2003-09-05 / Community

SJEH Seeks Project Liberty Volunteers

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore is seeking volunteers to join the 9/11-Flight 587 Second Anniversary Volunteer Peer Counseling Program.

"The Rockaway community, so heavily populated by police officers, firefighters, and World Trade Center employees, was one of the hardest hit by the events of 9/11 and Flight 587," said Nat Etrog, Director of Outpatient Services. "Even after a lapse of two years, the need for mental health services remains intense in this area and many residents continue to exhibit symptoms of trauma and grieving."

The program calls upon volunteers to serve as co-leaders and assistants for parent/child workshops and for separate support groups for men, women and children. Spanish-speaking volunteers are also needed. The volunteers may also assist with creative arts groups for children, which are held in local schools and churches. Volunteers will also help give community education presentations. Orientation, training and weekly individual and group support will be provided by qualified staff.

To become a volunteer or for information about these free services please contact Mary Roohan, Program Coordinator, at 718-869-8822.

The Second Anniversary Volunteer Peer Counseling Program is supported by the United Hospital Fund Auxiliary and Volunteer Program and the Greater New York Hospital Association Disaster Relief Fund. 

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