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El Paso music collaborative to honor August 3 victims with new composition

Communities for Peace, a collaboration of El Paso’s leading music institutions, announced today that it has commissioned a new piece of music to honor the victims of the August 3, 2019 mass shooting in El Paso.

“We have come together to form Communities for Peace as an artistic response to the pain and shock our community felt on this tragic day,” the group said in a joint statement.

“Together, we are proud to commission a new work to acknowledge this horrific tragedy and offer consolation to our community.”

CFP officials share that the world premiere of the 22-minute cantata — one minute for each person killed in the attack — will be at 7:30 p.m. September 25-26, 2020 at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s 90th anniversary season-opening concerts.

El Paso Requiem is the working title of the piece by Cuban-American composer Jorge Martin.

Martin is a versatile, award-winning composer whose works have been performed or commissioned by New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera, the Cecilia Chorus of New York, the Fort Worth Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, and tenor Brian Downen, a professor of voice at UTEP.

The performance will include a UTEP music department chorus and El Paso Opera soloists. The concerts will be conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, EPSO music director.

El Paso Opera, El Paso Pro-Musica, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Music formed Communities for Peace as a positive response to the events of that tragic day, which left 22 dead and hundreds wounded or suffering trauma.

Communities for Peace is working with the El Paso Community Foundation to raise $15,000 for the completion of the project. Donations may be made via this link.

Memorial celebrates life of Austin alumna killed in August 3rd attack

The life and legacy of an Austin High School alumna killed in the August 3 attack at the Cielo Vista Walmart was celebrated on Thursday during a poignant memorial that united her family with a new generation of Panthers.

Maribel Hernandez-Loya, a 1980 graduate, and her husband Leo Campos died that tragic August day. Her brother reminisced about her life and time at Austin – telling students of the good times they had in the very same gym that hosted the memorial, cheering on their fellow Panthers at pep rallies.

“I want her to be remembered as a beacon of what was happening here at Austin High School in the 1980s – goodness, happiness, no hate,” her brother Albert Hernandez said. “We don’t want her to be remembered by what happened on Aug. 3. We want her to be remembered as a beacon of light, a beacon of peace.”

The memorial was a project led by a group of Austin’s Panther New Tech/Sandra Day O’Connor Public Service Academy students who wanted to do something to honor one of their own.

“We wanted to figure out a way to honor her and celebrate her life,” said senior Dylan Mauldin. “One message we want students to walk away with is that no matter what generation you’re from, what year you graduated, no matter what you do or what your race, culture or religion is, we are one big family. Everyone respects each other here.”

Mauldin and student organizers offered words of hope, often touching on what it means to be a Panther and the culture that is now known as El Paso Strong.

“We know we can’t replace her, but we can support each other, celebrate her life and heal together,” senior Francesca Ramirez told the family before presenting them with flowers and a framed photo of Hernandez-Loya taken during her sophomore year at Austin.

Mariachis, the choir and the jazz band contributed to the uplifting tribute. The Austin High-based Nueva Frontera band perfectly ended the ceremony with a bilingual rendition of the song “We Belong Together,” made famous by Ritchie Valens.

“This represents our community,” said Yvette Shibley, Hernandez-Loya’s daughter.

“Not only are they sharing their love and extending it to my mom even though she had been out of school for a long time, there are also sharing it with her extended family. It’s been very touching. They’ve embraced us and there’s nothing better than that right now.”

But more importantly for Shibley is the legacy of this next generation and the difference they can make by spreading their love and acceptance. She finds that the majority of mass shooting assailants happen to be in the age group just older than the current class of high-school students. For her, the ceremony offered a sign of hope.

“I’m hoping these kids right now are going to take over that generation and take over all the craziness we’ve had in the past few years,” Shibley said. “They are trying to support us but more than anything I want to support them because we are counting on them. This our future.”

Story by Reneé De Santos   |   Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

El Paso United Family Resiliency Center to hold Victim’s Forums

The El Paso United Family Resiliency Center will host two Victim’s Forums as part of the community’s path to recovery from the tragedy of August 3, 2019.

According to their news release, El Paso United Family Resiliency Center staff will be present to listen to community member’s needs.

“The forums will be an opportunity for community members to share their needs regarding recovery, learn how to recognize signs of trauma or depression, and learn about community resources available,” center officials shared.

The first forum will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 at El Paso Center for Children Bright Futures Center, 2200 North Stevens Street.

The second forum will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday December 5 at Centro San Vicente, located at 8061 Alameda Drive.

WellMed Charitable Foundation presents $575k donation for victims of El Paso tragedy

On Wednesday, officials with WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) donated over $575,000 to the El Paso Strong fund, set up to help victims of the August 3 Walmart massacre.

WellMed presented the check to City Representative Henry Rivera and Paso del Norte Community Foundation CEO, Tracy Yellen at WellMed’s new location at 615 Zaragoza.

The gift represents the largest donation from one group to Paso del Norte for One Fund El Paso.  Three of the 22 victims killed in the El Paso shooting were WellMed patients.

Soon after the tragedy, the WCF set up the El Paso Strong fund and asked WellMed employees to donate to help victims and families. WellMed matched donations from WellMed employees. Employees in all WellMed markets contributed to the El Paso Strong fund.

Additionally, WellMed founder Dr. George Rapier and his wife Kym pledged $500,000 to the El Paso Strong fund to help victims of the El Paso shooting and their families.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund in the hours after the shooting to support victims and their families. The PDN Community Foundation is working with One Fund El Paso to distribute the philanthropic resources to victims and families.

The WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) is the philanthropic partner of WellMed Medical Management, Inc., a large health care company that specializes in care of older adults, serving more than 600,000 patients in more than a dozen communities in Florida, New Mexico and Texas, including El Paso.

Accused gunman in August 3rd Cielo Vista Walmart shooting pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of killing 22 people and injuring more than two dozen others in the August 3rd shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart plead not guilty at his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon.

Amid the clicking shutters of cameras and the hushed whispers of those in attendance in the packed El Paso County Ceremonial Courtroom, Patrick Crusius entered and at times stood with a neutral look on his face as the arraignment proceedings went on around him.

Security was tight in and around the court, as uniformed Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as other law enforcement  were visible.  Several deputies stood side by side, facing the courtroom’s gallery.

During the brief hearing, Crusius was sworn in, and then advised the court that he did not want the charges read to him; instead Crusius received a transcript and read them himself.

He then pleaded not guilty to the charges, surrounded by his lawyers and security personnel.

Judge Sam Medrano, of the 409th state District Court presiding over the hearing, then set another hearing for November 7th at 2 p.m.

District Attorney Jaime Esparza did not comment on the case.  Esparza is seeking the death penalty in this case.

Photos by Ruben R. Ramirez / El Paso Herald-Post


One Fund El Paso applications start October 10; Community Resource Fair planned for October 12

Officials with One Fund El Paso announced Wednesday that victims of the August 3 mass shooting in El Paso may begin applying for financial assistance from One Fund El Paso on Thursday, October 10.

To help those who may qualify for donated funds or with other needs, the One Fund El Paso Task Force and United Way of El Paso County will host a free Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, October 12 at the new El Paso United Community Assistance Center, 6314 Delta. Various agencies will be present to offer assistance.

Eligible applicants, regardless of nationality, must have been present in the Cielo Vista Walmart, Cielo Vista Sam’s Club or their respective parking lots on August 3.

They include: survivors of those killed in the attack; those who were physically injured and hospitalized inpatient or rehabilitation for one or more nights between August 3 and November 8, 2019; those physically injured and treated at area hospitals on an emergency outpatient basis; and those suffering from trauma from witnessing the attack or its aftermath and sought ongoing licensed mental health treatment with multiple sessions no later than October 15, 2019.

If the victim is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must apply on the victim’s behalf. Only one application should be submitted by, or on behalf of, each victim.

Eligible victims may apply for funds donated to One Fund El Paso through the National Compassion Fund website . Those who do not have internet access may call 855-4VICTIM (855-484-2846). November 8 is the last day to apply.

The National Compassion Fund is administering One Fund El Paso.

National Compassion Fund staff will be available to meet members of the community October 10-12 at the assistance center. Email, or call 855-4VICTIM (855-484-2846) to set up an appointment.

Application assistance also will be available in Ciudad Juarez from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 12, 19 and 26, and November 2, or by appointment, at Centro de Inclusion Digital, Melquiades Alanes 6431, Col. San Lorenzo, + 52 656 411-1370.

The Community Resource Fair will help people affected by the shooting to connect to immediate support services providing emotional healing and other types of social services.

The following community partners will provide services: El Paso Center for Children; El Paso Child Guidance Center; El Paso County District Attorney’s Office Victim Services; El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services; El Paso Police Department Victim Services; Emergence Health Network; Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center; Mexican Consulate; Project Bravo; and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.

One Fund El Paso is a single entity established by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Community Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to streamline the process of distributing donated funds to victims of the August 3 mass shooting, and their families.

To date, the foundations’ victims’ funds have received more than $6 million in donations.

Emergence’s Community Recovery Center Therapists prepare for retraumatized residents following Midland/Odessa Shooting

Officials with Emergence Health Network (EHN), are again preparing for local residents who may have been retraumatized by news and coverage of the mass shooting in Midland/Odessa.

EHN, operators of the Community Recovery Center specifically developed to address the mental health care needs of residents in the borderland region following the event on August 3, 2019, stand ready to help once again.

“Our EHN mental health professionals are uniquely qualified to provide care to those affected by traumatic experiences, so as we mark the month anniversary of this heartbreaking incident and hear news of the most recent shooting in Midland/Odessa we know many challenging emotions can resurface or individuals can experience relived trauma,” said Kristi Daugherty, Emergence Health Network, CEO.

“We also know there could be delayed trauma, so as the Local Mental Health Authority EHN is prepared for the long haul.  We have the services and staff in place to help our community heal and the Community Recovery Center is an added resource.”

“Easy access to counseling is vital right now so services offered at the Community Recovery Center are free of charge and if an individual doesn’t want to make an appointment, he or she can just walk in.  We also encourage our community to continue to utilize the Crisis Hotline where they can speak to one of our mental health professionals 24/7,” said Rene Hurtado, EHN Chief of Staff.

Community Recovery Center

8730 Boeing Drive, El Paso, TX

Monday – Friday

9am – 6 pm

To schedule an appointment call: 915-242-0555

EHN Crisis Hotline and Support


September Streetcar fares waived; City to collect donations for El Paso Strong Memorial

El Paso Streetcar officials announced that starting Tuesday, September 3, the fares for the will be waived in order to encourage ridership. Simultaneously, the City will be collecting donations for the development of a permanent El Paso Strong Memorial.

“Our region is united in the effort to develop a place of healing and support for everyone impacted by the recent horrific act of violence. I’m confident our El Paso Streetcar riders will welcome the El Paso Strong Ride project as an opportunity to support the creation of a memorial of local, regional and national significance that will celebrate life and condemn racism,” said Tracey Jerome, Managing Director of Museum and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and Tourism.

In an effort to encourage people to ride the El Paso Streetcar, the fares will be waived throughout September.  In addition, riders will have the opportunity to donate via the streetcar fare boxes to the El Paso Strong Ride Project, a fundraising effort in support of the development of a permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the domestic terrorism attack on August 3.

The City of El Paso is working with public and private organizations to develop a permanent memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the attack.

The El Paso Streetcar will accept donations of any amount via its fare boxes.

The El Paso Strong Ride project follows a series of summer special events designed to encourage the public to rediscover downtown and uptown by riding the historic streetcars.

The El Paso Streetcar operates Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to midnight, and Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Riders can plan their trips by using an app that provides real-time information on the location of all streetcars in service along the nearly 5-mile route.  The app is free and available from Google Play and the Apple App store.

For more information about the El Paso Streetcar visit the website,  call (915) 212-3333, ‘like’ their Facebook page or follow them Instagram.

TTP El Paso Mental Health Professionals offer tips,resources for overcoming emotional trauma after mass shooting

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso mental health professionals, who help patients recover from emotional trauma, are sharing tips and urging community members to seek help in the wake of the August 3rd Walmart shooting.

“Whether directly or indirectly affected by the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart on August 3, some residents of our community may experience significant emotional issues,” TTP El Paso officials shared via an email.

Post-traumatic symptoms can affect victims and their loved ones, first responders, medical personnel, criminal investigators and others involved in traumatic incidents.

“People are going to know people who were in the store or know someone who was affected. There were a lot of folks who were witnesses, like first responders, even members of the media, and members of our TTUHSC El Paso and TTP El Paso community who treated the wounded,” said Melanie Longhurst, Ph.D., M.Ed., a TTUHSC El Paso assistant professor and clinical psychologist who works with veterans with PTSD in the El Paso Veterans Affairs health care system.

Resulting mental health disorders can include acute stress disorder (ASD), which occurs immediately after a traumatic incident, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is a long-term condition.

Affected individuals may experience a myriad of emotional and physical symptoms, including:

  • Depression, anxiety, anger and fear.
  • Nightmares.
  • Intrusive thoughts.
  • Flashbacks.
  • Negative thoughts about the future.
  • Poor appetite or overeating.
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Social isolation.
  • Avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event.

Moataz M. Ragheb, M.D., Ph.D., a TTUHSC El Paso associate professor and practicing psychiatrist with Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, said most people will recover with gradual resolution of symptoms over the following days, weeks, and sometimes months.

Only a minority will go on to develop long-term psychiatric conditions such as PTSD, he said.

With recovery being the rule rather than the exception, Dr. Ragheb and Dr. Longhurst said there are tools that can help people cope with trauma, including social and psychological interventions and medications, if necessary.

“You do not have  to suffer in silence until recovery is achieved,” Dr. Longhurst said.

Dr. Ragheb and Dr. Longhurst said another important tool is practicing self-care. There are things a person can do—and others things to avoid—to achieve recovery:

  • Refrain from using alcohol as a coping tool.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Stick to a nutritious diet and get regular exercise—even a brisk walk is helpful.
  • Minimize exposure to non-stop media coverage of the tragedy. Put down your phone or tablet—there is no need to constantly check social media for updates; it will just make you feel more stressed.
  • Practice relaxation exercises, mindfulness, meditation and/or yoga.
  • Do not suppress normal emotions.
  • Be aware of your brain’s patterns of response to the trauma. Don’t let negative thoughts take you into darker places. Pause, ponder and examine your train of thought. Challenge painful—often illogical—assumptions and conclusions. You are more resilient than you probably think.
  • There is no shame in reaching out for help.
  • This is not a one-size-fits-all list of recommendations; self-care will be different for different people.

As a community, we can help each other by checking in on friends and family and be there to listen to their concerns and worries. This is a time for both grieving and healing, and it works better together, Dr. Longhurst said.

As individuals, we should make an effort to reach out to our social networks of friends and family and stay connected.

“As the dust settles and acute stress starts to wind down, individuals will notice whether or not they will be exhibiting ongoing stress,” Dr. Longhurst said. “Is it impacting their day-to-day functioning? Are they struggling at work, struggling to get things done at home? Those are indicators to seek ongoing help.”

Those who feel they need counseling, guidance or simply want to talk to someone, can contact the organizations listed below for free, confidential consultation services.

  • Emergence Health Network’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 915-779-1800.
  • MetLife Grief Counseling Service at 1-866-885-6540.
  • Magellan Health Counseling Services at 1-800-327-7451.

Vikki Carr, Little Joe to headline ‘El Paso Strong Benefit Concert’ at Coliseum

El Paso native and immensely popular singer Vikki Carr will be returning to the Sun City to take part in a special benefit concert at the El Paso County Coliseum, organizers announced Friday morning.

Carr will join a lineup of well-liked borderland artists at the CommUNITY en Acción El Paso Strong Benefit Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at the Coliseum, located at 4100 East Paisano.

Proceeds will be donated to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund to support the victims of the August 3 shooting.

Also taking the stage will be Little Joe y la Familia, Los Rieleros del Norte, Mike Gonzalez y Mazz Tribute, Dirty River Boys, Archie Bell, Rick Trevino, Fusion 915 and Mariachi Los Toritos.

For the last six decades, El Paso-born Carr has been one of the world’s foremost classic entertainers. She has released more 60 best-selling recordings, won three Grammy Awards and has been honored with a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Covering a variety of genres, from her first love of jazz, to mainstream pop and country, her pioneering crossover into Latin music solidified her international stardom.

The 78-year-old television, stage and film actress, who also is a dedicated philanthropist, continues to perform across the country.

Little Joe Hernandez, 78, born in Temple, Texas, has long been a favorite in the El Paso area. He has entertained crowds around the world for more than 60 years, on 70 albums and in countless shows.

Little Joe y la Familia has won two Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award.

Tickets are $20 and $50, plus fees, and are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.

CommUNITY en Acción is a non-profit organization of business and civic leaders, united in the purpose to improve the lives of El Paso’s Latino community. It has partnered with the foundation to establish a scholarship fund for the minor children of shooting victims who lost their lives.

UMC, EPCH update status of patients injured in August 3 Walmart shooting

Officials with University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Children’s Hospital provided an update on the patients treated at each hospital as a result of the mass casualty shooting at an El Paso Walmart on August 3.

As of today, five patients remain hospitalized at UMC.

The following is an update regarding all 15 patients brought to University Medical Center of El Paso as a result of the mass casualty shooting:

 1 adult patient remains in critical condition and is receiving treatment in University Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit

 4 adult patients are in stable but serious condition at University Medical Center

 7 adult patients have been discharged from University Medical Center

 2 children were transferred from University Medical Center to El Paso Children’s Hospital on Aug. 3 with non-life threatening injuries and discharged by El Paso Children’s Hospital Aug. 4

 1 adult patient was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at University Medical Center on Aug. 3

Officials added that another update would be provided “when there is a significant change in status of these patients.”

Replay – Community Memorial Service

Wednesday night, the City of El Paso is holding a Community Memorial Service in support of those injured and to pay respects to those lost in the mass shooting.

The memorial gathering starts at 7 p.m., will be held in downtown, as well as three simulcast sites around the city, on Wednesday, August 14, at Southwest University Park in downtown.


Several temporary street closures will begin at 5 p.m. near the memorial sites. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the street closures. Appropriate traffic control measures will be in place to guide the traveling public.

Downtown Street Closures:

  • Santa Fe Street between Wyoming Avenue and San Antonio Avenue
  • Missouri Avenue between Durango Street and El Paso Street
  • W. Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and El Paso Street

Ponder Park Street Closures:

  • Viscount Boulevard (one lane closed in each direction) from Sunmount to Bellrose Drive
  • WH Burges Drive from Ash Lane to Sun Mount Drive
  • Juniper Street from Edgemere Boulevard to WH Burges Drive
  • Catalpa Lane from WH Burges Drive to Viscount Boulevard

Memorial Sites

  • Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Southwest University Park, located at E. Franklin Avenue and Santa Fe Street. The public is encouraged to arrive no more than one hour prior to doors opening. The memorial program will be simulcast live at three satellite sites to accommodate all who wish to participate.
  • Live simulcasts will be at: the Convention Center, at Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue; at Cleveland Square Park, at Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue; and at Ponder Park, at 7500 W.H. Burges Drive.


  • Free parking provided at all metered parking spaces and at various parking garages located in Uptown and Downtown. Sun Metro will provide free transportation for people who park in uptown or at Glory Road.
  • At Ponder Park, the public may park in nearby GECU parking lot or on-street parking spaces

Learn more by visiting the city’s website.

Tenet Healthcare Foundation exceeds fundraising goal, Donates $350k to Victims’ Fund

Earlier this week, Tenet Healthcare Corporation presented a $350,000 donation to the El Paso Community Foundation to support victims and families affected by the tragic events on August 3.

“The El Paso Community is inspired by the outpouring of compassion shown by Tenet and the Hospitals of Providence,” said Eric Pearson, president of the El Paso Community Foundation. “This is a bittersweet embrace of our community, coming together in the wake of this tragedy.”

The gift was made by the Tenet Healthcare Foundation and will go directly to the El Paso Community Foundation’s Shooting Victims’ Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Mr. Rittenmeyer said, “We have provided care to the El Paso Community for over 40 years. The response from our Tenet employees around the country as well as our business partners to support victims and their families in El Paso was immediate and heartwarming. I am extremely proud of our Tenet Family for their generosity and kindness to a community still suffering greatly from a truly senseless act.”

As previously announced, The Tenet Healthcare Foundation pledged to contribute $100,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation and provide an additional match for the first $50,000 in donations.

Through the generosity of employees and business partners, the final contribution of $350,000 far exceeded that initial commitment.

On Monday, Aug, 12, Tenet Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Rittenmeyer, along with colleagues from Tenet and The Hospitals of Providence, participated in a ceremony in El Paso to honor the community and those who lost their lives during the tragedy.

At the ceremony, which was held at The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and attended by caregivers and first responders, Mr. Rittenmeyer presented the donation to the El Paso Community Foundation.

With 5,300 team members in El Paso, Tenet is the city’s second-largest private employer. The company operates four acute care hospitals under The Hospitals of Providence brand and more than 50 outpatient centers, physician clinics and other care facilities throughout the area.

Gov. Greg Abbott launches domestic terrorism task force in wake of El Paso massacre

Less than two weeks after a gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart and killed 22 shoppers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has launched a Domestic Terrorism Task Force to protect against statewide acts of extremism, his office announced in a Wednesday release.

The task force — comprising federal, state and local officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and El Paso police Chief Greg Allen — will analyze current and emerging state threats and form prevention and response strategies, the release says. Federal authorities have treated the El Paso shooting as an act of domestic terrorism after the discovery of a hate-filled manifesto, which they believe was authored by the gunman, warning of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” amid other racist and xenophobic language.

“Our top priority is to keep Texans safe in their communities,” Abbott said in the release. “Part of that mission is to combat domestic terrorism and root out the extremist ideologies that fuel hatred and violence in our state. This task force brings together leaders with the expertise Texas needs to develop effective strategies and combat domestic terrorism.”

Members will provide recommendations on statewide security planning to Abbott’s office and aim to improve interagency cooperation in response to threats. The release did not mention any responsibilities related to revisiting Texas gun laws.

Abbott took similar action — which led to sweeping legislation — after 10 people were killed during a Santa Fe school shooting last year. The resulting school safety measure he signed into law instructed school districts to implement multihazard emergency operation plans, ensured district employees were trained to respond to emergencies and strengthened mental health initiatives available to children.

The task force in response to the El Paso shooting will convene for the first time Aug. 30 and meet on at least a quarterly basis afterward.

Author:   – The Texas Tribune

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Family Assistance Center set to close, transition to Resiliency Center

The Family Assistance Center (FAC), opened by the El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the American Red Cross, will be moving out of the Convention Center in Downtown El Paso at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13.

The resources and services provided by the FAC will still be available directly from the public, private and nonprofit organizations while the center transitions to the upcoming El Paso Resiliency Center.

A full list of services, contact information, and their locations will be available at and by dialing 2-1-1 once the center closes on Tuesday.

The FAC will remain open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., today and tomorrow, August 13. Individuals affected by the August 3 event are still encouraged to visit the Family Assistance Center to receive any needed support or services.

Information regarding the coming Resiliency Center will be provided by the City of El Paso in the next several days.

Anyone needing immediate support may call the Crisis Hotline at (915) 779-1800.

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