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You’re invited to VOICES 2020 Always Remember Virtual Gala as we honor our Champions of Resilience. Join the VOICES family, partners, and special guests as we celebrate the holidays and our nearly 19 years of helping families and communities heal after tragedy.

September is always a busy month for us at VOICES. The pandemic changed the traditional ways we commemorated the anniversary, yet thanks to the contribution of so many, we found new and meaningful pathways to connect with each other during this challenging time.  

 

On September 9 and 10, VOICES hosted its 2-day virtual symposium featuring presentations by leading experts working in the fields of mental health, trauma and resilience, as well as legal and medical professionals who discussed issues that are important to the 9/11 community.

Tomorrow we commemorate the 19th Anniversary and honor the 2,977 precious lives lost on September 11, 2001. The anniversary is also a time to pay tribute to all those who have been affected since - the 3,000 responders and survivors who have died of 9/11-related illnesses, and their grieving families.

This month marks an important milestone in the history of our organization as we announce the change of our name to Voices Center for Resilience (VOICES), and the launch of our new website, VoicesCenter.org. From 9/11 to today, we help families and communities heal after tragedy.

As we approach the 19th Anniversary our staff is busy finalizing plans for VOICES 2020 Annual Symposium. The two-day event will be held on September 9 and September 10. Our partners from the American Group Psychotherapy Association will also facilitate peer-to-peer support groups on September 16. All programs are virtual.

During these stressful times, understanding the physiology of stress and scientifically proven coping practices can be the key to enhancing resilience. Join our panel of experts: Mickie Brown, Krishna Dholakia, and Jeffrey Zahn as they explore topics.

Alongside the coronavirus pandemic we are also experiencing a pandemic of grief. This webinar will explore and normalize the grief resulting from the many types of loss due to the coronavirus. It will discern healthy and unhealthy grief beliefs, teach you what to say and not to say to someone who is grieving and develop skills to support others during this time of such great loss.

This Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 10:00AM EST, VOICES welcomes Mickie Brown, RN, HN-BC to discuss Mindfulness in the Time of a Pandemic and Social Unrest. This webinar is part of the VOICES Coronavirus Response Program, is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Join us for an interactive presentation by Mel Schwartz, psychotherapist, marriage counselor, and two-time TedTalk presenter. What could be more essential - particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic - than learning to cultivate your emotional, psychological and relationship resilience?

The past few months have been the most difficult period many of us have ever faced in our lifetime. While in the midst of a global pandemic, we have witnessed the senseless killing of George Floyd, followed by peaceful protests and ensuing unrest that resulted in violence and destruction of our cities. Words cannot adequately express the sadness and helplessness these events evoke.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious global health threat we have faced in our lifetime - impacting communities, a nation, and the world. During this challenging time, we are all doing our part to support our communities, and VOICES is well-positioned to help!

I hope this note finds you and your family safe and healthy! We are all in this together! A phrase that rings true since our communities began enforcing social-distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. Typically, spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, when we gather to celebrate family traditions around Easter, Passover and Ramadan.

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is the most serious global health threat our communities have faced in our lifetimes. Beyond the serious medical concerns, our staff at VOICES recognizes that during this stressful time one's mental health and wellness could also be in jeopardy, and monitoring the signs and symptoms is critical.

May the holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. Wishing you and your family a happy holiday, and very best wishes for all good things in the New Year. With heartfelt thanks for your support and gratitude for our work together in the year ahead!

For families who lost a loved one on September 11th it has been eighteen years, yet the loss may still linger. For the family and friends of the 2,600 first responders and survivors who have died since 9/11, and for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to other circumstances, the holiday season may be challenging.

Few things are more meaningful than helping those who reach out to us asking for assistance. At Voices of September 11th we provide hope and healing. Last year we helped several thousand individuals who suffer from the effects of 9/11, as well as those who were impacted by other tragedies around the world.

The holidays are a time for all of us at VOICES to count our many blessings and thank each of you who have contributed to our work this year. Your generous support and donation of time and talent has provided us with the opportunity to help thousands of individuals, making a difference in their lives and the well-being of their families. The programs you support have given these remarkable individuals hope and healing.

VOICES hosted our Annual Resiliency Symposium and Information Forum on September 9 and 10 in New York City. The two-day event included presentations, panel discussion and workshops by leading experts who shared their expertise along with updates on available resources. This year we were honored to have a delegation from Canada in attendance, along with representatives from organizations working in the United States and abroad.

On Tuesday, the US Senate voted 97-2 in favor of the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, joining the House of Representatives in supporting legislation that will provide compensation for responders and survivors who are suffering and dying from life-threatening illnesses

VOICES 11th Annual Always Remember Gala will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Our annual gala is always a testimony to the strength and resiliency of the 9/11 community as we come together to reflect and remember.

Join us on September 9th and 10th for clinically informed presentations from leading researchers, mental health practitioners and victim support organizations and insightful presentations, panel discussions and peer-to-peer opportunities designed to promote healing and resilience

All of us at VOICES are deeply saddened by the loss of our cherished friend and leader, Kurt Wolfgruber, who passed away last week after courageously battling pancreatic cancer. For over a decade, Kurt served as VOICES Chairman of the Board guiding the organization with integrity, compassion and enthusiasm.

It is with deep sorrow that we regret to inform you that our dear friend and leader, Kurt Wolfgruber, passed away peacefully this morning following a brief, but serious illness. For over a decade Kurt served as Chairman of the Board at Voices of September 11th, with dedication and commitment to ensuring all those impacted by 9/11 had the support they needed to heal.

Responders and survivors stricken with 9/11-related illnesses need our help. In the days and months following the attacks, over 90,000 responders who worked in the recovery effort and 400,000 survivors who lived, worked, or went to school in the area were exposed to toxins in Lower Manhattan. Today over 40,000 are in treatment for life-threatening illnesses, including over 100 cancers. With each passing day others are diagnosed and sadly, over 2,100 have died.