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Trinity Services opens Adult Learning Program in Elwood, relocates production of Trinity Barkery’s Fritters for Critters pet treats

Aug 01, 2017

ELWOOD, IL — Approximately 40 people with developmental disabilities who receive support through Trinity Services’ Adult Learning Programs now have increased opportunities to garden and experience the benefits of open outdoor space through a move to Trinity’s new program building in Elwood, Illinois.

In the spring, attendees relocated from other Trinity Adult Learning Programs, drawn to enjoy the open, relaxing space — both indoors and outdoors — that Elwood has to offer.

Situated on Hoff Road, surrounded by acres of open farmland, the 11,000-square-foot building is entirely wheelchair-accessible. It is composed of a large multipurpose area; three program rooms; large bathrooms with showers and Hoyer lifts; deep closets to store tables and chairs if more open space is needed; offices and a conference room; a living room with comfortable furniture and ambient lighting for people who want to relax; a large kitchen and lunchroom; and an entire section of the building for production and packaging of the Trinity Barkery’s Fritters for Critters all-natural pet treats.

The program offers a homey, on-the-farm feel, with plenty of space for program attendees to plant and care for their own fruits and vegetables.

Lori Hausherr, director of Adult Learning Programs at Trinity, said she is very excited about how roomy the building is and how accessible it is for people who use wheelchairs. One of the accessible features is a 4-by-7-foot island in the spacious kitchen, which allows groups to enjoy culinary activities.

“The first couple months have been going really well,” said Pam Van Hess, Trinity’s associate director of Adult Learning. “There is plenty of excitement, smiles and eagerness. Everyone is content and engaged, and is having a great time being outdoors more.”

Additionally, the Trinity Barkery, a pet-focused support business of Trinity Services, is now able to expand its product line and reach thanks to its substantially increased production space in the Elwood building.

The Barkery’s flagship store is still housed at its original location, 240 W. Baltimore St. in Wilmington, Illinois, but the move of manufacturing operations allows for at least 10 additional people to join the Trinity Barkery team, creates more retail space in Wilmington, and allows for greater efficiency with baking, packaging and shipping in Elwood.

Since their creation, the Barkery’s Fritters for Critters treats, which are baked by men and women with developmental disabilities who are supported by Trinity, have delighted the taste buds of dogs, cats, and even horses around Illinois and the nation.

The move allowed the business to add a larger mixer, a double-stack oven, more storage space and an employee lounge for Barkery staff members to relax in once they have finished working or if they need a break.

“The floor space is wonderful,” said Shirley Lewis, manager of the Trinity Barkery. “In the past, we had to be very creative to find space in the building to decorate and package treats. In the new facility, there is a room designated for just this.”

“It’s a beautiful, gorgeous building designed to provide programs for any person we serve,” Hausherr said. “Each season will bring another opportunity. It’s going to evolve and have its own personality.”

For more information about the Trinity Barkery and to purchase its products, including Fritters for Critters pet treats, visit FrittersForCritters.com.

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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