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Stand Tall with Starr Starr Commonwealth 2017 Annual Report

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Starr Commonwealth Leadership Starr Commonwealth is dedicated to the mission of creating positive environments where children and families flourish, and its vision is to engage communities worldwide to develop the greatness in every child. OFFICERS Elizabeth A. Carey President, Chief Executive Officer Dudley N. Spade Chief of Staff Thomas F. Tate Chief Operating Officer BOARD OF TRUSTEES Craig Carrel, Chair (2008 – 2021) President and Partner Team 1 Plastics Albion, MI Honorable John Hallacy, Immediate Past Chair (2009 – 2019) Chief Circuit Court Judge 37th Circuit Court Battle Creek, MI Erick Stewart, Vice Chair (2009 – 2018) President Stewart Industries LLC Battle Creek, MI Bruce Vande Vusse, Secretary (2009 – 2018) Attorney Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. Southfield, MI

Stanley Allen (2014 – 2023) Configuration Engineering Wells Fargo & Company Des Moines, IA

Randy Neumann (2013 – 2022) Vice President J.F. Daley, Inc. San Antonio, TX


Scott Bennett (2010 – 2019) Senior Vice President, Wealth Management UBS Financial Services Birmingham, MI

Mary E. Rutan (2013 – 2022) Human Resources Director (Retired) Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Diana Starr Langley Montecito, CA

Anne Willson Dupré Granddaughter of Floyd Starr Toronto, Canada



Doug Clark (2013 – 2022) Executive Director, Donor Mktg U.S. Office of Development Cru International Camano Island, WA

Martin L. Mitchell President Emeritus Coldwater, MI

Michael J. Gable Human Resources Executive (Retired) Orlans Associates, PC Troy, MI

Arlin E. Ness President Emeritus Anthem, AZ

George A. Goodman (2010 – 2019) Ypsilanti, MI

George D. Goodman Executive Director (Retired) Michigan Municipal League Ann Arbor, MI

Laura Koziarski (2013 – 2022) Child Advocate Battle Creek, MI Huilan Krenn (2017 – 2026) W.K. Kellogg Foundation Director of Learning & Impact Battle Creek, MI

Dr. Russell G. Mawby Chairman Emeritus W.K. Kellogg Foundation Battle Creek, MI Honorable Eugene A. Moore Chief Probate Judge (Retired) Oakland County Pontiac, MI William K. Stoffer Chairman and CEO (Retired) Albion Machine & Tool Co. Albion, MI

All Officers and Trustees can be reached at: Starr Commonwealth, 13725 Starr Commonwealth Rd., Albion, MI 49224, (517) 629-5591


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The State of Childhood

There is no average childhood. Every child is unique, every child has their own life experience, and every child has a basic set of needs. Back in the mid ‘90s, a large scale study was completed to identify how impactful a child’s life experiences are on their long-term health. With over 17,000 adults participating in the study, the results support what many have long thought to be true — how you treat a child today directly impacts their health tomorrow. Now known as the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, the 10 question survey has the power to paint a picture of what a child’s future may bring. The more times an individual answers “yes” to questions that link to abuse, neglect, and so on, the greater the likelihood they will suffer from alcoholism, heart and liver disease, sexual violence, suicide attempts, poor academic achievement, and sadly, much, much more. Generation after generation, a new negative cycle is then created, and the deck of their future health outcomes (and their children’s future health) is quickly stacked against them.

There is hope, however. As Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, said during her TED MED Talk, “this is treatable, this is beatable.” While we cannot erase bad experiences from a child’s past, we can show them they are deserving of love. We can heal their hearts and rebuild trust, confidence, and compassion. We can share how important their actions are with them, their guardians, and their community. We can help them see how powerful they and their environments are in creating positive health outcomes—and that is exactly what Starr Commonwealth is all about. Starr believes there is greatness in everyone. We believe in the ability to overcome adversity, because we have seen it happen, firsthand, for over 100 years. But we can do more, and we need to do more. Help our children rise above adversity — help us break the negative cycles — help us build stronger and healthier children, parents, and communities. Together, we can create a healthy future for all.

Together, we can Stand Tall.


President’s Letter


or over one hundred years, the teachings, statements and beliefs of our founder Mr. Floyd E. Starr have been quoted, printed, implemented and admired. We are so fortunate to be grounded in a Creed that continues to guide us and many others in their service to young people. Frequently, we find that the newest idea or description of what we do is, in fact, not that new at all; that Uncle Floyd already penned the language. As an example, we recently found a book entitled Here’s How, by Jesse Grover Bell in 1967. A compilation of essays composed by the successful individuals of Bell’s era, the book was created to share how each accomplished their many great feats. President Herbert Hoover, General Douglas McArthur, and then Governor Ronald Reagan are among the many prominent figures who offered their perspective to inspire the next generation of leaders. Sure enough, included alongside each is the man who continues to share his wisdom with us, our Uncle Floyd. In his essay, Floyd encouraged his young audience to reach high — to dig deep — and to stand tall. Over 50 years after sharing this advice, we find ourselves using those same two words today, “stand tall,” because we continue to believe so firmly in the mission he set into motion 104 years ago. By standing tall with children, we positively impact families, schools, and communities. By standing tall with teachers, social workers, and professionals, we positively impact children. By standing tall together, as one community, we positively impact our future. The investment of time, love, and energy into our youth is one of the greatest investments we can make, as each truly have the power to un-write the many pains that seem so certain to follow. Just as Dr. Nadine Burke Harris said, “this is beatable.” By believing in and supporting the greatness of all children, we create a positive pathway for all to explore and realize their full potential. Our residential program, in-home and community-based programs, and school and professional education programs continue to show us how real and powerful this belief is, and the many stories that follow in this report support why we remain so steadfast with this conviction. The children, schools, and communities we support today have the power to change the health outcomes of tomorrow. By standing tall with each of them, together, we will create an environment where all can flourish. Together, we will create a healthier future for all. On behalf of Starr Commonwealth, we thank you for your unwavering support of the young audience we seek to inspire. Your presence continues to transform lives.


Elizabeth Carey President and CEO

Craig Carrel Board Chair

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Honoring the Life of Frank Zanetti


n May of 2017, Starr Commonwealth and the Battle Creek community lost a friend, business owner, and champion of children — Frank Zanetti.

Co-owner of the Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic Co., Inc. along with his brother John, Frank Zanetti continued to grow the business their father started in 1958. It wasn’t solely his industry tactics that helped them to become a pillar of the community, though — it was the genuine concern for customers and the people of the city. Among several organizations with which Battle Creek Tile has developed meaningful relationships, Starr has been special to the Zanetti family for decades. We were able to interview him for a spotlight piece a few years before he passed, and he told us about his relationship with Starr. “A friendship has evolved over time, and I would consider several staff members at Starr as friends,” Zanetti had said. “We’ve provided floor coverings through the business to Starr in Albion, Detroit and Van Wert (Ohio), but our family also really believes in what Starr does.” But Zanetti’s first experience with Starr came long before continuing the legacy his father left at Battle Creek Tile. He attended St. Philip Catholic Central High School in Battle Creek, where he played junior varsity football and ran track. Zanetti’s teams competed against Starr students from the Albion campus, young people about whom he knew very little. “There was a stigma surrounding Starr that these were all bad kids,” Zanetti told us. “As my exposure to the organization increased, I learned that those kids weren’t much different than we were. Maybe we just had more opportunities. That really gave us a basis on how to help Starr.”

Frank Zanetti made a point to help Starr whenever he could, through donations, in-kind services, and verbal support of our organization and the ways in which we help kids in Battle Creek and beyond. “In a humanities class I had at WMU, the professor showed us a quote, ‘All the fruit on the tree doesn’t ripen at the same time,’” Zanetti said. “That quote has stuck with me, and I think that applies to what Starr does on a daily basis. Everyone needs a chance to succeed, and that’s what Starr gives them.” Thank you to Frank for supporting Starr Commonwealth — you truly were one of a kind, and you will forever be missed.


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“I stand tall with Starr because they provide me the opportunity to become a better person each day, and for that I am forever thankful.” Michael Reygaert Starr Alumnus


“I stand tall with Starr because they provide me the opportunity to help children and make me a better person.” Kristi Wichmann Starr Albion Prep Program Coordinator

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Starr Albion Prep


tarr’s partnership with Sequel Youth & Family Services continues to thrive, providing strengthbased care that is instrumental to the emotional, behavioral, and educational growth of the 253 residents served at Starr Albion Prep in 2017.

As our 12 to 18-year-old students step onto our beautiful campus, some coming from as far as the Pacific Coast, we build a safe environment of support around them. We find new ways to break through the trauma that has led them to us and change not only their behaviors, but instill new values. Without the strong shoulders and compassion of our highly skilled teachers, counselors, and administrators, none of it would be possible. Their unending support allows our residents to slowly let their guard down; it helps convince them that, if they fall, they have the strength to get back up and to stand tall. Over time, they begin to see how powerful their support can be, too, and their confidence continues to flourish. Our residential program supports young men and women in 4 key programs: Juvenile Justice, Sexually Reactive Youth, Substance Abuse, and Abuse and Neglect. Depending on the needs of each individual and their program, residential stays typically range from 3 to 12 months. As residents complete their program, many are eager to move to the next chapter of their lives. Fortunately, the positive relationships we forge with them often continue to live on. Some become active members of our Alumni Association, taking advantage of its many great benefits. Others stay in touch with us directly, sharing firsthand the bitter and sweet experiences that follow. Michael Reygaert is one of those many individuals. “Michael has been one of the many bright stars of our program,” says former advisor and now friend, Kristi Wichmann, Starr Albion Prep Program Coordinator, “and it has been wonderful to stay connected and learn about all of his accomplishments.”

in countless positive ways. “Due to the support I received from Starr and friends like Kristi, I have accomplished more than I ever thought possible. I landed a job in my dream career, obtained a master’s degree, bought a house, got married and much more. Without Starr, I’m not sure where I’d be today.” “The children we work with just need an individual, an organization, or community to believe in them,” states Wichmann. To see students like Michael become one of those individuals, be part of great organizations, and become an active member of their community, it is a testament to the power and importance we all hold.









Students better able to cope when things go wrong

Students doing better in school

Students satisfied with the services they received

My child is better able to cope when things go wrong

My child is doing better in school

Overall, I am satisfied with the services my child received

“Before coming to Starr, I lacked the tools and resources to be successful,” states Reygaert. During his stay, however, that all began to change, and his life has grown


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Battle Creek In-Home Services / Case Management


erving 119 clients in 2017, over an average of 11 months each, our Battle Creek, Michigan program provides children and families support through a clinical case management model. Utilizing in-home therapy, case management, and crisis intervention, our dedicated therapists and paraprofessionals improve school behavior, attendance, and personal and family stability.

Each case our professionals support requires a unique combination of care, as no one client’s experience or coping mechanisms are the same as the next. Often destructive and disruptive, one of the first challenges our professionals encounter is establishing trust; as it is through trust a safe environment can be created and our clients begin to process that which has continued to harm or hold them back. Breanna was a client of ours for many years, and the destructive coping mechanisms mentioned above were ones she thought, simply put, were normal. “As a child, I was removed from my parents after years of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse,” she shares, “and I had a long history of self-harm and violent and intense behaviors.” “With the support of Starr, I was able to understand my emotions in a different way. I was given skills other than harming myself. I felt safe. I felt secure. I felt I had a group of people that understood me,” Breanna states. “I was given a sense of comfort in the confidentiality.” It has not been an easy road for Breanna, but her courage and confidence continue to grow. At 21-years-old, employed and planning to continue her education, her ability to rise above her traumatic past is an inspiration to us and the many we serve. “I have not harmed myself in 504 days,” she celebrates, “and I continue to feel safe.”


The greatness we see in Breanna is within all of the clients we serve, and we continue to be awed by her strength. Thank you, Breanna, for sharing your story with us, and thank you for standing tall. We are right there by your side.


88% Youth have not had an out-of-home placement six months after completing their program

83% Youth have not had a psychiatric crisis for one year after completing their program

4.4/5 youth rating of overall quality of service of the program

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Detroit Youth Assistance Program


erving Wayne County in Michigan, the Detroit Youth Assistance Program (YAP) is designed to divert children and adolescents away from the grip of the criminal justice system. Serving 72 youth ages 7-17 in 2017, the program creates new support systems and networks for those in need, redirecting them from problematic paths to new, positive outcomes.

While often referred through the juvenile justice system, families, schools, and community members also help connect children with our 90-day program. YAP provides each child individual and group counseling, enrichment and tutoring programs, and substance abuse support (if needed). Individual programs are designed to best meet the needs of each child and increase their personal investment. While enrolled, we leverage our extensive knowledge, tools, and expertise to help them identify, process, and heal from the trauma or toxic stress they have experienced — and the program is working. Typically serving 20-25 individuals at any given time, YAP’s impact within Wayne County continues to not only improve the lives of each child served, but also their classrooms, family, and community as a whole. “When you know better, you do better,” states Wilnero Fossett, YAP Supervisor, “and that saying applies directly to the youth we work with. They are learning new processes, new skills, and new approaches to be successful, and it is an honor to be a positive influence and part of their positive change.” “It’s not always an easy start,” follows Fossett, “but day after day, their perspective changes. Day after day, they begin to see how their decisions can lead them to be better brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and students.”


As we continue to hone our focus and invest in this unique and valuable program, we continue to prevent youth from falling out of arms reach. We continue to stand tall with them in their times of need, helping them find their strength and character. We continue to give them the chance they always thought was for someone else.



Youth made positive progress on treatment goals


Youth did not have a new arrest while in the program


Youth completed program successfully

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Professional Coaching and Consulting


ear after year, Starr Commonwealth continues to expand its outreach into schools and communities around the world. Leveraging our National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), Glasswing Racial Healing, and Circle of Courage programs, 20,000 professionals are trained, coached, or utilize our materials and books annually to bring about positive change in their classrooms and communities. Brock Morlan, lead principal for the Student Behavior Committee in a Northern Illinois school district and now Starr Certified Trauma Practitioner for Educators (CTP-E) and trainer, is a great example of this positive change. Overseeing all of the discipline data for each of the eight elementary schools in his district, Morlan knows all too well how difficult the start of a new school year can be. Seeking new tools to reduce individual and peer learning interruptions, he attended a conference where Starr’s Dr. Caelan Soma and Derek Allen presented new behavior intervention strategies and resources. Seeing the impacts of childhood trauma in a new light, Morlan returned to his district and school to share what he believed to be the true root cause of the behavioral issues his staff faced and how to best respond to their student’s many emotional needs.

“Last year, we would have students constantly in my office because of ‘crises,’ and it was on our social worker or I to build a trusting relationship that could get each student back into class. Through Starr’s TLC training, I was able to shift the relationship building from my office to the classroom, building an environment where students can feel comfortable every day, because they know there is ALWAYS someone there who cares for them.” “And it’s working,” says Morlan. “Of my 6 years as an administrator, this is the first that I have not received a single classroom behavior referral this far into the school year.”



Individuals recommend trauma training


Individuals will use trauma sensitivity at work


Individuals improved understanding of trauma

Morlan, his teachers, and their students’ progress have caught the attention of more than just their district, too. “I was recently pulled into a county-wide collaborative, where key public health, juvenile justice, local government, and education professionals and officials are openly discussing the mental and physical impacts of trauma,” states Morlan. “I also recently presented a ‘Trauma 101’ to our neighboring school district, and there is more to come!” Bit by bit, Starr’s message is reaching more and more professionals, creating safer, trauma informed environments for our children to flourish. Knowing Morlan is just one of the thousands of professionals we have trained, and that he soon will have shared our tools and techniques with hundreds, continues to drive the exponential power of Starr we so firmly believe in!


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“I stand tall with Starr because their work has influenced me to continue my work, and my life, in a way that will change lives forever.� Brock Morlan, M.Ed., CTP-E 12

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Resilient Communities Project


ince the merging of the Albion and Marshall high schools in 2013, Starr Commonwealth has been active in helping the students work together to help heal the divide that has existed between their communities for generations. By holding Youth Symposiums on our Albion campus and at Albion College, Starr was able to open a discussion with students about diversity and implicit bias, and begin building new positive relationships. Building on the successes of the children who attended these symposiums, we turned our attention to the adults in Albion and Marshall. With the help of key community leaders, we were able to start the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project, which brings members of both communities together through field trips, movie screenings, book discussions, workshops, and structured dialogues throughout the year. These events are designed to create safe and brave environments that inspire community members to be their most authentic and vulnerable selves, while showing empathy to those around them. The goal of this project is to “cultivate a culture of understanding, respect, and dignity for one another.” In doing so, we can transform our communities into a vibrant place where all children and families can flourish. With 22 events completed since its creation in February of 2017, and hundreds of participants playing an active role in the overall project, we are bringing Albion and Marshall together. We are erasing perceived differences, finding new ways to share each other’s strengths, and, ultimately, leaving our greater community in a better place for current and future generations. If you are interested in learning more about the AlbionMarshall Resilient Communities Project, you can find them on their website at or follow them on their Facebook page (@AMRCP). If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call 1-800-837-5591.


Albion Community Foundation

Battle Creek Community Foundation

Binda Foundation

Cronin Foundation

Loraine & Melinese Reuter Foundation

Marshall Community Foundation

Santo, Maria, Frank & John Zanetti Foundation


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“The best testimonial I can think of to support this change came from one of our fifth grade students, Alessa, when she shared, ‘the adults here make me feel safe.’” Will Weeks, Raupp Elementary Starr Resilience Coach 14

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Resilient Schools Program


his year, Starr Commonwealth was awarded a twoyear grant totaling $500,000 from the Midlandbased Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation to fund the Resilient Schools Project at Harrington Elementary, a K-5 Marshall Public School located in Albion, Michigan. A collaborative effort that parallels the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project, the goal of the project is to train teachers and professionals new techniques to create positive learning environments where children flourish emotionally and academically. While the project first began at Harrington Elementary, it is being expanded to include all Marshall Public Schools. “Marshall Public Schools is dedicated to engaging all students, being child-centered and continuing on our pathway to be effective for every child,” said Dr. Randy Davis, MPS superintendent. “We have already begun this work, district-wide, and are thrilled to have partners like Starr Commonwealth to expand our efforts and reach even deeper.” In addition to the partnership between Starr and Marshall Public Schools, Albion College has also contributed to the project through its own resources and programming. Albion College sponsors an 11-member AmeriCorps VISTA team and has provided a designated AmeriCorps member to support the project over the next two years. “This partnership is just one aspect of a longstanding relationship with the Albion community, youthcentered programming, and the public schools,” says Andrew French, Albion College’s Director of Community Action and supervisor for the Albion AmeriCorps VISTA program. “We couldn’t think of a more tangible way to help than to provide the dedicated passion and talent of our VISTA members.”

But it doesn’t stop there! Lincoln Park Public Schools in Detroit, Michigan was recently awarded a Federal School Improvement Grant (SIG), through which a significant portion has been invested in Starr resources at one of their K-5 schools, Raupp Elementary. This investment, on top of certifying 14 of their district’s employees, brings them one large step closer to becoming a Starr Accredited Trauma Informed School. Out the gate, the positive results began to unfold. “Since Starr began supporting Raupp’s endeavor to become trauma informed, nearly 100% of our classrooms have a safe corner and every homeroom class is using restorative circles to promote dialogue and conflict resolution,” shared Will Weeks, Raupp Elementary Starr Resilience Coach. “The combination of our teacher’s old school heart and dedication with today’s resilience resources is positively changing our culture and learning environment in significant ways,” Weeks follows, “and the best testimonial I can think of to support this change came from one of our fifth grade students, Alessa, when she shared, ‘the adults here make me feel safe.’” With a clear line now drawn between the negative impact stress has on a child’s ability to learn, the safe, trustfilled environments we are reshaping at schools like Harrington and Raupp Elementary are making academic goals an even greater reality. They are breaking apart the trauma that has distracted and isolated so many of our children, allowing them to stand tall and achieve the greatness we know is within them.


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Ian Gilyard-Schnaitman & Joe Caron


n April 19, 2017, Starr Commonwealth held its first A Night of Starrs celebration – an event planned to not only celebrate and advance the great work of Starr, but to also honor the contributions of two local community members, Dr. Sheryl Mitchell, Albion City Manager, and Dr. Randy Davis, Superintendent of Marshall Public Schools. Initiated and chaired by two young professionals from Marshall, Michigan, Ian Gilyard-Schnaitman of Quality Engraving and Joe Caron of Schuler’s Restaurant, the event was a success beyond exceptions. With a moving speech from President and CEO Elizabeth Carey, tributes to Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Davis, and nearly $30,000 raised, the joy of giving and standing tall with our beliefs resonated throughout the evening.

When asked what they were most proud of about the event, the gentlemen quickly agreed, “It was exciting to see support from local businesses and individuals that hadn’t previously been engaged with Starr, as was watching new young people be introduced to Starr’s mission for the first time.” “It is so important that our generation becomes involved,” Caron said, “and that we become the next supporters of great organizations like Starr.” Gilyard-Schnaitman added, “and that was a big part of our deciding to put on this event for Starr. We really wanted to give younger people a chance to experience the joy and reward that is so closely tied to giving.” We hope Joe and Ian are still feeling that joy and reward too, as each gave not only their time and talent to make the event a success, but also in-kind contributions. “Each of these gentlemen are strong, generous, and talented young leaders,” stated CEO Elizabeth Carey, “and Starr and the greater Marshall and Albion community are so fortunate to have their support.”


“Knowing what Starr has done for children in Michigan and nationwide has made a significant impact on me, and wanting to do more in my personal life. It gave me and my husband even more inspiration to become foster parents, and I stand tall with Starr for having such a positive influence on so many lives.” Ian Gilyard-Schnaitman, Owner of Quality Engraving, Marshall, MI As Ian and Joe look forward, they hope the spirit of A Night of Starrs continues to be shared, because as both again agreed, “giving is what makes a community great; it is what makes a community whole.”

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Dr. Sheryl Mitchell


s a little girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Sheryl Mitchell worked side-by-side with her father on various community initiatives. Experiencing the joy of giving and seeing the positive, lasting impact it had on her community instilled in her a deep sense of civic responsibility, and her passion for charitable causes has only grown since.

The ambitious merger of the Albion Community Schools and Marshall Public Schools created a new call to action for Dr. Mitchell. As she watched once rival students form new relationships and resolve their perceived differences in healthy, positive ways, she and other community leaders, like Dr. Harry Bonner, asked the questions, “but what about the adults? Will we, too, follow the great example set by our students?” And so, the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project (AMRCP) was born. Staffed by Starr and supported by a diverse group of volunteer leaders from both communities, the AMRCP’s success remains rooted in the experience, empathy, and energy of volunteers such as Dr. Mitchell. And she has felt its power, firsthand. “Having and observing conversations with people outside of my normal social circles has been a great joy, in addition to celebrating the many great aspects of our communities, as one.” Less than a year old, momentum continues to grow and unite the two towns. “Slowly, I have witnessed a deepening appreciation of all of the different cultures, ethnicities, and faiths that exist within our communities, and people are beginning to cherish each other, more and more,” explains Dr. Mitchell. Looking ahead, Sheryl’s hope is for the project to be so successful it is no longer necessary, and that the interactions between the two communities will occur ‘holistically and naturally.’ “And it’s starting to happen,” she proudly states. “Just a couple weeks ago I was attending a church service in Albion, and a woman from

“Every child has a gift, and I stand tall with Starr in creating pathways for positive outcomes in all children.” Dr. Sheryl Mitchell, City Manager, Albion, MI Marshall showed up to join us.” While it is a small sign, it is a bright one, and it is indicative of the many great relationships and outcomes to emerge from the AMRCP. Thank you, Dr. Mitchell, for standing tall with your communities, and for Standing Tall with Starr. We are all so fortunate to have your leadership and support!


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Alumni Association & Scholarships


hanks to our long history of serving children and families, Starr Commonwealth has a large number of former students spread across the country. In 2001, the Alumni Association was created to reconnect former students, and to provide our current young men and women with a network for continued peer-to-peer and Starr Commonwealth support. Whether it be finding a job, housing, or someone to listen that understands their history, the association is there to extend support whenever and wherever possible.

“The power of the individuals within this group never ceases to amaze me.”   Stanley Allen Since its formation, our Alumni Association continues to gain traction and attention from former students and staff members alike. Students graduating out of our programs are kept informed of ways in which Starr can continue to be a resource to support them. The association has successfully hosted multiple Alumni Homecomings on our Albion campus as well as provided treats to our residents during the holiday season. While it is wonderful to see former students and learn about how their lives have turned out, it is an even more rewarding experience to see them interacting with recent alumni, encouraging them, sharing their personal stories, and offering them an understanding ear. Networking opportunities are not the only resource for our alumni, though. Starr also offers the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to any individual who has graduated from our programs. In 2017, Starr awarded $66,389 in fund assistance, helping former students pay for four year colleges, vocational schools, GED completion programs, professional development courses and much more. “Earning this scholarship has been a major privilege and a big help to my college success,” one recipient told us, adding that without it, she would not be able to afford her final year of college.


“The strength of the Alumni Association continues to grow year-after-year. Our goal is to continue to build off of this success, and continue to strengthen the bonds between our members,” states Stanley Allen, Alumni Association President, Starr Alumni and Trustee. “The power of the individuals within this group never ceases to amaze me, and we want our students and alumni to know that Starr is not only there for them while they are in our programs; but we are a resource that they can continue to rely on for years to come in their pursuit of ‘life after Starr.’ We will continue to stand tall with them, and we encourage them to continue to stand tall with Starr.” If you would like to learn more about Starr’s scholarship program, please visit

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Gifts of $500 or More We appreciate the following individuals, foundations, groups, businesses and organizations who have made donations of $500 or more to Starr Commonwealth during the 2016-17 fiscal year.

INDIVIDUAL DONORS Names highlighted in blue indicate legacy gifts Mr. Derek Allen

Mr. Ivan B. Fall

Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Maldegen

Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Allen

Mrs. Shirley Flanagan

Dr. Larraine Matusak

Mrs. Dorothy Aspinall

Mr. & Mrs. Greg Fox

Dr. & Mrs. Russell G. Mawby

Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Beard

Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Garthwait Sr.

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. McDowell

Mr. & Mrs. Scott G. Bennett

Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Gerholz

Annemary Meeter Charitable Trust

Mr. Darrell J. Black

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Gill

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth V. Miller

Estate of Ivan Borley

Mr. & Mrs. William R. Gillam

Estate of Beverly Milner

Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Boulanger

Mr. James R. Greene

Mr. & Mrs. James A. Moore

Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Burkhart

Eugene B. Hamilton Trust

Dr. & Mrs. Don E. Nelson

Mr. Michael Young & Mrs. Elizabeth A. Carey

Mrs. Carla Harker

Dr. & Mrs. Arlin E. Ness

Mrs. Carol Hartman

Mr. Raymond Opezzo

Dr. James Crowfoot & Ms. Ruth Carey

Mr. & Mrs. James R. Hartzell

Pastors Randy & Karen Parlor

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Carrel

Ms. Marilyn J. Heiling

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce R. Peterson

Mr. & Mrs. Chris T. Christ

Mr. Quentin C. Hines

Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Pettengill

Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Clay

Mrs. Frances E. Isaac

Mrs. Suzanne L. Pews

Mrs. LaVerne I. Colness

Mr. & Mrs. Scott Jacob

Robert Picking CRUT

Dr. Ralph A. Cram

Mr. & Mrs. Ted F. Johnson

George J. Pohl Trust

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Crist

Estate of Margaret S. Kemper

Zora B. Pohl Trust

Dr. James Curtis

Mr. & Mrs. Norman H. Knight

Mrs. Doris Roeder

Dr. Miriam S. Daly

Mr. & Mrs. Albert J. Koegel

Mr. Terry Roth

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Dickinson

Dr. & Mrs. Harry Kotsis

Dr. Paul Rizzo & Ms. Mary E. Rutan

Estate of Nellie J. Drake

Mr. Michael Krenn & Dr. Huilan Krenn

Miss Patricia Schaefer

Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Dunn

Mr. & Mrs. John J. Kresnak

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence E. Schafer

Mrs. Anne Willson Dupré

Dr. George H. Lauff

Mr. & Mrs. Hans Schuler

Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Edwards

Mr. & Mrs. John Lawter

Mr. Jared C. Scofield

Mr. Donald Efremoff

Mr. & Mrs. Peter P. Lenkey

Mr. & Mrs. John S. Slavens

Mr. & Mrs. Melvin D. Ely

Mr. & Mrs. Allan J. Libbe

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher L. Smith


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Dr. Daniel Smith & Ms. Angela O. Murray

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Tate

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce A. Vande Vusse

Mr. Gary L. Taylor

Mr. Don Vermeulen

Estate of Richard G. Snyder

Mr. William H. Tousey

Charles W. Walton Trust

Mr. & Mrs. Dudley Spade

Mrs. Mary L. Tyler

Alma L. Weixelbaum Trust

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Stewart

Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas A. Valentine

Mr. Frank A. Zanetti

Miss Marion A. Stowell

Dr. & Mrs. Warren Van Wicklin


Albion Community Foundation

Fishman Stewart Intellectual Property

Schuler's, Inc.

Anna Paulina Foundation

Fitch H. Beach Charitable Foundation

SemcoEnergy Gas Company

Bailey Cavalieri LLC

Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation

Battle Creek Community Foundation

Halderman Farm Management Service

Sequel Youth Services of Albion, LLC

Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation

Hartzell-Norris Charitable Trust


Havirmill Foundation

TAKTIX Solutions

Caster Concepts

Helen L. Kay Charitable Trust

Team 1 Plastics

Chemical Bank - South Region Commercial Lending

Jessie R. Stewart Trust

Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation

Longfellow Investment Management Company

The Colina Foundation

Marshall Community Foundation

Tyler-Little Family Foundation

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

MGM Resorts Foundation

UBS Employee Giving Program

Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone

United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region

Cronin Foundation Detroit Industrial School Dun & Bradstreet Edward E. MacCrone Private Foundation O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation J. F. Ervin Foundation


North Congregational Church Oaklawn Hospital Park's Drug Store Quality Engraving Santo, Maria, Frank & John Zanetti Foundation

The Troy Foundation

W. K. Kellogg Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program Woman's National Farm & Garden Association

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Champions for ChildrenSM


he good work of Starr Commonwealth would not be possible without many friends giving at all levels during their lifetime and beyond. Starr Commonwealth’s Champions for Children recognition society was created to recognize this support and celebrate those who help us transform the lives of troubled children and families. All cost associated with our three stewardship programs are underwritten by special friends who join us in saying, “thank you for caring!”

MILK BOTTLE 8 • SUMMARY OF GIFTS -$20,000 Dr. Larraine Matusak • Albion Community Foundation

MILK BOTTLE 7 • SUMMARY OF GIFTS $17,500 - $19,999 No entries for 2017

MILK BOTTLE 6 • SUMMARY OF GIFTS $15,000-$17,499 Mr. & Mrs. John Lawter

Arlin E. Ness Circle Named after Starr Commonwealth’s President Emeritus, this recognition society remembers our history as a working dairy farm, and symbolizes our work of nurturing children’s bodies, minds, and spirits. Each bottle represents $2,500 of accumulated gifts to Starr Commonwealth. Receiving eight bottles represents total accumulated giving of $20,000 or more.

MILK BOTTLE 5 • SUMMARY OF GIFTS $12,500-$14,999 Mrs. Mary L. Tyler

MILK BOTTLE 4 • SUMMARY OF GIFTS $10,000-$12,499 Mrs. Shirley Flanagan • Mr. Michael Krenn & Dr. Huilan Krenn • Mr. & Mrs. Dudley Spade • Miss Marion A. Stowell • Detroit Industrial School • Marshall Community Foundation

The donors to the right reached the next level of accumulated giving and qualify for new milk bottles in the 2016-17 fiscal year. MILK BOTTLE 3 • SUMMARY OF GIFTS $7,500-$9,999 Mr. & Mrs. Scott G. Bennett • Mr. Raymond Opezzo

MILK BOTTLE 2 • SUMMARY OF GIFTS $5,000-$7,499 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dunn • Mr. Donald Efremoff • Ms. Margueriette J. Hatch • Mr. & Mrs. James A. Moore • Dr. & Mrs. Don E. Nelson • Mr. & Mrs. Hans Schuler • Bailey Cavalieri LLC • Oaklawn Hospital

MILK BOTTLE 1 • SUMMARY OF GIFTS $2,500-$4,999 Dr. James Curtis • Mrs. Anne Willson Dupre • Dr. Beverly A. Holt • Mr. & Mrs. John J. Kresnak • Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. McCormick • Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Orsini • Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Puttkammer


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Gladsome Circle


ladsome Circle recognizes our friends who fund named endowments, endowed scholarships, charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts. These planned gifts secure the future financial stability of Starr Commonwealth.


Each member of Gladsome Circle can receive a limited edition print of “The Old Barn,” depicting Floyd Starr’s original barn and the story of its significance. Gladsome Circle celebrates the ongoing mission of Starr Commonwealth and our friends who ensure that our services are available to children in need as long as these services are needed.

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NAMED ENDOWMENTS We are pleased to recognize our friends who have fully funded named endowments and endowed scholarships for Starr Commonwealth. The income from these gifts is used to provide services and scholarships, while the principal is kept intact. Charles & Russell Amidon Endowment Fund

Buhler Children’s Endowment Fund

J. Dean Eckersley Endowment Fund

Harold & Ruth Hicks, Sr. Endowment Fund

Norma T. Anderson Endowment Fund

Fred C. & Dorothy A. Buhler Endowment Fund

Elsie & Carl Eggebrecht Endowment Fund

Ruth J. Husung R. N. Endowment Fund

John M. Ankrum & Murphy Swindell Endowment Fund

Phyllis C. Clark Endowment Fund

Patricia Ann Ellis Endowment Fund

William Johnston & Ronda Stryker Endowment Fund

Mildred Asselstine Endowment Fund

Edward S. Coe Memorial Endowment Fund

For Tomorrow’s Children Endowment

Helen E. Jones Endowment Fund

Lee & Merle Baker Endowment Fund

David & Edie Cole Endowment Fund

Evelyn M. Fry-English Endowment Fund

Robert A. & Anita M. Junker Memorial Endowment Fund

Kathleen Barnett Endowment Fund

Lucille Beebe Coles Endowment Fund

Gary R. & Betty E. Faircloth Endowment Fund

Calvin W. & Mary E. Kalte Endowment Fund

Robert O. & Edna I. Barstow Endowment Fund

Marvin L. & Laverne I. Colness Endowment Fund

Martinus Faircloth Memorial Endowment Fund

Howard W. & M. Josephine Kern Endowment Fund

Lillian H. Beach Endowment Fund

Grace Oliver Colter Endowment Fund for Oliver Cottage

Elsie M. Farley Endowment Fund

Sophie C. Kunz Endowment Fund

Clarence E. & Harvey D. Fassold Endowment Fund

Charles W. & Alma M. LaFleur Named Endowment

Edward W. Friebel Endowment Fund

Andrew & Greta Lamberson Endowment Fund

I. Janet Field Endowment Fund

Jerry Neil Lantz Memorial Endowment Fund

Dorothy Jean Fowler & Elizabeth Leone Heaton Endowment Fund

Gladys & William Larson Endowment for Training

Roy W., W. Watula & Ernest C. Beckman Endowment Fund

Marjorie S. Cowherd Endowment Fund

Clair E. & Mary H. Berry Endowment Fund

Bettie & Jim Cox Memorial Endowment Fund

Jim & Wanda Bolton Endowment Fund

Alton D. & Phyllis Crandell Endowment Fund

Irma M. Bradley Memorial Endowment Fund

Robert C. & Theresa L. Davis Endowment Fund

Fred M. & Maude Brakeman & Blanche VanDyke Endowment Fund

Jeannette A. Davis Memorial Named Endowment

Brasseur Family Endowment Fund Louise R. Breisch Endowment Fund Ellen & Erwin Breternitz Memorial Endowment Fund Kenneth A. Brower, Sr. Memorial Endowment Fund Ashel G. & Dorothy J. Bryan Endowment Fund Garth M. Bryan Endowment in Memory of Jesse & Myrtle Bryan

Leland F. & Gertrude A. Deibele Endowment Fund Dent Family Endowment Fund David W. & Amanda B. Deshler Endowment Fund Theodore S. & Adelaide M. Diehm Endowment Fund Anna & Raymond Dowden Endowment for Fine Arts Hugh C. & Marian W. Downer Endowment Fund William F. & Mary F. Earle Endowment Fund

J. Deloras (Cashman) Friderichsen Endowment Fund

William C. & Gladys E. Larson Endowment Fund Lauff Family Endowment Fund

Edna A. Frobenius Memorial Endowment Fund

Donna Lee Lehman Endowment Fund

Helen M. Gager Endowment Fund

John & Judy Lore Endowment Fund

Susan & William Gillam Endowment Fund

Carl G. & Betty L. Maple Endowment Fund

George & Judith Goodman Endowment Fund

Ruth & Russ Mawby for Continuing Education Named Endowment

Evelyn Shores Hall Endowment Fund C. M. Hargraves Family Memorial Endowment Fund

Ruth & Russ Mawby for the Fine Arts Named Endowment


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Edward F. & Sarah McCauley Family Endowment Fund

Glen & Joan Rager Endowment Fund

Virginia Z. Spieth Endowment Fund

Eunice & Roger Thompson Endowment Fund

Dr. & Mrs. T. Ellsworth McDowell Endowment Fund

Margaret Ann Riecker Endowment Fund

David & Elta Starr Endowment Fund

Joseph A. & Judith S. Valentine Endowment Fund

Donald J. & Dorothy C. McIntosh Endowment Fund

George & Sandy Ropp Endowment Fund

Floyd Starr Endowment For Fine Arts

Warren & Maria Van Wicklin Endowment Fund

Chandan Mehta Endowment Fund

Gail M. Seitz Endowment Fund

Edward S. & Clara H. Starr Endowment Fund

Alice Heminway Wardwell Endowment Fund

Mary L. Melvin Endowment Fund

Herbert & Christine Sellers Memorial Endowment Fund

John F. Starr Endowment Fund

Madeline G. & Leonard O. Weidman Endowment Fund

Peter J. E. Mitchell Endowment Fund

Chad M. Shelton Memorial Endowment Fund

Paul Stearns Named Endowment Fund

Ervin J. & Helen A. Wilee Memorial Endowment Fund

Phyllis Mitchell Memorial Endowment Fund

Charles E. Shontz Endowment Fund

William K. Stoffer Endowment Fund

Robert Reino Williams Endowment Fund

Stewart Payne Moffatt Endowment Fund for Payne Family Cottage

Lora M. Sims Endowment Fund

Milton & Ella Stover Endowment Fund

Ralph Lindsay Williamson Memorial Endowment Fund

Doris E. Slater Endowment Fund

Richard W. & Jonsie M. Sturgis Endowment Fund

Alyce Lorraine Smith Endowment Fund

Margaret I. Syring Endowment Fund

Haslet H. Wilson Endowment Fund for Fine Arts

Christopher L. & Cathy L. Smith Endowment Fund

Vivian B. Tate Endowment Fund

Keith O. Palmer Endowment Fund

M. Gene Smith & Joseph J. Gondol Educational Endowment Fund

Dr. Carl S. & Florence Taylor Endowment Fund

Verne & Marlene Plassman Endowment Fund

Jessie L. Soars & Janet Soars Platt Endowment Fund

George & Joan Staudt Pracy Memorial Endowment Fund

Spade Family Endowment Fund

Francis E. Morse Endowment Fund Sylvia Morse Memorial Endowment Fund Arlin E. & Barbara A. Ness Endowment Fund

Kurt O. Tech II Endowment Fund

Wayne L. Yanz Endowment Fund John E. & Catherine C. Yarnelle Endowment Fund Harold H. & Geneva B. Youngs Endowment Fund

Wilbert & Mary Thiltgen Endowment Fund

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS Christian & Emma L. Breisch Scholarship Fund

Thomas Metz Kent Scholarship

Timothy A. Ness Memorial Scholarship

Mark & Elizabeth Schmidt Scholarship

Collins Carter Scholarship

Richard A. & Clara M. Patterson Scholarship Endowment Fund

Floyd Starr Scholarship Fund

Mildred J. Carter Scholarship

Thomas E. & Gayle J. Kolassa Scholarship Endowment Fund

Phyllis L. & Alton D. Crandell Scholarship

Clyde & Kathy LeTarte Scholarship Fund

Earl F. & V. Eileen Payne Scholarship Fund

Ubuntu Scholarship Endowment Fund

Miriam & Samuel Crowder Memorial Scholarship

Thomas T. Lloyd Scholarship

Ruth N. & William B. Pierce Scholarship Fund

Jane & Dwight Weber Scholarship

Harry C. Moores Scholarship

Frederick J. & Anne I. Raisch Endowment Fund

Wayne Yanz Memorial Scholarship

Charles & Evelyn Munford Scholarship

Herbert J. & Ruth Ann Richmond Scholarship

John D. & Ruth Gillman Endowment Fund Floyd Kent Scholarship


Lou Ann & Russ Mawby Scholarship

Mary Towler Endowment Fund

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Floyd Starr Founder’s Circle “There’s no such thing as a bad child.”


loyd Starr Founder’s Circle recognizes friends who give to Starr Commonwealth through their wills or estate plans. Members receive a beautiful replica of the statue “Floyd Starr with Boy” that graces the entrance of our Albion campus, as well as other benefits.

Floyd Starr Founder’s Circle celebrates “Uncle” Floyd’s dedication to children, and the dedication of those who continue to support his vision.

LEGACIES We are grateful to have received gifts from the estates of these loyal friends during the 2016-17 fiscal year. Fitch H. Beach Charitable Foundation

Estate of Margaret S. Kemper

Estate of Beverly Milner Estate of Ruth Phillips

Carrie M. & Alex A. Reid Charitable Trust

Estate of Ivan Borley

Estate of David & Betty Lou Levene

Robert Picking CRUT

Estate of Richard G. Snyder

George J. Pohl Trust

Jessie R. Stewart Trust

Annemary Meeter Charitable Trust

Zora B. Pohl Trust

Charles W. Walton Trust

Estate of Neillie J. Drake Estate of Elsie Eggebrecht Eugene B. Hamilton Trust

Alma L. Weixelbaum Trust

WILL INCLUSIONS We are pleased to recognize our friends who have informed us that they have included Starr Commonwealth in their wills and estate plans. Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Allen

Mr. Ronald Hooker

Mrs. JoAnne Milburn

Mrs. MerryAnn L. Sauls

Mrs. Lavonne G. Bauer

Mr. Ted F. Johnson

Mr. Kenneth Miller

Mrs. Ann J. Simpson

Mr. Fred C. Buhler

Dr. George H. Lauff

Ms. Mary E. Mills

Mr. Roger K. Smiley

Mr. Paul E. P. Carlson

Ms. Diana S. Langley

Dr. & Mrs. Martin L. Mitchell

Mrs. LaVerne Colness

Mr. Calvin A. Lehman

Dr. & Mrs. Arlin E. Ness

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher L. Smith

Ms. Janet C. Hewett

Dr. Larraine Matusak

Mr. & Mrs. Randy Neumann

Ms. Joyce Soebbing

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Higby

Dr. & Mrs. Russell G. Mawby

Prof. Richard L. Pinkerton

Mr. William K. Stoffer


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Financial Summary Starr Commonwealth Statement of Activities for the year ended September 30, 2017. 000 omitted.



65% Agency Fees


51% Residential Treatment Services


5% Contributions


6% Community Based Services


10 % Investment Income Appropriated


3% Home Based Services

20% Non Operating and Other Income*


21% School Based Services



682 4,996

4% Professional Training


13% General & Administration


2% Fund Raising



Unrestricted Net Assets

Temporarily Restricted Net Assets


Permanently Restricted Net Assets


Change in Net Assets for year ended September 30, 2017





Net Assets - Beginning of Year





Net Assets - End of Year





NOTES * Non-operating and other income consists of interest, dividends, and capital gains & losses net of investment income appropriated for operations, and pension related changes. This is an unaudited summary financial report. A complete audited report, including the opinion of independent certified public accountants is available upon request.


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The Albion campus is a Michigan Historic Site. Starr Commonwealth receives funds from social agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals.

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13725 Starr Commonwealth Rd. Albion, MI 49224-9525 800.837.5591 Starr Commonwealth is a nonprofit organization serving children and families, regardless of race, religion, color or national origin.



Starr Commonwealth is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. Founded in 1913, Starr is licensed by the State of Michigan.

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