The STAR Project was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2004, and in 2005 received a two year start-up grant from The Sherwood Trust. The STAR Project receives funding from a variety of sources including Walla Walla County, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, Stubblefield, The Sherwood Trust and other area Trusts. Churches, service clubs, and individuals also provide monetary support, especially for those services not covered by targeted grants.
Some of the primary needs for unfunded services include:
• Housing for those who would otherwise be homeless.
• Bus passes to allow clients to get to appointments and interviews.
• Group dinner. The Star Project hosts a weekly dinner on every Wednesday of each month as a way to provide support and interaction in a casual but structured setting. Clients and their children, staff and volunteers attend the dinners, with an average of 30 people being served.
• Starter Packs that include things like: Razors, towels, personal hygiene products, toothbrush/toothpaste, comb, shampoo, etc. Along these same lines our clientele could use clothes since they generally only have the clothes on their backs upon release.
Donations can be designated for a specific cause or note simply as being for client services.
Although the work of volunteers does not show up on a finance report, their time and talent comprise some of the STAR Project’s most valuable assets. We welcome those that are interested in being a life skills mentor to our clients.
If you'd like to donate goods/funds or volunteer your time, please contact us.