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Dear friends,

As you know, New York State has been on PAUSE since mid-March. The Governor has announced that the Finger Lakes region, including Rochester, can begin a phased reopening of businesses on Friday, May 15th. This is part of his NY Forward plan for reopening the state, to happen in stages.


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Families who have children with disabilities face personal and financial challenges more often than families who have children without disabilities. In rural communities, people often lack internet access, experience higher rates of poverty, and are physically more isolated from each other and from agencies that can help.


Good afternoon,

Based on the latest guidance from state authorities, we are further restricting access to our sites for essential purposes only. Effective immediately:

  • Our main office at 1650 South Avenue is closed to visitors until further notice.
  • No visitors will be allowed to any Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs) unless medically or clinically essential. This is to protect the health of the people living there and of the staff supporting them.

Otherwise, Starbridge staff are continuing to provide supports and services in education, employment, and healthy living. You can contact us through staff phone numbers, emails, or via our website or main phone number: 585-546-1700.


NYS OPWDD has issued the following guidance suspending visitation to IRAs, effective immediately:


Good afternoon,

The safety of the people we serve, our employees, and our community is critical. We are carefully monitoring the developments with COVID-19.

We want to assure you we are continuing to operate and provide supports and services; however, we are taking additional precautions to help minimize the spread of the virus.


Happy New Year! We have some exciting news to announce:

Nikisha Ridgeway, M.A., has joined Starbridge as our Chief Operating Officer. In her role, Nikisha is responsible for Starbridge’s overall operations and service delivery.

Colin Garwood, President/CEO, and Nikisha Ridgeway, COO


Juanita is the Senior Manager of Cultural Competency, Health Literacy and Community Initiatives for the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System. She lives in the 19th Ward in the City of Rochester, and enjoys the beautiful homes and neighbors. Juanita has been a board member since 2017.

Juanita Lyde

I joined the Board of Directors after meeting Colin Garwood and Ida Jones and experiencing the passion they demonstrated for the staff, consumers, community and the mission of Starbridge.


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Jim Grossman is a partner at Barclay Damon, LLP. Jim and his wife, Suki, have been longtime supporters of Starbridge’s founding agencies and continue to support Starbridge today.


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“JaBron is motivated. He needed to find out what his strengths were. More than that, he needed encouragement. People around him were telling him he was a deadbeat. He needed someone to encourage him to try again every time he struck out.”


Photo of Colin Garwood, President/CEO of Starbridge

Hi everyone,

I hope you've enjoyed your summer. It feels like fall has arrived here in Rochester!