Our Story Begins and Ends With Our Participants
Individuals with developmental disabilities are some of the most joyous people you will find anywhere. STARS missionis to improve the quality of our participant’s lives through day programs and employment opportunities that make them feel included in their communities and improve their self-care, self-direction and economic self-sufficiency.
When participants walk through our front doors, they are embraced by a safe, comfortable and controlled environment. You will find lots of laughter and collaboration. Families entrust STARS with the well-being of their loved ones and it is a role we take very seriously. We recognize and value the unique potential of each participant, and we strive to build life-changing experiences that last for decades.
Safety Is Paramount
Safety is STARS #1 priority and our staff works hard every day to keep our participants, our 2 campuses (Osborn and Cholla) and vehicle fleet safe. When the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home order was announced we decided to suspend programming to protect the health of our participants and staff. With 63% of our program funding coming from government sources and with our doors closed and programs suspended, those funds were no longer provided. Our budget became super lean overnight.
So What Exactly Happened?
In April we had our annual fire protection inspection and our Fleet Maintenance and Facility Manager was there to help facilitate. The inspection noted a few key items needing attention which were later confirmed by the Scottsdale Fire Department. The repairs were going to be EXPENSIVE! The report noted that the sprinkler heads at the Osborn Campus were 50 years old and needed to be replaced. With over 110 heads to replace, plus a few other repairs to stay compliant with the fire code, the bill totaled $6,031. That is $6,031 we did not have budgeted for 2020 facility repairs. But with Safety Being Paramount we had no other choice but to make the repairs.
The Silver Lining
Yes, there is a silver lining with upgrading over 110 sprinkler heads! We were able to install the latest technology including sprinkler heads with a heat sensitive element that only activates the head when the metal filament gets too hot and melts away. Furthermore, in the event of a fire each head will go off individually, reducing the likelihood of a complete flood. This can potentially save thousands of dollars in damages if a fire was to ever happen at the Osborn campus.
Why Do We Ask For Your Help?
We are asking for your help because as the saying goes “the show must go on” and that is exactly what we have done. We sacrificed the overall health of our budget to ensure our participants and staff have the most safe and comfortable environment to be in.
Now that we have made these sacrifices we are asking you to consider donating an amount that speaks to you to help restore our budget.