January 2002Vol. 3, No. 1Safe Horizon Expands its Role in New York City
Safe Horizon (http://www.safehorizon.org), one of New York City's leading providers of victims' assistance, child and family counseling programs, and shelter and housing services, expanded its services immediately following the September 11th attacks.
With nine community offices in the five NYC boroughs, Safe Horizon now offers crisis support services and trauma counseling to those affected by the September 11th tragedy. In addition, crisis response teams are working in over 40 schools in NYC, helping children understand the tragedy, cope with their fears, and offering related crisis support training for teachers and parents.
Safe Horizon also offers 24-hour telephone hotlines for crisis support counseling to help in coping with trauma, and referrals to resources ranging from housing assistance to mental health care. The Safe Horizon Counseling Center, a licensed mental health facility specializing in trauma counseling, is offering group crisis support sessions and group bereavement sessions.
Immediate financial assistance is also being offered to victims of the attacks. In partnership with the New York State Crime Victims Board and the United Way/New York Community Trust September 11th Fund, Safe Horizon is providing direct cash assistance to assist victims and family members of victims. To date, over 25,000 checks have been distributed.