We are grieving along with our community following the tragedy on July 4th. Our hearts are with the families, friends, and neighbors who lost their loved ones and those who experienced this senseless act of violence. These horrific events have touched us all, and as we move through our grief and sadness, we take comfort in the strength and resolve of our community. Sunset Foods has called Highland Park our home for eighty-five years and, we trust in our neighbors pulling together to support one another.

Counseling Services:

Family Assistance Center for Victims of Highland Park Shooting - FAC services are available to those directly impacted by the events at the Highland Park 4th of July Parade. Victims are not just those who are physically injured, but also those were present and may be experiencing emotional distress.

Family Service of Lake County — Our office is expanding our counseling availability to 9am - 7pm Monday through Friday, for any in the community who need professional assistance. Our phone lines and doors are always open regardless of ability to pay.

  • Saturday appointments are available for those unable to utilize our services during the week
  • We will be offering free 30 minute sessions for those in need of someone to talk to, via telehealth or by in-person appointment, in coordination with The City of Highland Park and our partners
  • Our office is open as a drop-in for related traumas and help needed in the community. Signage will be placed on Central Ave. to indicate our availability for drop-in trauma work.

Empowered Therapy Inc.: pro-bono and sliding-scale services to those impacted by the shooting. Go to http://empoweredtherapy.org/, call 312-722-6932, or email info@empoweredtherapy.org to inquire about these services.

Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss: Contact Scott Bauer (founder) at 847-494-4598

“The Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss, based in Deerfield, has helped thousands of children and their families cope with grief and sudden loss. Our licensed clinical social workers are specifically trained to deal with loss and meet with clients both one on one and in a group setting. Over 80% of our patients come from Deerfield, Highland Park and surrounding communities and over 70% of all patients pay less than $10 per visit. Last year alone we provided over 2,000 in-person or telehealth sessions to grieving children and their families. We know the trauma that children and their families experienced yesterday and we are offering our professional assistance any way we can. Our therapists are ready to meet with individuals or in a group setting to help start the healing process. In fact we already have a few groups we are meeting with in Highland Park.”

Lake County residents can also call 211 or visit 211lakecounty.org for mental health resources and referrals. If you are a mental health professional interested in volunteering your services, please fill out the provider survey at 211lakecounty.org. 211 support is available in English, Spanish, and many other languages.

  

Vigils/Gatherings:

For a list of updated vigils and memorial services, please visit https://www.cityhpil.com/resident/highland_park_strong.php for an updated list of services

 

To Contribute:

Please be aware of online and email solicitations for donations as they may not be legitimate. Also, protecting the privacy of victims and their families is paramount.

Please be considerate when sharing information on social media, and do not share personal details about the victims or their families.

Highland Park Community Foundation - To help those directly impacted by the mass shooting in Highland Park, the Highland Park Community Foundation has established a July 4th Highland Park Shooting Response Fund. All contributions to the Response Fund will go directly to victims and survivors or the organizations that support them.

Blood Donation NorthShore University Health Systems is seeking blood donations for the victims of the shooting. Donations can be made through Vitalant or directly to NorthShore Hospital by appointment: DonateBlood@northshore.org, 847-570-2242. 

Family Service of Lake County - To support the Highland Park community in its time of need, Family Service of Lake County is offering free 30-minute sessions for any in the community needing professional mental health support. These sessions are available Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm, and Saturdays by appointment. This work is often subsidized for members in the community who can’t afford services, so your donation will provide accessible services to members of the community who otherwise might not be able to afford them.