YWCA Statement on the Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

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YWCA Statement on the Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

Categories: YWCA USA news

October 29, 2018 

The following is a joint statement from YWCA USA and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Board of Directors and Senior Leadership:

We continue to offer our sincerest condolences to the individuals, families, friends, neighbors, and loved ones affected by the tragedy in Pittsburgh this past weekend. We offer our full support to the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and the organizations working to assist them as they begin their journey towards healing.

Saturday’s incident is further proof that work remains to be done in Pittsburgh. We acknowledge that Saturday’s attack was the culmination of a series of events last week fueled by hateful rhetoric, bigotry, and intolerance. We must continue to be outraged by all lives lost due to violence, hate, and white supremacy, and work to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

For our partners and providers working closely with our beneficiaries impacted by this violence, several comprehensive resource lists are circulating. We have provided links to a few of them here:

We are asking our network of supporters to join us in contributing to the local Victims of Terror Fund. These funds will be used for psychological services, support for families, general services, reconstruction, security in the community, medical bills for individuals involved in the attack, and any other counseling or supportive services necessary for the local community to heal from this trauma. United Way of Allegheny County will match all contributions to the Victims of Terror Fund 100% up to $100,000.

We will not be intimidated by this act of violence, and we will continue to fight each day to end all forms of discrimination in Pittsburgh, and across the country. For over 150 years, we have worked to strengthen our communities by showing up for one another and working to root out hate and violence—we won’t stop now. Everyone must take responsibility and direct action in speaking out against the rising tide of hatred and intolerance in the United States.

Children’s Alley Child Care Closed

On March 18, Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23-April 17. In accordance with this, the YWCA is planning for Children’s Alley to remain closed until Monday, April 20. We will keep you updated weekly as we continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation.

It has been incredibly hard for us to temporarily close our doors knowing that this is creating additional strain on the families we serve and the children we love. While some childcare centers remain open, we are following safety recommendations from Colorado Public Health to close Children’s Alley. As a drop-in childcare center with different children every day, there is an increased risk of spreading COVID-19 and our highest priority has always been to provide quality care while keeping our staff and families healthy and safe.

We are committed to working through this time by identifying the most pressing needs of our community and creatively aligning resources and programming to address these pressing issues. We are staying up-to-date with Boulder County Public Health and will communicate our reopening as soon as it is a possibility.

For more information and community resources, please read our recent blog post.