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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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  • 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 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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  • Personal Responsibility: Choices of Action

    Jun 14, 2017

    In an outcome management-focused organization, staff members take responsibility for their own performance. They create or help to create the standards of measurement. They keep their own scorecards and are paid accordingly. And they work together consistently, influencing others on behalf of the common good. In other words, they choose and then act.

    In Servant Leadership, Robert Greenleaf describes an incredible example of personal responsibility. It is the story of John Woolman, an American Quaker and writer who lived from 1720-1772. As a young man, he made it his mission in life to eradicate slavery from his own Society of Friends (Quakers). He didn’t denounce the slaveholders or rant on about the evils of slavery. “Gentle but clear and persistent persuasion” was his technique.

    “The approach was not to censure the slaveholders in a way that drew their animosity,” Greenleaf writes. “Rather the burden of his approach was to raise questions. What does the owning of slaves do to you as a moral person? What kind of an institution are you binding over to your children? Man by man, inch by inch, by persistently returning and revisiting and pressing his gentle arguments over a period of thirty years, the scourge of slavery was eliminated from this Society, the first religious group in America formally to denounce and forbid slavery among its members.”

    By 1770, Woolman had accomplished his goal almost single-handedly. As Greenleaf asks, “What would have been accomplished had there been 50 John Woolmans? Or even five?”1

    Each of us is confronted with situations that compel us to make decisions regarding our personal responsibility. Some are rather easy: Should I return the money I received from the clerk’s error? Should I pay the out-of-state parking ticket?

    Other situations, however, are more complicated and far-reaching: Should my spouse and I have children? Should I tell the truth regarding the accident? There is a conscious and introspective deliberation process that precedes action in thoughtful people. But once the choice is made, the person actively follows through.

    Shad Helmstetter offers additional advice for those choosing action. He suggests answering four questions that, when encountered maturely, allow us to take greater control of our lives and daily actions.

    1. What am I doing about this?

      This question asks you to ask yourself what to do about the situation — the moment the situation occurs. It could be asked when you are meeting someone for the first time, when you are writing a business report or when you are talking to one of your children.

      Because it is possible to do most of what we do in any given day without giving the matter too much thought, this question really asks us the question: “What am I programmed to do in this situation?” What would I usually do? How would I typically act? What action would I usually take if I did not think about my next action and choose it for myself?

    2.  What would I like to do about this?
      If you could wave your wand, what would you really like to do? If you had your way and could do anything you wanted to do at this moment, what would it be?

      And this question also asks: “What should I do right now if I want to take the most effective, correct, worthwhile action that I can take?”

      All too often, we feel that we are subject to the whims of the world around us. We feel that we “have to” act in a certain way, or that we are “supposed to” do something, or that we are “expected to” do what others want us to do.

      Doing any of these — following the expectation — might be completely different than the action we would take if, at the moment, we thought about it and chose for ourselves what we would really like to do.

    3.  What do I choose to do about this?
      This question tells you, “What I do next is up to me.” Making the choice for yourself puts taking personal responsibility back on you. It accepts your natural birthright for making choices for yourself.

      When you ask yourself this question, you put yourself on the line. What you’re actually saying is, “This is up to me. I’m making the choice. I choose to take personal responsibility for myself, and that’s what I’m doing.”

    4.  What am I going to do about this now?
      Once you made the decision to make a choice and act on it, you should find yourself taking action on your choice. That won’t always be the case, of course; old programs die hard. There will be times when you will tell yourself that you choose to do one thing, and then find that your old programming convinces you to do another.

      It can take time to get used to the fact that a strongly stated personal choice is a powerful new program in itself. Old habits don’t let go easily, and old programs love to step back in and regain control.2

    1Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. (New York: Paulist Press, 1977), p. 43.

    2Shad Helmstetter, Choices. (New York: Pocket Books, 1989), pp. 108-109.

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  • 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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