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  • Trinity Services remembers Elizabeth 'Betty' Kloski-Song

    Feb 08, 2018

    Trinity Services lovingly remembers Elizabeth “Betty” Kloski-Song, who passed away Feb. 1 at age 78.

    Betty was an active, devoted member of Trinity’s Family and Friends Group for more than 20 years, involved in organizing and volunteering for the group’s activities

    She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, aunt, sister and friend. Her graciousness, charm, beautiful smile and constant support of Trinity’s mission leave a lasting impact on everyone in the Trinity community.

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  • Trinity Services, Inc. Breaks Ground on Permanent Supportive Housing Development in Northlake

    Jan 18, 2018

    NORTHLAKE, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. officially broke ground on Trinity Park Vista, a permanent supportive housing development in Northlake, on Jan. 16.

    The state-of-the-art apartment building will offer three floors and a total of 16 units for residents with disabilities, who will be offered subsidized rent.

    Primarily, residents will live independently and have the option to receive support from Trinity Services staff members. Support may include assistance finding employment, help managing finances or occasional counseling services.

    Three three-bedroom units will each provide space for one care provider and two people with developmental disabilities to live. These are known as shared living settings — environments in which care providers share their lives with the people they support.

    The apartment building, which is planned for 1 E. Lakewood Terrace in Northlake, will be within walking distance of local businesses, providing job opportunities and convenience for future residents.

    The modern, upscale building is being designed by Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, P.C., developed by Brush Hill Development, financed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and constructed by Synergy Construction Group.

    IHDA chose the apartment building’s location in Northlake based on assessed need for permanent supportive housing in the state of Illinois.

    Representatives from all organizations involved with the development, as well as from the City of Northlake, were present at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Northlake Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin has been recognized by IHDA for his support of these types of residences. During the groundbreaking, Trinity Services President and CEO Thane Dykstra, Ph.D., also recognized Sherwin and all who were involved in the development for their enthusiasm about welcoming people with disabilities to the community.

    Once constructed, Trinity Park Vista will become Trinity Services’ fifth permanent supportive housing development. Trinity provides services at similar developments in Villa Park, Lombard, Lockport and Sandwich, Illinois.

    Through permanent supportive housing, dozens of people have been able to experience stronger independence and empowerment by having living space they can call their own.

    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.

     

    Trinity Park Vista GroundbreakingRepresentatives from Trinity Services, Inc.; the City of Northlake; Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, P.C.; Brush Hill Development; the Illinois Housing Development Authority; and Synergy Construction Group celebrate the groundbreaking of Trinity Park Vista Jan. 16 in Northlake.

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Stewardship

by Art Dykstra | Sep 13, 2017

Another characteristic of Servant Leadership is stewardship, defined as “holding something in trust for another person.” There are many levels of trust and stewardship at Trinity–from the corporate Board of Directors to the individual employee. 

Stewardship means that we are aware of our resources and assets and how we use them. It certainly includes our financial resources whether it be third party payments, grants or charitable giving. Also included is the husbandry of such resources as our buildings, vehicles, equipment, office supplies and furniture. It also extends to how we maintain our group homes and day programs. Responsible stewardship manifests itself when we speak up because we need new chairs or necessary repairs. It includes little things like taking in the hose and garden tools before winter and making sure that windows are closed when the air conditioner is on. 

We take good care of what we have because we are accountable. We have many levels of accountability at Trinity, including the people we serve and their families. Trinity’s Board of Directors, our supervisors, friends and donors, accrediting and regulatory bodies, etc. First of all, however, we have to be accountable to our collective sense of purpose and corporate values.

Stewardship operates best when we behave as owners but recognize the fact that we aren’t. It occurs when we are found faithful. Stewardship means that our practices are cost effective and that we use good judgment in purchasing goods and services. We are not wasteful. Stewardship also means that we take care of such things as our reputation as an organization. In addition, it refers to how we spend our time and pursue our opportunities. Stewardship doesn’t just occur automatically, it involves people acting responsibly and consciously.

Good stewardship generates trust, a quality that is a very important aspect of any relationship. Within an organization trust is as important as love is in a marriage. We work most effectively when we feel that we are trusted and when we can trust those around us. At Trinity, we believe in trusting each other until shown otherwise. We also believe in fostering a workplace where it is okay to ask questions. It is through questioning the whys of an existing system that leads us to make suggestions for improving it.

NOTE: This is Part 7 of a 10-part series on Trinity's Core Values.
To read Part 1 on Servant Leadership, click here.
To read Part 2 on Serving and Supporting, click here.
​To read Part 3 on Honest and Open Communication, click here.
To read Part 4 on Discretionary Effort, click here.
To read Part 5 on Thinking Ahead and Following Through, click here.
To read Part 6 on Collaboration, click here.

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    Trinity Services’ 25th Annual Tom O’Reilly Memorial Golf Classic will take golfers Around the World in 18 Holes!

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    Join us for a day of fun as we travel the world together Thursday, May 17, at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. The Golf Classic benefits Trinity Services’ mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Your $195 registration fee includes a gift; buffet lunch; bucket of range balls; pop, beer and snacks on the course; a complimentary specialty drink and cigar on holes 5 and 16; dinner; and awards.

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