Agencies in San Antonio in Uvalde provide the emotional and mental support you need

Uvalde, Texas – They have been in Uvalde since it happened – a mass shooting at Robb Primary School that has left the small town torn apart by grief, anger, uncertainty and suspicion.

Among the first to arrive on the first day was the Family Service Rural Team.

The agency, recognized as the oldest nonprofit human services organization in San Antonio since 1903, has operated in Uvalde and the surrounding rural areas for more than two decades.

Spokesman Wynn Hoke said Family Services saw individuals and families that day and offered its existing in-office counseling services, which deal with trauma, anxiety, PTSD and more, free of charge.

The need is still great now, so Family Services has opened a new location in a Walmart in Uvalde.

In Uvalde since the first week that Grief Center for South Texas Children now has a newly opened Comfort and Consults Center on North Getty St. with licensed grief counselors available at no cost to children and their families.

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Marian Sokol, executive director of the organization, said: “We will be here for the long term.”

“We help children today, but some of them will need us more tomorrow,” Sokol said.

The Ecumenical Center also offers its counseling and trauma services for the mental health of children, families and adults in Uvalde.

Mary Beth Fisk, CEO of the Ecumenical Center, is Interim Director of the Ecumenical Center Uvalde Strong RESILIENCE Centerwhich offers a wide range of services.

Fisk said staff at the Ecumenical Center go wherever people are in the community to let them know help is available if or when they need it.

She said the overarching goal is to bring the community “together through services that aim to help everyone.”

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