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  • Press Release DSP Wage Crisis press conference

    Aug 16, 2016
    MEDIA ADVISORY         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2016

    Agencies serving people with developmental disabilities, family members to urge Rauner to sign living wage bill for Direct Support Personnel

    Supporters to hold news conference, deliver thousands of signed postcards

    With a deadline looming for Governor Rauner to act on legislation addressing a workforce retention crisis among direct support personnel (DSPs) who work with people with developmental disabilities, the community-based agencies that employ them, and the family members of the individuals they serve, will hold a Thompson Center news conference and deliver thousands of postcards urging Rauner to sign the bill.

    WHO:  Families of people with developmental disabilities, DSPs, leaders of community agencies, state Senator Heather Steans

    WHAT: News conference to urge Governor Rauner to sign House Bill 5931, legislation providing a living wage for DSPs, followed by delivery of postcards to governor's office.

    WHERE: James R. Thompson center, 15th floor blue room

    WHEN:  Tomorrow (Wednesday, August 17) at 11:30am


    Agencies contracted by the state of Illinois to provide service and supports for 27,000 people with developmental disabilities are unable to attract and retain DSPs because for eight years the state has not increased the reimbursement rate paid to these agencies. As a result, the average wage of he 34,000 DSPs working throughout Illinois is just $9.35 an hour, below the poverty line for a family of four.

    The DSP workforce crisis is so great tha Illinois is now in violation of the federal Ligas consent decree that ensures individuals with disabilities have the right to choose the appropriate setting in which they wish to receive care. Furthermore, the staffing crisis is leading to significant risks to the health, safety and well-being to people with disabilities.

    Rauner should sign HB 5931 to modernize reimbursement rates, enabling agencies to pay a living wage to attract and retain DSPs.

    Fact Sheet

    Contacts:

    Kim Zoeller, Ray Graham Association. Lisle, IL 630-620-2222
    Art Dykstra, Trinity Services, Inc.. New Lenox, IL   815-485-6197
    Carl LaMell, Clearbrook. Arlington Heights, IL 847-385-5000

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  • 7th Annual Trinity Triumph 5K Run/Walk on June 23

    May 27, 2016

    Trinity Services, Inc. will host its 7th Annual Trinity Triumph 5K Run/Walk on Thursday night, June 23, 2016, at the New Lenox Village Commons. The race starts at 7 p.m. Late registration and check-in will be from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

    Run. Walk. Celebrate! Help raise funds for people with disabilities served by Trinity Services, Inc.

    The Trinity Triumph 5K is an event that celebrates the triumphs and achievements—big or small—of those who participate and of the adults and children with disabilities who are served by Trinity Services. A 1K walking option also is available. Share your reason for running or walking on the trinity Triumph Facebook page, www.facebook.com/trinitytriumph5k and on the “Wall of Triumph” at the race.

    The Trinity Triumph is chip-timed on a certified course. Stick around after the race for a family friendly party with entertainment and music, food and drink and an awards presentation.

    Register online at www.trinitytriumph.com by Wed., June 22 or call 815-717-3750. Race day registration also available. Cost is $30 for ages 13 and older, $15 for ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger. Race day registration is $40 and $20, respectively. Registration includes a performance T-shirt, food, drink, and goody bag.

    Every $30 registration fee or donation will receive a chance to win an iPad donated by Southwest Exterminators of Orland Park.

    Want your registration fee refunded? Just raise at least $150 in donations for Trinity Services. Ask friends, family and coworkers to support Trinity’s mission to help people with disabilities live full and abundant lives. Create a fundraising page when you register online or download a pledge form at www.trinitytriumph.com.

    This event brings runners and walkers of all ages together to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie, while supporting Trinity Services, a 66-year-old non-sectarian, non-profit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with disabilities in 30 Illinois communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. 

    For more information, contact Sherry Ladislas at 815-717-3750 or sladislas@trinity-services.org
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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!

    https://youtu.be/MfDs-s4ydzs
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  • Grocery Shopping. It's not a chore; it's a skill

    Jan 15, 2015

    Grocery shopping—many of us take it for granted and view it as a chore. However, for a person with an intellectual disability, this experience, like many others, is an opportunity. Taking charge of one’s normal, everyday activities and routines, like grocery shopping, for instance, is the definition of independence. It’s hard for some of us to think about such boring activities as victories, but for someone who doesn’t get to experience them often, if ever, learning to do something like grocery shopping is an important accomplishment.

    Menu planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation are opportunities for people receiving services  from Trinity Services, Inc. to participate in the daily operation of their home to the fullest extent possible. As an organization, Trinity has embraced enabling practices in this area and suggests the following guidelines.

     Shopping for groceries can be as simple as running to the local Jewel for bread and milk or as complicated as using sales papers to plan a trip to multiple stores to purchase a week’s worth of groceries. In both instances the people who will be eating and cooking ideally will be doing the shopping.

    Grocery shopping for a large household requires a bit of planning and thinking ahead. Relevant factors include having a menu, creating a list, sales, coupons, comparison shopping, and quality and freshness of food.  All things considered, it can be a time consuming event and it can be it is tempting for busy staff to leave persons with disabilities out of the process. However, shopping is chock-full of opportunities for learning.

    Considerations for maximizing the learning experience:

    Prior to shopping, assist several people with making a grocery list.  Always use the menu to determine items needed.  Teach people to check existing supply of needed items prior to including them on a list.  Remember to check the expiration dates for those items that are less frequently used.  It can be helpful to use a preprinted list that allows someone to simply circle or check the items that are needed.  You might also use a picture list.There's even apps to explore for shopping lists that can be downloaded to someone's phone or tablet.

    Minimally one person should shop with staff while learning the process.  When deciding who should participate, consider the specific needs of the individuals.  Shopping with four or five people is likely not as conducive to learning and should be avoided.

    The appropriate amount of time should be scheduled so that shopping can be completed in a learningful manner rather than a mad dash.  People who are able to do so should participate by pushing the basket and selecting food from the shelf. The motorized cart available at many stores can facilitate shopping for some persons with physical limitations.

    Most people increase efficiency and comfort by knowing the layout of the stores where they shop most often.  Familiarity with a store develops with repeated visits.  Note that people learn the store layout more quickly if entering via the same door and shopping in the same direction or order of food on every visit.  (Many people start with produce and end with the frozen food section.)  It is also helpful to check out using the same clerk.  Grocery store cashiers come to know their regulars.  People should complete as much of the process as possible independently or with assistance, including checking out, paying, bagging etc.  Certainly after returning home everyone in the house can help unload and put away the groceries.

    Considerations for maximizing the budget:

    Recognizing that purchasing groceries for a large house can be costly, every attempt should be made to help people learn to minimize the cost of food while maximizing the quality of healthy foods.

    Generally speaking senior staff who has demonstrated an understanding of assisting individuals with shopping as well as an ability to balance cost should be the staff working with people around budgeting/cost issues.

    Shopping is typically done at discount stores.  Larger chains are used when sales are particularly good or when shopping for an item or two.  Sales paper review and comparison shopping when planning menus should be standard practice.  Couponing can be beneficial and fun and is encouraged.  Shopping at multiple stores for sales should be balanced with the time and gas cost of the extra travel.  People with disabilities who have a limited personal budget can become very skilled at finding coupons and great sales and planning around these.
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Upcoming Events

  • 27th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction

    Please join us for a night of fellowship, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 27th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 17, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.

    This year's theme is "Puttin' on the Ritz: A 1920s Soiree."
    The evening starts with cocktails at 5 p.m.
    Tickets are $100 each. You can purchase tickets here.

    If you'd like to receive an invitation, please email ldimonte@trinity-services.org. If you'd like to sponsor the event or place an ad in the program book, please call (815) 717-3750. The sponsorship and ad deadline is Friday, Aug. 26.

    Dinner Dance Sponsors 2016

    We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.



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