NOTICE!! STAR is moving offices over the Thanksgiving week.

The office will be CLOSED from Nov. 24th - Dec. 1st 

 The new address is 321 Wellington. Please be patient with us over this week as we will have limited access to ph phone and internet. Please leave us a message at the office number. 509-525-3612. We will be checking messages once a day.  

 

STAR's Mission

STAR’s mission is: to provide persons being released from incarceration with the essential tools to successfully re-integrate into the community as productive, contributing members of society.

Our vision is: to increase community safety and reduce recidivism by assisting persons to successfully transition from incarceration to the community.

We have been in operation since 2004 and serve around 85 new clients every year.

 

STAR clients building community relationships through service.

The need for Assistance

Typically, convicted felons are released from prison with $40 in "gate money" and the clothes on their back. They are usually required to remain in the county of their first conviction until their parole period has been completed. After years of having virtually every aspect of their life under the control of others basic living can be daunting.

Family and old friends may have enabled them along the path that landed them in institution, so their support is sometimes non-existent or more problematic than helpful. With limited choices, many who want a better life simply do not succeed, re-offend, and return to prison. The cost to them and to society is enormous.

Data from Washington State Corrections shows that the average cost of incarceration for one individual at Washington State prisons is $90 per day. Based on an average sentence length pf 23 months every person who does not return to prison saves the state approximately $76,700.

 

Clients, board members and volunteers all working hard to create a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.