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[One of the day’s activities for the adults from the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association STARS program on Oct. 6 at Farm Friends NFP was making a craft. Javier Rivera, (left) of Aurora, hands Ellen Beaulieu a small mason jar.]
Beaulieu, her husband Ed Beaulieu and their two sons, Austin and Cole, have lived in the village of Sugar Grove for the past 16 years. She began volunteering for Farm Friends in 2010, eventually joining the organization's board of directors.
Several years ago, the Beaulieus sold their family home in the Lakes of Bliss Woods subdivision and moved into one of Sugar Grove Township’s oldest farmhouses. They are currently renovating the house, originally owned by one of the earliest settlers in the area, Ezekiel Mighell, and are working toward making it an historical landmark.
Ellen Beaulieu is dedicated to sharing her love of nature and its creatures with others and helps host the STARS group when it comes to visit Farm Friends. STARS, a collaborative effort between the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association and the Association for Individual Development, was created to enhance the quality of life for individuals with special needs by building life skills through participating in active, community-based therapeutic recreation.