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VOICES December Highlights


Dear Families and Friends,

Thank you to all who supported VOICES 22nd Anniversary Always Remember Gala. It was a tremendous evening as we celebrated the incredible contributions of our honorees- Alice Greenwald, Congressman Lee Hamilton, and Governor Tom Kean. We are delighted to share some of the highlights below.

I want to thank ASIS NYC for the distinct honor of being recognized as Person of the Year at their annual Luncheon at the Javits Center. Accepting this award was truly a memorable and emotional experience as it caused me to reflect on how the loss of my son Brad motivated me to create VOICES. Yet, no one can do it alone, and I credit my staff, our volunteers and donors for our accomplishments over the past 22 years.

During the month of December we are providing programs that promote well-being during the hustle and bustle of the season. We are welcoming back our longtime friend, Dr. Ken Druck who will present an informative webinar about making the best of the holidays. Additionally, we are hosting VOICES Community Discussion Groups to share ways to find serenity and joy at this often-difficult time of year.

VOICES Annual Appeal is on the way, so be on the lookout among your holiday cards! We are grateful to all who contribute as we renew our commitment to build resilience in the lives of those we serve.

As always, feel free to contact our office if we can be of assistance.

With warm regards,
Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Team


Meet the Author Series
How We Go On: Getting Through the Holidays
Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00pm EST
Join us for a virtual presentation with Dr. Ken Druck about his recently released, best-selling book, How We Go On: Self-Compassion, Courage and Gratitude on the Path Forward. Ken will discuss how we go on after the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Summoning the strength, courage, understanding, humility, wisdom, and faith to navigate life’s darkest and most difficult “what now?” moments, Ken will show us how to clear the path forward.

Seeking Serenity and Joy During the Holidays
VOICES Community Discussion Groups
Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00pm EST
Thursday, December 14 at 12:00pm EST
Join the VOICES Community on December 12 or 14 as we discuss helpful ways to find some happiness and peace during the holiday season. This time of year can be especially difficult for those of us who have lost a loved one - recently or long ago. The weight of our personal loss can sometimes feel unbearable when the world around us is celebrating. Together, along with VOICES professional staff, we will explore strategies to embrace our memories and tap into our inner strengths to find serenity and joy during the holidays.

Mindful Moment Meditation
Finding Moments of Joy and Peace During the Holidays
Friday, December 8 at 10:30am EST
Join VOICES for our Mindful Moment series facilitated by Meg Rooney, recurring each month from 10:30am to 10:45am EST.
It is important to create space to allow for an abundance of gratitude. Join us as we engage in a mindful meditation with a focus on acknowledging and appreciating both the small gifts and the abundance in our lives.
Participation is free and registration is required.

ASIS Recognizes Mary Fetchet as Person of the Year
On November 15th, Mary Fetchet, VOICES Founding Director and CEO was named “Person of the Year” at the New York City Chapter of ASIS International luncheon at the Javits Center in New York City. During the ceremony, ASIS chairman Brian Reich stated, “Mary's unwavering dedication and tireless efforts in advocating for the rights and needs of victims, their families, and first responders, particularly in the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, have truly set her apart… Her outstanding efforts and leadership have made a profound impact on our city, making her a true beacon of hope and inspiration.”
Surrounded by esteemed members of the ASIS community as well as former and present commissioners from the NYPD, Mary accepted the tremendous honor after a keynote address by former New Jersey Governor and Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean. ASIS International is an acclaimed global community of security practitioners, providing a full range of programs and services for professionals world-wide.

VOICES 22nd Annual Always Remember Gala
November 9, 2023 | New York Athletic Club
Oh, What a Night! VOICES 2023 Always Remember Gala honorees – Alice Greenwald, Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton – inspired us all with their very moving remarks, further demonstrating the significant contributions they made in the aftermath of 9/11. Doug Hamilton, son of 9/11 Commission Co-Chair Lee Hamilton, accepted the award on his father’s behalf. Broadway singer and actor Ali Ewoldt, accompanied by David Hancock Turner, performed a melody no one will forget! We want to take this opportunity to share photos and a video of a night we will always remember.


9/11 Museum Director Beth Hillman, OpEd


Has the US Forgotten 9/11?

As I sit here at the site where the Twin Towers fell, and where thousands of lives were lost in an unfathomable act of evil more than two decades ago, people on TikTok, X and other social media platforms are revering the architect of that massacre, Osama bin Laden. How did we get here?

Twenty-two years after 9/11, many Americans, and people around the world, have forgotten. Read More



Ongoing Support Groups

VOICES is committed to providing long-term support and access to resources, mental health care, and programs that promote resilience.

Our Community Peer Support Groups provide an opportunity for families, survivors and responders to connect and discuss their shared experiences.

View Upcoming Support Groups

Bereavement Group Who Lost a Loved One in the Past 3 Years
December 14 - Register
December 13 - Register
Family Members
December 4 - Register
Parents Helping Parents In-Person Peer Support Group
December 6 & 20 - Register
December 11 - Register
December 5 & 19 - Register