STWS Healing Partners Going to Europe
To Work With Refugees
Dear friends,
In October 2015, STWS Partner, Reflexologist and Yoga teacher Birgit Nagele, who has volunteered her services to STWS program participants, traveled to Vienna as a volunteer to work with refugee children, their parents and volunteers. Birgit served at Vienna Westbahnhof (Kids Cornet Connect Day Care Center) to help reduce stress by offering Hand Reflexology and the kind of Breath Work she learned from STWS Chairman of the Board, world-renowned Integrative Psychiatrist and Breathwork and Meditation teacher Dr. Richard Brown.
Birgit worked with children from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq and their parents as well as the local volunteers. One of Kid's Corner's founders, Roland R. told Birgit on her last day, "You are really good at this, we will miss you."
Because of this kind of feedback, Birgit is returning this month with STWS Partner Wendy Henry, Licensed Acupuncturist and Registered National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Trainer and Amrit Yoga Teacher Shawn Cuddy. Wendy is a co-founder of CRREW, a group that has have offered acupuncture and other holistic services to those affected by 9/11 and Super Storm Sandy since 9/12. Wendy has also worked extensively with people affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma and Gustav in the Gulf of Mexico area, as well as those effected by the BP Oil Spill.
The plan is to offer much needed respite to recent refugee children and adults in Vienna and the volunteers that have been tirelessly working for months. They will be teaching self-reflexology, acupressure techniques and yoga for both stress reduction and to promote health and wellness and they will be providing individual sessions.
Birgit, Wendy and Shawn want to be in Vienna from Dec. 23rd through Jan. 3. They need $9000 to be able to do so. STWS is contributing to their efforts and collecting contributions to help get them there. We invite you to join us in helping Birgit, accompanied by Wendy and Shawn, go back to Vienna. You can do so by going to our DONATE page to make a donation and earmark it to help the refugees in Europe. Through STWS your contribution is tax-deductible.
STWS Executive Director Jose Mestre, a former refugee himself, works as a psychotherapist in Queens with refugees and immigrants. Queens County happens to be the most diverse county in the whole world. Jose recently said, "Experiencing the diversity and challenges and resilience of the people I serve every day reminds me that America is about immigrants, refugees and people fleeing persecution. It's one of the things that makes us great. I feel very motivated to help them adjust to a new culture, a new way of life."
Birgit, Wendy and Shawn feel the same way about helping the refugees in Europe adjust to a new culture, a new way of life and a new beginning. We invite you to make part of your holiday giving a tax-deductible contribution to the refugees and their children in Europe. Please go to our DONATE page to contribute.
On behalf of Birgit, Wendy, and Shawn we thank you in advance for your generosity.
The STWS Team
STWS Yoga By Donation Program Is Greatly Expanded
Serving Those Who Serve, Inc. (STWS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of people affected by 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf, as well as armed forces personnel and veterans by offering them holistic and integrative healing modalities.
Over 2700 people affected by 9/11 have gone through our programs, including over 1200 members of the FDNY and 400 veterans and armed forces active duty personnel. Our goal is to assist in the healing process of the 9/11 community, the Gulf of Mexico community, those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and armed forces personnel and veterans who are struggling with health issues because of exposure to severe stress, environmental toxins, or manmade or natural disasters.
STWS' work began in 2002 serving both 9/11 first responders who served at Ground Zero and related sites and area workers and residents. Eleven and a half years after 9/11, tens of thousands of people are still sick and many more are at risk.
Many people exposed to the toxins present when the World Trade Center was destroyed are still experiencing respiratory problems, as well as memory loss, inability to focus, fatigue, anxiety and even depression because of exposure to heavy metals and other toxins at Ground Zero. Perhaps many more suffer from Trauma and PTSD.
Many of these same health challenges are being experienced by veterans, active duty members of the armed forces and people affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf and Hurricane Sandy. More and more information continues to surface about the long-term health risks from the resulting exposure at the 9/11 sites, the BP oil spill and exposure to combat.
One of our programs are Breathwork and Meditation workshops taught by world-renowned Integrative Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Brown. These workshops have been offered to members of the 9/11 community, people affected by the BP oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, armed forces personnel and veterans. There are many studies in peer-reviewed journals that show that breathwork and meditation can have dramatic results to help people heal from the worse kinds of trauma, including natural and man-made disasters.
Another program is herbal formulas from the distinguished US-based Ayurvedic company Banyan Botanicals. The herbs are listed as dietary supplements by the FDA. The STWS herbal program consists of four herbal supplements that can be safely integrated with a participant's current health protocol. These herbal formulas gently detoxify the body and build up the immune system. Most of the 9/11 responders and people affected by the BP oil spill who have taken the herbal formulas for the recommended minimum of 6 months report relief from the symptoms of 9/11 and BP oil spill illnesses. These health improvements are often dramatic.
Our other programs include Yoga by Donation, acupuncture for stress, reflexology and stress management workshops.
To learn more about the STWS herbal program and to sign up for it please click here.
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