HIGHLAND PARK, Unwell. (TOC) — Organizations are becoming a member of forces to make it simpler for immigrants in the neighborhood who had been affected by the Highland Park parade capturing to hunt assist.
“We need to have this dialog to be sure that they really feel protected,” stated Carmen Patlan, government director at Highland Park Public Library. “It seems like yesterday.”
At first look, normalcy appears to have returned to Central Avenue in Highland Park. However should you look nearer, the ache and the heartbreak nonetheless linger in plain sight.
“Now we have a well being fairness program the place we offer psychological well being providers,” Patlan stated. “Within the final two weeks, we have seen 460 folks coming by our doorways.”
Now, extra assistance is being made accessible, particularly for the immigrant group left reeling from the lasting trauma of what occurred on July 4th.
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“Collectively, we now have skilled a traumatic occasion that may influence us all,” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering stated.
A number of Latino group leaders from Highland Park and Highwood got here collectively Monday to discuss the numerous sources and psychological well being providers accessible on the Highland Park Public Library.
“They do not must be afraid to return out and ask for assist,” Patlan stated. “Now we have heard and witnessed many households who had been victims throughout this horrible occasion that haven’t sought out providers as a result of they do not have immigration standing.”
Whereas it has been two weeks for the reason that tragic capturing, the ache will likely be onerous to shed as shifting ahead will take a village to perform.
“Collectively we’ll work in direction of making this area as protected as it may be,” Patlan stated.
These sources will likely be accessible on the Highland Park Public Library throughout regular enterprise hours for the foreseeable future.
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