Alfa Foundation and Trinity Services hold 8th Annual Dinner and Auction

A group of O’Fallon residents took part in the festivities. Front row, from left: Denny Cowder, Katelyn Cozad, Nancy Morrison. Back row, from left: Linda Cowder, David Cozad, Linda Cozad, and Larry Morrison.

A group of O’Fallon residents took part in the festivities. Front row, from left: Denny Cowder, Katelyn Cozad, Nancy Morrison. Back row, from left: Linda Cowder, David Cozad, Linda Cozad, and Larry Morrison.

MASCOUTAH – Katelyn Cozad seems at peace at the Trinity Gardens and Farmstead, surrounded by nature and open skies.
Despite being developmentally disabled, Katelyn, the daughter of David and Linda Cozad of O’Fallon, and the rest of the residents at the Trinity farm are having the time of their lives in the country, taking part in a ton of different activities.
This past weekend Alfa Foundation and Trinity Services held their 8th Annual Dinner and Auction at the farm. The event was Oktoberfest themed and featured live music, wine and beer tastings, German food, and a silent auction. But it was also an opportunity for everyone to come together and look and see what a wonderful place the Trinity farmstead is.
Aside from the main building, which is decorated with beautiful pieces of artwork all made by the residents, there are two large houses where the residents live. They live on the farm and grow gardens and enjoy nature. Additionally, through Trinity Services, residents have gone on field trips, worked at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and the Mascoutah Visitors Center, and stocked shelves at the local food pantry.
“They are the happiest people I know. They live their lives not judging others based on their race, gender, economic status, or appearance. They are accepting, loving, and inviting, and they’re a truly wonderful group of people,” said David Cozad about the residents at Trinity farmstead.
The Oktoberfest event raised funds to help support the programs taking place at the farm. While Trinity does receive some state funds, that money barely scratches the surface of the needs of the organization, causing fundraising to be so important.
Cozad said he hopes one day soon O’Fallon could have a place like the Trinity Farmstead.
“I know some people may be be uncomfortable with the idea at first, but once you spend time with these great kids, its obvious what a wonderful addition a place like this would be for O’Fallon,” he said.