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  • Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program Offering Holiday Plants, Poinsettias

    Dec 13, 2016

    Special weekend hours set for Saturday, Dec. 17

    JOLIET, IL — Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program has a variety of holiday plants and poinsettias available for purchase during its 2016 Holiday Sale now through Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 100 N. Gougar Road in Joliet.

    The men and women who participate in the program have grown and prepared a variety of poinsettias, wreaths, Christmas cacti, Norfolk Island pine trees and more for the sale.

    Items can be viewed and purchased by visiting the program anytime during normal hours of operation 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Also, this Saturday, Dec. 17, the program will be open special hours for the sale 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Those who would like to set up a time outside of regular business hours to shop the program’s available items can contact the Horticulture Program directly at (815) 485-8146.

    To view a full list of the items available for sale, order forms are available at

    Horticulture Program participants who are served by Trinity Services spend time cleaning and organizing the greenhouse, and trim, arrange, water and carry out plants for customers.

    Independent Living Coaches June Bass and Valerie Woodkirk organize the program and explained that it teaches both gardening and business skills.

    For additional information about the Trinity Services Horticulture Program 2016 Holiday Sale, visit or call (815) 485-8146.

    The Horticulture Program is an Adult Learning Program operated by Trinity Services, Inc. All proceeds from sales benefit the people served by Trinity, a 66-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit

    Horticulture Holiday Sale
    Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program, in Joliet, has prepared a variety of plants for its 2016 Holiday Sale, including poinsettias.

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

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  • Trinity Services Encourages Supporters to Share the Love this #GivingTuesday

    Nov 08, 2016

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity, for the fourth consecutive year.

    #GivingTuesday, which is always held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and holiday shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday, falls on Nov. 29 this year.

    Trinity Services participates in #GivingTuesday to raise funds for and awareness about its mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness live full, abundant lives. All funds raised will benefit the people Trinity serves through its wide range of programs and supports, including residential services, adult learning, behavioral health, supported employment, the Trinity School, autism services, respite care, crisis prevention and more.

    Through the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, this year, donations made online to Trinity Services by new donors on #GivingTuesday will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. For donors who gave in 2015, The Coleman Foundation will match the difference between their donation made online this year on #GivingTuesday and their largest gift of last year. Donors who gave in 2014 or before but not in 2015 are considered new donors for matching purposes.

    Those interested in donating to or helping Trinity Services on #GivingTuesday can visit and click the #GivingTuesday banner to view the campaign or share it on social media. This year, Trinity is using #ShareTheLove for its campaign.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 66-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 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Madison, 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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  • The Importance of Mindfulness

    Jan 18, 2017

    Have you ever walked into your house after a long day at work, dropped your keys at the first convenient location and collapsed into a chair to read a book or watch television? Of course, all’s well until the next morning when you need your keys to start the car. After searching frantically for 20 minutes, you grab the spare set and rush out the door, wondering how those keys could have disappeared into thin air. Naturally, the answer is “mindlessness.”

    I first began talking about mindfulness in the early 1990s, intrigued by authors such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Ellen Langer. Their research indicated that mindful practice benefited both the individual and the organization.

    In fact, I believe that when we are mindful, we know what is important to us and why. This explains why some people accomplish so much more than others. When we are mindful, we attend carefully to our real-time experiences — the emotions of the elephant and thoughts of the rider — as well as to our intuition and knowledge of events occurring around us. The key is what Kabat-Zinn calls “moment-to-moment awareness.”

    In "Resonant Leadership," Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee discuss the benefits of mindful leadership. They define mindfulness as “the capacity to be fully aware of all that one experiences inside the self — body, mind, heart, spirit — and to pay full attention to what is happening around us — people, the natural world, our surroundings, and events.” Therefore, being mindful — not scared — allows us to know pretty quickly when we are drifting out of our lane and heading in the wrong direction — whether it be Interstate 80, the abandonment of our values, mistreating our staff or not getting enough sleep. When we live mindfully, we notice the leemers (inconsistencies, warning signs that something is awry) more quickly than others do, so we get to intervene before we have to repair or apologize.

    Furthermore, it allows us to connect with others. I have never met a leader with well developed mindfulness skills who was not good, if not great, at reading people and reading between the lines. As a leader, you simply cannot afford to be blindly out of tune to the concerns/needs of the people around you.

    When do we need to be the most mindful? From my perspective, it’s when we’re feeling unusually angry, when we’re in a hurry, when we’re feeling stressed out, overworked or frustrated. For some of us, it’s when we’re feeling good or self-satisfied. Being mindful even helps us address the temptation of defining ourselves as being overwhelmed.

    Mindfulness, however, is not something we are born with; it is something we learn. Developing mindfulness skills requires spending time alone, focusing on matters of reflection and self-awareness. For instance, I benefit from setting time aside for prayer and meditation each morning. Listening to music by myself and going for walks are other activities I find valuable. So choose the activities that help you live in the moment, and remember: mindfulness is crucial to effective leadership; you work best when your eyes are open and your senses alert.

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  • Managing Continuous Improvement

    Jan 11, 2017

    Somewhere in my earlier career, I came across an idea that, with my slight revision, has stayed with me for years: “Great men and great women become great doing the things they don’t want to do, when they don’t want to do them.” Sometimes, the conditions preceding improvement are painful, and the practices needed to achieve the desired outcome difficult. The tasks and time may not be to our liking, but action is still required.

    Leadership is critical in creating and maintaining a quality-producing environment. Many authors have written and continue to write about the importance of leadership in quality improvement efforts. So I will only focus on two important realities of management life, namely, that people leak and people stray.


    It is not enough to simply admonish employees to do it right the first time. In fact, telling someone to do something very rarely, if ever, works — especially with something so critical as an ongoing concern for quality. Teaching is a much preferred course of action with plenty of time for questions and practice.

    For some mysterious reason, people simply leak. That is, the full understanding of a concept or intent seems to dissipate over time. As a result, there needs to be a continual spoken and written emphasis with respect to improvement. The vocabulary needs to be part of everyday functioning and organizational behavior.

    The example of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training illustrates this point. Who would feel comfortable, if the need should occur, to perform CPR five years after the training? Who feels competent five months afterwards? To be a capable practitioner, one must engage in regular practice and refresher courses. Such ongoing training has to enter one’s life and become a life skill priority. Because people leak, they need to be refilled at regular intervals. In ideal circumstances, employees know of this phenomenon and seek to stay full on their own initiative.

    Informing employees of the “whys” behind organization policy and requested courses of action curbs the leaking process and establishes mutual respect.


    Just as it is part of the human condition to leak, so it is natural to stray from intended objectives and purposes. Again, it is the organizational leaders who must constantly return the organization to its intended mission.

    The most unusual example of straying that I have observed occurred at an institution serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Walking through the campus, I passed many buildings. Almost everywhere I went, staff members were standing behind facility residents who were standing, spread-eagle, against the sides of the buildings. Arms spread and upright, legs far apart, the individuals were taking enforced “time-outs” as punishment for their behavior. The staff stopped short of actually frisking and handcuffing them — probably because they could not remember the list of residents’ rights (to be free from humiliation and restraint obviously weren’t among them). It was one of the most perverse sights I’ve ever witnessed.

    Employees stray, and so do organizations. Goals are not hard to displace, and before too long, the organization is majoring in the wrong subjects. A committed leadership regularly brings the organization back when it strays.

    A scene from the movie "The Little Buddha" provides an important insight into the task of maintaining the intended results in an organization. Siddhartha leaves his father’s kingdom and renounces material possessions and pursuits of the flesh. After six years of living with a group of ascetics in complete physical denial, he overhears a musician floating down the river instruct his students, “If you tighten the string too much, it will break; if you leave it too slack, you can’t play it at all.”

    This observation reveals the wisdom of the middle way to Siddhartha — a balance between the physical and the spiritual. The ideal reason is neither too taut, nor too loose. It is the same in organizational environments; there must be just the right amount of tension on the structure and processes to deliver the highest quality services and supports.

    The leader must know how and when to loosen or tighten the organizational strings in order for the sought-after outcomes to be accomplished. Organizational leaders must listen to the corporate instrument every day — a responsibility of great magnitude.

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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.

  • 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.

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