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Norwalk Resident Celebrates 30 Years Of Service To STAR

Mable Little with an orchid given to her by a co-worker at STAR for her 30th anniversary.
Mable Little with an orchid given to her by a co-worker at STAR for her 30th anniversary. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk resident Mable Little recently celebrated 30 years of service with STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way.

STAR is a local non-profit agency serving people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in Mid- Fairfield County since 1952. Little started working with STAR after driving a local school bus for eight years.

“My kids grew up and I was looking for full time work. So I decided to work for STAR," Little said. "Linda Sarosi hired me. She was head of transportation services back then. I started out as a driver and fell in love with the people here—so I stayed.”

Since her early days, Little has been promoted several times from becoming a Job Site Coach to leading a group in STAR’s workshop. Her group performs tasks such as packaging, labeling, and assembling brochures, gift items and jewelry for local businesses. “I love this group. I respect them and they respect me. If I can make a difference in their lives, I’m glad,” she said.

“Mable has been a treasure to STAR for 30 years. Starting as a driver, she quickly transferred to providing training and support to adults served by STAR," said STAR Executive Director Katie Banzhaf. "In an industry known for high staff turnover, STAR is proud to have employees like Mable Little that have provided friendship and consistency for over 30 years. She is like family to the many people she has touched through her work over the years.”

Little expressed the same fondness for Banzhaf and STAR, saying, “I appreciate working with Katie and the others at STAR. They have given me opportunities to grow in this field and continue growing.”

Little explained how things have changed since she started working with STAR 30 years ago. “The clients are out in the community more. Adults with developmental disabilities are active—they are working, volunteering, attending church and community activities... and the attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities has improved.”

For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way visit their website.

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