Helping Children After Trauma with Brave Bart

Brave BartWe are all aware of the recent tragedies that have befallen our country in the past months: shootings, wildfires, and multiple hurricanes have caused devastation to those who live in the affected areas.

This devastation is not solely felt by adults. So many children have lost their homes, lost family members, or are living in a state of uncertainty for an extended period of time. But, in the words of the immortal Mr. Rogers, “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

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Double Your Impact This Giving Tuesday!

George FranklinAs you may have heard, Giving Tuesday is once again approaching! This national day of giving takes place after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is your chance to show the organizations that mean the most to you how you feel about them.

This year, we have a generous benefactor, George Franklin, who is challenging fellow supporters to double their impact – for the first $5,000 given to Starr on November 28, he will match it!

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They Call Him “Mr. Wells Fargo”

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Stan Allen at the 2016 Starr Alumni Homecoming.

Stan Allen, a Technical Project Manager in Technology Infrastructure at Wells Fargo, was recently named a 2017 Volunteer Service Award winner.  To the students on our Albion campus, though, he’s known simply as “Mr. Wells Fargo,” as referenced in numerous thank you notes received from staff and students. Stan and his wife, Patricia, have supported our organization for many years, and Stan currently serves as a member of our Board of Trustees and the president of our Alumni Association.

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Donor Spotlight: Erick Stewart

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L-R: Janis White, Erick Stewart, Bob Shumaker, and Carol Carrier

Erick Stewart has a long history with Starr Commonwealth. The Stewart family has supported Starr for over 25 years, beginning with his mother, Clara Stewart, serving on our Board of Trustees. “My mother’s enthusiasm and direction was rooted in our family’s deep commitment to youth, education, and vulnerable population support,” says Stewart.  “My parents believe that all children, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status have the right to be loved and supported in life.”

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Marshall Middle School Reveals Resilient Communities Art Project Mosaic

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Linda LaNoue, Mary Gilhuly, and Erica Isham in front of the newly unveiled mosaic in Marshall Middle School.

On Tuesday, August 20th, Marshall Middle School (MMS) unveiled the Resilient Communities Art Project – a mosaic recently installed in the MMS cafeteria. The theme of the mosaic is “Bravery Dwells in Remarkable Places,” with each student featured in the mosaic sharing what being brave looks like to them. This Resilient Communities Art Project brought together diverse groups of youth to demonstrate a sense of vibrancy occurring throughout the Calhoun County area.

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