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STARS’ Day Training programs promote skill development in sensory-motor, cognitive, communicative, social interaction and behavioral training. Curriculum helps individuals build healthy, lasting relationships with others, engage in the community and to develop socially, emotionally and physically. We focus on life skills such as independent living, grooming, hygiene, safety and cooking and work with individuals to develop social behavior and communication integration in a safe structured environment. Staff conducts group and individual activities related to specific developmental, habilitative or recreational programs.

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Music Program

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Friday is an especially happy day at STARS. Participants eagerly await the arrival of the musicians. Anticipation always runs high.

The musicians arrive and music fills the air. STARS participants are energized. Familiar words are sung. Requests are taken. Moods are lifted and smiles are in abundance. Participants who don’t say much, raise their voice in song. Music makes the difference. It always does.

Your support of this program, allows STARS participants to continue to sing to new and familiar melodies.

STARS provides 104 music classes each year and serves 70 participants weekly.

Art Program

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

When the art supplies come out and the art instructor walks through the classroom door, a sense of anticipation and delight is apparent.

Participants are able to express themselves through drawing, painting, sculpting and crafting. Art gives a voice to emotions. Art builds confidence. Art allows for pride of ownership. Participants work on their own and in groups. Friendships form. The hallways are filled with participant creations and supporters seek pieces out for their homes. Art makes the difference. It always does.

Your support of this program allows STARS participants to express themselves, build skills and offer the community pieces as unique as each STARS artist.

STARS provides 400 art classes each year and serves 120 participants weekly.

Cooking program

Lunch is better when we eat together.

STARS participants love to plan a menu, shop for groceries, prepare the food and eat together.

The cooking program at STARS is the spice of life! Participants build independent living skills by shopping, chopping, cooking and cleaning! Good nutrition is stressed. Good proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables are valued and participants learn that what we put in our mouths affects our health and well-being. A little treat once in awhile is still good for the soul!

Eating in the common areas at STARS promotes a sense of community. It’s always better when we eat together. Your support of this program allows STARS participants to plan, purchase and prepare meals together.

STARS provides 288 cooking classes each year and serves 70 participants weekly.

Movement program

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.

Bodies need to move. Muscles need to be flexed. Heart rates need to go up.

STARS participants’ minds and bodies benefit from being active and engaged. Thinking positively, exercising often, eating healthy and working hard helps our participants stay strong and be happy.

STARS’ new exercise area affords participants the ability to move, flex and up the heart rate! STARS’ commitment to physical fitness is based on the principle that good things come to those who sweat.

Your support of this program allows STARS participants access to appropriate equipment and training.

STARS provides 96 movement classes with a physical education expert each year and serves 70 participants weekly.