Introducing the UNconference 2018

#UnCon2018 at Starfire August 9th - 11th, 2018 / @StarfireCincy

What is a conference when it's not a conference? 

The UNconference is an open source event that invites the community to come teach and learn together. The 3-day event will kick off with a pot-luck dinner and a blank calendar. Then people like you will volunteer to teach one hour sessions throughout the rest of the weekend. Join us to help build community in Cincinnati and meet people who share the same passions and interests as you! Learn More

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An Interview with
The Melnyk Clement Family

Clifton now has a Pop Up Puppy Party (PUPP) each month at a privately owned lot on Ludlow Ave. It’s built around community and being good neighbors. Cassandra, Nestor, Troy and Sophia are a close-knit family whose initial goal was to do something cool in their neighborhood. Through mentorship and a grant from Starfire, they took steps as a family throughout the next year to collaborate with neighbors and bring this project to life. Here’s our conversation with the parents, as they reflect back on their progress and how it has shifted their mindsets to want more community in their life.  Learn More



Emily is into fashion and make-up design. Her job at a salon is the perfect fit. Through this job, she is able to meet people she shares things in common with, and provide a useful service to the rest of the salon workers. Learn More



Kourtney had his first sip of coffee on a camping trip when he was in high school. He has a great interest in the growing, harvesting, and roasting process and is partnering with RedTree and La Terza to plan a community coffee roast this fall. Their idea is to host something outside where people can spend the day together learning and roasting. They might even have enough beans roasted to donate them to the local food pantry in Kourtney’s neighborhood. Learn More


Kachelle and Alicia have been friends for 2 years. The two met through their shared love of art and together have activated their neighborhood through projects that they call “social practice art.” They aim to call to attention the challenges and gifts of their neighborhood while bringing other artists  into their “Artist Collective” group to spend time making art together. Learn More



Nancy says life is too short not to be happy. She has found happiness going to a local rec center three times a week to meet up with other women and men her age who also like to sew. Learn More


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Give year-long mentorship fromStarfire and help launch a family project

Our Story

Starfire is a visionary organization working to build better lives for people with disabilities. The data is clear; people with disabilities grow increasingly lonely and isolated as adults. Working with one person and their family at a time, Starfire connects people to relationships and uncovers a person's talents and passions - so they can thrive in their communities alongside their neighbors.