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Voices of September 11th Symposium Addresses Needs of Victims’ Families, Survivors & Responders

Voices of September 11th (VOICES) will host its annual New Jersey symposium, "Promoting Resilience in Communities Impacted by Trauma" on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The all-day symposium, to be held at the Livingston Campus Student Center at Rutgers University in Piscataway, features presentations and panel discussions led by subject matter experts and clinicians working in the field of trauma, grief and disaster mental health. Learn More.

Our Year in Review

Thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners, VOICES has been able to provide hope and healing to those impacted by traumatic events. Our staff continues to provide critical support services to over 5,100 9/11 families, responders and survivors. We offered a wide range of programs, including distributing information, referrals, assessments, teleconference groups and conferences. Our dedication to the 9/11 community remains steadfast, and we are equally committed to using our expertise to help families and communities impacted by other tragedies.

Translating Heartache into Help and Hope: Mary Fetchet Radio Interview

Many people face unspeakable loss of a family member or witness the suffering and loss of a loved one with the wounds of war. They wonder how they will go on. In this show you will hear the personal stories of four people who have faced such loss and taken on survival missions that translate heartache into help and hope for others.

Handling the Holidays After a Traumatic Loss: December Webinar

On this webinar Dr. Gloria Horsley, Dr. Heidi Horsley, and Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, are joined by Mitch Carmody in a discussion of strategies for getting through the Holidays following the death of a loved one. Mitch is the author of Letters to My Son: Turning Loss into Legacy. Learn More.

VOICES Welcomes Lori A. Harris to the Staff

We are pleased to welcome Lori A. Harris as Program Director in VOICES New Brunswick, New Jersey office. This office works collaboratively with the New Canaan Office to provide case management services for 9/11 families, survivors, and first responders. In addition to ongoing direct support of those impacted by 9/11, the New Brunswick office focuses on building collaborative relationships in New Jersey and expanding social service outreach and educational programs. Ms. Harris holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University.

Congressional Hearing on Reauthorization of the Zadroga Act

Dr. Iris Udasin presents her testimony to the Congressional Committee.
 
On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. The bill seeks to extend medical care benefits indefinitely and compensation under the Victim Compensation Fund through 2041 to rescue workers and survivors who became ill due to the attacks.
 
The Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), heard testimony from:

VOICES Tees Up for Inaugural Golf Outing

Voices of September 11th (VOICES) will be hosting its inaugural golf outing on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The event will be held at the Country Club of Fairfield in Southport, CT, a Seth Raynor designed course, which has been named the 2nd best course in Connecticut by Golf Digest. The VOICES outing is chaired by New Canaan resident Peter Krieger. Mr. Krieger is joined by committee members Linus Cooke, Jerry Fadden, Frank Fetchet, Jack Loop, Jerry Miller, Whitney Williams, and Kurt Wolfgruber.

June is National PTSD Awareness Month

According to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, about 60% of men and 50% of women will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime, and the numbers are even higher for members of the armed forces. Everyone deals with trauma differently, and not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. However, up to 20% of individuals may. Not a week goes by without a report of another tragedy occurring in our country.

9/11 Memorial 5K Run to Remember

On Sunday, April 26, the VOICES staff was on hand for the Family Day celebration following the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run to Remember. At the VOICES tent, visitors created commemorative quilt squares to be added to the "In Memoriam" Quilt. Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt - which was conceived to document the lives they feared history would neglect - VOICES created this project. Learn More.

Columbia School of Social Work Welcomes New Inductees

On Friday, April 17, 2015, the Columbia University School of Social work held its annual induction ceremonies into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The event began with a day-long conference, "Social Work in Times of Growing Concern," and ended with the Hall of Fame Reception. The Hall of Fame honors (the) alumni of the Columbia University School of Social Work who have made outstanding contributions to the theory and/or practice of social work and who, by their example, have added distinction to the social work profession.
 

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