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The 3rd Annual NYC Stair Climb is just a few weeks away!

There are 1,632 steps at 4 World Trade Center and we are deeply honored that so many have volunteered to ascend every one of them to raise funds for FoF in the 3rd Annual NYC Stair Climb! Click here to support one of the participants.

New counseling office in Queens

FoF is happy to announce a new counseling office in Queens! Lauren Johnson, LMFT, will be seeing clients at an office at Atlas Park Mall Thursdays 9-5 and Fridays 8-4. Contact us to make an appointment!

Kenneth Pogan, Sr. Memorial Mass – Wednesday, February 22nd

Kenny, retired with 33 years on the job, started as an auxiliary firefighter with E18 and an FDNY fire alarm dispatcher at the Brooklyn Central Office. Once he passed the firefighters test, he was assigned to Squad 3, from there transferring to E28, Squad 1, then Battalion 22. Kenny spent several days a week at Friends of Firefighters, helping things run smoothly in our historic firehouse, especially when it came to advising for historical accuracy in the firehouse renovations, and educating us on history of the FDNY. Kenny passed away in February of 2015, but his memory lives on.

Thank you to The Million Dollar Round Table

This morning at the On the Arm Breakfast, FoF was awarded with a generous grant by The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation! Many thanks to the MDRT board and staff for making this happen.

Volunteers Pete Calacione, Tony Catapano, Executive Director Nancy Carbone, David Blake of The Million Dollar Round Table, Associate Director Stephanie Cherry and FoF volunteer Patrick O’Grady are presented with this grant that will go directly toward FoF’s counseling and wellness services for active and retired FDNY firefighters and your families.

FoF closed today

Due to a small fire next door, FoF will close for today. Thanks to a quick response by the FDNY everyone is OK!

Join us for a fundraiser in support of FoF and the NYC Memorial Stair Climb!

Join FoF, the NYC Memorial Stair Climb, and The Russo Brothers in supporting Friends of Firefighters and the Stair Climb Participants.

Join us for the Engine 2 Diet Seven-Day Challenge

Open to active and retired FDNY Firefighters and your families, the Seven-Day Rescue Challenge includes $100 worth of heart-healthy food, a copy of Rip Esselstyn’s best-selling book The Engine 2 Diet and a progress report after the seventh day to gauge improvement in cardiovascular and overall health. Contact us to RSVP!

 

Happy Holidays from FoF! Here is our holiday schedule and a few self-care tips for the season.

 
Holiday Schedule

Friends of Firefighters will be closed from Friday, December 23rd to Tuesday, January 3rd. If you find yourself in crisis, or would like to speak with someone when we are closed, please call a 24-hour hotline: 1-800-LIFENET (543-3638) or The Samaritans at 212-673-3000. See you in January!
 
 
Self-Care during the Holidays

Monday, December 19th: This week at FoF

 
Services
FoF’s services are free for active and retired FDNY firefighters and your families. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Counseling

Brooklyn – Monday through Friday
Manhattan – Wednesday and Friday
Queens – Monday and and Thursday
The Bronx – Wednesday
Staten Island – Monday and Tuesday
Long Island – Tuesday

Peak Performance Coaching (Biofeedback)

Brooklyn
Manhattan

Financial Guidance

The Bronx
Brooklyn

Yoga

The Rockaways – Tuesday at 7:30PM – walk-ins welcome!
Note – Rockaway yoga

Peer Support

Flexible times and locations – please contact us for more information.

“When we’re there for everyone else…”

Letter from Nancy Carbone, Founder and Executive Director

Each year, I write a letter of appeal to raise funds to see our organization through the winter months and to start the new year on solid ground.

This year has special significance to us all; the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. Yet the need for our services remain, solely due to the fact that this is an inherently dangerous job with trauma for the victims, certainly; but sometimes for the first responder as well.

We are proud to have served the Bravest for all these years and rely on feedback to ascertain whether we are hitting the mark while remaining relevant. This is an example of what we hear from the firefighters and family members who use our services:

“I thought my career was over- I couldn’t tell the job I was so anxious, and I definitely couldn’t tell the brothers- they’d never want me in their group. I used FoF to get through some rough stuff and now I am not anxious- in fact, I feel confident enough to help others.”

While we do have some funding from foundations and minimal government grants, we largely depend on individual donations to continue our mission. Money we receive goes directly to supporting the FDNY community.
Please give what you can today- it makes a huge difference in the lives of our firefighters.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Nancy and the FoF Staff