FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #4, Issue #11November

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Families of September 11 wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. Those who would like to extend their holiday gift giving to promote international understanding and honor a friend or loved one are encouraged to visit Our Voices Together. Founded by September 11th families and others who have lost loved ones to terrorist acts, this organization provides an online gift shop that allows you to make a donation that will make a difference in people's lives.

As a reminder, there are many toll-free emotional support lines still available to those affected by 9/11. If you or a loved one is in need of help, please call LifeNet at 1-800-543-3638 or the National Center for Victims of Crime at 1-800-394-2255. Below in Resources, you'll find information on Samaritans of New York, which provides free emotional support to those who are depressed, in crisis and/or directly or indirectly affected by the events of September 11 through its 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, 212-673-3000.

Lastly, thank you to the more than 300 members who filled out our online survey. Your feedback is important to us and we greatly appreciate the time you took to let us know what you think.

Issues Update

Legislative Update
The 9/11 Public Discourse Project released a third report on Monday, November 14, assessing implementation of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations on Policy, Public Diplomacy, and Nonproliferation. This is the third report by the 9/11 Public Discourse Project formally assessing the implementation of 9/11 Commission recommendations. The first report, on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Response, and the second report, on Reforming the Institutions of Government, are available at On December 5, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., the 10 former 9/11 Commissioners will hold their final joint press conference as members of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project.  At this event the Public Discourse Project will issue its final assessment of progress on all 9/11 Commission recommendations. The event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. To register, call 202-776-9085.

Lower Manhattan
View a transcript of online chat with Peter Walker, WTC Memorial Architect on November 10.  This is the first of a series of chats to update the public on the plans for the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero. Peter Walker was selected in 2003 to collaborate with Michael Arad on the design for the Memorial Plaza.

For more 9/11-related news and updates, please visit In the News.

Upcoming Events

The 3rd Annual Michael McHugh Memorial Basketball Tournament -- November 26, 2005
The third annual Basketball Tournament for The Michael McHugh Scholarship Fund (featuring NYPD vs. FDNY) will be on Saturday, November 26, 2005, at Albertus Magnus High School, Rt. 304, Bardonia, NY 10954. Contact Michelle at 845-627-1807 or Jimmy at 845-947-7224. More information.

WTC United Family Group Annual Holiday Gathering and Support Our Troops Project -- December 4, 2005
The board and staff of the World Trade Center United Family Group cordially invite you and your family to their 2005 Holiday Gathering, which be held on Sunday, December 4, 2005 (noon to 3:30 p.m.) at the Chart House Restaurant located in Weehawken, NJ. Please RSVP by calling Anthony Gardner at (732) 292-2910 by Monday, November 28, 2005. Please be sure to indicate number of attendees and ages of children. More information.

For more events, please visit our Event Calendar.


Innovative Holiday Giving with Our Voices Together
This holiday season enhance the work of 9/11 friends and families fostering goodwill and promoting international understanding. Use the Our Voices Together Gifts That Count online gift shop for thoughtful gifts that support international programs making a tangible difference in people's lives. You make the tax-deductible donation, a worthy cause gets the contribution, and the gift recipient gets a beautiful personalized certificate. Sample gifts include job training for Afghan women, school supplies for Sudanese and Pakistani children, and a magazine on co-existence and tolerance by and for Middle Eastern youth. See for more information and inspiration.

Prevention First -- Professional Development Series
Located in Monmouth County, NJ, Prevention First recently announced a new professional development workshop series titled "Building Resiliency in Our Children and Families." This series of workshops is supported by a September 11 recovery grant from the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund. Workshops run from November 2005 through March 2006. Seating is limited to 45 participants. Register early. For further information or to register by phone, please call 732-663-1800, ext. 211 or visit Click here to view a schedule of classes and registration form.

The Financial Planning Association
The Financial Planning Association (FPA) provides pro bono (free), no strings attached, financial planning advice and counseling to eligible 9/11 victims who lost a family member, those injured during the attacks or displaced from jobs/business as a direct result of the attacks, as well as rescue workers who assisted with recovery efforts and referred by a partner organization. Services include educational brochures and information sheets, seminars and workshops on a myriad of financial planning topics, customized to an organization's needs; and client referrals to FPA members who are CFP professionals for one-on-one consultations for qualified individuals and families. Access to FPA's 9/11 Financial Planning Relief Services can be obtained through a toll free helpline at 1-800-282-PLAN (7526), option 2, or contact Claude H. Collins, Program Coordinator, at 212-493-3480.  For more information about the Financial Planning Association and services provided through the National Financial Planning Support Center, please visit

The Samaritans of New York, Inc.
The Samaritans of New York's Helping Others/Helping Yourself Project provides free emotional support to those who are depressed, in crisis and/or directly or indirectly affected by the events of September 11 through its 24-hour suicide prevention hotline (212-673-3000) and also provides free education and crisis communication training for caregivers and mental health providers that work with people who have been impacted by September 11. Visit for more information or click here to view a PDF file that describes training and emotional support services.

For More Resources, please visit our website.

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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