Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the same right to live and participate in their community as anyone else. Yes, sometimes, individuals may need training, support, supervision, etc., and that is where New Star takes the lead. Community Life is many things and might look different to anyone including; meeting new people, developing relationships, learning skills, going shopping, paying bills, having privacy, cooking meals, medication assistance, having a place to sleep, etc. Our trained staff provides opportunities for individuals to learn the skills needed to live meaningful lives in their communities.


Caring for a loved one with a disability is a 24-hour job, 365 days a year. So when does a caregiver get time to take care of themselves, other members of their family or their responsibilities? Respite can help. Trained staff can provide short term support to give temporary relief to caregivers. Respite care can be provided in the home, community, or other settings designated for respite services. Services may include, but are not limited to, bathing, meal preparation, and assistance with daily living skills. Respite is funded by Indiana’s Family Support Waiver and Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver. To participate in these services, an individual must have the services identified in their Person-Centered Individualized Support Plan or PC/ISP. An individual can talk to their Case Manager about adding this to their PC/ISP and annual budget.

For detailed information about New Star’s live program offerings in Indiana, please contact

Kara Pierce at or (219) 440-7430.