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A letter to our BIO EPJ Family and to the El Paso/Juarez Community

August 6, 2019

To Our El Paso/Juarez Community:

Jordan Jamrowski Anchondo, Andre Anchondo, Arturo Benavides, Javier Amir Rodriguez, Leonardo Cipeda Campos, Maribel Hernandez, David Alvah Johnson, Angie Sliva-Englisbee, Maria Flores, Raul Flores, Elsa Libera Marquez, Luis Alfonzo Juarez, Margie Reckard, Sara Esther Regalado Moriel, Adolfo Cerros Hernández, Jorge Calvillo García, Gloria Irma Márquez, María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe, Juan de Dios Velázquez Chairez, Ivan Hiliberto Manzano, Teresa Sanchez, and Alexander Gerhard Hoffman.

To our El Paso/Juarez community, these names are not just the names of those we lost this past weekend to an event that shook everyone to their core, but they are also the names of the mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, teachers, students, children, army veterans, married couples, teachers, principals and friends that will never be forgotten.

The MCA Foundation and BIO El Paso-Juarez are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and we extend our condolences, thoughts, prayers, and support to all those affected, especially the victims and their families. What our community experienced this weekend was crushing.  However, as a community and as a family, we will remain strong in our resolve to continue making our bi-national Hispanic community an amazing place to live, work and play.  We will do this through our love for one another and our spirit in helping each other to rise above, come together and heal.

The MCA and BIO EPJ would like to acknowledge and thank all of the first responders who acted heroically on Saturday morning, as well as the medical teams and staff at the University Medical Center of El Paso, Del Sol Medical Center, El Paso Children’s Hospital, TTUHSC El Paso, and Providence Memorial Hospital who received the victims of this tragic event and continue to work tirelessly to preserve their lives.  We would also like to acknowledge the mental health providers, healers and religious leaders in our community who will be working hard for a long time to help our community heal.  Finally, we would like to thank the community for the unity and support they have shown over the past couple days.  You, our community, embody what it means to be a part of this region: by standing in line for hours to donate blood, by providing water and food to those in the blood donation lines and first responders, by donating your time, money, and effort to ease the pain of those most greatly affected, and by praying and comforting each other.  You show the world who we really are and what we stand for as a city and as a region.

How to Help / Community Resources:

Below is a list of resources to help you or others in your journeys of healing and ways to help:

Blood Donation:

Donors are being asked to make appointments to donate:
Go to bloodhero.com or call 877-258-4825

Blood Donation Locations:

Vitalent Blood Services
424 S. Mesa Hills Drive, El Paso, TX 79912
133 N. Zaragoza Road, El Paso, TX 79907

United Blood Services in Las Cruces
1200 Commerce Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88011

Financial Donations:

El Paso Community Foundation set up a fund for the victims of the shooting. EPCF will waive administrative and credit card fees for all donations.
Donate Here! 

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation has established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund to support the victims and families of the shooting.
Donate Here!

Victim Assistance and Resources:

Family Reunification and Assistance Centers:

A family reunification center has been set up at McCarthur Middle School, 8101 Whitus Drive, El Paso, TX 79925, for people who may have been separated from their loved ones.

The El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the American Red Cross opened a Family Assistance Center (FAC) in Downtown El Paso at the Convention Center in Downtown, near Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue. It will be opened from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting today. Parking fees will be waived for individuals visiting the FAC.

Anyone needing immediate support may call (915) 779-1800.

Emergence Health Network Counseling:
Emergence Health Network Crisis Hotline: 915-799-1800
Toll-Free Crisis Hotline: 1-877-562-6467
Emergence Health Network Extended Observation Unit: 1601 E. Yandell Street, Suite B
Text HOME to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor

University of Texas at El Paso Counseling for Students and Community:
Walk-in hours: Monday-Tuesday from 8AM to 6PM, Wednesday-Friday from 8AM to 4PM
Miners Talk Crisis Line: 915-747-5302 after hours or on weekends

Teen Counseling:
A free and confidential telephone helpline for teens at 800-852-8336
Text TEEN to 839863

Veteran Crisis Hotline:
The El Paso VA is offering assistance through its hotline. Call 1-800-273-8255

Federal Agency Assistance:
If any assistance is needed with a federal agency, including issues with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicaid, Social Security Administration, and others, you can contactCongresswoman Veronica Escobar’s office at 915-541-1400 or submit an inquiry online by clicking here.

Visit the City of El Paso's Website for more information. 

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

Operation Hope is now participating with all funeral homes in El Paso including Sunset Funeral HomesMartin Funeral Homes, Hillcrest Funeral Home, Restlawn Memorial, Mt. Carmel Funeral Home to assist victim's families with funeral expenses.

The Pebble Hills Regional Command Center is accepting ice and water donations:
10780 Pebble Hills Blvd A, El Paso, TX 79935

The El Paso chapter of the American Red Cross has mobilized staff and volunteers and are working with local emergency officials in El Paso. To help click here.

Lastly, the MCA and BIO EPJ would just like to thank you for making our El Paso/Juarez community the strong and resilient force that it is.
You, the people of this region, show us and the world that we are all El Paso Strong.

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