Resources available for victims’ families and the Sacramento community after the downtown mass shooting

Following a Sunday morning mass shooting that left six dead and 12 injured in downtown Sacramento, local organizations are providing support to affected families and Sacramento in general.

“We’ve been hurt as a community and we’re going to heal as a community,” said Nina Acosta, Victim Witness Program manager for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office.

Below you will find more information about what is available for families who have lost a loved one, as well as other resources providing support to the Sacramento community.

Support for Families Affected by the Shooting

Departmental family support center
For families who have lost a loved one, CalExpo volunteers will complete all necessary paperwork and help with phone calls to arrange funeral and burial services. If a family has already chosen a funeral home to work with, volunteers will also work with that home to guide the family through the process.

The only thing they need to bring is proof that they are a family member of one of the victims.
CalExpo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 4-9, but this could be extended depending on need.

For more information, call 311 or, if you are outside Sacramento, 916-264-5001.

California Victims Compensation Board

The agency can help pay crime-related bills and expenses, with survivors of crime who have been injured also eligible.

For more information, call 800-777-9229, or apply on the agency’s website.

Victims first

VictimsFirst is a network of mass crime survivors that offers resources and support to others who have gone through similar experiences. The organization has a fund that can help pay bills and expenses for victims and survivors of mass shootings and mass crimes; can also connect people to other opportunities to gain financial support.

For more information, call 706-842-8467.

Sacramento Bereavement Network Resources
Offers the Community Bereavement Resource Directory, which contains information about bereavement groups in Sacramento and other support opportunities.

To be connected with someone who can refer you to services, call 2-1-1 or 916-498-1000. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call 7-1-1 and ask to be connected to 2-1-1. Call specialists who speak English, Spanish, Thai, Hmong, Lao and Mien are available.

Sacramento County Homicide Support Network

A monthly support group providing emotional support to individuals and family members experiencing the trauma of losing a loved one to murder.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 901 G St, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Support for Survivors and the Greater Sacramento Community

Departmental family support center

The County Family Support Center is also available for anyone who feels they need crisis support. Victim advocates from the County Attorney’s Office, the American Red Cross and the Law enforcement chaplaincy are present to provide crisis support and spiritual care.

CalExpo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 4-9, but this could be extended depending on need.

For more information, call 311 or, if you are outside Sacramento, 916-264-5001.

Mental Health First Sacramento

Call or text trained volunteers who can listen and provide resources at 916-670-4062.

National Disaster Helpline
The hotline, operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide advice, support and referrals for services following incidents of mass violence.

Call or text 1-800-985-5990. To access the service in Spanish, press 2. For people looking for ASL-speaking counselors: call the phone number through a video-enabled device or use this link. For people looking for advisors fluent in other languages, indicate your preferred language to the responding advisor.

Talking with children

This guide to NPR provides tips for talking to children about what happened, including:

  • Center the feelings by asking what the children heard and how they feel.
  • Provide facts and context.
  • Focus on those who help, instead of using terms like “bad guys.”

Bar and restaurant workers

Restaurant care

Restaurant Cares is a nonprofit organization through the California Restaurant Association Foundation that provides direct assistance to food and beverage workers in need. Workers in difficulty can apply for financial grants on the organization’s website. CapRadio has confirmed with the organization that workers with trauma related to tragedies like the mass shooting on K Street are eligible for financial assistance. The nonprofit encourages applicants to document the financial impacts of the trauma suffered, such as missed shifts or costs associated with mental health services. Financial aid generally ranges from $500 to $1,500.

active minds

Active Minds is a nonprofit organization that promotes mental health awareness and education. The association published a guide last year for managers in the hospitality industry looking to meet the mental health needs of their workers.

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