NYC RECOVERS started after September 11th when public health experts at Columbia University realized that the story in the media was focusing on heroes and victims but that everyone in the New York City region was in fact dealing with trauma. Drs. Mindy Fullilove and Lourdes Hernandez Rodriguez wanted to provide opportunities for everyone to heal. They said if every organization incorporated healing at their holiday parties then everyone would have gotten a dose of therapy. Many organizations joined with them. They told people – don’t do something new or extra. Just think about how you can incorporate recovery into what you are already doing. We don’t want to add more stress on people!