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January 5, 2004

Dear Member:

As we begin 2004, Families of September 11 has updated its list of resources to support you and your family (found in the For Families section of the site, under Resources.  We have selected a few of those resources and featured them below for your review.  There are more organizations and opportunities listed on our website, and we encourage you to visit the site at http://www.familiesofseptmber11.org

Please note that two of the resources are time-sensitive: The September 11th Assistance Guide should have been updated in December 2003 and the Comfort Zone Camp's special weekend 9/11 camp will be held April 23-25, 2004.

What resources have been most beneficial to you and your family?  Are there any additional resources you think we should include on the site?  Please send your feedback to http://info@familiesofseptember11.org.  FOS11 appreciates your feedback - as do other family members. 


The September 11th Assistance Guide
The September 11th Assistance Guide is a comprehensive directory to help you locate programs and agencies that meet your specific needs. Call the September 11th Support Hotline at (866) 689-4357 to request a Service Coordinator, who will help connect you with the full range of benefits and services for which you are eligible. The guide was last updated in September 2003; the next update was scheduled for December 2003.

Financial Advice Referral Program
Operated by the 9/11 United Services Group, the Financial Advice Referral Program is designed to assist the families of victims and those severely injured by the events of September 11th in the management and investment of the money they may receive from the Federal Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund or other sources. Visit the website to learn more about the program and the six participating firms.

Financial Planning Association
Provides free financial planning to help people affected by September 11th sort through financial issues and aid them in making sound, well-informed choices about how they manage their money. Financial planning can range from managing household budgets or paying for a child's education to planning for retirement. For more information, please call (800) 647-6340.

Trial Lawyers Care
Trial Lawyers Care will provide free legal services to victims and families who are eligible and choose to make claims under the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Call (888) 780-8637 for assistance.


9-11 United Services Group
The 9-11 United Services Group is a conglomerate of NYC-based charities aimed at specifically helping Tri-state families who lost loved ones in the WTC attacks. Resources include financial aid, business assistance, employment services, counseling, medical help, and legal assistance. Please call (866) 689-HELP.

Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon operates a toll free, 24-hour hotline to assist people affected by September 11th. Case managers provide long-term support and help with referrals to counseling, support groups, legal services, immigration services, job training, placement agencies, and other services. In addition, family members can inquire about their eligibility for grants of up to $20,000. The hotline serves as the primary source of information for the New York City area, but also handles calls from people from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and other areas across the country who are looking for help or information. Call (866) 689-4357.

September Space
Located in midtown Manhattan, September Space is a community center for volunteers, recovery workers, uniformed personnel, survivors, their families, and anyone impacted by September 11th. The facility provides a warm, casual gathering place where comfort and support are easily accessible, free, and no strings attached. Visit the website for information on stress reduction workshops, yoga classes, job hunting strategies, dance lessons, and much more.


The 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
Created by the September 11th Fund and the American Red Cross, this program offers financial assistance with the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment to those directly affected by the attacks, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Coverage is retroactive to 9/11/01. Call the toll-free hotline at (800) LIFENET.

Survivor Guidelines Website

This website was created by a volunteer panel of experts to provide helpful guidelines and resources on how to emotionally survive and recover from the terrorist attack on September 11. Here you’ll find helpful information on dealing with trauma, as well as links to supportive sites on online studies, workplace resources, and helping children.


September 11 Scholarship Alliance
The September 11 Scholarship Alliance was formed by leading scholarship providers and associated organizations to simplify the scholarship application process for postsecondary education for the families of those who died or were permanently disabled in the terrorist attacks. The website offers a one-time registration process and an overview of available scholarships that may be used to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the United States as well as in other countries. For additional information, please call (877) 862-0136.

Children of 9/11 Summer Scholarship Initiative
COSSI is an affiliation of sponsoring summer camps and summer programs committed to providing scholarships to every American child who has lost a provider through death or serious injury caused as a result of terrorism or war. Impacted families can browse offerings listed with COSSI and make their arrangements directly with summer camps and programs of their choice. For more information, visit the website, email info@cossi.org, or call (518) 547-8261.

Comfort Zone Camp
Comfort Zone Camp, a fun and safe place for grieving children, is the nation's largest bereavement camp for children who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Camps are held in Richmond, Virginia, and are open to all grieving children from across the country. There will be a special Weekend 9/11 Camp held on April 23-25, 2004. Call (804) 377-3430.