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Resources for victims or volunteers

In the wake of the tragic events that took place in Orlando on July 12th, CLSMF is offering support to our community by gathering resources for those directly impacted and those who want to help. If you have any resources that you would like to add please send them to kimberlya@clsmf.org.

Companion Dogs Offer Support and Unconditional Love

Florida lawyer and volunteer with Canine Companions for Independence, Kate Nesbitt Rosin, has 2 release dogs that she raised, one of whom was a registered therapy dog. She has visited a local hospital and ran a reading program in an elementary level school with them. Kate has offered to take both the 11 and 6 year old black labs to visit anyone who is in need of unconditional love or anyone in need of a few peaceful moments.
 
Kate is available to anyone involved in helping with this tragedy, including counseling centers who feel their patients could benefit from these companions.
 
You can reach Kate via email or contact CLSMF at 321-299-9618 and we would be happy to put you in touch with her.

City of Orlando

City of Orlando Home Page

Family Emergency Hotline: 407-246-4357

List of victims names: We offer heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. The City of Orlando is working tirelessly to get as much information out to the families so they can begin the grieving process. The list of individuals includes victims who have lost their lives during the incident, and next of kin have been contacted.

The Center

http://www.thecenterorlando.org/

The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida (The Center), in collaboration with its community partners, is offering crisis services to the families, friends and others affected by the mass shooting at Pulse Night Club in Orlando. The Center extends a huge thank you to the City of Orlando and the Nation for the outpouring of love and support being provided to the community at this time. Thank you to JetBlue, American Airlines, Chobani Yogurt, AHF, and The Gap for your generous contributions.

The Center is partnering with Hope and Help, Two Spirit Health Services, Zebra Coalition, Rollins College, Equality Florida, MBA Orlando, HRC, Impulse Orlando, OIC and various other GLBT organizations throughout Central Florida to provide an emergency hotline and crisis counseling.

Crisis counseling will be available in both English and Spanish and will take place Monday through Friday.

Crisis counseling will take place at:

  • The First Unitarian Church of Orlando located at 1901 E. Robinson Street and will be available from 10am and 7pm.
  • Miracle of Love, 741 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32804 between 11 am-3 pm
  • Hispanic Family Counseling, 6900 S Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 402, Orlando, FL 32809.
  • Joy Metropolitan Community Church, 2351 S Ferncreek Ave, Orlando FL 32806 between 10-8. Prayer Service on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 PM
  • Halifax Hospice is organizing crisis counseling and support groups all over the state, please see: lethospicehelp.org.
  • Aspire Health Services- Crisis Counselors at 1800 Mercy Drive, Orlando FL 32808 from 8AM- 9PM

For those who are unable to get to the crisis counseling site, the Zebra Coalition has set up an emergency hotline to offer counseling services in both English and Spanish.  The crisis numbers are: (407) 822-5036 (Press 1), and (407) 228-1446.

The Center is working on continually updating the community on the services that are being provided and where families can access these. A page has been dedicated on The Center’s website with a list of resources that are currently known about, and is being updated regularly. For more information, please visitwww.TheCenterOrlando.org. Information is also available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thecenterorlando/.

Equality Florida Action, Inc.

Equality Florida statement on mass shooting and resources available

COUNSELING AVAILABLE:

* The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida is referring folks to First Unitarian Church, 1901 east Robinson street, Orlando, FL 32803 for grief counseling.

*For anyone needing support today, you may call the Zebra Coalition hotline at (407) 228-1446 to speak to a counselor (see below for more information on the Zebra Coalition)

* From the UCF LGBT student services director: There is counseling available to UCF students today from 12pm-5pm, in the student union room 313. Our LGBT student hang out space, Pride Commons, will reopen Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, with group counseling available from 1pm-2pm daily

* Muslim Counselors: Naseema 786-473-6017 & Sakina Issa 407-484-2724

* Kids/teens counselor Austin Hill: 941-468-7062

Check on Friends & Family

The City of Orlando has established a hotline to check on missing family members: 407-246-4357. Family members can also go to the Hampton Inn at 43 Columbia Street to be reunited with loved ones.

Eye-Witness Information

Law enforcement officials are looking for information and encouraging anyone who was atPulse Saturday night to please contact them: 800-CALL-FBI.

BLOOD DRIVES:

OneBlood, the local blood bank in Orlando, are currently asking folks to wait until later this week to donate because of the overwhelming numbers of people who responded to their first call for blood donations. To find a donation center or Big Red Bus near you visitwww.oneblood.org or call 1.888.9Donate.

VIGIL(S):

Equality Florida is pleased to report that the Mayor and City of Orlando have authorized a vigil at the Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center for tonight, June 13th, at 7:00pm ET.

Equality Florida has been working closely with the city and federal government to ensure this will be a safe event for those who come out to mourn the victims of the horrific mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub. We are thankful for the hard work of law enforcement and Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer in helping to make sure this event is safe and secure.

Event: #OneOrlando Vigil
Location: Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center
455 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Seneff Arts Plaza
(Lawn between Arts Center & City Hall)
Lawn is between Orange Ave. & Magnolia.
Date/Time: Monday, June 13th at 7:00pm ET

Partner Organizations: Human Rights Campaign, GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, MBA Orlando, Come Out With Pride, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, and the Anti-Defamation League. (List of partner organizations in formation) We are also thankful to be joined by an interfaith coalition of faith leaders from diverse denominations. Facebook Event Page:www.facebook.com/events/234719866914077/

We are asking the community to come together to remember and honor the victims, families, and friends affected by this national tragedy. Let’s show the world that we are #OneOrlando.

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Additional Vigils across the state: 

  • Tampa – Vigil on Monday, June 13th at 7pm at the parking lot across the street from Southern Nights (1430 E. 7th Ave Tampa, FL 33605). Click here for more details
  • Gainesville – Vigil at 7pm on Monday, June 13th at City Hall. Hosted by PCCNCF, United Church of Gainesville, Equality Florida, Human Rights Council of North Central Florida, and Stonewall Democrats of Alachua County. In case of inclement weather, the vigil will take place at United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32603
  • The Villages – Gathering being held on Monday, June 13th at 6:00pm at Bonifay County Club, 1033 Pinellas Pl, The VIllages
  • Ft. Myers – Vivil on Saturday, June 18th at 7:00 pm at Centennial Park at the “Uncommon Friends” Fountain in Downtown Fort Myers

GO FUND ME:

* A GoFundMe account has been set up to help raise funds for the victims and families of the horrific Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

Travel for Loved Ones:

If you know of any loved ones of Pulse victims needing travel assistance, we have a contact who has a network of airline employees that may be able to help. Please email hr@eqfl.org.

Zebra Coalition

The Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBT+) ages 13 – 24. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

The Coalition offers free counselling and emotional support. Call (407) 228-1446 for help.

Announcement from Zebra Coalition: Due to a high volume of calls, we have opened up a new hotline number. We are working with amazing volunteer counselors to answer your calls. Please call (407) 822-5036 and press #1 to speak to someone.

Helping Pets of Victims

The Greater Pet Alliance of Orlando

petallianceFor the past 80 years, the Greater Pet Alliance of Orlando has been helping support area cats and dogs in need.  They are offering assistance to victim’s pets by providing short-term shelter for them.  Contact Ashleigh Bizzelle at Pet Alliance at 407-418-0906.  For general questions about how you can assist, please contact the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando at 407-351-7722.   Visit the Pet Alliance Shelter to Victims Pets Page for more info.

Winter Park Lost Pets

On their Facebook page, they said:
“We are compiling a list of rescues/services/people willing to hold/foster/adopt pets for victims and survivors of the Pulse Orlando shooting. Please comment if you are a pet service or can help in any way. Some people won’t be coming home to their pet.”
Their website is www.winterparklostpets.com.
To comment on the their Facebook thread appealing for fosters click the following link:Comment to be added to a list of those wishing to help.

Of course there are many other ways people can help the victims, not only with their pets.  Below is the link to the GoFundMe page for donations that also has links out of it to other resources.

Human Victims Donations Page
Victims GoFundMe to raise money to support those left behind in the tragedy.
www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

This brings up an great discussion point which is ‘What is your plan for your pets should something happen to you?’.  I will be writing a blog about this soon along with hurricane and other disaster preparedness for your pets. Please email me atvolusiacountypets@gmail.com if you have any advice, info, resources on that topic, or if you found yourself in a disaster situation with your pet and what you did to get through it.