New Santa Fe Resiliency Center provides help to victims of shooting tragedy

SANTA FE, Texas – The City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Independent School District and the Gulf Coast Center have teamed up to establish a Santa Fe Resiliency Center focused on long-term healing.

The Center's open house took place Saturday at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The center hopes to connect people with the resources they need.

"I think it's very needed. I think it's fantastic, and we're glad to be a part of it," said Heather Melton, an employee of the Gulf Coast Center.

Melton is one of the dozens of people who dedicated their time Saturday to welcome people who were checking out the Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center for the very first time.

"It's wonderful, especially considering everything that's happened and we decided to come out today and see what was going on and bring the family," Debbie Schuelke, a Santa Fe parent.

"Our goal is the heal Santa Fe from the tragedy on May the 18th," said Carol Gaylord, the center's director. "The Resiliency center is a result of the family service center which opened the Friday after the shooting."

The organizations partnered with local groups including The Compassionate Friends, Innovative Alternatives and Lutheran Church Charities' Comfort Dogs among many other organizations that aim to help those in need of support after the tragedy.

"This is definitely something our community needs. We plan to be here for as long as it takes--we're thinking three to five years," Gaylord said.