MAYS LANDING – On Thursday, September 22, 2022, Atlantic County Prosecutor William E. Reynolds and Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler signed a memorandum of understanding with William Mazur, Executive Director of the Hope Exists Foundation. The memorandum memorializes an ongoing collaboration where the respective agencies will coordinate efforts in support of the Hope Exists Foundation’s mission to offer support and service connections to
those struggling with addiction, mental health, homelessness, and more. A central component to the project is its mobile outreach unit, which will be expanding its reach in coming months.
The memorandum reads in part: “In recent years, the parties have [ ] recognized the devastating effects of mental illness, addiction, and their attendant conditions upon the community. Impact is felt in the criminal justice system, families, schools, businesses, public safety, and overall quality of life. Each of the parties have dedicated resources to tackling these problems. The parties agree that, where appropriate, a combined and cooperative effort in support of the Hope Exists Foundation and its efforts is best suited to have the greatest impact on the most people. Therefore, this MOU establishes a partnership for the benefit of all parties to serve the community, compounding efforts to maximize our ability to help individuals in need.”
The parties expect to elaborate upon the partnership in the future with joint public events, regular meetings, and resource and data-sharing where appropriate, all in support of maximizing the program’s reach.