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The gift was from a trust established by Paul Wolk, who in 1966 joined five others in establishing East House. He established the trust for one of his daughters, Barbara Schwarz, who passed away last fall.
“Barbara lived her life bravely coping with the challenges of a chronic mental illness. One of her life-long passions was living independently in the community,” said Greg Soehner, president and CEO of East House. “Barbara’s sister, Judy Samloff, expressed that a portion of the proceeds from the trust be used for establishing independent living opportunities for others living with mental illness.”
East House officials have not determined how the funds will be spent, but Samloff emphasized the importance of independent living opportunities for those with mental illness.
“My sister Barbara was fiercely independent and determined to live her own life,” Samloff said. “We believe East House will use the resources from the trust wisely and enable others to realize their dreams of independent living, consistent with Barbara’s interests.”
When East House was formed in 1966, it was only the nation’s second community-based group home for people recovering from mental illness. Today, East House has grown to 11 facilities serving more than 1,000 clients and their families as they recover fro mental illness and chemical addictions.
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