Fifteen Years Later:
Remembering The Salvation Army’s Response to The 9/11 Attacks
On September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks on passenger airliners left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more in need. This month marks the 15th anniversary of that fateful day, a date that will go down in history as one of our nation’s greatest tragedies. It’s impossible to describe the confusion, anguish, terror and hurt that people around the world experienced that day.
The Salvation Army was closely involved with the recovery process for survivors in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. following the tragic events of 9/11. Arriving within a half-hour of the first plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, The Salvation Army was one of the first relief organizations to arrive on the scene at “Ground Zero” and provided extensive support for relief workers and volunteers.
The Salvation Army continued to support recovery efforts throughout the longterm clean-up process. In the months and years that followed, we assisted thousands of people impacted by the 9/11 attacks with practical assistance as well as spiritual and emotional care.
In total, the Greater New York Division served more than 59,000 people through 9/11-related, long-term assistance programs. Services provided by The Salvation Army’s World Trade Center Recovery Program included: clothing and food Assistance; crisis counseling and group therapy; financial assistance; housing and utilities assistance; homelessness services; and so much more.
15 years later, our country is still reeling, and for many, wounds opened on 9/11 may never heal. But even now, in these uncertain times, it’s the response that day from citizens and organizations like The Salvation Army that shows we’re not only capable of tremendous acts of compassion, but we’re able to band together and do the most good, when it’s needed most.