For many of us, we can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we learned of the events of 9/11. Today we remember those who we lost, those whose lives were changed forever with losses, and those who were the first responders. We recognize that grief and hurt remain – healing takes time. As we reflect as the START community, we especially think about our NY START teams who operate near the center of this tragic day in our nation’s history. These teams continue to be responders and helpers for their communities as many mourn and remember losses.
We also recognize that on the other side of the country, California and nearby states are currently experiencing another type of tragedy. The fires have resulted in displacement, loss, and uncertainty for so many people, including many people with IDD and their families. We want to remember our CA START teams as they support and respond to their communities that are in the midst of this catastrophe. They will continue to need our support as they deal with the aftermath of these fires.
As a START community, we share a common vision and hold common values. These connect us to one another. When some of us suffers, the community as a whole suffers. Let us always be attune to each other's struggles and be available to lend a helping hand as we embrace our shared humanity.