Voices Newsletter

May 11, 2012

Dear Families and Friends,

This Sunday marks Mother's Day, a day to remember our mothers and reflect on the important role mothers play in shaping the lives of children. This is always an emotional time for those who have lost their mothers, children who have lost parents and parents who have lost children. Hopefully, the support of your friends and family will carry you through this challenging time.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and VOICES is once again offering screenings for depression and anxiety. To participate in a screening, call Sheri or Suzanne in our New Brunswick office at 732-543-2300. Also, in May Voices will begin a four part series on diary writing in conjunction with the Anne Frank Center in New York City. Participants will experience the quiet internal healing that occurs with writing. As Anne Frank found, her diary was "a great sense of comfort and support." Contact Michelle at 203-966-3911 to register.

June is always a month of celebrations - graduations, weddings, and family gatherings. All of us at VOICES will have much to celebrate in the month of June. VOICES staff and the gala committee are engaged in planning another wonderful gala celebration to be held on June 20th at Pier 60 in New York City. We are particularly excited to tell you that the Always Remember Commemorative Book is now at the printer and we plan to mail it to family members the first week of June.

We are always happy to forward news to our members about upcoming events of particular interest to the 9/11 community. Please let us know if there is an event you would like to share with our membership.

Warm Regards
Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff


9/11 Living Memorial
Workshop Appointments

New Canaan, CT
Monday - Friday

New Brunswick, NJ
Monday - Thursday

For a full schedule of upcoming
workshop appointments Click Here.

VOICES Teleconference Schedule

Tuesday, May 15th:
Rockland In-Person Group
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 16th:
Siblings' Group
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Tuesday, May 22nd:
Witness/Survivors' Group
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, June 5th:
Firefighter Mothers' Group
10:00am to 11:00am

Tuesday, June 5th:
Parents' Support Group
3:45pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, June 5th:
Parenting Teleconference Group
9:00pm to 10:00pm

For a full schedule of upcoming teleconference groups Click Here.

For a complete list of events visit our website at www.voicesofsept11.org.

To add an event to our calendar contact newsletters@voicesofsept11.org.


Depression and Anxiety Screenings May 14 - May 31
Depression and Anxiety ScreeningsThe month of May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. VOICES professional social workers are pleased to offer free, anonymous telephone screenings for depression and anxiety from May 14th through May 31st between 9AM and 5PM. Please call our New Jersey office at 732-543-2300 if you would like to be screened or are simply interested in learning more. Parents are also welcome to call to evaluate whether their children are at risk. If you would like to learn more about the symptoms of anxiety and depression, click here. There are many things you can do to combat depression and anxiety once you've identified the condition, including support, therapy and medication. Indeed, depression and anxiety are highly treatable. You are not alone - please let us help you find the resources you need to feel better.

Diary Writing Workshop Begins May 15th at the Anne Frank Center
Diary Writing WorkshopThe Anne Frank Museum and Voices of September 11th will co-host a 4-session diary writing workshop beginning in May. We hope you will join us! The workshop will be taught by Maureen McNeil, the Director of Education at the new Anne Frank Center Gallery, located at 44 Park Place, four blocks north of the 9/11 Memorial. The workshop will be held on 4 consecutive Tuesday's from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.: Tuesday, May 15, 22, 29 and June 5th.

The fee is $50, and includes four workshop sessions and a blank journal. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Michelle Doherty at 203-966-3911 or by email at mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org.

Always Remember Commemorative Book
ImageThe "Always Remember" Commemorative Book will be sent to all our family members in the first week of June. We are grateful to the hundreds of people who have contributed to this project. Family members have created beautiful tributes to their loved ones. Friends and associates we have worked with over the past ten years have contributed their reflections. Artists have generously shared their talents with all of us. Thanks to the generous support of family members and friends who have purchased tributes for the program, we will be sending the book as a gift to all family members. If you would like to order additional copies, click here.

Always Remember Gala on June 20th
Always Remember Gala We look forward to visiting with many of you on June 20th at the 5th Annual Always Remember Gala. It will again be held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, a beautiful venue overlooking the Hudson River. It is always a very special evening and we are grateful that so many of you join us each year to raise funds to support the 9/11 Living Memorial Project and our ongoing work to provide programs for 9/11 families, rescuers and survivors. For more information about the Gala, click here.

The Billy Esposito Foundation's Gala - Wednesday, May 16
The Billy Esposito Foundation's GalaThe Billy Esposito Foundation's Gala will be held Wednesday, May 16 in New York, NY. The tenth year anniversary benefit will include an auction and tasting. The funds benefit the Foundation's efforts to help grieving children cope, connect, and continue to remember. If you have any questions, please contact robingoodman@acaringhand.org or go to http://acaringhand.org/buy-2012-benefit-tickets/.

The Captain Martin J. Egan 5-K Walk/Run - Sunday, May 20
The Captain Martin J. Egan 5-K Walk/RunThe Captain Martin J. Egan 5-K Memorial Walk/Run will be held Sunday, May 20, at the Midland Beach Picnic Area in Staten Island, NY. The event begins at 10 am, and honors the life of Marty Egan, who grew up in Midland Beach and was a member of the track team at Monsignor Farrell High School. The funds raised will finance a scholarship in Marty's name at Farrell, where Marty graduated from in 1982. Please return the application by May 10. For more information, click here, or contact Mark or Leslie with any questions at (718) 966-9493.

The Michael C. Rotherberg 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Dinner - Thursday, May 24
The Michael C. Rotherberg 9/11 Memorial Scholarship DinnerThe 9th annual Michael C. Rothberg 9/11 Memorial Scholarship Dinner will be held Thursday, May 24, at Saphire Estate in Sharon, MA. The dinner includes a silent auction and all funds raised over the course of the night will benefit the Michael C. Rothberg September 11th Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of Michael Rothberg by awarding three eligible seniors who exemplify Michael's academic promise, integrity, and service to community at Sharon High School with merit-based scholarships. For more information, please contact mcrscholarship@aol.com or go to www.michaelrothbergscholarship.com.

The Haskall Brothers Golf Tournament - Thursday, May 24
The Haskall Brothers Golf TournamentThe Haskall Brothers Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Lido Beach, NY. If you are interested in learning more, please contact eclaney@hopeforthewarriors.org or go to http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/calendar.html.

Hundreds Vie for Seats at Guantanamo's 9/11 Trial
About 250 kids and kin of men and women killed on 9/11 vied for six courtroom seats. Around the same number of journalists sought to work at Guantanamo this weekend. Senior human rights lawyers swept aside staff attorneys and interns for a three-night stay in a six-bunk tent. More.

The Record: 9/11 Justice
THE WHEELS of justice began to turn Saturday for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and his four co-defendants. Chances are those wheels will not turn quickly enough for families and friends of the nearly 3,000 people who perished in those attacks, but they have begun to turn nonetheless. More.

Memory of Son Killed on 9/11 Drives River Edge Family's Foundation
Shortly after Todd Oudia was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, his father, River Edge resident Herbert Ouida, founded the Todd Ouida Children's Foundation to celebrate his son's memory and help children suffering from mental illness. More.

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