HIGHLAND PARK, Unwell. (TOC) — Organizations are becoming a member of forces to make it simpler for immigrants in the neighborhood who have been affected by the Highland Park parade capturing to hunt assist.
“We need to have this dialog to be sure that they really feel secure,” mentioned Carmen Patlan, govt director at Highwood 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.
“We have now a well being fairness program the place we offer psychological well being companies,” Patlan mentioned. “Within the final two weeks, we have seen 460 folks coming by way of our doorways.”
Now, extra assistance is being made out there, particularly for the immigrant neighborhood 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 mentioned.
A number of Latino neighborhood leaders from Highland Park and Highwood got here collectively Monday to discuss the numerous sources and psychological well being companies out there on the Highwood Public Library.
“They do not should be afraid to come back out and ask for assist,” Patlan mentioned. “We have now heard and witnessed many households who have been victims throughout this horrible occasion that haven’t sought out companies as a result of they do not have immigration standing.”
Whereas it has been two weeks because the tragic capturing, the ache might be laborious to shed as transferring ahead will take a village to perform.
“Collectively we are going to work in the direction of making this area as secure as it may be,” Patlan mentioned.
These sources might be out there on the Highwood Public Library throughout regular enterprise hours for the foreseeable future.
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