Orlando, Florida, (June 13, 2016) – This past weekend our community, and our nation, experienced a horrific crime. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are dealing with a tragedy that we never could have imagined. What happened in our city could have happened in any community.
Tonight (JUNE 13TH at 7PM) the City of Orlando will be hosting a candlelight vigil tonight, Monday June 13th 2016 at 7pm at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando, please arrive early. Edgefactory, Ascend Productions, Pond5, and Visual Artist Nathan Selikoff will illuminate the SunTrust Building, located in Downtown Orlando, with a visual prayer to Orlando, the City Beautiful.
Many in our city have been affected by this tragic, unconscionable event. Not just those who lost their lives and their families and friends, but indeed the world. The feelings of loss and confusion and pain and emptiness suddenly affect us to the point where we don’t know what to do. While we must do what we can to heal, we cannot let these feelings define us long-term. Please take the time to reflect and share those reflections, and remind those around you how much you love them.
To help those in need, here is a list of resources;
ONE BLOOD DONATION SERVICES
One Blood donation services are available throughout the city. The city is still in desperate need for blood donations with the number of critical surgeries taking place. Please visit their website for donation locations at http://www.oneblood.org
If you need counseling services to help you cope with the recent tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando FL, please remember the following:
The Center has bilingual English/Spanish counselors available for crisis counseling at the First Unitarian Church located at 1901 E Robinson Street from 10am – 7pm Monday 6/13 though Friday 6/17. No appointment needed. If you need someone to talk to or need resources, please call the Zebra Coalition hotline at 407-822-5036. Press #1 to speak with someone.
For ongoing support after Friday, June 17th please contact any of the following:
- United Way Heart of Florida – dial 211 on ANY phone
- Orange County Neighborhood Center for Families. 407-294-3519 (8 locations)
- UCF Community Counseling and Research Center. 407-823-2052
- TRANSformations (individual Trauma Care) 407-221-7463
- Crisis Text Hotline (741741) and website: www.glbthotline.org
- Hispanic Counseling Center (www.hispafam.org) 407-382-9079
- The Center will have crisis intervention services available. No appointment needed. 946 N. Mills Avenue
GLBT COMMUNITY CENTER OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida is full of useful information coming out, as well as community support from our members. Please visit our website for more information, questions, comments, or concerns. Please feel free to share your experiences and your sympathies for the victims, their families, and friends.
There is a need in the community for grief and mental health counselors. Counselors must be licensed social works or licensed mental health or post graduate mental health interns registered with the state of Florida.
DONATE TO THE FAMILIES
This is the official Pulse Victims Fund page for Equality Florida, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Equality Florida is collecting contributions via this GoFundMe page to support the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund