Who We Are

Why We're Here

Most of the people in our STARS ministry live in private homes with their families and many are now moving into their 50s and beyond. Many of their parents are in their 60s, 70s, and 80s and are becoming increasingly encumbered by their own health challenges, making it more difficult, sometimes even impossible, for them to continue to provide ongoing care for their disabled adult children. It appears that this trend is a phenomenon being experienced nationwide. While there may be government programs available in some instances to care for these disabled adults, there is a tremendous gap between the services needed and the services available in Illinois.

What We Do

In response to this need, STARS Family Services was created to stand in the gap and help supply living arrangements and related services to adults with intellectual disabilities in the STARS ministry. SFS will focus on helping our STARS develop life skills needed for independent or semi-independent living, such as grocery shopping, meal preparation and cleanup, taking public transportation, personal hygiene, coping skills, and some basic job skills while at the same time making it possible for them to continue living in the community, participating in STARS activities, and being an integral part of College Church which we believe to be very important. As the Bible says in 1st Corinthians 12:22, "...those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable."

Our Story

For over five decades College Church has come alongside persons with developmental disabilities, ministering to them and their families with the love of Jesus. The ministry now known as STARS involves over one hundred families. Going well beyond the College Church congregation, STARS is an outreach throughout the western suburbs providing Sunday morning Bible classes, recreation and respite programs, retreats, music programs, and parents' dinners and meetings. It has grown spontaneously out of great need, and has been sustained by selfless, committed volunteers.
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