Grant from Battle Creek Family Foundation Boosts Starr

BC office1A $5000 grant from the Santo, Maria, Frank and John Zanetti Foundation will support Starr Commonwealth’s behavioral health program in Battle Creek.

The need for quality behavioral and mental health services for low-income children and families persists in Calhoun County, and Starr has been meeting these important needs for over eight years, in addition to its extensive work in youth development.

Starr’s behavioral health and intensive in-home mental health program, in partnership with Summit Pointe, provides high quality, strength-based community services for children aged 4-17 who reside in Calhoun County. The program supports families with a child diagnosed with an emotional disorder, and aims to reunite families and reduce the risks of a child being placed outside of their home.

Elizabeth Carey, President and CEO of Starr Commonwealth, said: “The support of The Zanetti family for Starr’s mission has been extremely generous over the years, and this new grant will make a significant impact on our behavioral health work in Battle Creek. Every day, our staff in Battle Creek are helping young people and their families deal with their challenges by focusing on their personal strengths, and to have the support of the community in this work is highly important to us. I would like to thank the Zanetti family, and all of our donors in Battle Creek, for their generous support.”

Starr Battle Creek’s programs, based at 155 Garfield Avenue, combine individual, family and group therapy; crisis intervention; case management; and connection to community resources. Youth and their families also participate in after-school activities to build social skills and enhance positive peer interaction. Starr staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support, therapeutic intervention and advocacy for children and families.

The Santo, Maria, Frank and John Zanetti Foundation is a private foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan that has been providing philanthropic support since 2004 to public charities in the local Battle Creek community in the areas of education and social and human services.