Family Service staff collaborated with social workers at local hospitals, law enforcement officials and victim advocates to connect survivors of the May 12th Mother’s Day shooting in the Treme with free, trauma-focused counseling through the agency’s Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Victims of Criminal Acts (VOCA) grant.
The agency was also able to directly connect affected individuals to financial support through “The 19 Fund,” monies raised at a Tipitina’s benefit concert on May 23 organized by Tipitina’s Foundation, Gambit’s Foundation, Silence is Violence and United Way.
“Our hearts are with all the families impacted by the shooting at the second-line parade,” said Clinical Director Rebecca Garside.
United Way’s Sr. VP Mary Ambrose interviewed Ron McClain on WBOK-AM about the importance of counseling in violence prevention. Listen to the show.