STAR's Mission: “To provide persons being released from incarceration with the essential tools to successfully re-integrate into the community as productive, contributing members.”
"To increase community safety and reduce recidivism by assisting persons to successfully transition from incarceration to the community."
Our values are to:
Be honest and frank in all dealings.
Retain and foster hope.
Treat all persons with respect and courtesy.
Understand regression and be realistic in expectations.
Founded in 2004, The STAR Project serves people with felony convictions in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties in Washington State. Historically, STAR has provided pre-release assistance through teams of volunteers within the walls of Washington State Penitentiary.
In 2014, STAR received a large funding award resulting from a settlement agreement between AT&T and people incarcerated in Washington State. This award allowed STAR to hire paid staff members and develop programs. For more information on STAR’s funding, please click here to be routed to our funding page.
As STAR moved from volunteer-based operations to staff-based operations, four main programs emerged: Pre-Release Transition, Comprehensive Case Management, Housing, and Employment.
STAR serves adults with felony convictions without regard to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other protected status. STAR serves people regardless of conviction type or incarceration length. To narrow the field and maintain focus on reentry, STAR targets services toward people who are incarcerated, directly after release, and/or within one year of their release date. STAR serves approximately 130 people annually.