Dear StarVista Community at Large,
Our hearts are heavy today after yet another senseless act of gun violence. Just days ago, lives were lost in Monterey Park and now here in our community in Half Moon Bay. It is unthinkable that in Monterey Park, while people were celebrating in unity and dancing, people were killed, and in Half Moon Bay, at least 7 people were killed. Lives will be changed forever. StarVista offers its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the victims of these shootings.
Our staff is rallying support for those affected by this tragedy. Many of our programs are responding to the needs of those impacted. The Coastside children’s preschool programs are working with StarVista’s Early Childhood Program to lead a group about supporting young children during this time. This first group will be one in English and one in Spanish. Our team is working on scheduling more support groups as needed.
Our StarVista Crisis Center is also providing the following services to the families and friends of the victims of the Half Moon Bay shooting:
- Families or loved ones of the victims can reach out to our 24/7 Crisis Hotline at any time by dialing (650) 579-0350.
- If a family or loved one desires in-person support, they can call the same number for more information about receiving services at your place of residence.
- For minor children/grand/great-grandchildren of the victims, we offer services via our text and chat line (650) 747-6463 or visiting www.sanmateocrisis.org for support.
- As always, if there is a safety concern around suicidal or homicidal ideation, we encourage calling 911..
Aligned with our mission and values, StarVista stands against violence of any kind. Our values guide us to support our clients and colleagues who speak many different languages and people with a range of racial, ethnic, and gender identities.
We believe our community must work harder than ever to bring people together, to give support that helps and heals, to stay connected, and to strengthen our community ties to end all forms of violence.
StarVista will continue to be here for our community, providing immediate support where needed. During this difficult time, we urge you all to take care of yourselves and to seek support and connection with one another.
Organizations Providing Supporting for the Half Moon Bay Community:
Leading groups supporting young children during this difficult time.
Families or loved ones of the victims can reach out to our 24/7 Crisis Hotline at any time, by simply dialing (650) 579-0350.
Collecting donations to support the farm families that were directly impacted.
Collecting donations to support those in the community who were directly impacted.