Excerpt from a front page article in the
New York Times, December 14, 1992
*Please note that some of the information in this article is no longer current.
Matchmaker's Niche: The Lonely Mentally Ill
…..With a telephone, an accordion folder of applications and a stack of index cards, she (Alice Cohen) is opening the next frontier in society's continuing drive to usher the mentally ill out of institutions and into the community of man.
“She's doing something everyone wishes their aunt would do," said Bob Scholer, a lanky 43-year-old marathon runner who lost all his old friends after his extreme mood swings were diagnosed as bipolar disorder 20 years ago. "She's giving people hope. And she's not even your relative."
Often, the illness derails their lives just as they approach adulthood. While their friends date, marry and build their own families, the mentally ill are fighting to hold on to their sanity. In a sense, they are left on an island while life carries their contemporaries away. "It's the worst cancer in the world," Mrs. Cohen said.