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.

Safety. Starfire Story Series 05 part 1

“We’ve learned that true safety comes from a form of love or a form of affection and care. It’s a shared obligation, it’s a reciprocal relationship.” In this audio you’ll hear a conversation with Tim Vogt about the subject of safety, … Continue reading

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Work: Story Series 04 re-cap

Our most recent Story Series about “Work” set out to answer the question: “What does it look like when people with disabilities are connected to meaningful employment- in the community?” We broke out the question into a series of 6 … Continue reading

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Remembering the ‘Boys’ in the Bunkhouse – Four Years Later

This past December, the Trump administration announced that they will be revoking 25 legal guidance documents that interpreted and explained a wide range of federal laws, including a guidance letter written in 2016, protecting the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. … Continue reading

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Work. Starfire Story Series 04 Part I

Our newest story series will focus on work. What does it look like when people with disabilities are connected to meaningful employment – in the community? Listen to Christopher Kubik speak on the topic of integrated employment and ways he … Continue reading

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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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