A Family Story

We don’t say it enough, but without families, our work at Starfire would not be possible. Every connection made in the community, every new relationship formed, or job attained, families are the ones behind-the-scenes keeping those threads of connection together. In many ways, Starfire’s story is the story of every family we support.



Families like Joy and Rosie Lawrence-Slater, who believe that every person has an important role in the community. The mother and daughter duo recently shared their hopes and dreams for Rosie’s life when NPR’s StoryCorps came to Cincinnati.

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We understand families are stretched thin. So when 81% of families support our mission by… providing transportation to community events, or following up with new friends to keep the relationship going, or coming to us with ideas for a person’s future…we are in awe. That type of support isn’t what’s typically asked of families from support agencies like Starfire, and we know it’s not the easy way. Because of this, it’s the support we receive from families, more than almost everything else, that tells us our work is worth working for. 


This story is part of our Story Series, “The Spark.” Subscribe and get this series in your inbox every week! 


About katiebachmeyer

I like to collect stuff. But non-material stuff-- like friendships, stories, and wisdom from older people with smile wrinkles. This kind of stuff isn't always well organized or labeled in boxes, but it makes up who I am.
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2 Responses to A Family Story

  1. Aaron says:

    great point, and perhaps we cannot ever say it enough. families and self advocates are the core of everything brave in our work. thanks for putting words to this!

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