Posted on September 11, 2012
Terry Grace Sears,
390 Plandome Road, Suite 217
NPO Spotlight - Tuesday's Children
To promote healing and recovery for individuals directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001 — and, more recently, those who have been impacted by terrorist incidents worldwide — by helping families build resilience and individuals increase coping and life-management skills, and by creating community through programs, mental health support, and family engagement opportunities.
About the Organization:
Established in 2001, Tuesday's Children has made a long-term commitment to assist children and families affected by the 9/11 attacks at every stage of life. The organization helps all members of the 9/11 community, including children, spouses, and young adults, and connects families with similar experiences to foster collective healing. In recent years, the organization has expanded to provide services to rescue and recovery workers such as policemen, firemen, volunteers, and their families, as well as international communities of young adults whose lives have been changed by acts of terrorism. NPO Spotlight profiled Tuesday's Children in 2004; since then, the organization has expanded the scope of its programming at home and abroad; updated its Web site; and published The Legacy Letters: Messages of Life and Hope from 9/11 Family Members, a compilation of a hundred letters to those who were lost in the 9/11 attacks.
Tuesday's Children offers Family Engagement events designed to build relationships among 9/11 families and rescue and recovery workers and their families and help them create new, positive traditions, and provides mentoring for children ages 8 to 18. The organization's Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult programs include interactive enrichment and engagement activities designed to help build life skills and social connections, including Career Paths, which helps adolescents prepare for college and work. The Helping Heals initiative offers opportunities for adults and teens to participate in community service at home and abroad in locations including Costa Rica, Mississippi, Louisiana, and New York City. The organization also provides counseling services for all age groups, including psychological assessment; individual, family, and couples counseling; support groups; and referrals to community resources. Programs for adults include parenting programs as well as Creative Insight, a program designed to help individuals develop personal and interpersonal skills for challenging life situations.
Project Common Bond, an international initiative launched in 2008, brings youth from around the world together to share their experience of losing a loved one in a terrorist act, to heal together, and to learn leadership and peace-building skills. In addition, the First Responder Alliance provides programming and services for more than two thousand underserved rescue and recovery workers and their families, including connecting them with physical and mental health services and helping decrease their sense of isolation.
Visitors to the site can learn about programs, upcoming and past events and how to support Tuesday's Children by making a donation, raising awareness, or volunteering. Users also can view videos, browse monthly newsletters, or join an e-mail list.
Tuesday's Children is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations and through partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.