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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.

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine donates $100K for scholarships to El Paso Victims’ Education Fund

In wake of the devastating El Paso shooting that left 22 dead on August 3, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is giving $100,000 to support future scholarships for children who were affected by the massacre.

“We are deeply saddened about the tragic shooting in our sister city, El Paso,” says BCOM President, John Hummer. “With so many of our faculty, staff and students connected to El Paso — this truly hits close to home.”

Dozens of BCOM students, faculty and staff call El Paso home and regularly commute between Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX.

“Our hearts are especially heavy for the children and teens who have lost a loved one,” Hummer says. “We hope this gift will help ease any future worries they have about their education; please know that the BCOM family is behind you and is here to help.”

The gift will go directly to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Education Fund, which was established to provide tuition assistance and related expenses for university, college, trade or vocational school.

Sunday fundraisers for victims of last week’s Walmart shooting

From local artists to haircuts to local sports stars, Sunday has a variety of fundrasiers, but only one goal – donating to the victims’ funds in the wake of last week’s shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart.


Local artists to hold Art Show Fundraiser Sunday

Creatives from around the borderland will be hosting an art show Sunday, August 11 at the ArtSpace Gallery, located at 601 North Oregon.

The show will run from Noon to 10 p.m. and will feature many local artists and funds collected from the art auction will be donated to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ fund














Haircuts for Donations

This Sunday 8/11 from 11am-5pm at Blessed Barber Studio East El Paso,

We will be cutting hair for Donations and 100% proceeds will be donated to the affected families of the tragedy that occurred 8/03 in El Paso.



















El Paso Strong Fundraiser at El Paso County Coliseum 1pm to 6pm



























‘El Paso Legends’ Charity football match set for Sunday at SISD’s SAC

All SBFC players, families and friends- let’s get out there Sunday to support our soccer community!


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