Family Leadership Network Training Press Release

PRESS RELEASE 

Aug 12, 2022  

Starfire, Riverside Community Care, the Nemasket Group, and Multicultural Community Services Collaborate on Family Leadership Network Training 

  

Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati and the Massachusetts Family Leadership Program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services are pleased to announce the launch of a family-led training program designed to support families of loved ones with developmental disabilities build inclusive community projects. 

On September 10, families can attend an informational session for the Family Leadership Network. Based on Starfire’s community-building model, the Family Leadership Network empowers families of loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy, to developing relationships based on common interests, and beyond paid staff.  

Ten families will be paid for their time and receive microgrants to launch a Family Project within their Northeast, Southeast, and Central Massachusetts communities. Family Projects enable families to share their unique interests with their community – from backyard movies to hip hop dance lessons to pop-up puppy parks – while becoming known for something other than their disability. 

Families also receive monthly, one-on-one guidance from a dedicated Starfire Family Mentor during the nine-month-long mentorship. Each Family Mentor is a parent of a loved one with a disability. Each has first-hand experience in breaking the cycle of social isolation, creating sustainable community supports, and developing better stories for themselves and their loved ones. And, each Family Mentor has launched several Family Projects and grown relationships with neighbors and community members. 

“Starfire’s mission is to further a more inclusive world, one relationship at a time,” offers Mitch Haralson, MSW, LCSW, interim executive director, Starfire. “We are excited to partner with the Massachusetts Family Leadership Program to help more families create identities beyond disability.” 

“Our families can’t wait to share their gifts with our community!” says Maryann Welch, Director of the Northeast Massachusetts Family Leadership Program. 

Interested families can log in Zoom, HERE. 

About the Massachusetts Family Leadership Program 

The Massachusetts Family Leadership Program empowers families and caregivers to advocate for their loved ones with disabilities to live in their communities as naturally and typically as desired.  This is done by 1) providing information and tools to effectively advocate for change, 2) guiding families in developing a vision, building knowledge, and growing leadership skills necessary to support family members in creating the life they want in their community and 3) providing opportunities for them to join with other families to share experiences and ideas. 

About Starfire 

Starfire is a visionary organization working to build better lives for people with disabilities. Since 1993, Starfire has worked to create a more inclusive world by partnering with people with developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy, to help build richer, more fulfilling lives. The data is clear: people with disabilities grow increasingly lonely and isolated as adults, so Starfire works to discover identities exclusive of disabilities to connect people to relationships that decrease social isolation via Starfire’s Community Building Network, Family Leadership Network, and Learning Network.  Learn more at www.starfirecincy.org

Contacts: 

Karen Claudio 

The Nemasket Group  

109 Fairhaven Road 

Mattapoisett, MA 02739 

508-999-4436 

Karenclaudio@nemasketgroup.org 

Robbie Jennings Michels 

Starfire 

513.673.8200 

robbie@starfirecouncil.org 

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“Dice For Distance” is Back for 2022!

Air Cannon Contest is Back for 2022!

Click Here to view sponsorship opportunities for the 2022 Tournament and to Sponsor the 2022 Golf Tournament

2022 Golf Committee Members: Diane Tichon, Liz Pappas, Nicki Demakis, John Bodenmann, Amy Cornell, Vincent Gandolofo, Nancy McPhadden, and Dustin Green

2022 Corporate Sponsors:  

Tournament Sponsor
Putting Contest Sponsor
Dinner Sponsor
Cart Sponsor
Gift Bag Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

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TOURNAMENT SPONSOR  $6000    

  • Foursome for the tournament
  • Company name on marketing products
  • Company name listed in primary position on all event publicity
  • Company banner displayed at event
  • Company logo linked to The Nemasket Group website under Corporate Partnerships
  • Company logo included on sponsor page of tournament program

PUTTING CONTEST SPONSOR  $5000                                                                                  

  • Foursome for the tournament
  • Company banner displayed on putting green
  • Company name listed in event publicity
  • Company logo linked to The Nemasket Group website under Corporate Partnerships
  • Company logo included on sponsor page of tournament program

DINNER SPONSOR  $4000

  • Foursome for the tournament
  • Company name on each table
  • Company name listed in event publicity
  • Company logo linked to The Nemasket Group website under Corporate Partnerships
  • Company logo included on sponsor page of tournament program

CART SPONSOR  $3000                                                                                                                        

  • Foursome for the tournament
  • Company name on carts
  • Company name listed in event publicity
  • Company logo linked to The Nemasket Group website under Corporate Partnerships
  • Company logo included on sponsor page of tournament program

GIFT BAG SPONSOR  $2500

  • Twosome for the tournament
  • Company name on gift bag
  • Company name listed in event publicity
  • Company logo linked to The Nemasket Group website under Corporate Partnerships
  • Company logo included on sponsor page of tournament program

LUNCH SPONSOR  $2000                                                                                                                      

  • Twosome for the tournament
  • Company name displayed
  • Company name listed in event publicity
  • Company logo linked to The Nemasket Group website under Corporate Partnerships
  • Company logo included on sponsor page of tournament program

AIR CANNON SPONSOR  $1500                                                                                                           

  • Company name displayed
  • Company name listed in event publicity
  • Company logo linked to The Nemasket Group website under Corporate Partnerships
  • Company logo included on sponsor page of tournament program

SUPPORTING SPONSOR  $1000

  • Two Dinner Tickets
  • Company logo linked to The Nemasket Group website under Corporate Partnerships

FLAG SPONSOR  $500 SPONSOR

  • Name or company logo on a flag (yours to keep after the tournament) placed on a hole

TEE SPONSOR $250

  • Name on a sign prominently displayed on a tee  

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Again this year The Nemasket Group, Inc. will be honoring a staff member of the organization who has shown exemplary service and who has excelled in one of the following areas:

  • Assisted an individual or family reach a long term goal or lifetime dream
  • Helped an individual fill a valued social role
  • Improved the level of services the organization provides
  • Contributed in a manner that has had a positive impact on the organization

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Saturday, May 7th 2022

Largest Fundraiser – Donna Lavalle

Largest Team – Pink for Purpose

1st Male  17.21  Corey Herbert

2nd Male 20.12  Khile Franco

3rd Male  21.06  Goncalo Rego

1st Female  22.00  Julie Craig

2nd Female 22.08  Jennifer Haskell

3rd Female  23.26  Theresa Firth

The 5K Walk/Run is a fun and inclusive event that brings together families, friends, supporters, businesses and community members.  This event is a great way to show your support for a great cause.

Registration Fee is $15 for adults and children 12 and over. Registered participants will receive a 2022 5K Walk/Run T-Shirt based on availability.  

We encourage people of all abilities to participate in this fund/friend-raiser.
Friendly dogs are also welcomed to join us!

Event Schedule

Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, MA

Registration 8:00 AM
Shotgun 9:00 AM
Awards & Refreshments to follow

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2022 Corporate Sponsors:

We are happy to announce Susan Kallio as our 2021 Employee of the Year.

Susan is an extremely dedicated employee who always goes the extra mile to
ensure that the individuals she works with get the support and opportunities
they need to be fully included in their communities. She understands the
importance of developing meaningful valued social roles for those she
supports and she has a “natural” way of going about her work, demonstrating
that she has a clear passion for what she does.

The Nemasket Group is fortunate to have so many wonderful and dedicated
people working for the organization. We want to acknowledge the other
employees who were also nominated for the 2021 Employee of the Year
Award (Justin Laurianno, Baithan Raposo, Patrick Russell, and Chelsea
Wynne). Congratulations to Susan and all of the nominees.