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STAR receives $45,000 grant

Published 10:24 am, Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • STAR Inc., Lighting the Way received a $45,000 grant award from the Community Fund of Darien. From left, Carrie Bernier, executive director of the Community Fund of Darien; Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR; and Susan Balloch, president of the board of directors of the Community Fund of Darien. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    STAR Inc., Lighting the Way received a $45,000 grant award from the Community Fund of Darien. From left, Carrie Bernier, executive director of the Community Fund of Darien; Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR; and Susan Balloch, president of the board of directors of the Community Fund of Darien. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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STAR Inc., Lighting the Way received a $45,000 grant award from the Community Fund of Darien to support in-home early intervention therapies for infants and toddlers who have developmental delays, as well as providing services for their families and caregivers.

"The Community Fund of Darien has a long history of being a generous supporter of STAR and the Rubino Family Center's Birth to Three Programs for Early Intervention in particular," Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR said. "Impactful donations like those from the Community Fund of Darien have been the catalyst to STAR's ability to achieve notable results that are among the leaders in the state. We appreciate their support in helping us not only to sustain, but to enhance the important early therapies and services we deliver to these young people and their families."

STAR's Birth to Three program addresses occupational, physical, speech and language therapies, as well as special education, behavioral supports and social work concerns. Services are provided to children wherever they are, including in their family homes, day-care centers/day-care providers and community-oriented play groups. An average of 80 children with special needs are served each month.

STAR serves nearly 700 individuals from birth through senior years in Norwalk, Weston, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport and Weston.

For information, visit www.starct.org.