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  • Trinity Services Responds to Governor Rauner’s Veto of Community Disability Living Wage Act

    Aug 29, 2016

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. and other Illinois community disability service providers have been contending with a workforce crisis for nearly 10 years. On Friday, Aug. 26, Governor Bruce Rauner disappointed advocates, families and people with disabilities by vetoing House Bill 5931, the Community Disability Living Wage Act.

    These organizations are unable to fill necessary staff positions that provide care for the 27,000 Illinoisans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The average wage direct support professionals (DSPs) make in the state is $9.35 an hour, as the reimbursement rates for agencies contracted by the State to provide these services have not been increased in eight years.

    These workers provide invaluable support every day, ensuring the people they serve have all of their needs — such as toileting, bathing, dressing and eating — met. They teach life skills, like money management, ensure the people they serve are active participants in their communities and help increase each person’s independence to the greatest extent possible. Their work can be taxing, as they often face challenging and problematic behavior while assisting people who struggle with anger management or communication problems.

    The low wage directly hurts people with disabilities by impacting the quality of the care they are able to receive. High staff vacancy rates result in DSPs working excessive overtime, which not only takes a toll on their health, but their personal lives as well.

    “It is certainly true that it would cost more money to pay staff a living wage, but in terms of health, safety, and quality of life, we can’t afford not to pay more. If the system collapses it will cost a great deal more to fix it,” Trinity Services Executive Director Art Dykstra said.

    Raising the wage for Illinois DSPs would increase their quality of life, as well as the quality of life for the people who rely on their services each day.

    The veto of HB 5931 continues the workforce crisis with which Trinity Services has been contending. It also came just two days after Rauner personally acknowledged the workforce crisis in a proclamation designating Sept. 11-17 Direct Support Professional Week in Illinois.

    The bill received 107 “yes” votes in the General Assembly, and more than 7,000 people took action to show they were in favor of the measure. With such support, it is hoped that the wage issue will be on the table when a full budget deal is reached.

    Trinity Services intends to work with Rauner, his administration, and the General Assembly to find a solution to the ongoing workforce crisis to meet the needs of the people we serve, to help them flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 66-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program to Offer Mums, Asters, More During 2016 Fall Sale

    Aug 26, 2016

    JOLIET, IL — Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program has a variety of decorative fall plants available for purchase during its 2016 Fall Sale Sept. 15 through the end of the month at 100 N. Gougar Road in Joliet.

    Program participants are preparing mums, asters, straw bales, Indian corn, ornamental kale and cabbage, and a variety of decorative and hanging baskets that are scheduled to be available for pickup beginning Sept. 15.

    Orders can be placed now through Sept. 7 for any of the aforementioned products, and order forms are available at www.Facebook.com/TrinityGreenhouse.

    Beginning Sept. 15, customers are also welcome to visit the program’s greenhouse anytime between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday to purchase fall products directly. 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.

    Before the fall shipment arrives, Horticulture Program participants who are served by Trinity Services spend time cleaning the greenhouse, and upon arrival of the plants, they organize the greenhouse, and trim, arrange, water, and carry out plants for customers.

    Approximately 12 people served by Trinity spend time at the Horticulture Program each day helping out and enjoying the outdoor garden space.

    Richard Larrabee frequents the program and checks on the vegetable garden to look for ripening crops. He said he enjoys gardening because he gets to be outside more often.

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

    “We keep busy all the time,” Larrabee said. “The day goes by fast.”

    For additional information about the Trinity Services Horticulture Program 2016 Fall Sale, visit www.trinity-services.org 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 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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    Independent Living Coach Valerie Woodkirk (left) hands a ripe tomato to program participant Richard Larrabee at Trinity Services’ Horticulture Program in Joliet.

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    Hanging mum baskets are available for order during the Trinity Services Horticulture Program 2016 Fall Sale.
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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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  • Third Annual Dinner and Concert Gala

    Please join us for "An Evening of Holiday Music" at our Third Annual Concert Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 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.

    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 Hinsdale Central Chamber Choir and the Western Springs School for Talent Education Allegro!!! Violin Ensemble.

    Tickets are $125 per person. Call (815) 717-3750, or click here to purchase tickets or sponsorships.

    Sponsorship opportunities and program book ads are available now. For more information about how you can help, please email sladislas@trinity-services.org.

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