Friends,

As is the nature of our community, the Ward 3 office has been hearing from countless people who are looking for ways to respond to Saturdays’ tragic events.  I agree that specific actions to harvest any possible good from all of this will be called for in the coming weeks, months, years. A convening for the visions of our people to be voiced must be a part of that. My sense, at this moment, is that the community is dwelling in the heart:  grieving, reflecting, and caring. Please know that I will do all I can to facilitate dialogue and sound thinking as we move beyond these early stages of recovery.

My trust in Tucson and our ability to shape meaningful action from even this horror remains unwavering. Have no doubt; Tucson chooses courage over cowardice and kindness over cruelty.

Karin

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As we get information on opportunities to show caring, places to gather and reflect, and places to find help we will be sure to share them with you all.  Here are a few such current resources.

Opportunities to Show Caring

The family of Congresswoman Giffords identified two organizations that she has long valued and supported for those seeking an opportunity to show caring through giving.  They are the Tucson’s Community Food Bank and the American Red Cross.

Community Food Bank
3003 South Country Club Road # 221
Tucson, AZ 85713-4084
(520) 622-0525

American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter
2916 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 318-6740


Homicide Survivors, Inc., has set up a fund for survivors, victims, and their families called the
Tucson Tragedy Victims Fund. Please contact them to make monetary donations that can be used as needed: 32 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone: (520) 740-5729.


The family of Christina Taylor Green who was killed in the tragic shooting in Tucson has announced the creation of a charitable memorial fund to honor her life and memory.  For anyone wishing to make donations in memory of Christina Taylor Green, you may do so by contacting the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona by email at christinataylorgreenmemorial@cfsoaz.org, or by calling (520) 545-0313.   Checks may be sent to:

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
In Memory of Christina Taylor Green
2250 E. Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85719


Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse is taking time this week to create a book of memories and stories about Gabe Zimmerman, Aide to Congresswoman Giffords.  The collection when completed will be given to his family.  The book will be a collection of stories, memories and tributes, not specific to Emerge! We will also send a copy of the book to anyone that submits a story so that you, too, can know you are not alone in your grief and collectively we can celebrate all the Gabe gave to our community.  

If you would like to submit a story or memory to be included in the book please send it to annas@emergecenter.org by Friday January 14th.  

Places to Gather and Reflect

Tonight, Tuesday, January 11, 2010 there will be an Interfaith Prayer Service to be held simultaneously across Arizona in response to the deadly shooting that took place this past weekend. The service will be at held from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Catalina Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway. Focus will be on coming together, to reflect and discover ways that express unity instead of division. Organized by Pima County Interfaith Council Leaders in collaboration with: Arizona Ecumenical Council; Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Bishop of the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church; Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim; and Clergy and Rabbi’s throughout the State.  The service is open and appropriate for children as well as adults of all faiths and beliefs.

President Obama will speak at a memorial service to be held at the McKale Center Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Entrance to the event will be on a first come, first served basis, so organizers are advising all attendees to arrive early.  Doors open at 4:00 p.m.  Be prepared to show multiple forms of ID. Please contact the University for more details including disabled access http://uanews.org/contact.

Places to Find Help

Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA)
, which oversees publicly funded mental health and substance use treatment services in Pima County, is organizing a community-wide response related to mental health and trauma issues resulting from Saturday’s mass shooting.

Tucson Tragedy Support Line-- (520) 284-3517 (available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week) is a no-cost resource for people struggling with their own reaction to the shootings, those concerned about a friend or family member, or those who would like information on typical reactions to such an event. Callers do not need to give their names or any identifying information to use this service. Calls will be answered by professional staff who are experienced with providing support in the wake of a crisis and knowledgeable about other community resources.

Also, on the CPSA Web site, a "Resources for Dealing with Tragedy"
page has been set up. The address is http://w3.cpsa-rbha.org/static/index.cfm?contentID=3004. The page provides information on what to expect and how to deal with trauma, including tips for adults who are trying to help children.  In addition, CPSA’s Web site, www.cpsa-rbha.org, contains links to local mental health providers and many other resources that may be of help in a time of grief and stress.

Southern Arizona Mental Health Clinic (SAMHC) has established a hotline for those who are in need of support.  The number is (520) 622 – 6000.