Have you been injured or lost a loved one in a traffic crash? You are not alone.
The aftermath of losing a loved one or being seriously injured often brings a sense of confusion, depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. It derails our ability to feel safe in the world and is an assault on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives. Dealing with the resulting heartbreak and grief is exhausting and often takes place at the same time that practical and legal issues demand attention.
Now is the time to find support, and Families for Safe Streets is here to help. We are in the unique position to provide assistance because we have been through similar trauma and loss and are familiar with the emotional and practical resources that can make a difference. Although family members and friends are invaluable, they may be in shock themselves and not able to provide the most objective and understanding guidance.
We work to inspire hope and support for individuals who, like us, are learning how to live with traumatic loss and injury. By passing on what we have learned from experience, we can help you feel less alone and discover your own strength and resilience. No one should have to suffer through what we have gone through, but there is power and comfort in uniting over our life altering tragedies.
We are here for you.
Contact us at 844-FSS-PEER or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Support Community Gatherings
FSS Support Community monthly meetings are an opportunity for individuals who have lost a loved one and those impacted by traffic violence, to connect in a structured, supportive environment. Many sessions include guest speakers who help to facilitate a healing modality, provide insight or relevant information, or an experiential activity. We also leave time for discussion and resource sharing. These gatherings are designed to offer support and guidance and to help participants manage the pain and isolation that can occur after trauma and loss.
We meet monthly at changing locations. Some months are specifically for individuals with a loss, others are for those who have been injured, and some are for both groups. Participants may join at any time. See calendar for details.
FSS Peer Mentoring provides bereaved family members, or those seriously injured, with a connection to a volunteer peer support mentor. Our FSS mentors are all individuals who have been through a similar experience and are dedicated to helping others survive this life-altering tragedy.
The desire to talk to someone who understands may arise immediately after the tragedy, or years later. Peer mentors are available to listen, provide support, and share the wisdom they have gained through their own tragedies. They are not acting as therapists, counselors, or legal experts. However, they can listen, share what they have learned to survive, and provide referrals or resources when necessary.
If you wish to be matched with a mentor, we will set-up an initial call to get more information. Following this initial call, the volunteer mentor will contact you by phone or email.
Depending on the mutual agreement between you and your volunteer mentor, the frequency and duration of the peer-connection is flexible. The contact may be a one-time event or continue for a few months depending on your interest. Typically, contact is weekly by phone for the first month with an occasional in-person meeting, should that be practical and useful, and continues for 3-6 months with a phone call every other week. Phone calls can last up to an hour. You can decide how often you wish to speak with your mentor, and you can choose to end participation at any time. All discussions are completely confidential.
It is important that each person’s time, energy, and boundaries be respected at all times. Volunteers are not professional counselors and cannot be someone’s sole support system.
FSS has private Facebook pages that brings together individuals with similar experiences.
- Families for Safe Streets NY for Loss of a Loved One (Not Child) to traffic
- Families for Safe Streets NY for Parents Who Have Lost Children in Crashes
- Families for Safe Streets NY for Survivors of Traffic Violence
- Families for Safe Streets NY for Caregivers of Survivors of Traffic Violence
- Families for Safe Streets NY (for all members)
There is a public Facebook group but the private groups are for online support. Anyone can find the group in a search and see who is in it, but only members of the group can see posts.
Send a Facebook request to join.
The practical and legal issues following a crash can be overwhelming. We are not attorneys, but we can share the knowledge we have gained from our own experiences, and refer you as needed. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need assistance. See also our resource guide which includes the 5 things to consider immediately after a crash.