On June 12th the city of Orlando, Florida faced an unthinkable crisis when a terrorist entered Pulse Nightclub, killed 49 patrons, and left dozens injured. Perhaps nowhere were the ripple effects of the shooting more strongly felt than in Orlando’s Latino and LGBT communities. In the immediate aftermath of the massacre, Hispanic Federation, through its Orlando office, joined forces with local Latino-led institutions to create Proyecto Somos Orlando as a campaign to coordinate the city’s Latino social services sector and raise awareness of the need to provide the victims and their families with high-quality culturally-competent assistance.
The days, weeks, months, and even years following will be a time of healing for our nation, but especially for victims and the families of the victims. Proyecto Somos Orlando will address the long-term needs for mental health services that are culturally competent and bilingual. Proyecto will enable care to be delivered to those affected directly in the communities in which they live. Beyond emergency assistance, they will be provided with case management, crisis intervention, and mental health services, among other needs.
The funds will be administered by Hispanic Federation, a trusted national 501(c)(3) organization with 25 years experience. Hispanic Federation received a 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator as of June 1, 2016.
Checks can also be mailed to:
55 Exchange Place, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10005
MEMO: Somos Orlando
For more information, please visit: www.proyectosomosorlando.org