FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #5, Issue #2February 28, 2006

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As we move forward in 2006, we remind you that feedback from the Families of September 11th membership is important.  We hope to continue to receive input from our members so that we can better serve you.  In October 2005, Families of September 11th (FOS11) sent out a survey to all members to get feedback on current programs and to get a sense of member's interest as we move forward.  Below are highlights from the survey.

The survey consisted of a series of questions asking participants to rate the importance of issues as -- "not important", "somewhat important", or "very important".  The average number of people that answered each question is 306.  The following issues were rated by over 80% of participants as "somewhat" or "very" important, showing significant consensus.

• Memorializing the lives lost on 9/11
• Mental health support and wellness resources for you or your loved ones
• Concern about extended family wellness
• Children's issues and awareness about trauma
• School curriculum and teaching 9/11 in the classroom
• Legislative policy related to the 9/11 Commission recommendations
• Public safety and security concerns
• Volunteering your time to be involved in related causes
• Annual commemorations and services
• The recent hurricane related (or other natural) disasters
• Anxiety about the war in Iraq
• Worries about personal safety because of possible future acts of terror
• Feeling that it is becoming harder to cope in what feels like an unsafe world

The survey was a success and we learned a great deal from our members. Thank you to all those that participated, we greatly value your input.  We hope that you will see your interests reflected in the work of FOS11.

Issues Update

Object and Memory Project

For four years, filmmaking partners Jon Fein and Brian Danitz, have been producing the "Objects and Memory" documentary film project and educational initiative.  This project was driven by the filmmakers’ perception that following 9/11, people were preserving meaningful physical things to honor the memories of those lost and to communicate to the future.  They plan to film 9/11 objects belonging to museums and individuals in mid-March.  Additionally, stories associated with the objects will also be recorded.

The filmmakers are offering an opportunity to participate in this project.  They are looking for objects that are personally treasured and which also tell us about human values and responses.  The goal of "Objects and Memory," as eventually seen on television, in museums and/or schools, is to honor those who were lost, those whose lives were transformed, and the efforts of those dedicated to preserving memory.

To participate, or to learn more about the "Objects and Memory" project contact Jon Fein at or (914) 737-5005.  Click on the link below for a full description of the project

Oliver Stone's major motion picture World Trade Center
Oliver Stone is directing the movie, World Trade Center, about two Port Authority Police Officers, Sergeant John McLoughlin and Officer Will Jimeno, who survived the collapse of the towers on September 11th.  Filming began in the New York City area, is ongoing in Los Angeles, and scheduled to end this month.  The release is anticipated either in the late summer or fall of this year.  

Recently, dozens of members of the PAPD, FDNY, and NYPD traveled to the set of World Trade Center in California to film scenes of the officers’ heroic rescue and to provide technical support to ensure that the movie is as authentic and accurate as possible. Many of those who visited the set responded to the World Trade Center attacks and some were directly involved in the rescue of Sergeant McLoughlin and Officer Jimeno and will appear as extras in the film. 
In the near future, “World Trade Center” posters will begin to appear in movie theaters across the country.  Below you can view the image of the poster that will begin to appear in movie theaters nationwide for your information.  A website, which will provide up-to-date information on the film, will be launched in the near future, and previews of the film will begin to appear in theaters in the spring.  If you have any questions or comments about the film, do not hesitate to email Jennifer Brown or call me at (917) 885-3672.

Upcoming Events

Go to the FOS11 calendar for more events:

Online Chat Program - Next Chat 3/8/06
The Families of September 11 (FOS11) Chat Program provides an opportunity for our members to meet online at least once and month, and exchange ideas with others in the 9/11 community who are facing similar challenges and changes.  Over the last year and a half, many family members and survivors have participated in the chats.  A licensed mental health professional moderates an open discussion on major topics affecting our membership.  At least one week prior to the chat, we will send out an announcement for those interested to enroll.

The next chat will be Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 from 8-9pm EST and the topic will be Reactions to the Moussaoui Sentencing (scheduled to begin March 6th).  To enroll in the next chat, click on and follow the steps.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (212)575-1878 or  

Walking Tour Program
The Tribute Center, a project of the September 11th Families Association, is looking to recruit new volunteers for its Walking Tour Program. Tribute volunteers lead walks of the World Trade Center site and share their personal experiences related to February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 with visitors. All volunteers are drawn from the September 11th Community – family members, survivors of the attacks, lower Manhattan residents and workers, rescue workers, police and firefighters. This program has brought these people together to help them heal as well as pay respects to the people who died on September 11th.
All of the volunteers go through a short training program as well as regular de-briefings with all volunteers.
The principle objectives of training are:
• To provide volunteers with factual information about the history of the WTC bombing on February 26, 1993, the attacks on September 11, 2001 at the pentagon, Shanksville, PA and at the WTC site, past present and future, so they give accurate and consistent information to visitors;
• To assist volunteers in learning and/or increasing public speaking skills so they effectively and confidently interact with the public, whatever their volunteer assignment, but especially if they are presenters;
• To help volunteers define their own stories in relation to September 11th and determine what is appropriate to share;
• To provide volunteers with an understanding of how people learn and how to ensure that their presentation is effective for individuals with different learning styles. 
The next two trainings are scheduled for the following weekends:
March 25th 5:30 -7:30 pm and March 26th 9:30am -4:30 pm
April 21st- 5:30-7:30 pm and April 22nd 9:30 am- 4:30pm
The Tribute Center asks that trained docents commit to volunteering for a four-five hour time slot, twice a month.  During that time, he or she will lead one tour and be the support person on another tour.  Volunteers may expect to participate in on-going training and staff development sessions for an additional hour or two a month. 
For an application to be a volunteer and to learn more about the program contact Rachael Grygorcewicz at or at (212) 422-3522. If you send an email, put “Volunteer Inquiry” in the subject line.



9/11 Band

Families of September 11 proudly presents the 9/11 band in remembrance, with honor, and in hope of a better future for all our children.  For a donation of $15.00, you will receive five bracelets. Bracelets are $3.00/each for any quantity thereafter. Please see our order form for details. You may contact our office at (212) 575-1878 to place your order or send payment (check or money order) to the address below. Once your payment is received, it will take approximately 10 business days for shipping and processing. Checks or money orders can be made out to Families of September 11 and mailed to: Families of September 11th, 1560 Broadway, Suite 305, New York, NY 10036.

Click here for the 9/11 Band Order Form  By wearing this bracelet you will be honoring the memory of those that were lost and contributing to a better future. We thank you for your support.

For information on other memorial bracelets go to

StoryCorps Opens Recording Booth at Ground Zero
Opened on July 12, 2005, in the PATH World Trade Center Station, the World Trade Center StoryBooth is a small studio where you can record an interview to remember those you lost in 9/11 attacks. StoryCorps then preserves these stories for generations to come at the Library of Congress. For information on how to set-up your appointment and more information on how this works, please log on to this password protected website created just for Family Members: The password is 'remember'. Call (646) 723-7027 or email Emily Feit at to make an appointment.

The 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program

Providing financial assistance for the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment.  Created by the September 11th Fund and the American Red Cross and now managed by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA), 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.  Visit the website and begin registration online at or call any of the following numbers:
• 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) (English)
• 1-877-Ayudese 1-877-298-3373 (Spanish)
• 1-877-990-8585 (Asian LifeNet)
• 1-212-982-5284 (TTY)


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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