Employee Donor Spotlight: Shane Williamson

shaneAs a lifelong resident of Albion, Shane Williamson has grown up knowing about Starr Commonwealth. In 2014, he became the Director of Grants Management for Starr’s Advancement team, and began working with major foundations and individual donors to spread the news of Starr’s mission. “Working in Advancement was never part of my career plan,” Shane has said. “I didn’t grow up thinking; ‘I want to be a fundraiser’, but having found my career and home in this work, it calls me to do just as I ask so many to do in this field: To give. I feel good doing it each and every time.”

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Double Your Donation to Starr on Giving Tuesday!


Bill and Susan Gillam.

Created as a social media movement, Giving Tuesday has become a global day of giving – a way for everyone to show how much they care for the nonprofits near and dear to their hearts. In conjunction with a donation of time and money, nonprofit supporters are able to spread the word about their organizations through social media posts and hashtags. This year, Giving Tuesday will be on November 29, 2016.

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We’ve Got News for #GivingTuesday 2016!


Giving Tuesday this year is on November 29, and we’ve got some exciting news coming up!

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A Nobel Prize Winner Visits Albion

rabindranath-tagoreRecently it was announced that Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, but did you know that he was not the first musician to do so?

In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore, an Indian poet and songwriter, became the first musician (and first non-European) to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1916, he traveled to America to visit with a school with a cause near and dear to his heart: Starr Commonwealth.

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Starr and The Rivers of Grosse Pointe Open Children’s Home of Detroit Time Capsule from 1950


From left to right, Elizabeth Carey, Lisa Gandelot, Amy Reimann, and Richard Levin begin to open the Children’s Home of Detroit time capsule from 1950.

On Wednesday, September 27, 2016, representatives from Starr Commonwealth and the Children’s Home of Detroit gathered at The Rivers of Grosse Pointe to open a 66-year-old time capsule.

Starr merged with the Children’s Home of Detroit in 2009, and continues the legacy of serving children on the eastern side of Metro Detroit through Starr Detroit Academy, a charter school in Harper Woods, Mich. Starr also operates a residential campus for children and serves adults and children through in-home care throughout Wayne County and across Michigan. Continue reading