In response to the World Trade Center Disaster, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, working together with all Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, has established the September 11 Relief Fund, and National Orthodox September 11 Relief Centers.
The Relief Centers in the New York area are supported and assisted by Clergy, Philoptochos, YAL and volunteers from area Orthodox Churches, as well as International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and many other Orthodox jurisdictions.
Professional trauma counseling services are being provided at the World Trade Center disaster recovery site, as well as at family and volunteer centers.
A coordination hub has been established at St. Barbaras Greek Orthodox Church near the disaster site to facilitate and support all activities.
A Hotline has been established for families and individuals to request counseling and other assistance.
A Volunteer Line has been established for clergy and professional counselors for their involvement.
Orthodox churches of all jurisdictions in the New York area will provide counseling centers and services.
Training will be provided to clergy and lay counselors and volunteers.
Family and victim assistance and support will be provided in accordance with individual needs.
How can you help?
- Pray for the victims and all persons affected by the tragedy and disaster in New York and Washington, DC.
- Send your monetary donations to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese September 11 Relief Fund, which will be dedicated to the children of the missing, including the fallen heroes from the fire department and police officers who sacrificed their lives for others.
- Volunteer your time as a professional clergy or lay counselor experienced in trauma and disaster needs.
Relief Hotline: 877-774-0217
Volunteer/Contribution Line: 212-570-3595
Please visit www.goarch.org for updated resources, news and information.