Meet Baloo, Starr’s First Therapy Dog


Baloo - 7 weeks

Baloo at 7 weeks.

If you follow Starr Commonwealth on Instagram, you may have recently seen a sneak peek at the newest staff member on our Albion campus: meet Baloo, Starr’s first therapy dog! Baloo recently came in to our offices to say hello to the rest of our Starr staff and begin meeting new people in preparation for his training. Everyone immediately knew that he would be an excellent addition to our campus. Continue reading


Our Second Annual Night of Starrs Was a Success!


Elizabeth Carey with Stand Tall Award winners Hazel Lias, Hans Schuler, and Brenda Hunt.

Last week, Starr Commonwealth continued the tradition of honoring local heroes for children with our Second Annual Night of Starrs. Hazel Maxine Martin-Lias from Albion, Brenda L. Hunt from Battle Creek, and Hans Schuler from Marshall were each presented with the Stand Tall Award and celebrated for their dedication to the basic tenets of Starr’s mission: creating positive environments where children and families can flourish.

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Understanding Trauma in the Classroom


Jill Cripe working in a classroom at Townsend Elementary.

Last year, the Starr Global Learning Network (SGLN) began working with the teachers and administration at Townsend Elementary in Jackson, Michigan to help them understand trauma and learn how they can better help their students learn. Several staff members were already familiar with SGLN trainings through a recent conference, and they called on Starr Commonwealth for help.

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We Have Three Conferences in 2018!

Goals 2015

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The Circle of Courage


The Circle of Courage model is the resilience-focused philosophical foundation for the way Starr Commonwealth works with the youth in our care. It is designed to encourage kids to feel safe and comfortable in an environment of understanding and acceptance. Developed from the cultural wisdom of the Lakota people, the Circle of Courage states that Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity are the universal needs all people require to be emotionally well.  Only when these four needs are met are our circles complete.

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