10.27 Healing Partnership Opens, Providing Resources to Pittsburgh Community Following Synagogue Attack
Pittsburgh, PA (October 2, 2019) – The 10.27 Healing Partnership opened its doors in Pittsburgh today to serve as the central coordinating entity for the community and those directly and indirectly affected by the October 27, 2018 synagogue mass shooting. The organization will provide behavioral health resources, wellness classes, educational programming, and ongoing support for those who need help and those who want to help in responding to incidents of hate-induced trauma.
“The 10.27 Healing Partnership will help ensure the community has access to a wide variety of services that are both victim-centered and trauma-informed,” said Maggie Feinstein, LPC, director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership. “Our goal is to act as a safe haven for those impacted by the attack on October 27, 2018, as well as for all those seeking help and healing from trauma.”
The organization was established as a result of a long-term planning committee of 10 federal and local partners who met weekly for nearly 11 months. The government organizations and regional groups worked for nearly a year to determine the resources and needs of the community they serve. The partners include: Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation, Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation, Center for Victims, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Family & Community Services, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, the City of Pittsburgh, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Attorney’s Office.
In-person and robust online resources from the Partnership will be available. The in-person space will serve as an inclusive place for the community to gather and reflect, and will strive to connect individuals to appropriate services within the community. These services will include traditional therapy offered by Jewish Family and Community Services and the Center for Victims. The organization is located at the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Pittsburgh Area’s Squirrel Hill location, close to the site of the October 2018 attack.
“This will be a welcome respite in our community – a place to come together or reflect alone – but most importantly it will add a positive resource to help us heal and move beyond the attack into a better version of ourselves,” Andrea Wedner, an injured survivor who lost her mother in the attack.
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. As the organization integrates into the community, it will look to continually evolve the resources and services offered, based on the needs.
For more information on the organization, to find resources or a list of events visit www.1027healingpartnership.org.