Newtown, Connecticut


What is most important now is a slow and steady return to a sense of safety for the children and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and neighboring communities. This is a time to cultivate resilience, made up of hope and meaning. Finding each of these elements will be extremely challenging, but doing so will bring long lasting results. It is through love, acts of kindness and natural caring that some semblance of safety will be restored. When children again begin to feel safe and return to their daily routines, effective grief counseling can commence at which time we will reach out with our unconditional support. We remain close by, with hearts open and a deep spirit of compassion for all in Newtown.

We've received many inquiries from our supporters and those who know our work asking about our response to the events in Newtown, Connecticut. First and foremost, all of us at Second Response and Fortunate Blessings wish to convey our sincerest condolences to those families who have lost loved ones and playmates. We join in this grieving and will continue to hold you in our hearts in the days and weeks ahead.

We are in touch with various parties through both private and Connecticut State agencies, and are partnering with local agencies to offer residents and friends access to services at no cost. As we all know, the weeks that follow will likely be especially painful and difficult for the affected families. It is our sincere hope that they will be shielded from the media frenzy and inevitable "disaster tourism" that sadly befalls many such communities. 

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