JACKSON, TENNESSEE – March 17, 2015 – STAR CENTER is proud to announce that it has received a $4,105 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling over $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded over 2,400 grants totaling over $18 million since 1999.

Star Center will use the grant to purchase nationally-recognized career training software, Career Ready 101. The Star Center is honored to receive this award, and we are grateful that the Reeve Foundation has chosen to partner with us to implement the new training.

“The Reeve Foundation is committed to supporting programs and resources that foster independent living, improved health and community engagement,” said Maggie Goldberg, Vice President of Policy and Programs, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The recognized grantees are instrumental to our work at the Reeve Foundation as we strive to serve the disability community with a roadmap of resources and programs to enhance their quality of life.”

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis, as well as provide assistance and education to their families and caregivers. Funded programs serve individuals living with spinal cord injury and other injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including but not limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The grants support life-changing initiatives that aim to increase quality of life by improving physical and emotional health, broadening community engagement, and increasing independence. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).

About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00). For more information, please visit our website at or call 800-539-7309.

About the Star Center

The mission of the Star Center is to help any person with any disability to realize their potential. We are now celebrating 26 years of providing life-changing services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs throughout West Tennessee. These services can be summarized by our motto: “Enrichment, Education, and Employment”. Enrichment is a quality that unites our six diverse services and encompasses all that we do. Education is the belief that children deserve to succeed in academics regardless of their barriers. Employment is about adults sharing their gifts and talents with the community by serving others, rather than being held back by disabilities. Our most powerful service is our commitment to each client for as long as it takes to reach their individual goals, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about the Star Center, please visit our website at or call 731-668-3888.


Star Center

Rita Gentles
(973) 379-2690 ext. 7123