Starfire is a visionary organization working to build better lives for people with disabilities. Since 1993, Starfire has worked to create a more inclusive Cincinnati. Starfire is focused on decreasing the social isolation felt by people with disabilities. The data is clear; people with disabilities grow increasingly lonely and isolated as adults. Working with one person 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.
Community Building Program
Our Community Building program connects people with developmental disabilities to roles and relationships and deepens and sustains those community connections over the long haul. On average people beginning our program have only 1 or 2 close community friendships. Starfire supports people with developmental disabilities experiencing loneliness by connecting them to people and passions in their local area. Starfire supports 75+ adults with developmental disabilities (DD) in a direct, 1:1 model for an average of 156 hours per person annually to connect each person socially through valued roles. Our Community Building program is supported in part through Medicaid waiver dollars, grants, and private donations.
Customized Competitive Employment
Starfire works one-on-one with people with disabilities to secure competitive community employment tailored to match their strengths and the employer’s needs. Our Customized Competitive Employment program is supported in part through the State of Ohio, grants, and private donations.
Family Directed Community Inclusion Initiative
Starfire provides year-long mentorship to help launch family-led projects. Our Family Directed program is supported solely through grants and private donations.
Starfire’s leadership team has 80+ combined years of experience working to build better lives for people with developmental disabilities. Our work has been dedicated to working with and for people with developmental disabilities and their families in a variety of settings including: direct service support, training and facilitation, residential support services, summer camps and rec/leisure day programming, job development and job coaching, individual mentorship of families, special education and teaching in school settings, research and publications, outcome measurement and data collection, and community integration and social network building.
Meet Our Team
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Candice Jones Peelman
Community Building Program
To learn more about the Community Builder Program please contact Danyetta@starfirecouncil.org
Family Leadership Initiative
Competitive Community Employment Program
To learn more about the Employment Program at Starfire please contact Chris@starfirecouncil.org