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News Jan 16, 2014 - 8:30:55 AM

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way Receives CVS Caremark Community Grant

By STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way

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Pictured is (left to right): STAR special education therapist Melissa Robusto (in blue), Tricia and Marie Boccuzzo (the baby’s aunt and grandmother), baby Gianna Boccuzzo, in the rear Mouhamad Ayoub, Store Manager of the CVS #281 on Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk and Peter Saverine on the right, Development Director of STAR.
Norwalk, CT - STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way announced Wednesday that its Rubino Family Center has received a $1,000.00 CVS Caremark Community Grant. The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to building healthier communities. The grants support programs that are focused on providing health education and awareness. The support from CVS Caremark will help STAR’s Rubino Family Center reach more families in Mid-Fairfield County to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers.

Barbara Fitzpatrick, Director of the STAR Rubino Family Center states, “Our Connecticut Birth to Three Program is a coaching model, a partnership with the family, to demonstrate and implement techniques that will help each individual child drive toward their potential developmentally and healthwise.”

The Rubino Family Center of STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2013 application process. The goal of the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program is to help build healthier communities. Grants were awarded to programs that raise awareness of important health issues, focus on chronic disease management and offer training and other tools that communities need to help them on their path to better health.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health and we believe that optimal community health starts with education and awareness,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy & Sustainability, CVS Caremark. “We are proud to support the work that STAR Rubino Family Center does in the community and we look forward to working with them in fulfilling their program’s mission.”

Pictured is Mouhamad Ayoub, Store Manager of the CVS #281 on Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk and Gianna Boccuzzo of Wilton.
STAR's Rubino Family Center provides early intervention programs for over 60 infants and children monthly, from age birth to three who have developmental disabilities, established diagnoses and/or are risk of delay due to a significant premature birth. The center specializes in the skill development for children with pervasive developmental delays, autism and Down syndrome. Direct services include speech, physical and occupational therapy, special education, parent support and training, nutrition counseling, social services, assistive technology, and referral.

The early intervention program at STAR Rubino Family Center fosters the communicative, intellectual, physical and social development of children with developmental delays. As the child's development is enhanced the STAR Rubino Family Center strengthens the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers. During the past year, approximately 36% of the children served by the program reached their developmental milestones. The STAR Rubino Family Center is located at 120 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. For more information about STAR’s Early Intervention services, contact Barbara Fitzpatrick, Director of the STAR Rubino Family Center at 203-855-0634 or by email bfitzpatrick@starinconline.com.

STAR was established in 1952 by parents who believed that children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were entitled to the same basic opportunities as other children. Today, the organization has grown to include a full array of services for over 600 individuals with disabilities, from birth to their senior years and their families. Services include early intervention for infants and preschoolers; family support services; job assessment and training, recreation and leisure activities; and support to adults in group homes and apartments. STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a 501 ( c) (3) not–for-profit organization serving individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families in the towns on Darien, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Weston and Wilton. STAR creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. We inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

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