ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The one year anniversary of the mass shooting came and went but many in the community are still struggling as they relive the traumas of August 31, 2019.
Chandra Quintanar, the Family resiliency Center Coordinator said, “Anniversaries are hard, I’ve always found that the day after is always a little bit more challenging for me because last year on August 31st I was living it and experiencing it first hand. The next day, the adrenaline rush was down and now it was like ‘okay how do we move forward from this.”
The Family Resiliency Center is stepping in to provide resources to those struggling on the heels of the one year anniversary. The center offers free services ranging from: creative expression, stress management, youth mental health first aid, psychological recovery, support groups, and counseling.
“We have a 24/7 Crisis Line available through PermiaCare so if somebody is struggling and it is outside of our hours but they need to speak to somebody they can call anytime and they will actually get them connected to us,” she said.
According to Quintanar, commemorating anniversaries are different for everyone. For some, they are an avenue for healing and grieving, and for others, they are triggering and can be difficult to relive.
“Denise and I work really hard to make sure that we are offering the services that our community needs. Sometimes it’s really emotional, sometimes it’s overwhelming but at the end of the day, you know we talk about it almost every day that there is absolutely nowhere else either one of us would rather be,” said the FRC Coordinator.