On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at least 19 elementary school students and 2 teachers were murdered at Robb Elementary in Uvalde Consolidated ISD by an 18-year-old gunman. As advocates, community members, and Texans, it is our duty to do everything in our power to ensure that children are safe in the places they live, play, and learn.
Texas has experienced 8 mass shootings over the last 13 years, killing over 100 innocent victims. Since the onset of COVID-19, there has been an increase in interpersonal violence, poverty, substance use, and youth mental health concerns. These statistics enforce what we already know: violence is a multi-faceted problem that demands a comprehensive, holistic solution.
C@R SPEAKS OUT
On May 26, CHILDREN AT RISK brought together advocates and experts from across the state to discuss the short and long-term needs of Uvalde and other communities impacted by gun violence.
- Dr. Bob Sanborn, President & CEO, C@R
- Mary Garr, President & CEO, Family Service (San Antonio)
- Deborah Zuolaga, President & CEO, United Way of El Paso
- Dr. Jamie Freeny, Director, Center for School Behavioral Health, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
- Kevin Hattery, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston
- Guadalupe Fernández, Director, Children’s Immigration Network, C@R
“We firmly believe that Texans can work together to protect our children without comprising the second amendment. Texas is known for its resilience, spirit, and heart. We trust those traits to shine through this darkness, as we move towards change.”
DISASTER DISTRESS HOTLINE
The Disaster Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This confidential, multilingual, and free service is available to all residents of the United States and its territories.
Call or text 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish) to contact a counselor trained in dealing with crisis situations. All disasters can cause emotional distress. Some of the people who are most at risk are: survivors living in impacted areas (including children and adolescents), relatives or friends of victims, those administering first aid, rescue and recovery workers.
BELONG FREE FAMILY GRIEF COUNSELING
Their team of licensed clinical professionals are available to assist you and your families. Call them at 210-876-6958, select Option 1. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
328 Crystal City Hwy. Uvalde, TX ǀ 1-800-662-6052 (830) 278-2501 ǀ Crisis: 1-877-466-0660
MAGELLAN HEALTH CRISIS LINE
Magellan Health has established a 24-hour crisis line for those impacted by the Uvalde school shooting. The toll-free number to access free, confidential consultation services is available to all Superior HealthPlan members and the local community by calling 1-800-327-7451. These services are offered at no charge to assist individuals as they work to cope with the feeling of fear, sadness, anger, or hopelessness related to these kinds of incidents.
Available to provide face-to-face psychiatric and therapy services. Call 210-616-0300 and specify you are needing services related to the Uvalde emergency.
COUNSELING AT THE CIVIC CENTER FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF
Available for students and staff from Robb Elementary. All other students and staff will be provided counseling at your specific school.
We are available for children’s grief counseling, support groups, camps and school- based grief education and services. Age range is 3 through 23 years. All services at no cost to families. Please call 210-736-4847.
Free Counseling for children and families -Main office- 830-896-5404 -Program Coordinator, Haley Salazar- 830-739-4412
Any Baby Can provides grief counseling and funeral assistance for parents and caregivers who have lost children. 210-227-0170.
(210) 490-4300. The ARC is available to assist with helping people with disabilities find grief counseling.
They can ask for the case manager of the day.
Talking to Kids About Violence
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- Helping Youth After a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (En Español)
- Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen (En Español)
- Talking to Teens about Violence (En Español)
- Tips for Talking to Students about Violence
- Coping After Mass Violence: For Adults
- For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence(En Español)
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers(En Español)
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
- Guiding Adults in Talking to Children about Death and Attending Services
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
- Once I Was Very Very Scared – children’s book for young children
- After the Injury—website for families with injured children
- Health Care Toolbox—website for pediatric health providers working with injured children
- Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing (En Español) (for responders)
The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, which serves 10 counties, including Uvalde, has established the Uvalde Strong Fund to support victims, their families, and others affected by the mass shooting incident.
Day 1 Bags to Support Uvalde Child Welfare Board
At Day 1 Bags, their goal is to provide the Uvalde Child Welfare Board with a minimum of 200 of our high-quality bags filled with comfort therapeutic bears to snuggle and grief journals for children with a gel pen set. We also may be supplying lap-sized quilts as well pending surplus.
To show our support and stand with the Uvalde community, H-E-B will commit $500,000 to aid our fellow Texans affected by this heartbreaking event. If you want to help, you can contribute in store, as part of your curbside or delivery order, in the Favor Delivery App, or at heb.com/donate. All donations will go into the Spirit of Giving Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit H-E-B created in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the Sutherland Springs tragedy, and all funds collected from the donations will benefit the victims and families of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
The City of Uvalde
For those that are wanting to make a donation for the victims of the shooting that occurred on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 can send in a check payable to Robb School Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 799, Uvalde, Texas 78802 or to 200 E. Nopal Street. We are working on setting up an online option for donations and will post that information as soon as we have that ready.
If there are any questions or comments please contact Gloria Resma at email@example.com or 830-278-3315 or Susan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First State Bank of Uvalde
The First State Bank of Uvalde has opened up a donation account for the families of Robb Elementary.
People looking to donate to the Robb School Memorial Fund have three options.
They can go to any First State Bank directly, mail a check to the bank, which is located at 200 E. Nopal St. Uvalde, Texas 78801, or send a Zelle to email@example.com.
TXN Bank is collecting funds to assist. You can drop of donations at any of their locations or donate via Venmo at this link.
If you wish to support our efforts to provide crisis support and mental health services in Uvalde, please click here to donate.
The Uvalde Morale Welfare and Rec
…Is a registered nonprofit organization composed of Border Patrol. They are only taking donations for law enforcement officers and first responders. They will be providing food, goodie bags, cookies, etc. Donations can be made via Venmo at $UvaldeStationMWR. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org
San Antonio Area Foundation is holding two fundraisers:
- Uvalde Strong Survivors Fund will provide direct financial assistance to the survivors of the deceased and those directly affected by this tragedy. One hundred percent (100%) of the contributions donated to this fund will go directly to victims and survivors of this atrocity in partnership with the National Compassion Fund. Charitable donations to this fund are fully tax-deductible.
- Uvalde Strong is an emergency relief fund to support area nonprofits that will provide long-term assistance, including mental health services, in the Uvalde community. Charitable donations to this fund are fully tax-deductible.
Uvalde Victims Relief Fund (Through UHF)
University Health Foundation has set up a Uvalde Victims Relief Fund. These funds will be used to support the families while their loved ones are at University Hospital, to cover any unpaid medical expenses and other needs identified by our social workers. Any unspent funds will be donated to Uvalde charities involved in the ongoing relief efforts. You can donate through their webpage.
- In South Texas
- Outside of South Texas
- The Red Cross is not designating donations of any kind to the Uvalde tragedy, but they are assisting as needed in the area.
- Volunteer with The San Antonio Food Bank as they provide meals to community members.
Give Legal Aid
- San Antonio Legal Services is seeking Texas attorneys to help victims’ families with legal assistance.