Ms. Harris joined VOICES as Program Director in the New Brunswick, New Jersey office in October 2015. VOICES New Jersey office works collaboratively with the New Canaan office to provide case management services for 9/11 families, survivors, and first responders. In addition to ongoing direct support of those impacted by 9/11, the New Brunswick office focuses on building collaborative relationships in New Jersey and expanding social service outreach and educational programs.
Ms. Harris holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. Her clinical experience includes victim advocacy and outreach, substance abuse recovery, and community mental health. She has received advanced training/certifications in the areas of Trauma/PTSD, disaster response crisis counseling, grief, sexual assault victim advocacy, and family systems theory. She has an extensive background in social services and not-for-profit management, most notably, working in the very early days of the 9/11 response as the first staff member of The September 11th Fund ("The Fund"). The Fund was created by the New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City and operated until 2004. The Fund collected $534 million from more than two million donors and distributed a total of 559 grants totaling $528 million. Grants from The Fund provided cash assistance, counseling and other services to the families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and included the injured and those displaced from their homes or jobs.
A lifelong New Jersey resident, Lori's father is a retired fire chief, and her two brothers are career firefighters. She resides in Montclair with her husband Michael, spending her free time on travel and sailing on the Long Island Sound. She also volunteers as a group facilitator at Imagine NJ, A Center for Coping with Loss.