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On April 4th, Executive Director Art Dykstra testified before a joint meeting of the Illinois House Human Services, Special Needs Services and Appropriations committees to draw legislators’ attention to the issues Trinity Services and other disability service providers in Illinois are facing because of a lack of appropriate funding from the State.

Art focused on the fact that “there is no such thing as all of a sudden,” as this problem has built throughout the years to become the major workforce crisis we face today.

The link below features full video of the hearing, including Art’s testimony, as well as testimony from Gus van de Brink, executive director of Sertoma Centre, Inc., and Greg O’Connor, CEO of Sparc.

This link is for internal use only, as we do not have express written permission to distribute the video publicly. Please do not share this video externally, but please do take some time to watch.

The fight for an end to the workforce crisis will continue until a solution is reached. The people we serve and the DSPs who work with them deserve more.

Click here to watch the video.


  • Trinity Services celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Oct 06, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — This October, Trinity Services, Inc. celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month, recognizing and spreading awareness about the many abilities and skills that people diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability bring to the workforce.

    The theme of this year’s national campaign is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

    At Trinity Services, job coaches, job developers, and all who work one-to-one with people seeking or working in occupations through Trinity’s Supported Employment Programs know the theme to be true.

    With the right accommodations or supports, people with disabilities can provide invaluable resources to businesses of all sizes, in a variety of industries.

    “Diversity among staff members can allow for more effective problem-solving and result in new ideas through fostering inclusive work environments,” said Kristina Zappavigna, Employment Services Coordinator at Trinity Services. “It can also support recruitment efforts by showing how individuals of all abilities can contribute to company productivity.”

    The employment rate for people with disabilities is less than half of the rate for people without disabilities, and people with disabilities tend to be employed in low-paying occupations, according to the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in the United States Department of Labor.

    However, higher-paying job opportunities for people with disabilities have the potential to grow with the development of computer and information technology, along with the increasing popularity of home-based and flexible work arrangements, according to the ODEP. These new technologies and corporate policies would benefit people with disabilities by helping them overcome physical or cognitive limitations, as well as transportation difficulties.

    To observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Trinity Services encourages businesses to commit to inclusivity for people with disabilities.

    Employers seeking resources on how they can make inclusion a reality can receive guidance from the Job Accommodation Network at askjan.org and can find more information at dol.gov/ndeam.

    Employers who would like to partner with Trinity Services, Inc. or let Trinity Services’ Supported Employment staff know about job openings can call Zappavigna at (815) 462-3652.

    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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  • Petals & Twigs to offer Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 13-14

    Sep 25, 2017

    Petals & Twigs Home Decor and Gifts is preparing to embrace its spooky side at its Halloween Spooktacular on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, at its store, located at 427 W. Francis Road in New Lenox.

    The Spooktacular Sales Event will feature extended hours of 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and will feature a Mystery Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

    Guests may pick a treat from Petals’ pumpkin to receive a discount from their entire purchases. There will also be raffle baskets and samples.

    For more information about this event, call (815) 485-5976, or follow Petals & Twigs on Facebook.

    Petals & Twigs is a support business of Trinity Services, Inc. All proceeds from sales benefit the people served by Trinity, a 67-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. Petals & Twigs opened as a craft boutique in 1987 and today provides a unique shopping experience in the Will County area. To learn more, visit www.petalsandtwigs.com.

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  • Individual Placement and Support Program helps people recovering from mental illness achieve workplace success, break through barriers of stigma

    Sep 15, 2017

    NAPERVILLE, IL — When a person is traveling the road to recovery from a severe mental illness, oftentimes, stigma and a lack of understanding from others can put up roadblocks that can be difficult to navigate.

    Trinity Services’ Individual Placement and Support Program works to help people successfully navigate those roadblocks by assisting them in obtaining and keeping employment.

    After working with Trinity’s IPS Program for just six months, Jean acquired a job she loves with Aramark. She prepares and serves food at an elementary school near her home, ensuring the students stay nourished, happy and healthy.

    Jean needed some support gaining employment because of her mental illness. Through working with IPS Program Supervisor Katie Reyes, Jean learned skills like how to cope with stress on the job, how to manage tasks and how to keep composure when something frustrating happens.

    Jean has also learned to look at work, itself, as a coping mechanism for anything that might be stressful or upsetting in her personal life.

    Since gaining employment in early May, Jean has built upon these skills and impressed her supervisors, earning their praise for the work she does, and for the joy she brings to her coworkers and the students she serves.

    “At long last, I’m making some money,” Jean said. “My goal in the long run is independence, and I’m on my way there.”

    Jean lives in a group setting where she takes turns with her housemates preparing meals, cleaning and taking care of other housekeeping duties.

    She works three hours each day, Monday-Friday, at the school, serving five different lunch periods. Her favorite part of the job is getting to interact with the students and brighten their days through delicious meals.

    In her free time, Jean volunteers with her church and attends community events.

    Jean said she intends to keep working with Aramark after her time with the IPS Program comes to a close, once she has successfully completed 90 days of employment. However, services will always be available to help her with coping skills and any other concerns she may have once she has completed the program.

    “A lot of people want an opportunity to do a job,” Jean said. “I want to create awareness of mental health issues and diversity so that there is a chance for everybody to work.”

    For more information about Trinity Services’ IPS Program, call (815) 462-3652.

    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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    Jean prepares lunch at an elementary school in Naperville, through her job with Aramark, which she obtained with help from Trinity Services.

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Upcoming Events

  • An Evening of Holiday Music — Fourth Annual Concert Gala

    Please join us for "An Evening of Holiday Music" at our Fourth Annual Concert Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook to support our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Click here to purchase tickets, to purchase a program book ad or to sponsor the event.

    This showcase of holiday music paired with dinner and fantastic company is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. 

    This year's event features the Western Springs School for Talent Education Allegro!!! Violin Ensemble.

    Tickets are $140 per person. Call (815) 717-3750 or email sladislas@trinity-services.org to find out more about how you can help with the event.


    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Winter Wonderland - $5,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business logo posted on Trinity Services' website
    Prominent recognition at event
    Eight complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Sleigh Bells - $4,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business name on Trinity Services' website
    Prominent recognition at event
    Six complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Boughs of Holly - $2,000
    Full-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on Trinity Services' website
    Prominent recognition at event
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Mistletoe - $2,000
    Half-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on Trinity Services' website
    Prominent recognition at event
    Two complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Program Book Advertisement Opportunities:
    Full-page color $1,000 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    Full-page B&W $500 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    1/2-page B&W $250 (7.5” W x 4.875” H)
    1/4-page B&W $200 (3.75” W x 4.875” H)
    1/8-page business card/celebration B&W $100 (3.75”W x 2.4375” H)
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