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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Henry David Thoreau said, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." Perhaps, thatÕs easier said than done. But thanks to a Utah organization called Tri Services, it certainly is possible.

Originally known as Tri Connections, the organization was founded in 1986, and since then, has provided numerous community-based residential and vocational opportunities for people with disabilities.

These days, Tri Services focuses on five programs-family support, supported living, supported employment, community living and day training.

Consultants in Tri Services Community Living Program help people connect to community activities, teach menu planning, budgeting strategies, offer instruction about hygiene and grooming techniques and provide behavioral support, among other things. Day Support services help individuals improve their social skills, gain independence and explore opportunities to enhance their use of community resources. In the Family Support program, families learn how to manage and cope with the complexities and stressors of supporting a child with disabilities in their own home. Through its Supported Employment program, Tri Services helps disabled individuals find positive, long-term employment and offers them support and training on the job. And through its Supported Living program, Tri Services helps them live independently in the community.

In addition, Tri Services, through Lifespan Services in Salt Lake, offers mental health for individuals, groups, couples and parents. The center is open daily and on weekends by appointment. Financial support is available and most insurance policies covering mental health are accepted.

Patricia Godwin, who serves as executive director, told me that Tri Services began with just a few employees and a handful of people in services. But as a result of its successful programs, Tri Services has expanded to serve more than 135 individuals in 15 cities. The agency operates at numerous service locations throughout the counties of Salt Lake, Utah and Uintah and employs approximately 115 people.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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