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  • Trinity Triumph 5K encourages runners, walkers to embrace the pace of their own journey

    May 22, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — The Trinity Triumph 5K will turn the New Lenox Village Commons into a celebration of community at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

    This is the ninth year for the 5K, which raises funds for Trinity Services, Inc., a New Lenox-based nonprofit that helps people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Runners, walkers and onlookers are invited to enjoy the evening together in celebration of their personal achievements, their friends and neighbors, and the people Trinity Services supports.

    The spirit of inclusiveness and community that drives the Trinity Triumph encourages people of all abilities and ages to participate. Whether a runner, walker or wheelchair user takes 20 minutes or 1 hour, 20 minutes to complete the course, they are cheered on and celebrated equally. A 1K walk option is also available.

    Registration for the Trinity Triumph 5K is $30 for participants ages 13 and older, $15 for children ages 5-12, and free for children younger than 5 years old. The price includes a performance T-shirt, environmentally friendly drawstring swag bag, snacks and more. Entry fees increase to $40 and $20 per person, respectively, on the day of the race.

    For each $30 registration fee paid or donation of $30, participants will receive an entry to win an Amazon Echo Show.

    Participants may also have their registration fees refunded if they create an online fundraising page upon signing up for the race and then raise $150 or more for Trinity Services.

    Medals will be awarded 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.

    To register for the race or sign up to sponsor it, visit www.trinitytriumph.com.

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

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 68-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 more than 30 communities in northeast, central and southern Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Trinity Services staff member receives Direct Support Professional Award from The Arc of Illinois

    May 18, 2018

    DES PLAINES, IL — Mohamed Siddiqi loves helping people.

    As an independent living coach at Trinity Services, Siddiqi works one-to-one with people who have developmental disabilities. For 21 years, he has served people at Trinity in this role, helping them with their everyday needs and ensuring that they are living full, abundant lives.

    Recently, Siddiqi was awarded the Arc of Illinois’ 2018 Direct Support Professional Award for his outstanding service to the people he works with. This is a prestigious honor for DSPs in Illinois, setting award-winners apart as true leaders in the field.

    What makes this award particularly special for Siddiqi is the fact that he began working in this field by chance.

    Originally from India, Siddiqi spent roughly 20 years in Saudi Arabia working for a company that manufactured and installed bank equipment. He specialized in the installation of vaults, which was physically laborious and tedious.

    With his family, he moved to America in pursuit of better education for his two daughters. Today, both daughters are finishing school. His oldest will soon be a medical doctor, and his youngest will soon have a degree in communications.

    Despite the successes of his children, moving to a new country was not easy for Siddiqi. He did not know English when he first arrived here, and because of the physical demands of his past profession, he could no longer work in that field.

    He worked at UPS for one year but found the work to also be too taxing on his body. When he saw an opening for a driver at Trinity Services, he applied for and accepted the job.

    “I had no experience with people with disabilities,” he said. “Where I came from, I never saw people with disabilities. The first days were very, very hard.”

    Siddiqi’s unfamiliarity with the disabilities field initially made him second-guess his career choice. His wife encouraged him to give it at least two weeks before quitting, and in that time, one interaction in particular helped him decide to stay.

    After driving people from their community day service program to their home, Siddiqi was getting ready to leave.

    One man had a different idea, however. Not wanting Siddiqi to go, he reached out and grabbed Siddiqi’s hand.

    Siddiqi’s colleague, who was working at the house, asked him to stay for a couple of hours. Those two hours turned into a full shift, and in that time, Siddiqi realized what an impact he could have in this field.

    Family members of people supported by Trinity Services have noticed his impact.

    Tim Sassen is the older brother of Matthew, who lives in a group home at Trinity. Sassen said he has tremendous admiration for Siddiqi because of the attention to detail he has with each individual person he works with, including Matthew.

    Matthew is particular about having his hair cut a certain way, and each week, Siddiqi cuts Matthew’s hair beautifully, Sassen said.

    “He has a remarkable sense of patience and a way of repeating these small acts of kindness,” Sassen said. “He has a very keen sense of Matthew’s limitations and a keen sense for people. I have the ultimate sense of gratitude knowing Matthew is in good hands.”

    Siddiqi’s dedication to helping others does not stop with those he serves. It extends to his coworkers and supervisors. He answers phone calls 24/7 and is always ready to report to work. Often, he works 16 hours a day or more.

    That has not gone unnoticed by his supervisor, Jen Hodges, network director of Trinity Northwest in Des Plaines.

    “He’s someone I can always count on, and without complaint, he goes where help is needed,” Hodges said. “He has worked with every single person and situation here, and he is never stressed out by challenging situations.”

    When he received the award from the Arc, Siddiqi said he felt happy and supported by his colleagues.

    “Everyone is very nice, and they encourage me,” Siddiqi said. “It’s a really good feeling. Without support, nobody can do anything, but my managers always support me and trust me.

    “I’m staying here. I like to work. My nature is to help people.”

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 68-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 more than 30 communities in northeast, central and southwest Illinois. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

    Arc Award
    Mohamed Siddiqi (center) received the Arc  of Illinois' 2018 Direct Support Professional Award. He is pictured here with Trinity Northwest Network Director Jen Hodges (left) and Associate Director Carly Rae Steele.

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The Effective Organizational Leader: Positive Attitude

by Art Dykstra | Apr 19, 2017

An extremely important element in the effective leadership of others is a positive attitude. Generally speaking, people tend to fall easily into the habit of looking for what’s wrong rather than what’s right. This naturally leads to a negativity that often undermines progress in organizations and on teams to say nothing of its effect in the personal lives of those who suffer from a negative perspective.

In reaction to this “disease model,” mental health professionals began to develop positive psychology, an effort spearheaded by Martin Seligman. Chris Peterson, a former professor at the University of Michigan, defined positive psychology as “the scientific study of what goes right in life.” Phrased another way, it is the study of what makes life worth living.

Of course, there are those who characterize a positive attitude as blind optimism. For instance, in 1927, Elbert Hubbard described a pessimist as a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist. Or you may have run across the definition of optimism in "The Devil’s Dictionary":

OPTIMISM: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. It is held with greatest tenacity by those most accustomed to the mischance of falling into adversity and is most acceptably expounded with the grin that apes a smile. Being a blind faith, it is inaccessible to the light of disproof — an intellectual disorder, yielding to no treatment but death. It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.

The truth is that having a positive attitude does not mean that one adheres to happiology, because a truly positive person recognizes “the good, the bad and the ugly.” He does not, however, allow “the bad and the ugly” to be his focus. Ernie Banks, the greatest shortstop of the 20th century, was a perfect example. He remained irrepressibly optimistic though he played for the Cubs through 19 seasons of unsuccessful efforts to make it to the World Series. Known for comments like “Tomorrow will be even better than today,” Ernie always did his unselfish best. He exhorted his teammates to “play for the name on the front [of the shirt], not the name on the back.”

Someone might remark that we should always be optimistic. I would disagree with the assumption. There are certainly times in our lives when we shouldn’t be optimistic. Examples include times when you are crafting a budget, assessing the cost of car repairs or crossing a busy four-lane street!

Research in the 1990s indicates that individuals presented with different challenges who thought they could achieve them were optimistic. Those who thought they couldn’t were pessimists. Interestingly, their expectations became self-fulfilling much of the time.

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  • Trinity Triumph 5K

    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 will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, to provide inspiration, draw strength from others and enjoy the camaraderie while supporting Trinity Services. 

    Register now!

    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.

    For every $30 registration fee or individual donation, supporters will receive a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show!

    NEW THIS YEAR: Receive a tech T-shirt and a drawstring "swag bag" with every paid registration.

    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.
  • 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction — 'Moonlight Sonata'

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 68th year of providing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Since first opening our doors as a small school, Trinity Services has been committed to helping individuals flourish and lead more independent lives. We now serve more than 3,500 people through an array of innovative programs. This would not be possible without generous supporters like you.

    We hope you will join us for an evening of entertainment, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This year's theme is "Moonlight Sonata."
    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 B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Bronze - $1,000
    Half-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Two complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Program Book Advertisement Opportunities:
    Full-page color $500 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    Full-page B&W $300 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    1/2-page B&W $200 (7.5” W x 4.875” H)
    1/4-page B&W $100 (3.75” W x 4.875” H)
    1/8-page business card/celebration B&W $50 (3.75”W x 2.4375” H)

    Auction Items:
    You can also 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. 21, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451. If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.
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