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.

Integrated Employment Series #2

Read the first part of our Integrated Employment Series here Spencer’s Job at Local Donut Shop Danny’s Job at his Local Pub “It’s good here. I like helping other people. I think it’s really nice to see all my friends here. My … Continue reading

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A letter from Jayla

Hello my name is Jayla and I’m 18 years old. My high school DePaul Cristo Rey  has a corporate work study program and this year they placed me to work at Starfire. At first, I didn’t know what I was getting into. I walked in … Continue reading

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A job and a life – Douglas’ Story

Douglas is going on his 3rd year as an employee at one of Cincinnati’s most popular local establishments, Eli’s BBQ. He also has been working at Fireside Pizza for the past 2 years. Both restaurants are in/around the neighborhood of Walnut … Continue reading

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Sam ties her new network of seamstresses to a cause. (Starfire Video)

Sam’s Story Sam: We’re making baby bibs and burp clothes at silk road textiles for healthy moms and babes. This year, Sam organized a group of women to make items for at risk moms and babies and enlisted her zumba … Continue reading

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Quilting Together – Andrea’s Story (Starfire Video)

Maryann: You can present your quilt to Carolyn Andrea learned to quilt in Mary Ann’s home sewing room Carolyn: This is awesome are you happy with it? Maryann: When she saw this quilt coming together she started dancing. I said … Continue reading

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2019 Strategic Plan: An Update

It’s been 7 years since Starfire set out on a plan as an organization to change the way we support people with developmental disabilities. Our goal was to build a model of support that aligned our impact with our original vision: to build … Continue reading

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Integrated Employment Series (# 1) #olmsteadAction

Jobs are an important part of people’s lives. Yet statistics show that only 18% of people living with the label of developmental disability are employed in the US (Or said another way, 82% of people with developmental disabilities are not in … Continue reading

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Girls Day Out

It’s not often but when we do all get together, the women in my family are a close knit crew. Ages ranging from 2 to 65, something we can all enjoy together is a trip to the nail salon once … Continue reading

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Rachel’s Story – Movers, Shakers, and Motivators (VIDEO)

Rachel joined a training group for runners and walkers and completed her first 5k. Carol: How do you feel Rach? Rachel: I feel fine Carol: We did it didn’t we? Lots of training for that huh? Rachel: Yeah Carol: Did … Continue reading

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Molly’s Story: A Full Life (VIDEO)

Molly embarks on the journey toward a full life, filled with relationships, valued roles in the community, and passion. STORY SOIREE 2016 (Starfire Story) by Katie Bachmeyer Allie: Why is it important for you to meet new people? Molly: Because I … Continue reading

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