On Monday, officials with the two largest shooting victims funds announced that Stephanie Karr has been appointed to assist in distributing funds raised for victims of the August 3, 2019 shooting.
The Paso del Norte Community Foundation and the El Paso Community Foundation jointly appointed Ms. Karr to coordinate disbursement of victim relief funds which have been donated to both foundations.
Ms. Karr, who recently retired from the El Paso Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, is a veteran non-profit leader, with experience serving people who have survived traumatic incidents.
“I am honored to work with these two foundations who are leading relief funds collection. We want to assure our families that we will work diligently and fairly for them to receive the help they need,” said Ms. Karr.
“Stephanie’s experience and knowledge will help us coordinate our mutual efforts,” said Eric Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation. “We are proud of how our community and our country have come together during this dark period.”
“El Pasoans’ generosity continues to be an inspiration to all of us,” said Tracy Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Foundation. “Our collaboration to serve victims and their families is of utmost importance.”
A local task force will guide local efforts for distribution. Additionally, the National Compassion Fund, a nonprofit organization who has worked with other communities who have experienced mass shootings, will provide assistance.
“We are ensuring that we have a fair, transparent and equitable system in place that will provide maximum relief to families.”, said Ms. Karr. Both foundations have waived administrative and credit card fees for donations received. Local groups who have raised funds may coordinate the distribution of those funds through this joint effort.
The Family Assistance Center has been set up at the Judson Williams Convention Center to provide coordinated services to families. Several local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit service providers, are present to provide help to families. Also, families can contact the District Attorney Victim Assistance Services office at (915) 546-2091.