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Remembering Linda Lee Gladden

STARability member Linda Lee Gladden, of Naples, Florida, went to her heavenly home on Friday, Aug. 30 to join her dad, Bob. Linda was born on Oct. 11, 1950, in Marshall, Michigan. Linda volunteered for the last 20 years throughout Southwest Florida, including St. William Catholic Church, United Church of Christ, Aston Gardens and Habitat for Humanity. Linda received a plaque from United Way at a luncheon in appreciate for 10 years of service as a dedicated volunteer. Linda was blessed with…

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Hurricane Preparedness Family Forum Follow-up

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Batallion Chief Corey Adamski of the Naples Fire-Rescue Department, Cpl. James Klewecki of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Wade B. Haubert Jr. of Collier County Emergency Management for speaking at our most recent Family Forum, regarding hurricane preparedness and personal safety. Thank you also to Naples Therapeutic Riding Center for once again being great hosts. We learned invaluable information on how best to prepare for a storm, sheltering options, emergency alert services and more. For those of you who weren’t able…

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Board President: New Strategic Plan Guiding STARability into Best Years Yet

It’s an exciting time for all of us at STARability. With the recent completion of the Strategic Plan that will be our guiding force for the next three years, we are organized to grow our funding, our programs and our infrastructure. When I raised my glass at our gala in March, I made a prediction this would be our best year yet! I’m so proud to see this prediction being realized. Our brand-new STAR Store, a furniture resale shop…

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New Video Highlights STARability’s Mission to Get Members Employed

Our Trailblazers thrive in their new jobs at Cosmos Ristorante & Pizzeria, Air Bar Blowouts & Extensions and the Naples Art Association.  Employers and vocational partners share the value of giving participants in the Trailblazer Academy the opportunity to hone their abilities and succeed on the job. Leading by example, the STARability Foundation also shines the light on the key contributions of two of our staff members.  We are always looking for more vocational partners and opportunities for our…

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Trailblazers Thriving at New Jobs

Three members now have paid employment, thanks largely to the vocational and life skills programs of the Trailblazer Academy. And those three are just the beginning. Local businesses appreciate their contributions. The members are proud of their accomplishments and so is STARability. And the three Trailblazers function as community ambassadors who prove that there are places for people with disabilities in everyone’s lives. With all those positives, it’s more like a win-win-win situation. “Our workers are talented and devoted,”…

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