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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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Manager-to-Manager Relationships

by Art Dykstra | Nov 29, 2017

From an organizational dynamic or effectiveness perspective, the quality of relationships between managers may be more important than the nature of the relationships within a given unit. Every business—be it for-profit or nonprofit—struggles with the natural tendency of managers to view their position or department as being the most important part of the company. For example, the sharing of resources is always a potential hot spot for conflict and discussion. The ways in which managers relate to one another is of critical significance if the organization is to thrive.

In organizations that provide both residential and day services or supports, it is not uncommon for major hostilities to erupt between these departments. In fact, the staff may not even speak courteously with one another. Scapegoating is a favored course of action, and it permeates the entire staff. Rather than resolve issues that arise, they focus on the negative: “They didn’t even do this.” “They did that.” “They won’t do this.”

For example, vocational staff may complain that a residential worker didn’t pack a sufficient lunch for one of the program participants. Residential staff blame the vocational staff for not telling them that an individual would be late getting home because of a picnic. To make matters worse, the managers of the program will sometimes assume that what they don’t hear won’t hurt them, so the conflicts remain unresolved. It’s no wonder that certain CEOs frequently rely on a deputy or associate director to mediate such conflicts.

It is important that managers spend time with each other, sharing insights, supporting one another and developing collaborative efforts. At Trinity we work to provide managers with training and opportunities to practice these relational behaviors. Among the activities are:

  • A Leadership Retreat, attended by all the leadership staff—directors and managers. During the retreat, staff enjoy presentations on a variety of topics and opportunities for practicing elements of the leadership skills they have learned.
  • Scheduled learning groups of 15 to 20 managers. Participants receive further exposure to leadership skills, such as communication techniques, planning, leadership styles, conflict management, and other timely topics. The trainings provide participants an opportunity to discuss their particular departments and how they can apply the concepts.

These activities and others foster an awareness of the organization as a whole and provide face-to-face interactions that promote collaboration, understanding and mutual support.

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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.)
    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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