S.T.A.R.S. recreates daily living scenarios through an interactive, realistic environment. Participants rotate between different places such as the apartment, general store, town square, art studio, and a fitness center. Each place gives participants a chance to learn real-life skills while having fun and interacting with other staff and participants at the same time. This program uses a curriculum designed to help participants overcome their disadvantages and achieve maximum independence in the long run.
Learning Above and Beyond
On top of the wide variety of skills and experiences, participants have the opportunity to interact with the local community through group outings where they apply some of the skills they have learned through S.T.A.R.S. in real-world situations.
Whether you are looking for an all-day program or certain aspects of a program, S.T.A.R.S. will bring in a new kind of education, leisure, and engagement to your loved one. By engaging each participant in an interactive environment, S.T.A.R.S. introduces a new, fascinating world where participants can reach their full potential and discover the possibilities.
The General Store is a reward program where participants make purchases using “STARSBucks” while practicing number skills, such as addition and subtraction. These transactions make participants aware of product prices, cash on hand, and budget management. The General Store develops skills related to spending money safely and wisely.
Art & Drama Studio
The Art & Drama Studio encourages self-expression by sharing participants’ unique talents in the areas of drama, music, and arts and crafts.
In the Apartment, we bring daily living to life through amazing teachable moments. The Apartment is more than just a skill builder. It’s a builder of confidence and independence. Using experiential learning and hands-on teaching methods, participants bring excitement and fun to homemaking through meal preparation, cooking, and laundry.
Music & Fitness Center
The Music & Fitness Center provides a variety of classes beginning with body education, awareness, and the importance of good nutrition. It features some aerobic equipment and a variety of exercise, dance and music classes. Participants build self-esteem through physical and mental challenges.
GreenWorks Learning Center
GreenWorks Learning Center, a greenhouse located at Tarrant County Resource Connection, allows S.T.A.R.S. to participate in weekly horticulture therapy and lessons on planting, growing and caring for seedlings and other plant material. GreenWorks was developed in partnership with Resource Connection of Tarrant County, Tarrant County Master Gardener Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
Want to learn more about the program? Take a virtual tour!
*Please note footage in the virtual tour below was filmed prior to COVID-19. The program currently enforces strict mask wearing and social distancing to ensure the safety of our participants.
For more information, please contact our staff:
Kimberly Smith: 817-332-7866 x2061
Helen Lopez: 817-332-7866 x2164
Mike Jones: 817-310-3237 x2201
Our Promise To You
S.T.A.R.S staff members are responsible for treating clientele with respect, patience and equality. Staff members do not discriminate for any reason. Staff members are required to report any suspicions of abuse and neglect, as well as incidents of drug use or danger. Staff members must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. The management staff is responsible for reviewing all procedures, outcomes and qualifications of staff members.
S.T.A.R.S staff members must obtain and maintain credentialing requirements as set forth by the local authority on a yearly basis to supply services to clientele. S.T.A.R.S staff members must complete, at the minimum, the following upon hire and annually thereafter:
- Background check
- Office of the Attorney General Exclusion Search
- Competency in the safe management of verbally and physically aggressive behavior (SAMA)
- SATORI – Alternatives to Managing Aggression
- American Heart Association CPR
- American Heart Association First Aid
- Recognition, reporting and preventing abuse, neglect and exploitation
- Infectious and communicable diseases
- MHMR Tarrant Compliance Plan
- Client rights
- Self-administering of medications
- Risk management and incident reporting
- Environmental safety for individuals with developmental difficulties
- Customer relations
- Hazardous chemicals