Author Archives: katiebachmeyer

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.

Happy birthday – times three

The first time we sang happy birthday was right before the gifts. Jessica wanted to open them right away, before the food came. She got a butterfly necklace, a restaurant gift certificate, tickets to a play, a winter vest, and … Continue reading

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The life she imagined – Kachelle’s story

Kachelle said at first, she wasn’t sure about partnering with Danyetta – or Starfire. “In the beginning, I was just a little stiff,” she said about her early days working with Danyetta. “I’m not used to people.” That was two … Continue reading

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“Time” – Series 03 Part 1

Our Series 3 theme is: Time.  How do you want to spend your time? How does the way you spend your time impact others? When is time with others “wasted”? Listen below or head to Soundcloud to hear Starfire’s Tim Vogt … Continue reading

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Inclusive Culture ²

When you work at Starfire, everyday is another opportunity to build connections. And the more passionate people we know, the stronger our efforts to build the culture of inclusion across Cincinnati.(Inclusion…squared!) Desirae Hosley, from the amazing non-profit WordPlay connected with us recently. We chatted … Continue reading

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More than just donuts…

What happens when the best donut shop in the city contacts you to offer a spot at one of their stores?? Spencer + Holtman’s Donut Shop   Want more? Watch the “MadTree video” Katie references!    This story is part … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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“A Plan that Came True”

A few weeks back, Starfire received an email that reminded us of the importance of making room for “the spark” to happen. It was written by a mother, whose son Kyle used to attend our day program before it closed. … Continue reading

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“The Spark” – Series 02

This Series’ theme is: The Spark.  Close your eyes and think of a time you felt a “spark” with someone or something. Was it the first time you held a microphone? The time you met your best friend? Why is … Continue reading

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What do you do?

It’s common. One of the first questions people often ask when they meet you is: “What do you do?” For people with developmental disabilities, it’s a tough question to answer when the vast majority are out of work. But Mike’s … Continue reading

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The Data.

Data plays an important part in the fidelity and growth of our work. Tracking outcomes gives us the ability to share our success in a way that looks concrete, less subjective. But data on its own is hopeless. That’s why … Continue reading

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