STAR Inc. Ribbon Cutting and Open House for New Offices in New Canaan

The press and public are invited to visit the new space opening of STAR Inc. where there will be an official ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. at the rear entrance, accessible from the municipal parking lot. The new space is centrally located on 111 Elm Street in New Canaan. Afterwards there will be an open house where refreshments will be served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and evening wine and cheese from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017. For any inquiries please contact Peter Saverine at (203) 846-9581 x302 or

STAR is pleased to announce that our New Canaan office was officially opened on November 13, 2017 with the specific goal to provide in-town services to New Canaan residents with I/DD and their families. The new STAR Inc. site will serve as a satellite office that will bring services for all ages closer to home for those in New Canaan. It will also enhance STAR’s presence in the community, facilitate more intimate involvement through hosting special programs and activities. The ribbon-cutting will be hosted by incoming First Selectman, Kevin Moynihan, joined by other distinguished guests including the former First Selectman, Robert E. Mallozzi III, the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Tucker Murphy, and STAR Inc.’s Board President, Assaf Ben-Atar. The New Canaan on-site and Supported Employment Manager, Shelby Grich, said “We are very excited to be centered in a community that many of our participants call home. Our hope is to find meaningful employment options and other life-enriching opportunities that include people with I/DD right in their hometown. This office promises to be full of positive activity. STAR has always focused on building and developing long lasting relationships and we are excited for this promising new opportunity for growth.”

STAR has been connected to the New Canaan community in many ways over the past 65 years, including offering services to all eligible people with developmental disabilities living in New Canaan (from Birth-to-Three to senior services). This ranges from providing management support of the New Canaan Group Home for six adults, being actively engaged with volunteers and donors, supporting employers in hiring persons with developmental disabilities, to providing transportation services for people with disabilities in the area. STAR has been generously supported by hundreds of New Canaan families and STAR’s Board of Directors currently includes three New Canaan residents, Meghan Cioffi, Kimberly Butenhoff and Joanna Galvin and a host of local alumni directors. Likewise, last year STAR had over 80 individual volunteers from New Canaan as well as strong volunteer support from groups like Young Women’s League, New Canaan Newcomers, New Canaan Country School, New Canaan Mounted Troop, New Canaan Artisans, DramaRama, St. Luke’s School, St. Mark’s Church, New Canaan YMCA, New Canaan Library, SLOBS, New Canaan High School sports teams and more. Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director at STAR, adds, “STAR New Canaan is our first step in an exciting new vision to bring services to people with I/DD and their families closer to their homes. We appreciate the enthusiastic welcome showed by the town, and we intend to make our new office a model of community-based opportunities for the people we serve.” In an effort to provide opportunities for local youths, STAR Inc. also supports New Canaan’s Sports Buddies, a recreational program for youth with I/DD to improve their social, physical, and emotional well-bring through fun-filled sports practices. The new location brings continual promise to STAR’s goal to be an active and accessible presence for members of the community.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization established in 1952 to serve individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. STAR’s customized employment program for people with I/DD leads the state in job placements and hours worked. Likewise, STAR’s birth to three program continues to exceed state and local average results with 100% of the children reducing the gap, and 93% caught up in developmental milestones. Headquartered in Norwalk and with new offices in 15 Cross Street, Norwalk and 111 Elm Street, New Canaan, STAR annually serves over 600 individuals from birth through their senior years in Fairfield County. They aim to inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, or to volunteer or donate, visit .

Jennifer Thompson

Bryan Rodriguez


182 Wolfpit Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06851

(203) 846-9581, ext.339

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