The Rev. Robert Runkle Retiring
On October 15, 2015, Robert S. Runkle retires from Trinity Group Homes, Inc. after serving first as the "Administrator" in the fall of 2008, then becoming our Executive Director a few years later. Bob has been with Trinity about seven years. When he arrived, Trinity had 17 bedrooms, but as he soon realized three of those rooms had been vacant for the previous 12 months, creating a significant drain on income. Over the time Bob has been at Trinity, capacity had increased in several steps to the current capacity of 33 bedrooms. There is now a waiting list of around 8-10 individuals already approved for occupancy, and it usually takes 60-90 days for an individual to obtain a room. Without the collective support that Bob has had from the various members of the Trinity Board of Directors, none of this would have been possible.
Recently someone asked Bob what it would be like for him to leave Trinity. He noted that "leaving is going to be SO hard, so many friends, so many folks that mean a bunch to me, so many things that call me to this community, and for the rewards." Bob stated that he has been "blessed with many joyful events during my time here in Idaho." He noted that it is especially gratifying to see where Trinity is today, and how the staff is able to serve those with mental illness.
Trinity Group Homes, Inc. Nominated for Annual Nonprofit Excellence Award
(Coeur d'Alene, ID) - More than 100 organizations have been nominated across Idaho for the Idaho Nonprofit Center's Excellence Award, and Trinity Group Homes, Inc. is honored to be included.
"We know that nonprofits make a difference in communities across Idaho every day and these awards recognize the contribution of the nonprofit sector." said Janice Fulkerson, Executive Director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, which organized the awards. "We continued to be impressed with the many moving stories in the 2015 nominations and extremely proud of the nonprofits and what their contributions to the quality of life in Idaho."
Select Health Awards
The President of Select Health, Patricia R. Richards, and David Pate, MD, JD of St. Luke's Health System, together with Idaho's First Lady, Lori Otter welcomed and presented awards.
Select Health is a not-for-profit health insurance organization, serving 700,000 members in Utah and Idaho. This is their first year in Idaho for the Select 25 Award. More than 180 organizations applied for the 25 awards, of which Trinity Group Homes, Inc. was one recipient. Each awardee received $2,500 grant, together with several marketing materials, including a video.
Thomas Kinkade Raffle Winner
A recent raffle of a limited edition lithograph of Lake Coeur d'Alene by well-known artist Thomas Kinkade raised over $4200 for Trinity Group Homes, Inc. Pictured with the painting are: Julie Welker, Trinity's Life Skills Director; Mark Tucker, Executive Director of United Way of Kootenai County; Jane Brooks of Hayden, raffle winner; and Bob Runkle, Trinity?s Executive Director.
On June 1, Mark Tucker, United Way's Executive Director, drew the winning raffle ticket for a limited edition lithograph of Lake Coeur d'Alene by the well-known late artist, Thomas Kinkade. The lucky and excited winner was Jane Brooks of Hayden.