On a calm, sunny morning 37 people met to watch the re-dedication of a building to honor a woman who built her life around helping others. In the end, she gave her life for them. The Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center was rededicated to honor Mary J. Sherlach, the school psychologist at the Sandy Hook Elementary School who died trying to save the children at the school on Dec. 14, 2012. State Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22) presented First Selectman Tim Herbst with a citation from the entire delegation to hang in the new counseling center. Legislators including state Rep. Dave Rutigliano, Rep. Ben McGorty, Rep. Laura Devlin, and Rep. Mitch Bolinsky were also present. Sherlach\u2019s husband, William Sherlach, attended the event and thanked town officials, state representatives and the staff at the center who all worked to renovate the building, along with those who help residents needing mental health services. \u201cMary would be truly honored and truly humbled at what we have here,\u201d Sherlach said. Sherlach said that he and his family are healing and working toward growing stronger after his wife\u2019s tragedy. \u201cWe are trying to do positive things such as establishing the Mary Fund,\u201d Sherlach said. \u201cIt is meant to put money into action to provide mental health for teens who do not have access to help. We can be a positive force in life.\u201d The Trumbull Town Council had voted on Feb. 4, 2013, to rename the Trumbull Counseling Center in honor of Sherlach. The center was first dedicated on May 15, 2013. The second dedication was because the building was renovated. The counseling center provides family counseling for Trumbull residents and their families. It is staffed by Robin Bieber MS and Victor Olsen MA, who are licensed marriage and family therapists. Olsen said the center serves around 200 families, encompassing around 600 individuals. He commented on the improvements. \u201cI think it\u2019s a more professional environment and more comfortable,\u201dOlsen said. \u201cIt demonstrates the town\u2019s dedication to the service. It shows what the state grant invested for the community.\u201d Olsen said the building now has two additional offices for counseling services. The entrance was also changed toward the back near the driveway. First Selectman Tim Herbst read a proclamation dedicating May the month of mental health. He presented the proclamation to Coleen Figliuzzi, director of nursing for the town of Trumbull. Herbst commented on the re-dedication of the building to honor Sherlach. \u201cWe are very excited to reopen and rededicate the counseling center in light of mental health and mental wellness,\u201d Herbst said. \u201cI can think of no better tribute to her legacy than this center. I am grateful to the legislature.\u201d Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra said she was impressed with the building because it was a calm and nurturing environment. She wanted to congratulate the town of Trumbull for having the foresight and compassion to name the center after Sherlach. Llodra said she knew Sherlach in her role as a professional in Newtown, and believed Sherlach would have been honored.Other town officials were on hand to discuss the center\u2019s renovations. Allen White, facilities director for the town of Trumbull, said the building was gutted and the renovations cost around $224,000 and were covered by a state grant. Margaret Watt, executive director of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board Inc., noted that the building was reopening during Mental Health Month and that it would benefit people who needed help with mental health issues. \u201cWe have the opportunity to do the work to identify people who need help,\u201d Watts said. The grant was obtained by Rutigliano, along with others. Rutigliano said the grant was started after an audit by the Board of Finance. He said when they were looking at how to fix the center, they used it as the guide to see how it needed to be upgraded.Rutigliano thanked the \u201cfront line workers\u201d at the counseling center. \u201cI want Vic and Robin to know their effort isn\u2019t unnoticed by a great many people,\u201d Rutigliano said.