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Founded in 1950

Trinity was founded by a dedicated group of parents in 1950. It was originally a school for children with developmental disabilities.

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3,500 Children & Adults

Trinity serves more than 3,500 children and adults who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or mental health needs.

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31 Communities

Trinity has a presence in 31 Illinois communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Madison, Peoria, Jackson and St. Clair counties.

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  • by Art Dykstra

From My Pad to Yours

A Vision That Works

To entertain thoughts of a more desirable future is to have a vision. Unfortunately, this concept has also become a buzz word. I am concerned that the consulting groups who are conducting “vision seminars” in organizations today were conducting burnout seminars, excellence seminars, quality circle seminars and empowerment seminars last week and last year.

Today, there are vision seminars for everyone—PTAs, church groups, country club members and even consultants. It is ironic that I have not come across any mailers or advertisements directed toward individuals with disabilities themselves, whereby they could be assisted in “visioning” their futures.

I don’t deny the importance of having a vision. The concept has been around for a very long time, for instance, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). Whether it be in our personal lives or our organizations, visions embrace the hopes that we have. They are not the same as goals and objectives though they are frequently equated in organizational language and practice.

Having a vision is to have some sense of transcendence. Visions create a powerful sense of meaning and enrollment. They emphasize the values and principles of our corporate as well as our personal lives. With such a governing frame of reference, an openness to new possibilities comes naturally. The processes undertaken originate from the vision and the merits of the hopes presented.

At Trinity, our vision is “to be the service and support choice of people with disabilities in Illinois.” It means that we want to offer the kind of help that people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness need to succeed. But a vision is a set of empty words unless we act to make it a reality. Therefore, having seen the hardship that apathy and neglect cause, we are dedicated to helping them achieve success in their personal lives. Their goals will vary, just as ours do, but each person’s goals are vitally important whether it is learning to dress or cook independently, pursue a hobby or maintain a cherished job.

To create that reality, we believe that every action, thought and experience is meaningful at some level. Every staff interaction with a person who has a disability or mental health needs produces a ripple effect. Strong relationships are encouraged and supported between staff members and individuals receiving services, and between supervisors and their staff. This web of mutual support makes learning and growing possible across the entire organization, both for the people receiving support and those who work to provide opportunities and supports for them.

So for 67 years, Trinity Services has been helping people with disabilities live full and abundant lives, guided by a philosophy of servant leadership—a commitment to placing the needs of others before our own. In this way, we strive to be the hands, feet, mind and heart required by our vision, leading by example as we do our best to enhance the lives of the people we support.