December 9, 2010 - First Lady Mary Pat Christie Names Beverly Gordon of Project Self Sufficiency a New Jersey Hero Encourages New Jerseyans to Nominate their Local Heroes at

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Kevin Roberts
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010 609-777-2600 Bookmark and Share
Trenton, NJ – First Lady Mary Pat Christie named Beverly Gordon, President of Project Self Sufficiency in Newton, a New Jersey Hero during a ceremony held at Drumthwacket. New Jersey Heroes is an initiative that showcases the positive ways people and organizations are impacting New Jersey big and small. Mrs. Christie announced that each month a New Jersey Hero will be designated from nominations submitted through her official website,

“I’ve been inspired and moved by so many outstanding individuals in the Garden State who are truly making a difference in their own way,” said Mrs. Christie. “Beverly’s work in championing self sufficiency is helping to transform the lives of thousands of families in Sussex County and I applaud her commitment to the community.”

Founded in 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency helps families achieve stability as well as personal and economic self-sufficiency. The organization serves single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers, two-parent families, and vulnerable single individuals. Participants have access to a wide array of programs and services from individual and group counseling to family strengthening services and life skills training.

Beverly Gordon has served as a member of the Project Self-Sufficiency Board of Directors since 1998 and as its President since 2004. Under her leadership, the organization currently provides comprehensive services to over 1,300 local families annually and has partnered with more than 18,000 families since its inception.

“If you know someone like Beverly Gordon, who has made an impact on your life or on the lives of others, we want to hear about it,” added Mrs. Christie.

The state’s first five New Jersey Heroes were selected in January 2010 during Governor Christie’s inaugural. They are Caroline B.T. Wallace of International Youth Organization in Newark; David Girgenti of Wish-Upon-A-Hero in Cherry Hill; Tammy Evans-Colquitt of Image and Attitude in Pennsauken; Jim Benedict of St. Peter’s Church Lunch Kitchen in Freehold and Chip Paillex of Grow-A-Row in Franklin.

To nominate a hero, go to the bottom of the page of the First Lady’s website at and click the NJ Heroes tab. Follow the application instructions and submit the person you believe is a true New Jersey Hero.