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The original item was published from 7/19/2022 1:08:00 PM to 8/9/2022 12:00:00 AM.

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Posted on: July 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Resources Available Following the Highland Park Shooting Incident


Lake County joins the City of Highland Park in solidarity following the tragic shooting at the Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2022. We embrace the Highland Park community in grieving for those who were killed or injured and our hearts are with their loved ones. 

Lake County is working with the City of Highland Park as well as other governmental and community organizations to provide resources to assist the victims and those affected by the tragic shooting at the City of Highland Park Fourth of July parade. Below is a list of available resources. Please be sure to follow HPStrong.info for the most up-to-date information.  

Resource Navigation Center  
Those impacted by the July 4 tragedy can access resources specific to individual needs at the Resource Navigation Center at Lincoln School, 711 Lincoln Avenue W., Highland Park, entrance A1 beginning Wednesday, July 20 by appointment. 

Visit 211LakeCounty.org to make an online appointment for the new Resource Navigation Center, or call 844-714-5274 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Trained navigators at the Resource Navigation Center will refer you to organizations and services who can best assist your needs. 

The Center is a partnership of government agencies, social services, and non-profit organizations serving residents of Highland Park, Highwood, and throughout Lake County impacted by the July 4 tragedy. The Resource Navigation Center will use an appointment-based approach to ensure that people in need receive individualized attention. Appointments will be held at the Resource Navigation Center or the Highwood Public Library and Community Center, which serves as a satellite location. 

Anyone impacted by the tragedy may reach out for services, regardless of immigration status. All information will be kept confidential.

Use 211 To Find Resources 
Community members, victims and their families recovering from this traumatic event are urged to contact 211 to find the latest resources, including mental health services, grief counseling, financial assistance, lost and found information, blood drive information, verified donation fundraisers and other resources as they emerge.  

211 is free, confidential, 24/7 and multilingual, with English and Spanish-speaking staff and assistance to other languages via interpreters in 150 languages. To access 211, dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211. Residents outside of Lake County who have been affected by the mass shooting can call 1-855-677-5253 toll free. You can also visit 211LakeCounty.org under Hot Topics for a link to resources. 

United Way of Lake County’s 211 is collecting information about verified fundraisers and donation needs for victims and their families. Before bringing in-kind donations of goods to crisis centers, visit 211LakeCounty.org or contact 211 to determine what items are needed right now. Social media posts are often unchecked and not removed after crisis centers have met the needs of the victims with donations. Monetary donations are encouraged as they are best utilized for the immediate and ongoing needs of the victims as they recover from their losses.  

Lake County Crisis Line:  
Call 847-377-8088 for mental health resources or support. Crisis Counselors are available 24 hours a day to speak with you by phone. Information and referrals to other Health Department programs are also available. 

Disaster Distress Hotline
The hotline provides immediate, 24/7 crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Covers topics such as stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms related to a disaster. Call 800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish) or text TalkWithUs (for English) or Hablanos (for Spanish) to 66746 to connect with a counselor

Veterans Crisis Line
This crisis line provides 24/7, confidential, crisis support to all veterans, all service members, National Guard and Reserve, and family members and friends. Call 800-273-8255, select option 1, chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net or text to 838255 for assistance

Additional Updates:
The Lake County Major Crime Task Force, Highland Park Police, and FBI are leading the investigation into the shooting incident that took place July 4 in Highland Park. The Lake County Emergency Management Agency (LCEMA) is currently staffing the Emergency Operations Center, actively monitoring and responding to requests for assistance from our local partners as needed. In addition, they are coordinating with other area EMAs and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).  

On July 5, Governor Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation to grant the State of Illinois the ability to expedite the use of state resources, personnel, or equipment to help communities recover.   

Stay Informed:  
Sign up for City eNews for direct updates from the City of Highland Park as additional resources become available. You also can go to the City of Highland Park website for information. The public is asked to watch hpstrong.info for updates. 

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