ASH FROM 9/11 was still on the sidewalk when our search committee found a rental space two blocks from the World Trade Center site. We spent months before the tragedy looking for something in midtown, but this was a clear call to establish the Comforter's presence where it was most needed.
Funds poured in. In 2003, the doors opened at our jointly maintained Tri-state Reading Room (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), a space comfortable and current in style, abundantly stocked—and technologically on point. Our librarian at the time, Jim Logan, recorded over 2,000 newcomers in those first two years, with more copies of Science and Health sold than in any of the past 25 years. Five years, and one move later, the numbers steadily rise.
The peace, comfort, and healing embrace of Christian Science that was our fervent offering then, is still what we offer today.