The Difference at S.T.A.R.R.
The STARFISH Story
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.” “I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?” “The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.” “But, young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!” The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said - - -
“It made a difference for that one.”
We work to make a difference with children and families.
We believe that there is a way to work through the challenges that can keep people from living the lives they envision. We are driven to look beyond the struggle. We are committed to helping people realize that their dreams are not out of reach, their challenges do not define them, and with support, anything is possible.
Our Name: STARR
Strength: We help people identify and use their strengths to help find value and purpose.
Truth: When we align ourselves with truths of the world, an environment for change can then exist.
Action: We believe in the power of "doing".
Resources: The tools for success are all around us.
Respect: Approaching people with dignity is important to us. Focusing on the person is what we are committed to.