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NEW Fall Fundraisers for STAR
We invite you and your family, friends, and businesses to support a STAR team of cyclists as they traverse over 2,000 miles with 100,000 feet of ascent (19 miles).
The cyclists will "saddle up" September 1, 2020.
Your gift will be matched up to $50,000!
Take this exciting ride with us through September as we follow their route through Italy
to deliver a generous gift to STAR.
Join us Monday, October 19
at The Connecticut Golf Club
for 18 holes of golf to support STAR.
Hosted by the Piscitell Family
Support STAR as a Sponsor!
Title Sponsor $10,000
Eagle Sponsor $5,000
Birdie Sponsor $2,500
Closest to Pin Contest $500
Longest Drive Contest $500
Hole Sponsor $250
Cart Sponsor $150
Important COVID-19 Updates
STAR is dedicated, first and foremost, to the safety of our clients, staff and the families we serve during this ever-changing and serious health challenge. Please check this site for regular updates or watch for our breaking news emails and text alerts.
New STATE of CT Executive Order for Access to Medical Care
for People with IDD
New and Noteworthy
New Video on Customized Employment
Click here to listen to STAR Board Chair Meghan Cioffi and daughter Molly talk about their experiences with STAR
JumpSTARs promotes well-being and create a family support network for parents, caregivers, relatives, and siblings of individuals of all ages who are impacted by intellectual and developmental disabilities.
POSTPONED UNTIL 2021...we hope
Featuring Cambodian-born American
human rights activist and lecturer
Volunteer & Support STAR
How STAR Makes A Difference
From a Mom's experience
My husband and I waited three years to hear the good news that I was pregnant. When I found out that the baby inside me was going to be born with Down syndrome, I did not even know what that was.
My beautiful daughter Belen is a fighter. She is a strong little Girl who is trying to reach her goals and teach me the true meaning of Down syndrome Now I understand what Down syndrome is. It means courage, persistence and strength to enjoy life every minute-like when she wakes up and gives me a smile, or when I am dressing her and she moves like a squirrel, and when she looks at me with those sparkling black eyes and calls me "Mama."
Belen is now preparing for preschool and STAR has been working with her since she was one month old. They teach her - and us - so much. One special day STAR sent Molly, a 17-year-old high school student with Down syndrome, to visit us. When we saw smart, beautiful Molly, we cried tears of joy--we saw our baby Belen's future! And it is so bright! Now I know why God wanted me to wait for my baby...he picked just the right moment to teach me the purpose of life.
You Can Help!
Whether you can contribute a few hours a week or just one day, we have volunteer opportunities for you to share your talents to help our neighbors who are impacted by intellectual/developmental disabilities.
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