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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Chance to Win Brooklyn Nets Tickets / CLOSED

THIS RAFFLE IS OVER – THANKS TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED!
CHANCE TO WIN: 2 tickets to Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves (VALUED AT $600) 
We have one special Fala Gala auction item that is not included in the online auction:

Includes:
2 tickets in Section 23, Row 6
November 5th, 7:30PM, Barclay’s Center
Food & Non-alcoholic drinks
$600 value
To Enter:
$25 per chance (click Donate button below and enter as many increments of $25 as you wish, for more chances to win)
Winner drawn at random and notified on Monday, November 3
Good Luck!

Hurricane Sandy: 2 Year Anniversary

It has been two years since Hurricane Sandy impacted the lives of New York and the FDNY firefighter community. However, time is not always a helpful measure of distress and resilience. As with most traumatic events, one’s experience of distress and resilience will fluctuate depending on circumstance and resources. Take time to notice these ups and downs and keep in mind that progress does not always take a linear path. When that path takes you too far askew, reach out. We’re here for you.
Friends of Firefighters continues to make services more accessible in hopes of bolstering physical, emotional, and wellness support.

NEW Services

In an ongoing effort to increase accessibility to free mental health and wellness services, we are adding new programs for active and retired FDNY firefighters and your family members. Contact us to set up an appointment or to join a group.

WOMEN’S GROUP* / Staten Island
The Women’s Group is a support group for wives, partners, & girlfriends of FDNY firefighters. The group is geared to provide emotional support to the important female in the firefighter’s life.

Kristina Hamilton, LCSW will be running a group every Tuesday at 3:30 in Staten Island beginning November 18. Contact us with your interest and for specific questions contact Kristina directly. The Brooklyn group run by Stephanie Cherry, LCSW continues to meet every other Thursday.

COUPLES GROUP* / Queens
The group will address ways to help create more intimacy, improve communication, and show more appreciation and trust within the relationship. The group is run by Lauren Johnson, LMFT Thursdays in Queens, beginning this Thursday, October 30 at 1PM. Contact us with your interest and for specific questions contact Lauren directly.

ACUPUNCTURE* / Staten Island
Acupuncture can be helpful in treating a number of symptoms. Due to the popularity of our Brooklyn program with Jessica Sowards, L.Ac. (Mondays and Wednesdays), we have added hours in Staten Island with Kristen Dolan-Murphy, L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M. on Wednesdays from 10AM-1PM, beginning November 12.

COUNSELING* / Bronx
Justin Kennard, LCSW will be providing counseling services in Riverdale on Wednesdays from 10-4, beginning November 5.

*Appointment or advance sign-up required. Contact us to do so. 

10/27: This Week at FoF

FALL GALA RECAP & AUCTION
The Friends of Firefighters 7th Annual Fall Gala was a great success. For a full recap, visit here.
ONLINE BIDDING HAS BEEN EXTENDED until November 7. Auction items include sports and music memoribilia, clothing, and experiences. What a great way to pick up some holiday gifts and continue to support FoF. Get your bidding started here.
BROOKLYN NETS TICKETS
We were unable to include 2 Nets tickets in the Fall Gala auction in time, so are offering a special chance to win them now:
-2 tickets to Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves ($600 value)
-November 5, 7:30PM at Barclay’s Center
-Tickets include: Seats in Section 23, Row 6, food, and non-alcoholic drinks
To Enter: $25 per chance (donate here and enter as many increments of $25 as you wish, for more chances to win)
NEWSLETTER
Check out this week’s newsletter for information on NEW services, Nancy Carbone being honored, and a Sandy anniversary message.
COUPLES GROUP / QUEENS
Just in time for the holidays, a Couples Group will be forming in Friends of Firefighters’ Forest Hills office on Thursdays, with the first session on October 30. The group will address ways to:
· Help create more intimacy
· Improve communication
· Show more appreciation and trust within the relationship

Ineffective communication can have many negative effects on a relationship: stress, headaches, arguments, depression, anxiety, poor sex life, frustration. It is important for one to be heard, as well as to understand what the other person is going through. The Couples Group can help you maneuver through this.

“I can help you learn and communicate to your partner what you want to change within your relationship, as well as how to get that intimacy back. I understand that life gets in the way sometimes and that it’s easy for these things to lose such importance, however lets bring them back in […]

Nancy Carbone Honored by Laughter Saves Lives Foundation

We are excited to announce that Nancy Carbone, FoF Executive Director, is being honored by Laughter Saves Lives Foundation at their (Almost) Gala on November 7th.

Congratulations, Nancy!

More information, including ticket information

Chance to Win: 2 Tickets to Brooklyn Nets

We have one auction item we were unable to auction off at the Fall Gala last week, and now is your chance to win!

CHANCE TO WIN: 2 tickets to Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves, November 5th, 7:30PM, Barclay’s Center
Includes:
2 tickets in Section 23, Row 6
Food
Non-alcoholic drinks
$600 value
To Enter:
$25 per chance (click Donate button below and enter as many increments of $25 as you wish, for more chances to win)
Winner drawn at random and notified on Monday, November 3
Good Luck!

10/20: This Week at FoF

ROCKAWAY UNITED PROVIDER FAIR / SATURDAY
Friends of Firefighters will be at the 2nd Annual Rockaway United Service Provider Fair this Saturday, October 25, 1-5PM at Beacon 43, 160 Beach 29th St, Rockaway. The event “will celebrate our {Rockaway’s} resiliency, provide vital information from community providers, health screenings and free flu shots, as well as fun activities for all ages.”
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge, at our Brooklyn address unless noted. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

DAILY:
Counseling / Brooklyn / By appointment
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line / Accessible from anywhere at any time

MONDAY:
Biofeedback Program / 10AM – 2PM / By Appointment
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 9AM – 6PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Upper Manhattan / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment

TUESDAY:
Biofeedback Program / 10AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Upper Manhattan / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment

WEDNESDAY:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Yoga with Felecia / Staten Island / 10:15-11:15AM / Limitless Fitness
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / Rockaway Park / 7:30 – 8:30PM / Mrs. Elaine’s Dance Studio
Financial Guidance / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment

THURSDAY:
Acupuncture / Manhattan / 10AM – 7PM / By Appointment

FRIDAY:
Biofeedback Program / Manhattan / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment

Fall Gala – Thank You

Thank you to all who attended and supported the Friends of Firefighters 7th Annual Fall Gala last night! We had a great time and look forward to sharing photos and more memories from the evening over the next few days.

If you took your own photos don’t forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #FoFFG14 and #FriendsOfFirefighters.

In case you missed it at the Gala last night, here is the official release of SHOW LOVE’s beautiful video on Friends of Firefighters, created to spread the message about the organization and why we exist. Take a few minutes to watch the powerful video and share it with your network: http://vimeo.com/109246634

10/13: This Week at FoF

COLUMBUS DAY / MONDAY
We are closed today for Columbus Day. If you would like to speak with a crisis counselor call our 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1-866-339-7717.
NEWSLETTER
Read this week’s newsletter to find out about our new Couples Counseling Group in Queens.
ON THE ARM BREAKFAST / WEDNESDAY
October’s On the Arm Breakfast will be this Wednesday, October 15th
FALL GALA / THURSDAY
Our 7th Annual Fall Gala is this Thursday night. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance for smoother check-in! Find more details here. We’re looking forward to another great event.
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge, at our Brooklyn address unless noted. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

DAILY:
Counseling / Brooklyn / By appointment
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line / Accessible from anywhere at any time

MONDAY: CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY

TUESDAY:
Biofeedback Program / 10AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Upper Manhattan / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment

WEDNESDAY:
On the Arm Breakfast / 8-11AM
Acupuncture / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Yoga with Felecia / Staten Island / 10:15-11:15AM / Limitless Fitness
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / Rockaway Park / 7:30 – 8:30PM / Mrs. Elaine’s Dance Studio
Financial Guidance / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment

THURSDAY:
Biofeedback Program / Noon – 5PM / By Appointment
Acupuncture / Manhattan / 10AM – 7PM / By Appointment

FRIDAY:
Biofeedback Program / Manhattan / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment

Columbus Day Closing

Friends of Firefighters is closed Monday, October 13 for Columbus Day.

If you are in crisis and need to speak with a crisis counselor, call the Friends of Firefighters Crisis Hotline at 1-866-339-7717.