STAR Mom of the Year Award

As we are all remaining safer at home, this is adding stress to many families. There is a way you can shine a light for good. The STAR Center invites you to recognize an unsung hero in the community and nominate a STAR Mom of the Year. Any woman who lives in West Tennessee and […]

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At Home Arts

The STAR Center has begun a new series called At Home Arts with Katlin and Rebekah. We understand with COVID-19, many are looking for ways to keep their children/students entertained while using every day resources. Two of the music therapists, Katlin Ross and Rebekah Tarplin, are bringing you easy and educational ways to incorporate arts […]

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Project SEARCH Awards

The Project SEARCH Staff added something new this year by giving awards out each Intern Rotation at West Tennessee Healthcare. They gave the several awards during the second rotation of Project SEARCH to ensure the students understood their importance. The Most Supportive Department award goes to The Laundry Department. The Most Valuable Mentor award goes to Dakota from Patient Transport. […]

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COVID-19 Front line workers – Thank You

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm. It is something that is affecting every one of us daily. There are conversations about what to do, when to do it, and how we should go about it. The problem with all these questions is the absence of clear answers. While pandemics are not new, […]

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Opportunity for ALL

Opportunity for ALL guides what we do each day. Hanging in my office is the painting you see above. It was painted by Brian Hart and depicts Lewis and Clark looking at the unknown that lied ahead. When we experience things for the first time, there is both excitement and fear. When our clients find […]

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Meet Maria: The Sunshine Storyteller

Maria also goes by the beloved name, “Miss Sunshine.” She is the firstborn of Beth and Woody Tatman of Jackson, TN. Despite every obstacle she’s faced in her life, she shines brighter than any other person around her.  Maria was due in a week when her mother, Beth, went in for a routine exam. While […]

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Disabilities should not prevent employment. A photo of Travis, smiling in front of his employer, McDonald's.

Disabilities Should not Prevent Employment

When we think about what each of us want in life, we find more similarities than we do differences. Just because some people have disabilities, does not mean they have different desires or dreams compared to everyone else. With this understanding, the question must be asked, “What can we do to help?” The barrier to […]

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Love Conquers ALL this Valentine’s Day Week

Love conquers all. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we have an opportunity to reflect on the impact of love. Millions of dollars will be spent on flowers, teddy bears, and chocolates, which your local florist and shops give thanks over. Below the surface of superficial gifts, we find so much more. In January, I celebrated five […]

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Advice for Surviving Internship

        Throughout undergrad, internship was something I knew I had to do before I could finish my degree and take the certification exam, but for the first year or two of school, I didn’t know much about it. I went to every presentation or talk about internship that I could. However, it […]

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