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STAR receives grant from CVS

Published 10:28 am, Monday, February 3, 2014

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  • STAR Inc., Lighting the Way recently received a grant from CVS Caremark. From left, STAR special education therapist Melissa Robusto; Tricia and Marie Boccuzzo with baby Gianna Boccuzzo; Mouhamad Ayoub, manager of the CVS at 281 on Connecticut Ave., Norwalk; and Peter Saverine, development director of STAR. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    STAR Inc., Lighting the Way recently received a grant from CVS Caremark. From left, STAR special education therapist Melissa Robusto; Tricia and Marie Boccuzzo with baby Gianna Boccuzzo; Mouhamad Ayoub, manager of the CVS at 281 on Connecticut Ave., Norwalk; and Peter Saverine, development director of STAR. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Star Inc. Lighting the Way's Rubino Family Center has received a $1,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant.

The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to building healthier communities. The grants support programs that are focused on providing health education and awareness.

The support from CVS Caremark will help Star's Rubino Family Center reach more families in Mid-Fairfield County to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers.

Barbara Fitzpatrick, director of the center, said, "Our Connecticut Birth to Three Program is a coaching model, a partnership with the family, to demonstrate and implement techniques that will help each individual child drive toward their potential developmentally and healthwise."

Grants were awarded to programs that raise awareness of important health issues, focus on chronic disease management and offer training and other tools that communities need to help them on their path to better health.

"As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health and we believe that optimal community health Starts with education and awareness," Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of corporate philanthropy and sustainability at CVS Caremark, said. "We are proud to support the work that Star Rubino Family Center does in the community and we look forward to working with them in fulfilling their program's mission."

Star's Rubino Family Center provides early intervention programs for more than 60 infants and children monthly, from birth to age 3 who have developmental disabilities, established diagnoses and/or are risk of delay due to a significant premature birth. The center specializes in skill development for children with pervasive developmental delays, autism and Down syndrome. Direct services include speech, physical and occupational therapy, special education, parent support and training, nutrition counseling, social services, assistive technology and referral. During the past year, approximately 36 percent of the children served by the program reached their developmental milestones. Star Inc. Lighting the Way provides support services to families in Darien, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Weston and Wilton. Its Rubino Family Center is at 120 East Ave., Norwalk.