In response to the tragedies in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH

06 Aug 2019 9:25 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

Editor's Note: 
Chaplain Patty Berrón, BCCC, BCPC, and a member of the Dallas Metroplex, TX Chapter, who along with colleagues, is providing leadership clinical care and counseling to those who are suffering in this tragic national crisis. 

Here is Chaplain Berrón's report to the CPSP Community.


To the CPSP Community; 
 

With sadness and hearts that are broken, we unify ourselves with the communities that suffered these pass mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. We, like they, are in shock looking for answers. 

So far, what the investigators found is that both are hate terrorism crimes with access to weapons of mass destruction.

Families of the victims are mourning while putting crosses with the names of their love ones in public places. The  communities on both sides of the border are responded by bringing flowers, donating blood, donations, and meeting in prayer. In addition, the communities are also calling their representatives demanding action to prevent what is preventable. These acts of terrorism are outrageous, we should not tolerate them.

Clinical Chaplains, and other mental health professional, are providing counseling to the individuals and families who have been impacted by the shooting and human slaughter.

We need to stand up and advocate what our country is meant to be: a place that is welcoming, accepting and protecting. We need to raise our voices to make a statement that the lives of people are more valuable than guns.  

We must unify ourselves to make us stronger and collaborate on all the different ways available, face to face or at distance. Let’s stand and work together. 

Below are some of the links that you might use:

The El Paso Community Foundation has set up an online fund to help those impacted by the shooting. The foundation said it will waive administrative fees and pay credit card fees associated with fundraising for the victims, and that it will work with the city of El Paso and the county to disburse funds.

The Veterans Affairs of El Paso urged any victims, or family of victims, who are veterans to call the Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Perches Funeral Homes will provide free funerals to the victims of the mass shooting. To learn more, call (915) 532-2101.

Operation Hope will be partnering with Sunset and Martin Funeral Homes to assist victim's families with funeral expenses, according to ABC News affiliate KVIA.

The family assistance center is up and running at the Convention Center. Family and friends looking for information on loved ones can come to the Convention Center or call (937) 333-8430.

Please know that there is a great need for blood donors across the nation and the sad events in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, Ohio have greatly increased this blood need. We give you an attentive invitation to make an appointment to donate blood, you can go to redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org and put your zip code to find the blood banks closest to your area. In advance, we appreciate your collaboration.

Peace to all.