand would be wise. But even when that’s not possible, a second best decision should be sought with the same amount of reflection and consideration as the first.

    Determining the next best decision doesn’t necessarily come easy. It takes a certain amount of discipline to accept that the best alternative won’t always be available and to resist the urge to choose the next solution that presents itself, rather than make the next best decision.

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Upcoming Events

  • 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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