North Star Independence Incorporated was a founded by Matthew and Mickelle O’Brien for the purpose of helping individuals with special needs. Our goal is to help individuals reach their fullest potential by creating a safe haven where the universal endowment of self reliance can be pursued. We opened our first Adult Residential Facility, known as “The Back 40” in 2011. We are currently in the process of expanding our residential services, and in addition we will be adding a day program and recreation program to the services we offer.
We have always believed that life is to be lived not just practiced. What we learn at home must be experienced in the real world not just mastered in a closed environment.
Working with long time friend and colleague, Jessie Yates, Matthew has been able to develop and sustain a program founded on the idea that even those with special needs should not just exist in society, but be able to participate fully. With the right structure and encouragement we feel that all individuals have the capacity to enjoy all the activities that life has to offer. If we are willing and patient in assisting people they should be capable of attaining all their goals. Our program thrives on the idea that where families are available they should continue to be an integral part of everyone’s life even as the progress into adulthood. And where families aren’t available we insure individuals feel the same safety and security by maintaining our standard of care.