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  • Runners, walkers invited to participate in 8th Annual Trinity Triumph 5K June 22 in support of people with developmental disabilities, mental illness

    May 23, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL – Trinity Services, Inc. is planning its 8th Annual Trinity Triumph 5K Run/Walk for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the New Lenox Village Commons.

    All proceeds from the race support the people with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom Trinity Services supports.

    The 5K’s tagline, “Run. Walk. Celebrate!” encourages participants to share their personal stories and inspiration for partaking in the race with fellow runners and walkers. The race celebrates the triumphs and achievements — big or small — of all who participate, as well as of the adults and children whom Trinity supports.

    Race participants are encouraged to share their stories on the Trinity Triumph Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TrinityTriumph5K, and on the Wall of Triumph at the race.

    The Trinity Triumph 5K is chip-timed on a course certified by USA Track & Field. For those who would prefer a shorter route, a 1K walk will take place concurrently with the 5K.

    A family-friendly party will take place after the race with music from Ruben Hinojosa, aka DJ Midway; food, beer and nonalcoholic beverages; and an awards presentation. Medals will be given to participants who place first through third in the following male and female age groups: 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older.

    The cost of registration is $30 for teens and adults ages 13 and older, $15 for children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger. Registration fees increase to $40 and $20, respectively, on race day. Registration includes a performance T-shirt, food, drink and goody bag. Register online at www.trinitytriumph.com by Wednesday, June 21, or call (815) 717-3750.

    With every $30 registration fee or donation, entrants will receive a chance to win an iPad.

    Those who seek to have their registration fees refunded may raise at least $150 in donations for Trinity Services. Fundraisers can ask friends, family and coworkers to support Trinity’s mission by creating a fundraising page when registering online.

    This event brings runners and walkers of all ages together to share inspiration, gain strength from others and enjoy camaraderie, while supporting Trinity Services, a 67-year-old non-sectarian, 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.

    For more information about the Trinity Triumph 5K, contact Director of Development Sherry Ladislas at (815) 717-3750 or sladislas@trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity’s National Association of QDDPs to host Illinois' first-ever assistive technology conference of its kind this June

    May 17, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc.’s National Association of Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals has partnered with the Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Coleman Foundation to plan the first assistive technology conference — A Day Long Look at Assistive Technology — to ever be held in Illinois on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6 and 7, at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

    The conference will provide information about how assistive technology makes the seemingly impossible become possible.

    Stakeholders including, but not limited to, people with disabilities, their families, providers and community employers are encouraged to attend.

    Day 1 of the conference will focus on sharing information with families, decision-makers and direct support staff about how the application of current technologies can increase independence for people with disabilities.

    Keynote speakers include Richard Ellenson, CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and Alice Brouhard, a registered nurse who works to help people with memory and cognitive challenges use technology to improve their quality of life.

    Breakout sessions will cover topics like how assistive technology can help people become more independent, how technology can be used to help people navigate their communities and what types of remote monitoring supports are available for people who can live independently.

    The goal of this day is to provide the information that will empower families, providers and people with disabilities to seek technological tools and supports that promote increased independence, less reliance on staff and a greater integration within communities for people who have disabilities.

    Day 2 of the conference will guide attendees through the process of creating several pieces of assistive technology with inexpensive and readily available supplies. In addition to taking the products they build with them, participants will also learn about a wide variety of commercially available assistive technologies with proven track records. 

    The goal of this day is to inspire participants to identify and creatively approach solutions to the challenges that they or the people they support face. 

    Post-conference, NAQ plans to keep attendees engaged by soliciting and sharing ideas and innovations through teleconferences, forums, webinars, social media and written materials. 

    Attendees can register for one or both days of the conference online at QDDP.org. Space is particularly limited on Day 2, so attendees are encouraged to reserve their tickets early.

    NAQ is nationally known for providing outstanding training to professionals in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field. For more information, visit QDDP.org.

    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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Shifts Happen

by Art Dykstra | Mar 15, 2017

My old pickup truck had a manual, three-speed transmission, and I miss it. To get going, you would put the shift lever in first, slowly let out the clutch, give it a little gas and begin your travels. Once you were moving, with the proper clutch coordination, you could shift into second.

With experience, you knew when to shift — the sound of the engine provided the signal — and after picking up speed, you once again pushed the clutch and shifted into third, the gear in which you could gain maximum and consistent speed. It was possible to stay in third for prolonged periods of time, but you always had to be ready to downshift to a lower gear when coming to a stop, making a sharp turn, or climbing a steep grade.

I miss the shifting because it was a continual reminder of the need to be mindful with respect to one’s speed, road conditions and how the truck was running. Getting there meant going through all three gears in the correct sequence. Attempting to start in the wrong gear resulted in jerks and lurches or in killing the engine.

First and second gears are reminiscent of organizational stages. You might be going through them slowly or quickly. But going through them carefully, skillfully and in the right order allows the driver to move into third — or the phase in which systems and people are in the proper balance for maximum productivity.

Some organizations are able to get into third very quickly and stay there for significant lengths of time. Other organizations have trouble shifting into second, or, once in second gear, never pick up enough speed to make the transition to third. They sometimes sputter and stop entirely. Occasionally, you will even find them going in reverse. Because organizational environments and circumstances are constantly changing, there are times when it is necessary to downshift, reduce speed, and check the condition of the vehicle and road before returning to cruising speed.

Today, my truck shifts by itself and, as they say, shifts happen. I am pleased with the convenience, but miss the organizational reminder that people and businesses need to start and complete their work in the appropriate gear, shift up and shift down as necessary, and maintain the proper speed for the conditions they are in.

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  • Trinity Triumph 5K Run/Walk

    The Trinity Triumph 5K celebrates the triumphs and achievements – big or small – of those who participate and of the adults and children with disabilities and mental illness who are served by Trinity Services. 

    Runners and walkers of all ages gather to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie while supporting Trinity Services, a 67-year-old non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with disabilities in 31 Illinois communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Madison, Peoria, Jackson, and St. Clair counties as well as in Reno, Nevada. 

    For those who prefer a shorter route, a 1K walk is available. The 5K course is certified by USA Track and Field and the race will be chip-timed for accurate results. Awards will be given to fastest male and female as well as top performers in various age ranges.

    Celebrate your story, be an inspiration or participate in memory of someone. Share your reason for running or walking on race day on the Wall of Triumph and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrinityTriumph5K.

    The first 200 pre-registered participants will receive a tech T-shirt. 

    GET YOUR REGISTRATION REFUNDED!
    Participants also may opt to create their own fundraising page online while registering. Collect $150 or more in donations for Trinity Services, and we will send you a refund check after race day. Ask friends, family and coworkers to support Trinity’s mission to help people with disabilities live full and abundant lives.

  • 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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