The 10.27 Healing Partnership will serve as the coordinating agency for the community and those directly and indirectly affected by the October 27, 2018 synagogue mass shooting.
It will play a central role for ensuring the community has access to a wide variety of services that are both victim-centered and trauma-informed.
It will also act as a safe haven and a central communication channel for all those seeking help and healing from trauma.
On October 27, 2018, a mass shooting took place at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, part of the Office for Victims of Crime, created a framework for recovery efforts based on victims’ needs, which included a resiliency center.
One of the things that we have learned from other communities about these events is that those directly affected need support for an extended period of time and having a coordinating agency to help communicate with all of those affected is most helpful.
The 10.27 Healing Partnership will create a therapeutic community whose activities and programs will be self-directed, encouraging individuals to engage in ways that build hope and connectivity, and ultimately foster well-being.
After the shooting on October 27, a group of federal and city government organizations and local community groups met weekly for more than 11 months to lead the creation of the 10.27 Healing Partnership.
The 10.27 Healing Partnership opened its doors on October 2, 2019.
Information and resources you can use at home or for family and friends, can be found at www.1027HealingPartnership.org or by calling 412-339-5416. For emergencies, please call 1-888-796-8226.
Its offices will be located at the Jewish Community Center on the corner of Forbes and Murray Avenues in Squirrel Hill. In addition to its physical location, the 10.27 Healing Partnership will have a robust website, will be reachable by phone, and will convene numerous community events.
We will first and foremost serve victims, loved ones, and survivors; Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation, and Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation; emergency response personnel; and other organizations that are providing support to those in the impacted community.
But it will also be a peaceful, welcoming presence to anyone feeling vulnerable for their safety or who need help coping with life after trauma.
The 10.27 Healing Partnership will not only be a place to gather, reflect, and connect, it will offer behavioral health resources, wellness classes, educational programming, and ongoing support for those who need help and those who want to help in responding to hate-induced trauma. The organization will become a trusted resource connecting individuals through engagement to appropriate services within the community.
The 10.27 Healing Partnership will also provide trainings and professional development opportunities with the goal of bringing together a community of professionals who are interested and passionate about doing this work.
In addition to those most directly impacted by the shooting, the coordinating agency was formed by a collaboration of representatives from Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation, Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation, the City of Pittsburgh, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Center for Victims, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Family & Community Services, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and the United States Attorney’s Office.
Startup funding for the 10.27 Healing Partnership, was provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. A grant from the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, an initiative of the federal Department of Justice, will cover the first three years of operation.
Additional fundraising will happen only when there is an apparent need.
Local leaders met with staff from other resiliency centers around the country to gather lessons learned and best practices for establishing a resiliency center in Pittsburgh.
The cities visited included Aurora, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and Parkland/Coral Springs, Florida.
Our key takeaways were:
A victim-centered approach is defined as the systematic focus on the needs and concerns of a victim to ensure the compassionate and sensitive delivery of services in a nonjudgmental manner.
The 10.27 Healing Partnership embraces this approach as it will provide a safe, comforting, and supportive atmosphere for those impacted by the shooting on October 27, 2018, and anyone in need of help will be welcome.
We will also seek opportunities to help other local organizations looking to adopt a victim-centered approach and provide a space for those who have been directly impacted by a traumatic event.
Everyone copes with trauma differently. While seeing a therapist may be helpful for some, it might not work for others.
Coming to our space does not in any way replace the value of therapy. But it will provide a safe, comforting, and supportive atmosphere between appointments and to those considering if they are ready to engage in therapy.
The 10.27 Healing Partnership will connect individuals to resources and services that foster well-being and support, such as traditional therapy offered by the Jewish Family and Community Services and the Center for Victims. It will also host discussions and events that strengthen the community. Most importantly, it will act as a safe haven and a central communication channel for all those seeking help and healing from trauma.
To be mindful of and sensitive to the privacy of those who shared their feedback as part of the assessment process, the Needs Assessment will not be made public.