Empower emerging leaders to build inclusion in our city and beyond

 
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It takes all of us to fan the flames of inclusion

Your donation supports stories of people leading the way to greater inclusion in our communities

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Every day Starfire counts on people like you. People who believe that we all belong here. You might know that some people experience more belonging in life than others. Social connection is one of our core human needs, and numerous studies have shown how isolation leads to poorer physical health and well-being as well as a lack of economic opportunities. This is especially true of people with developmental disabilities. 

Starfire believes that people with disabilities and their families deserve quality supports to build meaningful connections in our community.

Working side-by-side with people with developmental disabilities and their families, we have enacted over 35 creative and interactive projects in Greater Cincinnati in one year, engaging 75 people with developmental disabilities, 150+ of their family members, and hundreds more of their neighbors and community members. This work enhanced the quality of life in Cincinnati not just for themselves, but for everyone – culturally, artistically, and collectively.

-Candice Jones Peelman

Starfire Executive Director

It takes all of us to create a world where

people with disabilities and their families have

a voice, a space, and have value in community.

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Starfire’s Impact

 
 
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Mieke’s Story

When people work on Starfire community-building projects, they grow closer to each other. This is also true of families who work on projects together. Click the button below to see the story of Mieke and her family, who are showing us a better way forward.

“This project was more based on who my son is and what he loves, what he can actually give to the world rather than what he needs from it”


The Combs Family’s Story

Starfire believes that a connected and inclusive community starts with families. We support families who want to collaborate with us in that effort. Click the button below to watch Carol’s video and see how she has stepped into a new role as a leader in her neighborhood.

“The important thing is

you show up. And you

keep showing up.”

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Joe’s Story

Joe finds the right role at a company that values people. Starfire helps people with disabilities find jobs, and we go beyond that. We help enliven the workplace and add value in ways that bring their unique purpose to a business. See that in Joe by clicking the button below and watching his story.

“He loves people and he really has such a gift in connecting with people.”


Emily’s Story

When Emily asks Sean for a job, it takes them both on a journey that they say changed their lives. Starfire helps people with disabilities find jobs, and we go beyond that. We help enliven the workplace and add value in ways that bring their unique purpose to a business. See that in Emily and Sean’s story by clicking the button below.

“I feel like having this job has changed my life… I am more social and have met more people.”

“I didn’t realize the power of connections or what I was missing until I started saying yes.”

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