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  • Trinity Services supporters can amplify their impact this #GivingTuesday

    Nov 03, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Supporters of Trinity Services, Inc. can amplify their charitable impact this #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible online donation to the nonprofit on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

    Thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 only will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000. The Coleman Foundation will match $25 for every gift between $25-$99; $100 for every gift between $100-$499; and $500 for every gift of $500 or more. Matches apply to both current and new supporters.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all donations made Nov. 28 through Facebook fundraisers created on behalf of Trinity Services will be matched at $1,000 per fundraiser, up to a total of $50,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This is Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity. #GivingTuesday is always held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and holiday shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Those interested in donating to or helping Trinity Services on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to visit www.Facebook.com/TrinityServices/fundraisers to create a shareable fundraiser on behalf of the nonprofit or to visit www.Trinity-Services.org/GivingTuesday to donate. Trinity is using the hashtag #ShareTheLove for its campaign.

    For more information about ways to get involved, 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 more than 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • ‘An Evening of Holiday Music’ Fourth Annual Dinner and Concert Gala to raise funds for Trinity Services Dec. 1 in Oak Brook

    Nov 02, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. is planning its Fourth Annual Dinner and Concert Gala, “An Evening of Holiday Music,” for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Butterfield Country Club, 2800 Midwest Road in Oak Brook.

    The event will raise funds for the men, women and children with developmental disabilities and mental illness whom Trinity Services supports through its residential, behavioral health, adult learning and other programs.

    Guests will be treated to a showcase of holiday music, paired with dinner, fellowship and a preferred raffle of gifts perfect for loved ones or oneself.

    This year’s musical performances will feature Catherine Ramsey, a harpist and sophomore at Downers Grove North High School who was recently selected as one of nine finalists in the Intermediate 1 Division for the Mexico International Harp Competition and Festival. The Allegro!!! Violin Ensemble from the Western Springs School of Talent Education will also perform, featuring children who are at the top of their game in string performance.

    Each year, Trinity Services welcomes members of the DuPage County community to attend the Dinner and Concert Gala to learn more about the work Trinity does and become part of the Trinity community.

    In DuPage County, Trinity provides residential services to people with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness, including in group homes in residential neighborhoods and in two permanent supportive housing apartment buildings. Trinity also operates the Neurofeedback, Counseling and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Institute of Illinois in DuPage County. Trinity has served the county for 13 years.

    Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and program book ads are available for this year’s event. Tickets are $140 per person. To support or attend the event, visit www.trinity-services.org/concertgala 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 more than 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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Risk-Taking

by Art Dykstra | Aug 02, 2017

Those of you who have reached a certain level of physical maturity will no doubt remember the days when playing marbles was a popular warm weather activity. I’m talking about a particular variation of the game—the one where you dug a hole in the ground with the heel of your shoe (smooth gravel was best) and won the game by shooting all of your marbles into the hole on your turn.

My friends sorted themselves into two groups and generally stayed with their preferred teams throughout their elementary school days. They either played for “funs” or for “keeps.” (Such ground rules had to be established before the first marble was tossed.) Some kids only played for funs, either because they were risk-aversive, had only a few marbles to start with, or claimed to be following the religious teaching of their church. Other kids, however, only played for keeps, perhaps because they had more generous allowances, knew someone who worked at a flower shop (and so had an unlimited supply of marbles), or were simply very talented in using their thumbs and forefingers. They were the risk-takers of the playground.

As leaders, we must be willing to take risks and, even though we may be a bit scared, be willing to, in the imagery of author and leadership consultant, John Gardner, be the first bird off the telephone wire. Risk-taking is playing for keeps. Those who want only to “play for funs” invoke the common excuses for avoiding action: We need more data. The staff will never buy it. We’ll lose our funding. I don’t even know where to start. Now is not the right time. My boss will kill me.

In research reported by Azi Fiegenbaum and Howard Thomas in 1988 in “Attitudes Toward Risk and the Risk-Return Paradox,” (Academy of Management Journal), they found that “most firms may be risk-seeking when they are suffering losses or are below targeted aspiration levels. Conversely, they will tend to be risk-aversive following achievement of aspirations and targets.” This behavior follows the “quit while you’re ahead” school of thought. I would argue that even in organizations that aren’t particularly successful, but which keep their heads above water, risk-aversion is prevalent. Only in extreme cases of hardship or catastrophe are they willing to change—when they have nothing left to lose.

However, risk-taking renews both leader and follower. To be alive is to risk something to gain something without knowing the outcome. Of course, risk-taking that doesn’t calculate the potential benefits and liabilities is just as unhealthy as never taking a risk. But the risk-taking culture of most organizations can probably be determined by the way that top leadership answer the question, “How safe do I need to be?”

The need for security, the fear of loss or rejection is contagious and spreads outward, stifling the creative urges of staff members everywhere. Rare indeed is the underling who is willing to take on greater risk than his superiors. The manager sets the tone for risk-taking.

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  • 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 and Harpist Catherine Ramsey.

    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.

    Concert Gala Sponsors 2017

    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

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