Unleash the talents and abilities of people with disabilities to improve our community and their quality of life
Starfire works to build better lives for and with people with developmental disabilities (DD). Working directly one-on-one with people served, Starfire's “Community Connector” staff work alongside a developmentally disabled person to build relationship in their neighborhood based on their distinct passions.
The aim is to support relationships between people with developmental disabilities and ordinary community members without DD in order to promote well-being and true social inclusion.
Based on best practice in the person-centered model, Starfire works to combat rampant loneliness experienced by people with developmental disabilities by building social connections alongside the person with DD. The more people who share common interests in a person’s life and see them for their strengths, the greater access to opportunities such as employment and civic engagement people with developmental disabilities have.
Starfire works every day for people with developmental disabilities to become valued, contributing members of their community.
Starfire employs Community Connectors who work directly with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to help connect them to others in the community in ways that support their career goals, personal interests, and passions.
How can you help?
Support people with developmental disabilities to become valued, contributing members of their community, by supporting the work of a Starfire Community Connector for one month for $480.