FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #4, Issue #6June

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Families of September 11 is pleased to announce that Jennifer Mincin will become our new Executive Director, taking over for Nikki Stern. Jennifer recently served as Director of Human Services and Public Relations for the Nassau County (Long Island) Office of Emergency Management and before that as Borough Manager for Project Liberty sponsored by FEMA after 9/11. She has also worked as a policy analyst for the New York City Mayor's office. Jennifer will begin at Families of September 11 in July.

Nikki, who steps down after 16 months as Executive Director of the organization, has served the 9/11 community in one capacity or another for the past three and a half years. During her tenure, Nikki has been instrumental in helping us focus our energies on our core mission areas: children and resilience, mental health and response, safety and security, and remembrance. She is leaving to teach at the graduate level, consult, and write. We wish her well in her new endeavors.

Issues Update

Lower Manhattan Update
FOS11 recently commissioned a telephone poll of a random sampling of 9/11 families to measure support for current plans at Ground Zero for a memorial, the memorial center, and cultural buildings on the site. While the poll findings reflect support for the WTC Memorial and underground memorial center, families are split over the cultural facilities and the Freedom Center. Subsequent comments sent to FOS11 indicate that some members were unhappy with the poll, disappointed they weren’t contacted, or confused by the current plans. We urge you to visit for the latest plans concerning the memorial, the memorial center, and the process by which the cultural buildings were selected. FOS11 remains steadfast in its support of the memorial and memorial center as the most important elements of the process in accordance with the wishes of victims' families and others. We are committed to listening to our members, especially those whose voices might not be heard by the media. We will remain vigilant in our oversight of the process to insist upon design and programmatic guidelines for all of the building elements that will be respectful of the families' concerns for the significance of the memorial. Learn more about the poll and email us your thoughts or post them to our bulletin board.

9/11 Public Discourse Panel Discussions
FOS11 applauds the 9/11 Public Discourse Project (PDP) for their dedication to protecting the safety of Americans by discussing the unfinished agenda of the 9/11 Commission. The PDP has held two of its seven panels on the progress of implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations. FOS11 has issued two statements, which have been posted to our Legislation/Policy page, along with transcripts from the first two panels. The next panel, which will discuss the dangers posed by terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, will be June 27 and is open to the public (as are all sessions). We encourage members to attend. View a schedule of these events, which includes dates, subjects, and the names of moderators (former Commissioners).

FOS11 Releases Final Report on the VCF
Families of September 11 released a Final Report on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Just as the Special Master's Final Report provides the perspective of the administrator of the Fund, our Report gives voice to those victims and family members who participated in the Fund as well as those who elected not to. Senator Leahy put a copy of the Executive Summary of this report in the Congressional Record. Read the Report.

Initials Findings of 9/11 Grief Survey Released
The findings of the 9/11 Grief Survey were recently presented at the American Psychiatry Association's annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The survey was conducted by the New York State Psychiatric Institute and co-sponsored by the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Columbia University, VA New England Healthcare System, and Families of September 11. FOS11 Board member Don Goodrich attended the convention and was involved in the beginning stages of the study, helping to formulate the questions and reach out to potential participants. The findings have potentially important clinical and public health implications. For example, exposure to live coverage of mass violence events might be a factor in post-disaster mental health problems. Further, the study sheds new light on the possible duration of unresolved grief and implies that long-term programs need to be established and funded.

9/11 Band: Remember, Honor, Hope
FOS11 proudly presents the 9/11 Band in remembrance, with honor, and in hope of a better future for all our children. FOS11 President MaryEllen Salamone's son, an avid collector of the colorful "cause" bracelets, designed the 9/11 Band so that people would "remember those who died, honor all those who helped around the world, and hope that something like 9/11 never happens again." For a donation of $15.00, you will receive five bracelets. Bracelets are $3.00/each for any quantity thereafter. Read more about the 9/11 Band Story and to download an Order Form.

COS11 Website Re-Launch
Families of September 11 recently re-launched its Children of September 11 (COS11) webpage, Our goal is to provide caretakers of children impacted by the events of 9/11 with accurate and current information that can easily be accessed and understood. Other websites are linked to and we offer a brief description of the contents of each website. We invite you to submit information and/or resources that may be included on the site.

Upcoming Events

Men's Chat -- June 23, 2005, 8:00-9:00PM
FOS11 is hosting a special chat just for men who survived or lost loved ones in the attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, or Shanksville. This online chat is an opportunity for fathers, sons, brothers, cousins, uncles, other relatives, friends, and colleagues to talk about their challenges and their coping techniques in the company of other men who may have similar experiences. Enroll Now. For more information on the FOS11 Chat Program, click here.

NIST Press & Public Briefings -- June 23, 2005
The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will brief the media and the public in New York City on the draft recommendations from its building and fire safety investigation of the collapses of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. More Details.

9/11 PDP Unfinished Agenda Panel 3 & 4 -- June 27-28, 2005
The former commissioners will hold their third and fourth public panels on Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28, to assess progress in implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report. The third panel is titled "Our Greatest Challenge: Terrorism and WMD" and will feature Timothy Roemer. The fourth panel is titled "Securing our Homeland" and will feature Bob Kerrey. More Details.

New Ground Day Camps -- July 5-August 19, 2005
Run by Koinonia NYC, with generous funding from Lutheran Disaster Response of New York, New Ground takes place at more than 18 church sites in the New York metropolitan area. Camps, which run from one to two weeks long, offer kids an opportunity to express their feelings and work through the events of 9/11 in a safe and loving church camp environment. To read more about New Ground, go to and click on Top News.

Camp Sunshine -- July 24-29, 2005
Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, has created a special week of camp exclusively for 9/11 children and their families. The camp is free for 9/11 families and designed for the entire family. The 9/11 program, called Ray of Hope, is for all children, from infants to 19 year olds who lost their parent, and their families. To learn more about the camp and program, please visit the camp's website or call 207-655-3800.

For more events, please visit our Event Calendar.


Mt. Sinai Reopens WTC Screening Enrollment
Mt. Sinai Hospital will begin accepting new patients into the World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening program. The program ended last year but was revived by a federal grant. Thousands of recovery workers have been diagnosed with physical and mental ailments, showing the demand for medical care. If you think you might qualify, call 888-702-0630. For more info or to download eligibility forms, visit

The Family Loss and Bereavement Clinic
The Family Loss and Bereavement Clinic is a new service in the department of psychiatry at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. It operates out of a new program called the Child and Family Resiliency Program which is staffed with experts in trauma. They work with parents of children of ALL ages who have suffered the loss of a child. They provide everything from supportive counseling to highly structured cognitive behavioral interventions depending upon the needs of the parent. They also offer assessment, individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and educational seminars concerning the impact of bereavement. If interested, please contact Joan Roth, Ph.D., at 212-659-8777 or

Heroic Choices
Originally the Todd M. Beamer Foundation, Heroic Choices is a non-profit youth services organization that builds resiliency in children who have experienced trauma. Its 12-month program supports children, ages 8-12, who were directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001, and it also helps at-risk children who have experienced other types of trauma such as the loss of a parent, physical or sexual abuse, or substance abuse in their homes. For more information on the free program and the application process, visit the Heroic Choices Program information page or call (866) HERO-111.

Camp Comfort
Registration is underway for Mt. Evans Hospice's eleventh annual Camp Comfort, a unique bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 12. Campers can sign up for either the June 24-26 or the July 29-31 weekend. Since 1995, Mt. Evans Hospice has offered the camp as a way for children to explore their feelings and share memories of their loved ones. More than 600 children have attended Camp Comfort since its inception. The total cost for the Camp Comfort weekend, including all workshops, recreation, meals, snacks, and overnight accommodations, is $150. Scholarships may be available based on financial need. Camp Comfort is held near Georgetown, Colorado, 35 miles west of Denver. For more information or to receive a brochure, call Mt. Evans Hospice at 303-674-6400.

September Space to Expand Downtown
World Cares Center, Inc. is in the process of expanding its September Space services to a downtown location in Lower Manhattan. This new community center will focus on the local population who lived through the 9/11 attacks and are now witnessing the rebuilding and relocating efforts. The center will look to aid in making the transition smoother and less traumatic. They are seeking your help with the goal of providing the most useful, effective, and interesting programming possible for the population affected by 9/11 in their new location. To provide your input, please contact

The Living Room
Located in Teaneck, NJ, the Living Room is a casual comfortable and informal social center that provides a wide range of therapeutic, restorative, educational, and creative activities. It is a place of respite and relaxation for those affected by September 11. If you would like more information about programs, events and activities, or to request a brochure, please call Laura at 201-837-9090.

9/11 Sibling Publishes New Book
Neil Goodchild recently published a book titled A Day In The Life: September 11th, 2001 in which he details his thoughts and feelings on losing a sibling on 9/11. Information on the book can be found at or at 508-226-1654.

Eagle's Watch Foundation
Founded by David Minyard, the mission of Eagle's Watch is to bring hope to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, and to encourage those who work for the Department of Defense. Visit the website to view a multimedia tour of the 9/11 Memorial inside the Pentagon.

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Remember. Honor. Hope.
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.

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Families of September 11 (FOS11) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Membership is open to anyone affected by the events of September 11, 2001. More than 2,400 people worldwide have chosen to join us.

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