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  • Chairs from Trinity’s New Lenox Woodworks will decorate downtown Frankfort as part of chamber’s Fall Festival

    Jul 19, 2018

    FRANKFORT, IL — People served by Trinity Services, Inc. were invited to be part of an artistic project initiated by The Center for Independent Futures (CIF) and the Frankfort Fall Festival.

    Trinity Services’ New Lenox Woodworks created 55 Adirondack chairs for the AdironDecorate project in downtown Frankfort, which is part of the Frankfort Fall Festival.

    To prepare the chairs for the installation, CIF, in partnership with artist Sam LaRocco and hot rod painting specialist Adam Krause from The Refinery, organized a chair painting night June 26 at Dancing Marlin in Frankfort.

    At this event, roughly two dozen people worked on about one dozen chairs. Attendees from Trinity Services helped out with painting and created a paint splatter-effect chair.

    Program participants at New Lenox Woodworks also decorated a chair to represent Trinity Services.

    All chairs were cut, sanded and assembled by people with disabilities who attend New Lenox Woodworks. They were then sold for local businesses to decorate and display. Chairs are being placed around Frankfort this month and are being featured on the Frankfort Fall Festival’s Facebook page.

    People of all abilities worked side-by-side on the artwork, ensuring it spreads a message of inclusion along with providing beautiful places for passersby to rest.

    For more information about New Lenox Woodworks and its products, follow the program on Facebook.

    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 publishes ‘Beeing a Leader: Insights from the Trinity Beehive’ to share buzz about intersection of leadership, positive psychology

    Jun 11, 2018

    NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of “Beeing a Leader: Insights from the Trinity Beehive,” a fun, easy-to-read guidebook focusing on leadership traits that adhere to the fundamentals of positive psychology.

    A group of 91 authors, all staff members at Trinity Services who have diverse professional backgrounds and personalities, collaborated on the book. Each wrote a separate entry on a quality of leadership. These qualities are divided into five categories — Nurture Positive Emotion, Experience Engagement, Cultivate Positive Relationships, Discover Meaning and Recognize Accomplishments — that are each central elements of positive psychology.

    The concept for this book was developed by Art Dykstra, recently retired executive director of Trinity Services and editor of the publication.

    In his introduction to the book, he writes that an active, energetic beehive is an apt metaphor for a fully functioning organization. Bees are unable to live by themselves. They must live and work together in a hive, communicating with each other to gather pollen and survive.

    Every entry is written as a separate “bee” — for example, “Bee Grateful” or “Bee a Servant Leader.” Each bee works together to contribute to the “hive,” an organization that values the growth, happiness and success of all of its employees, recognizing that each staff member, because of his or her individuality and contributions to the group, is integral to carrying out the organization’s mission.

    The book aims to inspire and encourage people from all walks of life to embrace their natural leadership abilities and step outside of their comfort zones for their own personal growth and for the growth of those around them.

    It also gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the positive organizational culture at Trinity Services, which employs more than 1,000 people in Illinois and serves more than 3,500 people with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

    The book is published by Trinity Services’ support business High Tide Press and will be available for sale at www.CherryHillHighTide.com beginning Tuesday, June 12. Proceeds from book sales benefit the people with disabilities and mental illness who are supported by Trinity.

    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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Seeking Proposals for Organizational Improvement

by Art Dykstra | Oct 11, 2017

A learning organization is constantly realigning itself, examining the inevitable gap between vision and reality, and making plans to do things better tomorrow. It is a seeking organization, not just a responding one. New ideas or new ways of doing things are explored and implemented before they are read about in professional journals or shared in “How to Do It Better” seminars.

Learningful organizations are creative, so they anticipate the need to change in a rapidly evolving world. Their creativity essentially emerges from the people who are carrying out the work of the organization on a daily basis. Many of the improvements occur as a result of simple agreements between interested parties. Other changes happen through formal or informal meetings.

There are other patterns of ideas, however, that exceed the model of “Let’s just meet and make a decision on that.” One proven, helpful device is to provide all employees with a simple one-page format for presenting their ideas for organizational change. It is important that the outline not be unnecessarily bureaucratic or overly complicated; the intent is to encourage free-flowing ideas. Having a standardized instrument is useful in as much as the proposal being generated will include all of the necessary elements. A sample format follows.

Developing a Proposal – Five Steps

  1. Show that there is an important unmet need.

    An employee must demonstrate with specific examples that a need exists and that fulfilling this need is critical.

  2. Specify the objectives, the specific outcome which will significantly affect that need.

    How does the employee propose to fulfill the need he or she has identified? What are the specific goals of the program, and how will reaching those goals meet the need?

  3. Outline a plan for accomplishing the objectives.

    The employee details the scope of organizational involvement, estimates timelines, forecasts expected results, and plans for adapting to unexpected results.

  4. Establish the organization’s ability to carry out the plan in an efficient and effective manner.

    The employee must realistically assess the organization’s capacity to carry out the plan. What skills, knowledge or talents does it need to accomplish the task?

  5. Specify the costs anticipated in carrying out the plan.

In my experience, proposals for organizational change or improvement tend to overstate the value of the proposed change while underestimating the costs in terms of money, time and effort. That is why this section of the outline is so important.

Employees need to become aware of the economic side of doing things differently. This isn’t to say that proposals can’t result in financial savings, but too often staff members see only the program advantages and not the attendant costs. Staff should similarly be familiar with the concept of sub-optimization—there are no perfect solutions. A positive intervention on the one hand may create a negative impact on the other.

Creating an organizational culture that builds an expectation of personal responsibility for making suggestions and which instills this expectation into every job description is the ideal for a change-seeking organization. This expectation of personal responsibility along with the acceptance of risk that goes with it, should be conveyed in the initial interview and emphasized from that day forward.

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    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."
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    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.)
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