ETS Career Services
Star Light Center
Star Light Center - Program Overview:
Star Light Center provides adults who have been socially and vocationally disabled by mental illness the opportunity to gain confidence and self-esteem, learn vocational skills, and obtain employment. The "Clubhouse" model, which was developed over a half century ago, provides members with a supportive environment where they can get assistance with transitioning into the workplace or back into school as well as increasing their participation in the community. Membership is voluntary and services are designed to meet individual needs.
Members make the club come alive by working with staff to operate the clubhouse, ensure that all feel wanted, and that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the community through meaningful work. Star Light Center provides several specialized units (see below) that members use to manage the club's activities as well as to learn and master critical vocational skills. This approach ensures cooperation, inclusion, and shared responsibility. It also allows each member to be productive despite his or her disability.
Star Light Center is designed to help members transfer the skills and capabilities learned at the clubhouse to real jobs in the community. Each member receives a comprehensive vocational assessment that identifies training and job placement priorities as well as preferences. Members are also provided with career counseling, interview skills training, resume writing, and job search assistance as needed.
Once a member is placed in a Transitional or Competitive Employment Job, clubhouse staff continues to provide ongoing support for work related and personal issues. Transitional Employment Jobs are generally structured to be temporary. The goal, in most cases, is to allow the member to move onto Independent Employment after a specified period. Members seeking Competitive Employment Jobs are more experienced and have worked in a Transitional Employment position.
Star Light Center - Program Highlights:
- Established in 1987
- Serving Hampshire County
- Providing a restorative environment to over 250 members
- Offering specialized units including: clerical, cafe, employment, education, and member services
- Working in partnership with area employers to meet their business needs while opening up employment opportunities for its program members
Star Light Center
251 Nonotuck Street
Florence, MA 01062
Phone: (413) 586-8255
Fax: (413) 586-8311
Read the Star Light Brochure (.pdf)