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Trinity Services opens Morris office

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:50 p.m. CST
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(Heidi Litchfield – hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
Trinity Services has extended its services to Grundy County by teaming up with Special Connections of Grundy County. Special Connections provides recreational and social opportunities for persons with special needs. In February the Special Connections Special Olympics team played at half time during the Faculty vs. The Fuzz charity basketball game.

MORRIS – Trinity Services Inc. has opened its doors in Grundy County, partnering and sharing office space with Special Connections of Grundy County.

“Everybody deserves a meaningful day is the philosophy I feel sets Trinity apart,” said Jennifer Price, Network 10 Director with Trinity and Special Connections board president. “I am beyond excited and hopeful for the future of our special needs population in and around Grundy County.”

Trinity Services has helped people with disabilities for almost 65 years and gears it’s programming to the needs of the community it serves. It includes a wide range of programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and/or behavioral health needs.

The Morris office, 1539 W. Route 6, will be staffed part time with employees from the New Lenox Trinity office, making appointments at the Morris office to fill the needs of the community.

Price said the organization has been successful, contemporary and flexible, in how it does its programs, which can add to the programs offered in Grundy County.

“It was families who live in Grundy County and the Morris area who came to us,” Trinity Executive Director Art Dykstra said. “We opened a dialogue about what families in the area need.”

He said Trinity has expanded to several communities to offer services, paying attention to what services are already offered to ensure there isn’t duplication of services.

“It depends on what the need of the community is, and we take into consideration a number of things including the function of what providers in the area already provide,” he said. “Our move to Grundy County was in response to the people who came to us, it just made sense to our board.”

Price said Trinity is starting services to the area with programs including supported employment and respite services.

Supported employment is a more intensive service than their other job program, Career Access Network. It allows for additional one-on-one time for an individual and his or her job developer, according to Trinity’s website.

“Individuals participating in this program receive assistance in becoming employed, often for the first time. Jo-seekers are guided through the process of identifying a preferred job, successfully completing applications, and preparing for interviews,” the website states.

The organization will be seeking businesses in Grundy County interested in offering supported employment opportunities to people with disabilities, Price said.

The respite services program provides a caregiver to work with children or adults with developmental disabilities in their homes, giving a break to their families or guardians.

There is no fee to families for the respite care provided by Trinity Services, as the program is offered through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

“Assessment of community needs will be done to map out further growth,” Price said. “It will include community living options to meet the greater need of the persons with disabilities community.”

Price, who has a child with special needs, got a group together to form Special Connections to see what could be done as a community to address programs and what they can do for special-needs families.

“Special Connections has provided social and recreational opportunities, but the board of directors felt after talking with parents and persons with disabilities that concerns need to be addressed about living and working options, as well as respite care,” Price said.

She said the group discussed all that goes into creating programs, and the fact that so many great organizations are already established to provide support in these areas so they started discussions with Trinity Services.

OUTBOX

To make an appointment with Price or another staff member of Trinity Services, or if your business is interested in working with Trinity with the Supported Employment Program, call 815-941-1503 or email jprice@trinity-services.org.

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