Starr Commonwealth Receives Grant Award to Benefit the Marshall and Albion Communities
Starr Commonwealth has been awarded a grant from the Cronin Foundation in Marshall to support the “Resilient Communities Project” which will bring the Marshall and Albion communities together through trauma-informed and resilience-focused conversations, activities, and workshops. This year-long project will focus on community leaders, parents, coaches, church leaders, and all interested community members that would like to learn and grow through conversation on community trauma, racism, and resilience. Through courses, seminars, and supportive services, Starr's Resilient Communities Project will directly impact several hundred local educators, professionals, parents, and caregivers in Marshall, Albion and the surrounding communities, with a goal to strengthen the communities with positive youth development approaches and positive peer cultures to build resiliency and address racial injustices.
Currently Starr Commonwealth is reaching out to various focus groups and organizations including the Albion College AmeriCorps*VISTAs, the Albion-Marshall diversity committee led by Harry Bonner, and working closely with the local Marshall Public School district to begin the planning process for facilitating workshops and conversations throughout the Albion-Marshall communities. Elizabeth Carey, President and CEO of Starr Commonwealth said; “We are excited and deeply honored to continue serving the children of the communities that launched our organization over one hundred years ago. With this leadership gift from the Cronin Foundation and partners from schools, businesses, nonprofits and community groups from Albion and Marshall, we can all make a difference in the lives of our children and build the strength of our community. I know we are all ready to add additional support to our community to ensure our children flourish”. Starr plans to begin this work in the communities by the end of November. Starr Commonwealth, an organization servicing children and families across Michigan and training professionals across the country, is serving the most vulnerable among us due to the support of donors and grant funders such as the Cronin Foundation. If you would like to reach out to Starr and help us with our mission through a donation or have questions about this program, you can reach a member of the Starr team at (517)-629-5591.