Starfire Stories

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.

The Melnyk Clements

Family Leadership

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.

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Kourtney

Community Coffee Roast, A Project in the Works (Pleasant Ridge)

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. Learn More

Spencer

Holtman's Donuts (Over-the-Rhine)

More than just donuts

When a local donut shop reached out to us to offer a spot at one of their stores, Spencer interviewed for the job. The rest was history. Learn More

Becky

Green House volunteer (White Oak)

Becky has been gardening with Starfire’s support since 2013. This year she landed a job at a green house, on top of her two weekly volunteer roles at gardens in the city.  “I’m pretty much set," says Becky.  Learn More

 

Emily

Salon Attendant (Hyde Park)

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

Nancy

Sewing Circle (Madisonville)

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

Jack

Warehouse Assistant (Sharonville)

Jack found a place to work that matches his strengths. He is the fastest employee in his department. Jack sets the standard for new employees for the level of productivity that can be done. Jack and his co-worker Phil have connected over a mutual admiration and respect. Learn More

 

Michelle

Write Me, I’m Yours, Monthly Writing Circle (White Oak)

For the past 4 years, Michelle has been meeting with a group of writers at a local coffee shop. The project began in 2013 when Michelle decided she wanted to engage writers across the city by setting out journals at local coffee shops and inviting people to contribute. She got other writers to sign on to the idea, and they called the project “Write Me, I’m Yours” which is now also the name of their monthly writing group. Learn More

Kachelle

Social Practice Art (Lower Price Hill)

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

Michelle

Write Me, I’m Yours, Monthly Writing Circle (White Oak)

For the past 4 years, Michelle has been meeting with a group of writers at a local coffee shop. The project began in 2013 when Michelle decided she wanted to engage writers across the city by setting out journals at local coffee shops and inviting people to contribute. She got other writers to sign on to the idea, and they called the project “Write Me, I’m Yours” which is now also the name of their monthly writing group. Learn More