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December 6, 2017

Notes from the Executive Director

As I write this, I have been the Executive Director for more than five months. It doesn’t seem possible that this much time has already gone by! Many good things have been happening here at Globe Star.  

Globe Star has a team in place with each office having a Quality of Community Life Mentor or Social Worker Assistant on board; Quality of Mentoring Life has three staff and are looking for additional staff as the program is growing; and last but not least, Quality of Work Life has a mentor in Chesterton to grow Globe Star’s vocational services.

We have many things to be thankful for during this holiday season. We are grateful for the many individuals and families we serve, the staff who provide the services, and the prospects for expanding services. Without these people, we could not do what we do. So, thank you for believing in us and continuing to support Gentle Teaching.

Zathoe Sexton
Executive Director


*Chesterton Holiday Party -Dec 15
*Warsaw Holiday Party -Dec 20
*South Bend Holiday Party -Dec 22
*Indy/Lafayette Holiday Party -Dec 23

Featured Crewmember
Kim Cardenas
Kim Cardenas came on board with Globe Star in 2016. It seems that wherever she goes, she shows up like sunshine! She loves learning and working together, with others, especially with Individuals in helping them achieve their goals. 

Along with her role as Quality of Community Life Servant Leader, she is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a CPR instructor. She continues learning, applying, and expanding her knowledge and skills at Globe Star.

Covering both field work and office work, she embraces the diverse situations and challenges of each new day, advocating for justice of the heart and enrichment of life. She also documents the joy and fun of a lot of community events with Individuals by taking and sharing wonderful photos.

The idea that “every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together,” inspires her outlook (a statement by Paul Ryan). Kim says she discovered that this is what service at Globe Star is all about, and that it makes her proud to be a part of the Globe Star community.

Watching her children grow is her heart’s pure delight. ‘It’s my favorite thing, watching them grow; but bittersweet, too, as they grow so fast. We learn so much from one another. They learn from me and I keep learning from them how to become a better person.

Kimberly treasures spending time with her husband and their two daughters. “We try to make life enjoyable, we love going to eat, travel and just be at home doing nothing but spending time with each other! One of the main things I’ve learned from life is to be patient and believe that God does things for a reason [so we can learn and grow].Never give up and keep living!”


621 Broadway
Chesterton, IN 46304
call: 219.921.5492

serving areas of
3181 North High School Rd 
Indianapolis, IN 46224
call: 317.322.5870

serving areas of
935 S Ironwood Dr
South Bend, IN 46615

call: 574.246.1316

serving areas of
1422 E Center St
Warsaw, IN 46580

call: 574.269.5657   


Celebrating and Creating Community with Kim Cardenas!

Quality of Life services and programs are offered at Globe Star, where a framework of Gentle Teaching forms the relationship-building foundation for interactions with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 

We develop companionship and a sense of community with others by recognizing value and creating meaning. These foundational goals of service cultivate quality of life outcomes.

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Interested in learning more or applying at Globe Star?
Benefits for both full-time and part-time DSP’s care offered
(ie medical insurance plans, 401K, days off). 

Click below to learn more and explore work opportunities with us!

Globe Star is an equal opportunity employer.

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Globe Star increases wages to direct care staff

On September 18, 2017, the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services’ (BDDS) 1915(c) home and community-based services Family Supports Waiver (FSW) and Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waiver amendments.  The mandated 5 percent rate increase for specific services provided under the FSW and CIH waivers with the intent to use the rate increase to increase wages for direct care staff was effective October 1, 2017.

In addition to the rate increases, Indiana Code 12-15-1.3-18(f) requires actions for all authorized providers related to notifications and use of the rate increase.  Specifically, IC 12-15-1.3-18(f) requires all providers to submit written and electronic notification of its plan to increase wages to: 1) direct care staff employed by the provider; and 2) the Office of the Secretary of FSSA within 30 days after the office implements an increase in the reimbursement rates. The 30 day period for submission of notice begins upon implementation, October 1, 2017.

Globe Star has provided most of the direct service workers with a wage increase and each month re-evaluates the hours of service provided and if there is an increase above the initial hours used in the calculation of wage increase, every caregiver receives a bonus. We hope this will also appeal to new caregivers whose starting pay will start with the higher amount. 

2018 Educational Webinar Series:
Reimagining Multi-Sensory Environments with Snoezelen-MSE

Planning is well underway for our 2018 topics and presenters. The schedule-in-progress will be posted on our website by the end of December. We'll be introducing some new presenters and welcoming back others (Janice Ryan on Autism, Hanne Holmer on her OT work with Snoezelhuset in Denmark, and Dr. Anthony M. McCrovitz who spoke on several topics that included The Active Relationship Component, Dementia, The Importance of Sensory Experience in Human Development, and Focus on Breathing and Relaxing Within the Environment). 

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining our panel of presenters, please contact us at


On The Road with Gentle Teaching

In September, Globe Star was represented at the annual conference for Gentle Teaching International, held in Vancouver. Dr. Anthony M. McCrovitz did a presentation on current research for Gentle Teaching, illustrating the current model being developed, and proposing invitational ideas for others' participation in this growing aspect of Gentle Teaching around the world.  With curriculum developer Mara Hawks, he also presented Four Phases of Mentoring in the Moment, Cultivating Interdependence and Solidarity with Others

While mentoring a spirit of gentleness involves having objectives for teaching, it also involves reflective practices by the mentor, so that valuing, which is at the heart of this work, becomes apparent for one’s understanding, and develops transparency for the integrity of the relationship. Also, a mentor abides by guidelines for protecting the relationship for navigating the learning processes toward destinations of safe and loved. (this is ‘navigating the heart’ and sometimes this is through ‘stormy weather,’ whereby emotions/ feelings of the person we are serving/mentoring have become engulfed in a ‘stormy’ way.)

 The mentor sets goals and creates plans that provide vision, support, and challenge for the person being mentored. Through the practice and process of mentoring, a person becomes a role model by demonstrating for others how to create interactions that build relationships and that cultivate personal and/or professional growth and development. As this mentoring model is reciprocated and replicated with others, a spirit of gentleness is cultivated within the reciprocal relationships, and these continue creating connections within the community. 



December  15 -- Chesterton Holiday Party 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (CST) - 621 Broadway in Chesterton 

December 20 -- Warsaw Holiday Party -- 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (EST) - 1422 E. Center Street in Warsaw

December 22 -- South Bend Holiday Party -- 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (EST)-- 935 S. Ironwood Drive in South Bend 

December 23 -- Indianapolis/Lafayette Holiday Party -- Pacers Game - Information to follow for those who contact James Boyd at (317) 529-9879

December 24, -- Christmas Eve

December 25-- Christmas Day -- Globe Star Offices are closed

December 31 -- New Year’s Eve

January 1 -- New Year’s Day

February 14 -- Valentine’s Day

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