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On Saturday, May 13, more than 200 guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Downtown to raise money to support Starbridge and celebrate the good work done by our 2017 Community Award recipients.


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Laura Arrington and Starbridge were nominated for a Community Partner Award and honored at the fourth annual Civic Engagement Awards ceremony at St. John Fisher College on April 28, 2017. The awards recognize students and faculty at Fisher, and community partners like Starbridge who collaborate with the college to promote civic engagement and community service.


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Ida Jones, Vice President of Organizational and Workforce Development at Starbridge, was honored by the National Human Resources Association, Rochester Chapter, at a luncheon ceremony on April 26, 2017. The annual awards recognize exceptional leaders in the human resources field.


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Starbridge is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Community Awards. 

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Their stories are below. Please join us at our Celebration of Champions, on Saturday, May 13, to meet, congratulate and celebrate these remarkable people!


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Cynthia Lynch's face lights up when she talks about her job. As someone who enjoys befriending people and helping them solve problems, she has found the perfect fit in her position as Assistant Manager at Fastrac. She appreciates the opportunity to work as part of a team, and she likes getting to know the customers who come in the store.


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Dear Friends:

I hope this message finds you well. Spring is almost here, and many parents of school-aged children are preparing for springtime meetings with their children's teachers or the CSE. We have resources available on our website, including a video giving an Overview of the CSE Process.


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Jensen Caraballo's dream is that people with disabilities will be included in the community, and that they no longer will be discriminated against or "left out of the picture". His dream is personal: Jensen was forced to live in an institutionalized setting from age 15 to age 21, because there were no other options for him. At age 18, he started advocating for his freedom, which he achieved at age 21 when he moved into his own apartment. He still lives on his own, with support from personal care aides.


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Robert Webb achieved a Starbridge first last December – he became the first graduate from our Health Professions Opportunities Grant (HPOG) program and passed the exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.


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Susana Montes describes her experience parenting a child with autism as a journey: "When I started walking this journey, I had no clue about anything. I had a lot of guilt, and I felt powerless. I blamed my son's condition on myself."


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Over the last several years, Maritza Cubi and Maggie Burgos have collaborated to support Compeer families with their children’s educational needs. Maritza serves as Bilingual Family Education Specialist at Starbridge and Maggie is a Senior Family Peer Mentor at Compeer. After hearing stories shared by families and youth, the two women realized there was a need to empower youth and develop their self-advocacy skills.