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  • Workforce crisis, new Adult Learning Program, more explored in Q2 issue of The Compass

    Jul 19, 2017
    Catch up on the latest news from Trinity Services in the 2nd Quarter 2017 issue of The Compass newsletter.

    An update to the ongoing workforce crisis that Trinity and its fellow providers of community-based developmental disability services in Illinois are facing; information about a new Adult Learning Program in Elwood, as well as new production space for The Trinity Barkery; recaps of recent events, including the 24th Annual Tom O'Reilly Memorial Golf Classic, A Day-Long Look at Assistive Technology and the Trinity Triumph 5K; a feature on the newly created Trinity Bike Club; and more is included in this issue.

    Click here to read the full newsletter.

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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 Facebook.com/FineArtsForFinerLives.

    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.

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  • Producing Quality

    Jul 19, 2017

    Quests for quality, like quests for the Holy Grail, tend to begin with much excitement and energy and then bog down in the swamps and deserts of detail. Quality, in the context of organizational dynamics, means excellence of process and outcome. It means that everyone performs to the best of his or her abilities and, more important, that the system performs at its highest capacity. This ability to employ systems thinking is lacking in managers who may be expert at managing the details, but often are incapable of seeing the forest as anything but a bunch of trees.

    Quality does not mean, however, that everything and everyone are perfect. As with outcomes, quality is a journey. Perfection is the destination, but—and this is essential for the organization to realize—it is a destination it will never reach. Employees must strive for excellence and, at the same time, live motivated by getting better, as an individual and as part of the organization.

    Essential to an attitude of self-improvement are values. What is the organization trying to accomplish? What is its vision? Without a focus on the mission—and a recognition that daily activities affect outcomes—employees quickly immerse themselves in detail work until they begin asking themselves questions like, “What’s it all about?” “Why bother?” or, as Doris Day would ask, “Is that all there is?” Management consultants call this burnout. I call it a loss of values.

    Values guide systems. And systems work to fulfill our values. Quality is unattainable in organizations that ignore the relationships between individuals and systems and the ability of individuals to affect those systems. We as managers, then, are responsible for managing systems, values and individuals.

    Eliot Jaques, in Requisite Organization, explains that successively higher levels of management in an organizational hierarchy must handle progressively longer time periods and greater complexity. This means that managers should be able to anticipate the needs of their subordinates. This kind of foresight isn’t possible if managers don’t even know what their employees’ present needs are. Therefore, one of the most important responsibilities of leaders/managers is to develop the kind of relationship with their team members that allows them to be consistently aware of their concerns.

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  • Not Far Enough

    Jul 12, 2017

    One brisk, fall morning several years ago, I left home with the intention of getting to the office earlier than usual. Turning onto one of the busier roads on my way to work, I soon caught up with the traffic in front of me. The cars in both lanes were stopped for some reason.

    Looking around, I saw no evidence of an accident, and no police or emergency vehicles. Finally, after several minutes of waiting, I got out of the car and walked over to where the hold up had begun.

    Standing somewhat dazed near the center lane was a large female raccoon. She circled the highway very slowly and seemed very frightened. I walked up to her slowly, thinking perhaps I could pick her up and take her off the road. She snapped and hissed at me. It quickly became obvious that this course of action would result in my being bitten or rather severely clawed. And the possibility of having blood drawn by an angry, possibly rabid raccoon did not appeal to me.

    So I did the next best thing. I gently nudged her off of the road using the side of my shoe. After we reached the side of the road, I guided her another five feet away for good measure.

    I got back in my car; the traffic resumed speed; people honked and waved; and I went to work feeling really good. It was rather like my daily affirmation, doing a good deed. I didn’t think of the incident any more that day.

    That night at the family dinner table, after the usual topics of discussion were exhausted, my daughter Megan asked, “Did anybody drive by the railroad crossing and see that big dead raccoon alongside the road?” She was talking about my raccoon, the one I had rescued! How could this have happened? I told them about my morning adventure, and we sat quietly for a bit, mourning the loss. You can’t help but feel closer to an animal you’ve touched. I even remembered how I had thought about moving the raccoon further off from the road into the trees. But I hadn’t wanted to take the time.

    This experience stays with me today as a metaphor for leadership. Successful leaders manage to show the way for the people they lead (sometimes known as followers) to another level or place where they want or need to go. The trouble is that sometimes we don’t lead them far enough.

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Upcoming Events

  • 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction

    Dinner Dance 2017

    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 67th 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 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.

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    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. 25, 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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