UVALDE, Texas – They’ve been in Uvalde since it happened -- a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, which left the small town torn apart by grief, anger, uncertainty and suspicion.
Among the first to arrive on day one was the Family Service Rural Team.
The agency, said to be the oldest human service nonprofit in San Antonio since 1903, has been in Uvalde and surrounding rural areas for more than two decades.
Spokesman Wynn Hoke said Family Service was seeing individuals and families that day, along with offering its existing office-based counseling services, which deal with trauma, anxiety, PTSD and more, at no cost.
The need now is still high, so Family Services has opened a new location at a Walmart in Uvalde.
In Uvalde since the first week, the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas now has a newly-opened Comfort and Consults Center on North Getty St., with licensed grief counselors at no cost for children and their families.
Marian Sokol, the organization’s executive director, said, “We’ll be here for the long term.”
“We’re helping children today, but some of them are going to need us more tomorrow,” Sokol said.
The Ecumenical Center also has been offering its counseling and mental health trauma services to children, families and adults in Uvalde.
Fisk said the Ecumenical Center’s staff goes to wherever people are in the community to let them know help is available if or when they need it.
She said the overall goal is to bring the community together “through services dedicated to helping everyone.”