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Crisis Counseling Support Available to Those Affected by Gilroy Shooting

The Morgan Hill Unified School District is saddened to hear of the tragic shooting that occurred at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday. Twenty-five Live Oak students were volunteering in the cheese steak booth in Gourmet Alley at the time of the incident. Additionally, MHUSD bus drivers were transporting festival attendees in district buses. Everyone is safe and accounted for, but we’d like to extend our concern and offer support to any employees, students or families affected by this senseless act of violence.

In addition to the crisis counseling that was offered over the last two days at Live Oak High School, we’d like to share some resources that have been compiled by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Community Resources
*    Center for Living with Dying – 408-243-0222
*    Santa Clara County, Mental Health Services – 800-704-0900
*    Bill Wilson Center, Contact Cares -408-850-6125

Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department
*       School Linked Services
*       Resources List

The student victims were residents of our county. If you would like to contribute to the families of the student victims or would like to share with your communities how to help, please visit:


GoFundMe Page: Keyla Salazar: https://www.gofundme.com/f/kayla-salazar
GoFundMe Page: Stephen Romero https://www.gofundme.com/f/stephen-romero

Our Safe & Healthy Schools department provides these resources for educators:

Trauma Transformed
* Trauma Transformed
Mindfulness
*       Mindfulschools.org
Social Emotional Learning
*       Casel – Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers resources for educators. Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators – https://www.nctsn.org/resources/helping-youth-after-community-trauma-tips-educators
Tip Sheet for Youth Talking to Journalists about Mass Violence –  https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources//youth_talking_to_journalists_after_mass_violence.pdf
Talking to Children about the Shooting – https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources//talking_to_children_about_the_shooting.pdf

The Santa Clara County DA’s Office’s Victim Services Unit, the American Red Cross and the County’s Behavioral Health Services opened a Family Assistance Center today which will be  from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., through Friday, August 2 at Rucker Elementary School in Gilroy to assist those people affected by the shootings at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Information about the Family Assistance Center in Gilroy can be found at: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/67b7e799d5a6eb9ebdd19ac47/files/27308f13-e416-4da0-82eb-863675c72635/Gilroy_Family_Assist_Center_7_29_2019_JGS.pdf.

Services Provided:

·         Grief counseling and emotional support

·         Assistance filing claims for state funds for payment of medical bills, counseling bills, and other assistance for victims and their families

·         Referrals to agencies and providers for medical, counseling, and other services

Ø  Free childcare will be provided on site.

Ø  Where: Rucker Elementary School 325 Santa Clara Ave. Gilroy, CA 95020

Ø  Hours:

o   Tuesday 7/30/19: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

o   Wednesday 7/31/19: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

o   Thursday 8/1/19: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

o    Friday 8/2/19: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

o   Future Dates and Times: To Be Determined

For information, please call The Family Assistance Center at (408) 209-8356.  

The Victim Services Unit San Jose office is available for walk-ins, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 70 W. Hedding St., West Wing, San Jose.  Please contact the Family Assistance Center at 408-209-8356 for additional information.

There are also two Gilroy Community Support Meetings being held July 31, from 6-7:30 PM at Community Solutions (9015 Murray Avenue #100 in Gilroy) and Rebekah Children’s Services (290 100F Avenue in Gilroy). Emotional support and community connection in both English and Spanish will be available. All ages welcome.