STARS in the Community

STAR connects individuals with developmental disabilities to employer partners that provide them with opportunities to grow, utilize their skills, earn income, interact and contribute to the community around them. They receive training and support wherever and however it is needed, whether that is one-on-one supervision with a STAR employment specialist who provides on-the-job support, group supervision and support in an enclave employment situation, transportation to and from the job, completely independent work responsibilities or volunteer opportunities that build skills and experience. We are very proud of all our STARS. For information about partnering with STAR, contact Kari Ryan at 203-846-9581 x313 or For more information about STAR's Employment Services, click this LINK.

STARs at Work

Below: Sherrie Manual of STAR (left) with Ann Cox (right) in the bakery at Village Market in Wilton.

Below: Kaywana Miller of STAR (center) with managers Josh Brown (left) and Louis Silva (right) at STAPLES on Main Avenue in Norwalk.

Below: Bill Tolles (left) of STAR with Collin Pratt of Norwalk Public  Library Building Services.

Below: Charlie Sherman of STAR (left) and Diarmud Kennedy at Whole Foods in Darien.

Below: Denise Sapione (left) of STAR with Andrew Stefanou of Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa in Darien.

Below: Erika Labrie (left), Animal Care Technician at Earthplace of Westport with Matt Klements of STAR.

Below: Arunas Vaituzis (left) and Mark Labazzo (right) of STAR with Mark Leska, Supervisor at Stop & Shop Wilton.

Below: Artie St. Armand (center) of STAR with M. Brant Hinnant, (left) and Cara Ganser (right) of Charkit in Norwalk.

Below: Michael Johnson (right) of STAR at Tauck Travel

Below: STAR cafeteria enclave and staff members Sue (far left) and Maria (far right).

Below: STAR custodial enclave and staff member Adrian (back row, far right).

Below: Gary Guarante of Panera

( Westport Avenue, Norwalk) with Cy Brigish of STAR.

Above: SoNo STARs (in hoodie jackets) are STAR clients who help beautify the SoNo neighborhood of Norwalk by picking up trash and helping with other neighborhood improvement tasks. The five volunteers pictured here are with STAR staff members, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, David Shockley of the City of Norwalk and Sergeant Lisa Cotto of Norwalk Police Department.


Top of page: STAR volunteers help out at Darien Police Department with shredding and other clerical tasks. The group are also able to learn about police programs while there.