What's the big picture?
Starfire is focused on decreasing the social isolation felt by people with disabilities. The study below was done by Jack Peeler in the 1990s. He asked 51 people with disabilities, "Who's in your life?"; and the results were this startling picture of isolation. As you can see, out of all the people in a person's life, friends and other citizens comprised the smallest number by far. That's why at Starfire, we are challenged to change this picture by helping people with disabilities and their families connect to a network of friends, neighbors, and others in their community. Working with one person at a time, we believe we can decrease people's sense of loneliness, and work toward a good life.
How it all works...
Starfire is a conduit to relationships. So whether you are a person with a disability, a family member, or a community member looking to get involved, we will help you connect to people who you share things in common with.
"All citizens have better life chances, and everyone's world grows more interesting, when communities offer rich opportunities for all people to have these five valued experiences." – John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien
Our values: The 5 Valued Experiences
- Sharing Places - People sharing the ordinary places of community life at the same time and in the same way as others helps them be seen for their gifts and passions.
- Making Choices - Choices big and small, in all areas of one's life, lead to possibilities and opportunities to grow.
- Making Contributions - Attaining valued roles that use our gifts, talents, passions, interests, ideas and opinions are all ways to make contributions.
- Growing in Relationships - Taking time to develop a wide, diverse range of relationships with people to grow stronger in our relationships.
- Experiencing Respect - Being seen as a valued person who has positive roles to play in other people's lives by putting our best foot forward.
Read More about the foundations of our work...
"A strong sense of belonging – really feeling that there is a place for us in our community – and a bond of trust with our neighbors have the greatest influence on how we rate the quality of our life." – Vital Signs Report, Vancouver Foundation 2012