Mary Joy Sherlach lived for the kids. A school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Mary did what her daughter Maura Schwartz says was utterly in keeping with her character when a gunman opened fire at her school in December 2012: She ran toward the gunfire, not away from it. Read the full article here
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Help Find New Homes for 1,000 People with Disabilities
There are over 145,000 people living with serious disabilities in New Jersey who collect Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits which means they live on less than $800 per month while struggling with developmental disabilities, mental illness, addictions and/or homelessness. Many of these individuals cannot afford to live independently and are relegated to living at home with aging parents, living in substandard housing or have no place to live. New Jersey’s Department of Human Services provides housing in licensed community beds or through rental vouchers to only approximately 15,000 people.
On December 14, 2012, Mary Joy Sherlach, school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, gave her life to protect the students she served. Her family and friends created Mary’s Fund to honor her legacy and continue her important work.
The mission of the fund is to support programs that aid the mental and social wellness of children and adolescents as Mary did in her day-to-day life. Initially created in Fairfield County, Connecticut, the New Jersey chapter will support mental health charities such as the Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey.
This new chapter of Mary’s Fund was envisioned by South Jersey residents Maura and Eric Schwartz. Maura is one of Mary’s two daughters. Maura and Eric have a vested interest in the psychological health of children and adolescents and want to continue Mary’s life work.
The Mary’s Fund Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015, at the Ramblewood Country Club, 200 Country Club Pkwy, Mt. Laurel, NJ.