It is with somber emotions that all of us join the world in mourning the loss of innocent young lives at the small schoolhouse in Pennsylvania and in other recent school killings that have occurred in other parts of the country. We can all associate with the shock and sorrow that follows such a cruel act. The response of the Amish community has been a true inspiration as they have shown great strength in the face of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers continue for the children, their families and the Amish community.
On a related note I received a poem from Patricia Tamuccio, Mother of Michael Tamuccio who worked for Fred Alger management on the 93rd floor of the North Tower. Patricia sent this poem in response to our request for 9/11poems.
“..after the loss of our Michael, a friend sent me the following anonymous poem, only it was entitled the ''death" of a child - I found that very uncomfortable and so changed it to the 'gift' of a child ...... I shared this poem with my teleconference group the other day and all seemed 'touched' by it......I hope you and anyone else it is shared with find the solace in it that I did ...... it hangs on the wall of my home office along with my Michael's eulogy and the poem that Diane Huggins created for him.....
'GIFT OF A CHILD'
I'll lend you for a little while
A child of mine, GOD said,
For you to cherish while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or only two or three,
But will you, till I call him Home,
Look after him for me?
He'll bring his love to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief,
You'll have a host of memories
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over
In my search for teachers true
And, from the throng that crowd
Life's lane, at last I've chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think your labor vain, and
Turn against me when I come
To take him back again?
We have added the poem to Michael’s 9/11 Living Memorial page. The 9/11 Living Memorial is continuing to expand - thanks to Patricia and all of you who have sent in photographs and personal stories of your loved ones. We are very excited about the progress we’ve made in creating a digital archive to commemorate the lives lost and preserve the stories of 9/11. Visit www.911LivingMemorial.org and contact our office to coordinate adding photographs and content to the site.
As a reminder, in conjunction with the national annual depression screening day we will offer depression screenings over the phone Tuesday through Friday of next week. Details about the screenings are listed below.
The VOICES office will be closed on Monday in recognition of Columbus Day. All of us at VOICES wish you a safe and restful holiday weekend. Please contact our office if we can be of any assistance.
VOICES Commemorative Events were a great success once again this year! A special page with a slideshow of images from the Commemorative Events has been posted on our website. Thanks to all who gave their time and talents to making this year's Forum and Luncheon the best yet. If you have photographs from the VOICES Commemorative Events or another commemorative event you attended around the September 11th anniversary, we would like to post them on our website. Please email digital photographs to email@example.com or call our office at (866) 505-3911 to arrange a way to transfer digital or printed photos.
Click to visit the 2006 VOICES Commemorative Events Homepage
Voices of September 11th will offer free, anonymous depression screenings over the telephone for people who think they may be suffering from depression. Since September 11th, 9/11 Families, Survivors and Rescue workers, as well as members of the general public are reporting symptoms of depression.
The screenings will be offered on Tuesday, October 10 through Friday October 13 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.
The screening takes approximately 15 minutes and is conducted by a mental health professional. Screenings are available for adults and adolescents who are at least 14 years of age. Parents of children ages 6 to 13 may call on behalf of their children.
Callers will be asked to answer questions. Based on their responses, the screener will provide a score and explain the results. Appointments may also be scheduled for a face-to-face interview at the Voices of September 11th office, 93 Cherry Street, New Canaan, CT.
Information on depression will be sent upon request and referrals will be made if necessary.
Contact the Voices of September 11th office at (203) 966-3911 or toll free at (866) 505-3911 for the screeing for more information. If the times next week do not fit your schedule, VOICES mental health professionals are available year-round to conduct depression and anxiety screenings upon request Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
VOICES has posted an updated schedule of our teleconference and in-person support groups in the "Healing" section of our new website. As always, VOICES support groups are open to new members, but you must register with our office at 866-505-3911 before participating in a group.
The Sunday evening siblings teleconference will be moving to a new day and will be led by a new facilitator. Michelle Doherty, social worker, will be facilitating the group on Monday nights, beginning on October 23, at 7pm Eastern Standard Time. New members are welcome, however registration is required. If interested, please contact the VOICES office.
The trauma of 9/11 produced stirring works of art in response to the attacks, in honor of the victims, and in support of their families. The 9/11 Living Memorial is gathering these heartfelt artistic tributes into a "9/11 Reflections" section. "9/11 Reflections" includes poems, downloadable songs, and slideshows of art and artisanal work, such as quilts, by talented friends of the 9/11 community. Shown at left is a painting from the book "Messages of Hope, Peace and Love," which collected art made for 9/11 kids by a group of young art students in Seattle, Washington with the support of teacher Diane Brudnicki. They are beautiful and personal tributes of honor and love, as are all the works we are collecting in "9/11 Reflections."
This digital archive is growing rapidly. Please contact family liaison Debbie Westfal at (203) 966-3911 for instructions on how to add a "9/11 Reflection" to the 9/11 Living Memorial.
For more information on the 9/11 Living Memorial, read a press release announcing its launch. The 9/11 Living Memorial, officially debuted at VOICES Commemorative Events, was launched in cooperation with our friends at September's Mission.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was appointed Chairman of the WTC Memorial Foundation yesterday over the objections of some 9/11 Family Members who claim his new role could pose a conflict of interest. A group of Family Members and supporters gathered at a rally yesterday afternoon to show their opposition to the appointment. There is longstanding tension between Family Members and the Mayor over the placing of victims' names at the WTC Memorial, the removal of remains from the Fresh Kills site, and a percieved hostility to the prerogatives of 9/11 Family Members, as well as rescue and recovery workers seeking workman's compensation benefits from the City.
However, Bloomberg was confirmed as Chairman, and his new job as top fundraiser for the Memorial Foundation was cleared with the City's Conflict of Interest Board. However, he must either stay out of government decisions affecting people or entities from whom he is seeking donations or not ask them for money. The foundation needs to raise $167 million more for the memorial and memorial museum, which are due to open on Sept. 11, 2009. Supporters of the appointment point to Mayor Bloomberg's track record as a fundraiser--he spearheaded a $1 billion campaign at Johns Hopkins University--and the $10 million donation he made anonymously to the Foundation. Bloomberg said Thursday after his appointment that it is time to put divisions aside and build support for the Memorial: "It is now time to raise the money . . . It's a long process. It will take a few years, but I'm convinced if we all pull together, we can [get it done]," Bloomberg is quoted in New York Post coverage. Directly after Bloomberg's appointment was confirmed, American Express announced a $10 million donation to the Foundation.
WTC Cross Moves to Temporary Home at St. Peter's Church
The inspirational WTC Cross, a symbol of hope and unity in the dark days after 9/11, has temporarily moved away from the World Trade Center site to a new home at St. Peter's Church. The 3 ton, 30-foot-high remnant of WTC steel was loaded onto a flatbed truck for the short journey to the church, New York's oldest Roman Catholic parish. Once it was situated, the Cross was blessed by The Rev. Brian Jordan, the Franciscan friar who originally blessed the remnant after it was discovered in the wreckage of WTC Tower 6 in September, 2001. The Cross stood vigil as rescue and recovery workers labored in the weeks after the attacks, providing many with the strength to carry on.
Many of the same workers were on hand Thursday to see their old friend to its new home. The Rev. Jordan led a drive to keep the Cross in lower Manhattan after Port Authority officials announced plans to place it with other large-scale 9/11 artifacts in a hangar at Kennedy Airport. It will return to the WTC site as an exhibit at the WTC Memorial and Museum in 2009. “This cross is a sign of consolation and inspiration to workers who served at Ground Zero for the 10 months of recovery,” said the Rev. Jordan, as quoted in Associated Press coverage. “Some interpret it as a cross. Others see it as an artifact that has historical and architectural importance, a reminder that is also a sign of closure.” A detailed Wikipedia entry has more information about the history of this powerful remnant of 9/11.
Tuesday, October 10th
Fealgood Foundation Press Conference (Assisting 9/11 Responders)
Join the Fealgood Foundation and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY). Long Island Islanders made up 30% of the response at 9/11 and the following weeks days and months on the pile at ground zero. Please come forward and join our fight with our fellow brothers and sisters in the city and surrounding boroughs. Be Heard and not Forgotten! Location: Kings Park Fire Department
Thursday, October 12th
Brooke Jackman Foundation
Palace Hotel New York City (Madison Ave. and 50th St.)
This Year we will have
something new - A "Wine Experience," featuring wines from around the world. Enjoy the cheese and wine and bid at the silent and live auctions. Everyone attending will receive a chance to win a special bonus gift raffle. Summertime reminders will reach each of you, with invitations to follow. Contact A+O for more info 212-352-1580. Visit foundation website.
Friday, October 13th
Perspectives Counseling Service First Annual Wellness Expo
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Perspectives will be highlighting their newly expanded services. Come and meet their innovative staff of professionals. Explore Lifestyle Eating; Massage Therapy; Group Workouts; Life Coaching; Hypnotherapy Yoga; Accupuncture/Accupressure; Smoking Cessation; Weight Loss; Kickboxing; The Ultimate You Studio; and Enchanting Cottage Holistic Center. Location: 20 Montauk Highway, Blue Point, NY 11715. Tel:
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) created
World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) Resource Guide for people affected
September 11, 2001 attacks on the WTC that includes information about occupational,
respiratory, environmental, and mental health facilities as well as other services and resources.
While many of the facilities, services and resources located in this resource guide are located
New York City area, many other regional and national services and resources are also included.
This is the fifth update to the Guide, originally released in fall 2003. Exploring this resource guide
will link you with health facilities, services, and other resources that may be helpful to you. The following topics are covered: American Red Cross September 11 Recovery Program; Help With Health Insurance; Medical Screening, Exams, and Treatment; Occupational Screening, Exams, and Care; Respiratory Screening, Exams, and Care; Environmental Cleanings, Information, and Referrals;
Mental Health Information and Referrals; Other New York City Resources; Other Services and Resources; Scholarships; and Clinical Guidelines
The American Red Cross has awarded more than $2 million from its Liberty Disaster Relief Fund to support 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers through three Unmet Needs Roundtables in the New York Area. For more information on the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable, please visit www.nydis.org. For information on the Long Island 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable, contact Michael at Faithful Response or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The New Jersey 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable is administered by New Jersey Interfaith Disaster Recovery.
The Flag of Honor, one of the many outstanding tributes to the memory of those lost on September 11th is committed to giving one framed canvas copy of the flag to the next-of-kin of each of the victims. John Michelotti, who started the project has asked VOICES for help in finding the next-of-kin for the following people:
Brian McAleese, Christopher Newton,
Brian P. Monaghan Jr.
Michelotti is using money from the sale of replica Flags of Honor to finance the effort to provide one for each 9/11 Family, and is also accepting donations. The Flags of Honor are also available on the VOICES website. If you have contact information, even just a name, for the next-of-kin of any of these three men, or would like more information about the Flags of Honor, please contact VOICES family liaison Debbie Westfal at 866-505-3911, or through email@example.com