Fetchet inducted into Columbia hall of fame
The award was presented in recognition of her professional attributes and dedication to the field of social work in her work at Voices.
Established in 1998 by Columbia's Social Work Alumni Association, the Hall of Fame was formed to honor alumni who have made substantial contributions to the theory and practice of social work and have shown distinction in their field. Other recipients this year include Paul Kurzman, professor of social work and welfare; Sadye Logan, director of the Isaiah DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina; and the late Shelton Granger, who was inducted posthumously.
At the induction, Fetchet thanked those who have supported her throughout the years, including those from Columbia University.
"I am honored to receive this award and grateful to my professors who were instrumental in shaping me professionally," she said. "I am also grateful to my dedicated staff, volunteers, family and friends who have supported my vision for our work at Voices. It is my hope that our contribution to the field of social work will highlight the important role social workers play in supporting victims and survivors after tragedies."
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Voices has taken on a new initiative -- to share their expertise in helping families and communities heal after tragedies. In 2011, Voices began a two-year project, developing a resource kit to help families and communities heal from acts of mass violence like the shooting in Newtown or the Boston Marathon bombing, and can be modified to use following natural disasters. The kit is based on lessons learned from extensive scholarly research and interviews conducted with those who responded to the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, as well as the shootings at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University and Tucson.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, the resource kit documents best practices to help educate professionals, service providers, agencies and communities better prepare for, respond to and recover from traumatic events. The kit will be launched nationally in September 2013.
Fetchet co-founded Voices in 2001 following the loss of her 24-year-old son Brad. For more than 11 years, the organization has provided information and a wide range of support services that promote resiliency for the 9/11 families, rescue workers and survivors. In 2006, Voices launched the 9/11 Living Memorial Project, which has grown to an extensive collection of more than 70,000 photographs and personal keepsakes, which will be a core component of the exhibits at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.