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  • Trinity Services’ 28th Annual Dinner Dance and Auction to offer night of fun in support of people with disabilities, mental illness

    Aug 15, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — All are invited to join Trinity Services, Inc. for its 28th Annual Dinner Dance and Auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Odyssey Country Club, 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park.

    The theme of this year’s event is “Havana Nights,” and all proceeds will benefit Trinity Services in its mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Guests will enjoy cocktails, fine dining, silent and live auctions, and live music by The Connexion Band, including oldies, pop, rock, R&B and more.

    Mobile bidding will be available to all attendees for the silent auction, conveniently letting bidders know via a text message when someone has outbid them.

    Auction items include something for everyone — a Microsoft Surface Pro 4, hotel and spa packages, an Amazon Echo, Philips Hue lighting, museum trips, concert tickets, Disney World tickets, wine tasting packages, home decor, jewelry, sports items and tickets, children’s toys, and more.

    Tickets for the event are $100 each and can be purchased by visiting www.trinity-services.org.

    Those interested in helping in other ways are welcome to become an event sponsor, purchase an ad in the event program book, or donate a new item for the live or silent auctions.

    For additional information about the Dinner Dance or how to get involved, visit www.trinity-services.org or call (815) 717-3750.

    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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  • Trinity’s first Bike Club draws interest of cycling lovers and beginners, alike

    Aug 14, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Tony has loved cycling since he was a child.

    He spends every weekend and each opportunity he gets on nice days to ride local trails, and enjoy the feeling of the wind rushing past and the gentle coasting of his red, three-wheeled vehicle. One of his favorite places to ride is Old Plank Road Trail, near his Frankfort home.

    Tony appreciates the recreational and health benefits of cycling so much that he recently worked with Trinity Services staff members to share this experience with others through the creation of Trinity’s first Bike Club.

    The club had its inaugural meeting in a coned-off section of the parking lot of Trinity’s Corporate Center in New Lenox. The traffic-free space allowed cycling aficionados free reign to cruise and cycling newcomers the chance to try something new.

    Since that first meeting, dozens of people supported by Trinity Services have met at the club’s bimonthly meetings to enjoy gentle exercise, recreation and relaxation together.

    The group has a variety of cycles to choose from — bicycles, tricycles and even a tandem bicycle that can be used alongside a Trinity staff member. The cost of the bicycles was covered by a generous grant from the Sage Foundation.

    Meetings are facilitated by Elise English, the coordinator of Trinity’s Social Center, which opened last year to host and organize a multitude of group activities for the people Trinity supports to enjoy together.

    Tony said he was very excited that the inaugural meeting of the Bike Club was able to draw such a successful turnout, and he looks forward to what the future holds, including introducing cycling to even more members of the Trinity community.

    Another goal for the future is for members of the club to travel trails together, particularly once more members have mastered controlling speed, braking and, for those who choose to ride two-wheeled cycles, balancing, according to Mike Chandler, a program coordinator in Trinity’s Network III, who worked with Tony to launch the club.

    The Trinity Bike Club is open to everyone supported by Trinity Services and meets roughly every other week.

    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.

    Tony
    Tony sits atop his red cycle at the inaugural meeting of the Trinity Bike Club in New Lenox.

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Some Solutions to the Crisis in Services for People with Disabilities

by Art Dykstra | May 10, 2017

In last week's blog entry, I painted a bleak though accurate picture of what human service organizations are facing as they try to serve people with disabilities in Illinois. Fortunately, we do not have to remain mired in these depressing facts. Many of those who face these difficult conditions have offered a variety of excellent recommendations to help ease this service crisis. One initiative already made by the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network involves 17 recommendations presented to the Department of Human Services and the Developmental Disabilities Division in this state. They are as follows:

  • Community providers are experiencing increased difficulty in recruiting direct support staff, primarily because of the low entry wage level. This clearly impacts the ability to serve those with behavioral and medical challenges.
  • A number of problematic living situations leading to crisis service referrals are the result of incompatible housemates living together. A survey across providers and service coordination agencies should be conducted to determine the scope and extent of this situation.
  • The Illinois service and support system should consider partnerships with hospital or treatment centers to offer short-term inpatient stabilization for people experiencing a psychiatric crisis or in need of significant medication adjustments.
  • An integrated information tracking system should be fully implemented across the service coordination system that would allow for a better understanding of available resources and needed services statewide. This system would be used to match a person with complex behavioral or medical needs with a provider that has the necessary experience, supports and services.
  • The Illinois service and support system should include specialized homes for people with high intensity or high frequency behavioral challenges, especially for those whose behavior decreases the quality of life for their housemates.
  • People living in community residential settings with medical needs, especially under the CILA program, would benefit from the presence of additional registered nurses.
  • Specialized CILA homes for people with complex medical issues would allow people to remain in the community and decrease admission to nursing facilities.
  • With additional funding, service coordination agencies should employ a senior staff member with knowledge and expertise in behavioral programming. This person could serve as an internal resource to other staff.
  • A number of people with challenging behavior have been discharged from SODCs to community providers who lack the capacity or experience to serve them. Greater attention must be paid to the matching-choice process to ensure successful residential placement.
  • Many young adults have aged out of the DCFS system and entered the adult DHS-DDD system. Because of their behavioral issues and impaired judgement, a number of these people would have benefited from an appropriate level of appointed guardianship. The DCFS/DHS-DDD transition process should address this issue in a timely manner.
  • Legislation should be introduced to create a fund within DHS-DDD to reimburse providers for the cost of extensive property damage and destruction caused by people with challenging behaviors. Current statistics indicate that 46% of the people referred to ICPN engaged in such behavior.
  • There is much unevenness across the system with respect to the appropriate use of emergency departments and community hospitals. This issue also extends to short-term psychiatric hospitalizations. Efforts to address this situation could begin with a meeting of relevant stakeholders.
  • People who are dually diagnosed often benefit from structured psychosocial rehabilitation programs and individual therapy. Mental health providers should be encouraged to develop specialized day services for people with a dual diagnosis that would be available to people across provider agencies.
  • Hospitals often serve as the point of discharge for people who have significant behavioral and medical issues. Due to current rules and regulations, the person and provider cannot participate in residential visits, resulting in placements that may not meet the specific needs of the person. Rules and regulations should be modified to allow for more residential planning.
  • Major advances in the development and use of assistive technology have improved the lives of people with a wide range of developmental and intellectual disabilities. Funding based on financial need, specifically for assistive technology, should be sought for people and families.
  • Direct care staff are the greatest resource for a person, family and community provider. Ongoing training for direct care staff, in addition to their pre-service training, is essential to their professional development and growth, and reduces the likelihood of turnover while improving the quality of services provided. This additional training should be adequately reimbursed.

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  • 28th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction

    Dinner Dance 2017

    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 67th 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 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.

    Click here to purchase tickets.

    Dinner Dance 2017 Sponsors

    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. 25, 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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