For more than a decade, Tuesday’s Children has successfully and impactfully implemented a long-term healing model for children and families impacted by September 11, 2001. We are in the process of compiling this model into a publication that will share our experience creating and providing long-term services post-disaster, our knowledge in community-building and successful outreach, and the many lessons we have learned throughout the development of our organization. It is our sincere hope that this will inform future program development for community-based organizations, corporate or employee assistance programs, government agencies and other service providers seeking to deliver effective long-term recovery services in response to tragedies in their own communities.
In addition to our experience working with families and children who lost an immediate family member on 9/11, we have provided long-term assistance to families of 9/11 responders, youth from around the globe impacted by terrorism, veterans of post-9/11 U.S. military operations, and other communities impacted by large-scale tragedy. Most recently, we began developing services in partnership with the Resiliency Center of Newtown in response to the December 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Events such as these have motivated us to write up, research, validate and codify Tuesday’s Children’s enduring approach to long-term healing so that we may help other communities in need. Information gathered as these collaborative efforts evolve will further enrich our data, and outcomes from these efforts will be used to update this long-term healing model and inform other communities and organizations providing support in the aftermath of trauma.
Through our experience over the last decade and more, we at Tuesday’s Children have learned much not previously known about implementing healing and resilience building programs. Our challenge now is to build upon our proven methodology, elevate our platform of programs and services, and establish new ways to broaden our organization’s reach and impact. Only then can we help other individuals who have been similarly affected by other tragic events heal and recover.
We believe it is our moral responsibility to share our knowledge and experience with other organizations and individuals that may be in need of similar programs and services. As this long-term healing model is implemented in other communities, we hope to receive feedback from multiple agencies on its effectiveness in order to further validate our experiences and help teach other agencies how to provide an effective, strong, successful and sustainable community-based response in the wake of tragedy.