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Stephy's Place Endowment Fund

In 2021,  the Stephy's Place Board voted to start an Endowment Fund. The purpose of this Endowment is to ensure Stephy's Place lives on well into the future.  We decided to name it in honor of the 2 people that represented light when we were in our darkest place almost 21 years ago when our loved ones were killed. Our Facilitators: Marion Fitzgerald,   She prayed for us when we couldn’t pray, she was our advocate when we weren’t strong enough to advocate for ourselves, she was our rock. 

And Kevin Keelen, Kevin represents everything Stephy's Place is, and his name should be wherever Stephy's Place is, forever. 

With Kevin & Marion’s  guidance we came out the other side with the ability to hold the pain & sorrow together in our hearts at the same time, and the desire to live a full life, not trying to live our old lives without our love ones but rather living our new lives and taking them with us, forever.


2022 Stephy's Place Gala

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 Stephy’s Place: A Support Center for Grief and Loss held a Gala at the Rumson Country Club Riverhouse to celebrate the anniversary of the support center. Stephy’s Place was founded in 2015 by Sheila Martello-DiOrio believing that anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one should not have to navigate the journey alone.

Over 300 guests enjoyed a fun evening of drinks, food, and music by Danny Wertman as well as the Moroccan Sheepherders. The gift auction included items such as a trip to Tuscany, designer handbags and jewelry, autographed celebrity memorabilia, and tickets to sporting events.

For more than six years Stephy’s Place (a non profit 501(c)3 charitable organization) has provided free support services to anyone surviving grief and loss. Stephy’s Place currently offers 52 support groups, a resource center, and mindful meditation to support the more than 500 people who come each week to grieve and mourn. All proceeds from the gala will benefit the Marion Fitzgerald and Kevin Keelen endowment fun, and support the operation of Stephy’s Place for years to come. 

Stephy’s Place is located at 210 West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ. For more information or to make a tax deductible donation please visit www.StephysPlace.org or call 732-614-1142 

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Believe in life, not loss. When your heart is struggling, hurting, questioning, its  not so easy.Place your trust in the process. Surrender to the journey. Have faith  in yourself that you can do this. Repeat to yourself, hope over loss til your heart  understands and your brain follows through. 


Sheila Martello was recently interviewed on 
SCAN NJ TV, Community Connections, April 2020

Thank you!

All gifts go directly to our mission to help those suffering the loss of a loved one. 

The easiest way to help us is to donate through PayPal using the button below: 


Stephy's Place is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization who relies on the
generosity of others so that we can continue to provide free support
groups for those suffering the loss of a loved one. 
Please consider making a donation today
by clicking here or the Donate button.

The loss of a loved one forces you to face a new reality which includes dealing with the practical demands of everyday life. We can help you move forward with
the support of others, as only those who have also experienced loss can. 

Throughout our own grief journeys, we have found comfort in the compassionate presence of others who understand our struggle. We have now created Stephy’s Place - a free “safe place” for anyone who has suffered loss, with the sole purpose of sharing faith, hope, and love. 

At Stephy’s Place you will be able to talk to others who are continuing their journey through the grief process.


Support Group Information

Please email or call so that we may
find the best group for your loss.

All sessions are one hour long. 
Please arrive ten minutes before
group start time to find parking and get
settled so that we may start and finish on time.

Learn more about our Group Facilitators.

Monthly  Meditation Class 

1st Monday of each month 10am

Stephy's Place Participants only

Click here to signup.

Contact Us

Stephy's Place is open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.  

If you are trying to contact us Friday - Monday, please call 732-614-1142 and leave a message, your call will be returned on Tuesday, if you need a more immediate response please fill out our email form or simply email us at stephysplace15@gmail.com.