In Phase I, VOICES will reach out to and hold meetings with families, rescue workers, and survivors in the United States, specifically California (multiple locations); Connecticut (multiple locations); Florida (multiple locations); Illinois (Chicago); Massachusetts (multiple locations); New Jersey; New York (multiple locations); Pennsylvania; Washington, DC (targeting MD, VA and the District of Columbia) in the first 12-18 months. VOICES will document the lives of those who perished and tell the first-hand stories of survivors and rescue workers for the 9/11 Living Memorial. VOICES will provide information, mental health services, and links to community support to those impacted.
Following these meetings in the United States, VOICES will travel to the London to meet with families of 9/11 victims from the UK and neighboring countries. VOICES will also meet with families of those who perished in other recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom to discuss shared concerns and experiences and to raise awareness of the long-term impact of terrorism.
In Phase II, VOICES will outreach to all 90 countries impacted on 9/11. This process will include a combination of in person meetings and approaches which will scale our outreach model via teleconference, webinars, mailings and other means.
Some 1,300 families will be positively affected by this commitment as they meet one on one with VOICES' mental health professionals who guide them through the healing process of creating a memorial to their loved ones and providing mental health information, services, and referrals for further treatment. Some 300 rescue workers and survivors will also benefit directly from telling their stories and meeting with mental health experts during the 9/11 Living Memorial workshops in the states outlined above. Thousands more family members will be positively but less directly impacted by seeing this memorial created to their loved ones. In addition, future generations of Americans will directly benefit from the creation of this unique digital historical collection by seeing a unique snapshot of the lives of those who died that day and the stories of those who survived and those who went to help them.
VOICES will measure the progress of their Commitment to Action through the following performance targets:
- Create profiles for all 2,823 victims
- Create approximately 150 survivor stories
- Create approximately 150 rescue/recovery workers stories
Voices of September 11th (VOICES) is a nonprofit led by founding director and social worker Mary Fetchet, who lost her son Brad on 9/11. Since 2001, VOICES has provided information, outreach and programs to more than 7,000 members, helping families, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, and others. In 2006, VOICES began the 9/11 Living Memorial digital archive, (911livingmemorial.org), documenting the lives of victims; the stories of survivors, first responders, and corporations; and the response of ordinary Americans. It will be incorporated into the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.
This project preserves the history of 9/11 for future generations, creating an understanding of the enormity of the tragedy by putting names, faces, and voices to a faceless act. With its mental health expertise and relationships with the 9/11 community, VOICES is uniquely equipped to undertake this task. In addition, in a development that parallels the experience of Vietnam veterans, who began seeking mental health support more than five years after returning home, VOICES is witnessing increased demand for mental health services, mainly from people who have not previously sought help. The organization's membership has grown by over 1,000 in the past year. Through the 9/11 Living Memorial, VOICES provides a healing and empowering experience to those impacted as well as offering mental health assessment, information, depression and anxiety screenings, teleconference support groups, and local referrals for further treatment.
Since VOICES began its project, the organization has focused on the NY tri-state area, which was heavily impacted by the tragedy. But in reaching out across the nation, and ultimately the world, VOICES will create an understanding of the national and international effects of 9/11 and a realization of post-9/11 life, especially for those who experienced the events first hand or lost a loved one. In doing so, the nonprofit hopes to recall, recapture, and rebuild the sense of unity that existed among Americans and throughout the world and to foster a determination to ensure that others do not have to suffer such a terrible loss.
VOICES is seeking funding to close the gap in their work with their 9/11 Living Memorial. VOICES has updated their 9/11 website and processes and are now can enable families to further enhance the digital stories of their lost loved ones. $3,000,000 is needed to close this gap.