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TWIN TOWERS FUND PROJECT

7-Dippity is currently engaged in a long-term project to assist first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The project, entitled the "Twin Towers Fund Suicide Prevention Project for 9/11 World Trade Center Responders," was created with a grant from the Twin Towers Fund.

HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

The Twin Towers Fund was created by former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to assist the families of the members of the uniformed services and civilian rescue workers who lost their lives or were seriously injured on September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York City. Over the course of its existence, the Fund raised and distributed over $216 million to families of law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS, and other public safety personnel who responded to the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

As time passed from 9/11, it became clear that many first responders and their families would continue to need assistance in dealing with the long-term impacts of that tragic day and the difficult aftermath. To assist, the Fund provided a grant to 7-Dippity in June 2003 to develop a project to help rescue workers and their families cope with the long-term effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Since then, 7-Dippity has been working in partnership with the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) and the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City (REMSCO), as well as numerous organizations providing support to these Departments or the rescue workers.

While the Twin Towers Fund itself closed in the summer of 2003, our project still continues to this day.

PEER GUIDE DEVELOPMENT

To best reach the rescue workers and their families, 7-Dippity developed a peer-based model to address the myriad of long-term challenges facing 9/11 responders and their families. As such, all materials developed for the project are based on a peer-to-peer approach, utilizing the responders themselves as the experts relating their experiences, insights and coping advice to their respective colleagues, families and friends.

To gather this information, interviews were conducted of public safety personnel within each department. The interviews were conducted on a voluntary basis, with the identity of those interviewed remaining anonymous. Participants were from multiple demographics such as age, rank, ethnicity, gender and job type. After the interviews were completed, they were compiled and analyzed. We then used direct quotes from the interviews, interspersed with additional pertinent information, to develop Peer Guides for each department.

The Peer Guides are designed as primary educational outreach tools and have been incorporated into a variety of departmental and non-departmental support programs. Materials have been, and are currently still being distributed to, personnel and their families within each department, including retirees who were on duty on 9/11.

7-Dippity is honored to have been chosen for this important and worthwhile project. Thus far, the project and the peer materials have been well-received. We look forward to continuing to support the rescue workers and their families in the years to come.

Reaching For Support

For more information on "Reaching For Support" a peer guide developed for EMS personnel in New York City as part of the Twin Towers Fund project, please click on the cover above.

Make the Connection

As a result of our work with 9/11 responders in New York, 7-Dippity was chosen to develop similar peer-based materials as part of a project providing support to 9/11 rescue workers in the Washington DC region who responded to the attack on the Pentagon. Please click on the cover above for more information.