Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meet our first InBloom Hero : Shari Ostrow Scher

InBloom Heros: Celebrating those for whom service comes naturally.

InBloom Heros was created to raise funds and awareness for very special InBloom Jewelry customers. I greatly admire people who act selflessly in an effort to meet a need in their community, and who choose to see potential, opportunities and beauty instead of despair. Partnering with these community heroes is a great honor and pleasure.

You can help…..
  • Help us raise funds, bring awareness and celebrate our Heroes' passionate efforts to serve others by purchasing a necklace designed just for them
  • All profits are directly donated to their organization. 
  • A direct donation can also be made by clicking the link to their organization's website.

Meet our inaugural InBloom Hero

Shari Ostrow Scher

I’ve known Shari since childhood and always look forward to a visit with her. I can visualize the collective nod from her family, friends and colleagues when I say that in her presence, one only feels cherished.  

Without hesitation she loves, she accepts, and always strives to lift others up. I’m so delighted to have her as our inaugural InBloom Hero, as she truly exemplifies our goal of “honoring those for whom giving comes naturally”.

When we first talked about this idea, I asked Shari to identify a theme for the piece we were to create together. She came up with "resilience".  We found inspiration in the elegant lines of the ancient gingko tree leaf, and I designed this pendant we are offering for sale. 

The children and families COIPP serves truly are resilient. When you purchase and enjoy wearing or gifting this pendant called “Resilience,” please  know you are helping an extraordinary woman and her volunteers bring joy, encouragement and inspiration to a special group of children and their caregivers.

Shown here Level 2 $340 Sterling with 18kbezel set.1ct  diamond

Available in 2 levels of support:
Level 1: Sterling Silver pendant. 16-18” adjustable snake chain $100
Level 2: Sterling Silver with 18k gold bezel set .1ct diamond accent (as shown) $340

Make your purchase at under InBloom Hereos Fundraisers
Direct donations can also be made via the website

Enjoy this video of Shari speaking about why she created COIPP and all the wonderful things they do to support this group of children in Frederick County, MD.

 About Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP)

Having a parent in prison is life changing for a child.  Some children act out due to the trauma, while others never speak about it. However, all suffer worry and feel their life change.  This happened to me, and happens everyday to thousands of children. 

With this in mind, twelve years ago I decided that I could not wait any longer to start a group to support these children. Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP), a non-sectarian, non-profit organization, was born.  

Our mission is to assist children and their caregivers who are impacted by the incarceration of a loved one and to raise community awareness of the needs of this population.  Thanks to a group of incredible volunteers, much has been accomplished. This includes giving away warm, homemade ‘comfort blankets and quilts’ to children and caregivers, offering scholarships to women caregivers, offering a lending/giving children’s library at the local detention center, offering resource bag giveaways at our annual Resource Fair at the Detention Center, facilitating support groups for caregivers, offering weekly parenting classes to women at the local jail, and so much more. 

We are about to begin child/caregiver weekend activities, free to all participants. Most importantly, caregivers now have a place to call when they find themselves in great need, emotionally, socially and even financially.  In our country, we honor children who have a parent in the military, but we do not do so for those with a parent in jail. However, it is all about the same issue for the children- loss.  

We are only at the beginning of what we can do, for many prisoners have many children- all of whom need attention, support and a hand up to meet their potential.

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 Get to know Shari Ostrow Scher in her own words.

I grew up in Brooklyn New York and lived there through college.  I have also lived in Buffalo, New York, Washington, DC, Charles County, Maryland and for almost thirty years in Frederick. For all of this time, almost fifty years, I have been involved in education, with a special interest in working with those families that struggle financially or have special needs. 
That interest started early and never left.  In truth, I never took a year off as my career in teaching and administering programs took me to the inner city, rural areas, and on national speaking engagements. I had the great honor of working in childcare, public schools, community colleges, four year institutions, and more. For twenty-seven years I had the honor of being the early childhood curriculum specialist/family involvement supervisor for Frederick county Public Schools, from which I retired less than two years ago. 

My life in semi-retirement is busy and wonderful.  I am presently working at Hood College, teaching student teachers and graduate students, as well as speaking on different topics of interest in a variety of states. I have been fortunate enough to be the President and Founder of both Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and another non-profit, Children of Hope, Children of Promise, an organization that has put together a library in a rural area of the Dominican Republic.  
My husband and I, and anyone else who wishes to come, travel to the DR at least once a year, with books carried down in our suitcases, and add to our library with new, Spanish resources. I have also traveled extensively to countries all over the world, including places of poverty such as Uganda, Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, Ecuador, Viet Nam, Peru and more. 

Whenever possible, whenever traveling, I try to visit schools or orphanages, and carry down supplies or assist with the building of a school, for I firmly believe that education is the way out of poverty and therefore every child deserves the best education possible. 
Besides loving to travel, I am an avid reader, participant in two book clubs, cook, pet lover, fast walker, eater of chocolate, Zumba and Bang participant- and someone with, I am told boundless energy.   

I adore my many friends and spending time with them, usually with an iced tea in my hand. However, the very best part of my life is my family that includes my husband Howie, who never, ever tires of supporting my efforts, my fabulous children, Jedd, Ben and Jennifer, my daughter-in-law Christina, my dog Greta, all of whom are my cheerleaders, and, of course, a grandmother’s dream, the wonderful Anna.

Thank you for all you've done for your community!

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