December 04, 2009


Dear Families and Friends,

President Obama’s announcement on Afghanistan and the decision to hold the 9/11 trials in New York mean the services that VOICES provides will be even more critical in 2010. Due to the requests of our membership we are hosting additional teleconference support groups on Monday, December 7th at 12noon; Wednesday, December 9th at 10am and Thursday, December 17th at 7pm. Contact Michelle Doherty at for reservations. Visit VOICES website for updates on the 9/11 Trials.


This month we are launching a three-fold fundraising effort including our annual appeal which you will receive in the mail, a fundraising event at Chico's and participation in the Chase Community Giving Challenge. Donations can also be made on line. All proceeds will support our important work to provide information, support services and to create the 9/11 Living Memorial Project, a meaningful tribute to those we lost and those who survived. As always we appreciate your support!



VOICES continues to hold weekly 9/11 Living Memorial workshops at our New Canaan and New Brunswick offices as well as communities throughout the tri-state area. VOICES is pleased share the workshop story of recent participants Linda Dickinson, Angela Gitto and Arlene Sacerdote. Their heartwarming story of friendship and support provided a healing and rewarding experience.


Those of you who did not have an opportunity to visit the USS NY will want to read 9/11 family member and VOICES volunteer Alessandra Benedetto’s compelling account of her visit to the ship that she graciously contributed to this newsletter.

In closing, we extend an invitation to all to attend our Holiday Open House at VOICES New Brunswick office on Thursday, December 10th. Join us for a light buffet and children's art activities. For reservations and information please contact Gina Reilly at (732) 543-2300. More.

Warm regards, 


Mary Fetchet





9/11 Living Memorial - The Power of Connection



On the morning of October 15th Angela, Arlene, and Linda weathered the day’s stormy weather, arriving at VOICES New Brunswick, NJ office to pay tribute to those they loved and lost on 9/11. One arrived with several bags, more than she was able to carry. They helped each other shoulder the weight of these bags filled with photos, keepsakes, cards, and fond memories of the husbands they lost much as they have throughout the years since 9/11. More.



9/11 Family Member Reflects on her Visit to the USS NY



Itís Tuesday Nov. 3rd, the day first responders and the 9/11 community can view the ship that was made in our honor, remembering all those lost. I felt I had to be there to witness this incredible ship in person. I was very excited when my mother-in-law Sophie, a Navy veteran herself, wanted to be a part of this so off we went More




Chico's hosts December 8th event

Chico’s invites you to help support VOICES work by shopping for your loved ones this holiday season on Tuesday, December 8th from 6-8pm at the following Chico’s locations: Westport CT, Short Hills NJ and Garden City Long Island. Ten percent of your purchase will be donated to Voices of September 11th. More.


Chase Community Giving Challenge

Cast your vote for Voices of September 11 in the Chase Community Giving Challenge on Facebook by December 11th and type in Voices of September 11, Inc. as the charity you support. Help VOICES become one of the top 100 charities to win $25,000! Forward this to friends and family and post on your Facebook page: "Vote for Voices of September 11, Inc. in Chase Community Giving Challenge on Facebook!” Please also join our VOICES Facebook group here.


VOICES NJ Holiday Open House

Join us on Thursday, December 10, 2009 – 3pm to 7pm - VOICES New Brunswick, NJ office hosts a Holiday Open House. 9/11 families, rescue workers and survivors are invited to join us to celebrate the holidays. More.


December 2009 Calendar

For an up-to-date list of events for the 9/11 community, please visit our website at


9/11 Living Memorial Workshops
By Appointment Only

VOICES is hosting a number of 9/11 Living Memorial workshops in the tri-state area. We would be happy to arrange a workshop in your community. To learn more, or to register for a workshop, contact Monica Rosado at 203 966-3911 or e-mail at To view our full upcoming workshop schedule
Click Here.


Teleconference Schedule
Voices of September 11th offers teleconference groups that are facilitated by our mental health professionals. Contact our office at 203 966-3911 if you are interested in participating.


Wednesday, December 9th:

Siblings Group 3:45pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 15th:

Wives with No or Older Children Group 10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, December 15th:

Parents Group 3:45pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 15th:

Parents' In-Person Group

7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, December 22nd: Witnesses/Survivors 4:00pm to 5:15pm


In the News

New York Rally Protest 9/11 Trial
A group against bringing the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks to trial in a U.S. civilian court will hold a rally in New York demanding Washington reconsider its decision, the group said on Tuesday. More.



Court of Appeals, oral arguments for WTC Families for Proper Burial, Inc.
Date: Friday, December 18, 2009
Time: 10 am (arrive ½ hour earlier for security screening)
Place: United States District Court Southern District of New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse 500 Pearl Street New York, NY 10007-1312