Chemical Bank Grant Supports Starr Battle Creek Program

A grant from Chemical Bank has boosted Starr Commonwealth’s Battle Creek program, which provides hundreds of families with mental health services each year.

Chemical Bank donates $2250 to STARR

From left to right: Chris Smith, Elizabeth Carey, Catherine Yates, Terri Fogle, and Annette Campau

The grant of $2,250 will provide additional after school activities for the young people in the intensive in-home mental health program, as well as important information materials.

Starr’s intensive in-home mental health program has served families in the Battle Creek area for the last 18 years, and combines individual, family and group therapy; crisis intervention; case management; and connection to community resources.

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Camp Ready Readers

Children ReadingReading is an important skill. It helps you understand the world around you, allowing you to read road signs, text friends and apply for jobs. Reading is a skill, a hobby, and a necessary part of life. Unfortunately, many students in our country do not continue to enhance their reading skills once school is out for the summer.

According to the National Summer Learning Association, more than half of the achievement gap between low- and high-income students can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. The organization also states that low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement over the summer, while their middle- and high-income peers see slight gains.

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Starr Commonwealth Names Elizabeth Carey as Our New President and CEO

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Elizabeth Carey, Starr Commonwealth’s fifth CEO and President.

Starr Commonwealth has appointed Elizabeth Carey as the successor to its current President and CEO Dr. Martin Mitchell, who announced his retirement plans in January, after 45 years of service to Starr.

Carey has served Starr as Chief Strategy Officer for the last five years and will begin the transition to her new position as President and CEO on June 1st 2015, with Dr. Mitchell working closely with her on the handover during the summer, before serving Starr in an advisory capacity until his retirement in January 2016. Continue reading

Unveiling Art at Starr Detroit Academy

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Brandon Foster, the designer of “The Chase”, poses next to his unveiled sculpture.

This morning, Starr Commonwealth unveiled a new sculpture at Starr Detroit Academy, our public charter school in Detroit.

Last year, Starr held an open competition for artists and designers to create a piece of art for the school that embodies the importance of education. Many designs for sculptures were submitted, and the final decision was tough. Continue reading

Starr President Dr. Martin Mitchell Announces Retirement After 45 Years of Service


Dr. Martin Mitchell has worked at Starr for 45 years, the last 11 as the president and CEO of the organization.

Dr. Martin Mitchell has announced that he will retire at the end of 2015 after 45 years of service as a human service industry leader at Starr Commonwealth, including the last 11 years as president and CEO.

During his tenure, Dr. Mitchell has led the expansion of the organization into significant new areas of service, including the training of professionals across the world through the Starr Global Learning Network, behavioral health programs that serve thousands of families every year in Michigan, and education through Starr’s record breaking launch into charter schools.

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