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Statements from Mayor Rotering
Community Update: Resource Navigation Center
Highland Park Emergency Declaration - July 7, 2022
Fourth of July Parade Shooting Afternoon Update (July 5, 2022)
4th of July Parade Shooting: July 5 Morning Update
Person of Interest Taken Into Custody in Fourth of July Parade Shooting
Highland Park Strong: Grieving Together as a Community
Update: Person of Interest Identified in Fourth of July Parade Shooting
Update: July 4 Active Shooter Incident
July 4, 2022 Active Shooter Incident
City of Highland Park (1707 St Johns Ave)
On Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 PM, the City will host a vigil at City Hall for the community to gather and honor the memory of the victims. More information will be shared when available.
The Community Church of Lake Bluff (117 E. Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff) will hold a prayer service, July 5 at 12:00 noon. The service will include prayer and music at Christ Church on the corner of Route 60 and Waukegan Avenue in Lake Forest.
Trinity Grace Church and Christ Church - Rev. 7:9 has organized a community prayer gathering July 5 3:00PM at Trinity Grace Church (1506 Half Day Rd., Highland Park IL). Everyone is welcome.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal, and other area faith leaders will hold a ecumenical community prayer vigil on July 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church (330 Laurel Ave., Highland Park). All are welcome.
United Parish of Immaculate Conception and St James at the Immaculate Conception will host a prayer vigil with Cardinal Cupich at at 770 Deerfield Road Highland Park at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 5.
Mission Ministry of First Baptist Church will host a prayer service on Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 PM via conference call (978-990-5356 / 6855088.)
Makom Solel Lakeside (1301 Clavey) will host a vigil at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 6.
Galilee UMC (1696 McGovern Ave) is holding a vigil at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 6. All are welcome for a time of silent prayer and reflection and comfort.
Celebrate Highwood (Everts Park, 116 Highwood Ave Highwood) is hosting a candlelight vigil from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM on Wednesday, July 6 at Everts Park to be a haven to gather and honor the victims, survivors, and all those impacted by this tragedy.
Central Synagogue (874 Central Avenue, Highland Park) is hosting an event
of unity and healing at the Synagogue on Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 PM.
The United Parish of Immaculate Conception and St. James (134 North Ave., Highwood) is hosting a bilingual Holy Hour of Adoration to pray for peace and healing on Thursday, July 7, 7:00 PM at St. James Church (address above.)
Am Shalom (840 Vernon Ave, Glencoe) is hosting a candlelight vigil on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 PM for healing and will be open to anyone that wants to attend.
March for Our Lives North Shore will host a candlelight vigil and memorial on Thursday, July 7, 7:45 PM at Sunset Woods Park (1801 Sunset Rd., Highland Park.)
The United Parish of Immaculate Conception and St. James will host a procession from Immaculate Conception Church to downtown Highland Park to pray the Rosary for peace and healing, on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Church (770 Deerfield Rd., Highland Park.)
Awakened Soul Living will host a Community Healing Circle of LIght on Sunday, July 10, 3:33 PM - 5:55 PM at Glencoe Beach Park (160 Hazel Ave., Glencoe.)
Glencoe Union Church (263 Park Ave, Glencoe) is hosting a Ecumenical Service on Sunday, July 10, at 4:00 PM with representatives from each participating faith community.
Highland Park Students Demand Action
The Highland Park Students Demand Action chapter of Everytown for Gun Safety is hosting a vigil on Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 PM at Sunset Park (1801 Sunset Rd).
Crisis Counseling & Victim Resources
Crisis Counseling Resources
Community-led counselors will continue to serve individuals and families impacted by the July 4 mass shooting at the Highland Park 4th of July Parade at Highland Park High School through Friday, July 15. Daily operating hours are 11 AM– 7 PM. Individuals should enter the High School through the H-Entrance. The H-Entrance is located on the north side of the school, near St. Johns Avenue and Woodpath Lane. No appointment is necessary.
Family Service of Lake County
Expanded Hours: Family Service of Lake County is open 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM for counseling sessions for any member of the community who just needs to talk to someone, just walk in, appointment is not needed.
Free Counseling: Family Service of Lake County is offering 20-30 minute sessions free of charge
777 Central Avenue, Suite 17
Highland Park, IL 60035
Family Service of Glencoe
Family Service of Glencoe (www.familyserviceofglencoe.org) is providing counseling services free of charge to anyone in any community affected by the tragedy in Highland Park. Please call (847) 835-5111 for an immediate appointment.
Therapists range in specialties, including trauma and crisis support, child and adolescent counseling, young adult and senior adult counseling, and English/Spanish bilingualism.
Highwood Public Library & Community Center
To help our community heal, the Highwood Public Library & Community Center is offering supportive and mental health services free of charge. Services are available in English and Spanish.
Monday, Tues, Wed, Thurs
No appointment needed
Mon, Tues, Wed
Community Conversations to Heal the Soul After Trauma
Wednesdays in July | Virtual
July 6 & 20: 6:00-7:00pm
July 13 & 27: 12:00-1:00pm
102 Highwood Avenue
Highwood, IL 60040
Additional resources are available on our the Highwood Public Library website. Scan the QR below to access a list of online materials and books.
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
Lake County Crisis Care Program
Crisis Counselors are available 24 hours a day to speak with you by phone. The number is: 847- 377-8088. You do not have to give your name when you call. Walk-ins are welcomed at the program office. Call or come by to learn more. Crisis Intervention services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Lake County Crisis Care Program
3002 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
Crisis Care Program (CCP) | Lake County, IL (lakecountyil.gov)
Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all people impacted. This help line will be open for two weeks starting July 5, 2022 to provide those affected access to specially trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-447-3573, is available Monday through Friday 8AM – 8PM. This service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.
You can find the following resource centers by using a keyword search on liveandworkwell.com
- Coping Center: Type the keyword “coping” into the search bar, select Coping. Here you’ll find articles, guides, self-help tools and videos on coping with stress.
- Mindfulness Center: Type the keyword “mindfulness" into the search bar, select Mindfulness Center. Here you’ll find breathing and meditation exercises, guides, videos, and tools for practicing mindfulness.
- Resiliency Resources: Learn more about bounding back after difficult times. Type “resiliency” into the search bar, select Recovery & Resiliency Center.
Family Assistance Center
National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center
The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center recommends the following resources:
Resources for Victims, Survivors and Community Members
- The NMVVRC self-help app, Transcend NMVC, is available on both Apple and Android mobile phones
- Tips For Survivors: Coping With Grief After A Disaster Or Traumatic Event via the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration | Read here.
- Managing Distress: Grounding Tips For Crime Victims, Survivors And Family Members Of Mass Violence Incidents (MVIs) | Read here.
- How to Identify an Experienced Trauma-Focused Therapist | Read here.
- Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Program | Read here.
- State of Illinois Information about crime victim compensation and advocates: 1-800-228-3368 (Voice) | 1-877-398-1130 (TTY)
Resources for Parents, Caregivers and Teens
- Assisting Parents/Caregivers in Coping with Collective Traumas, via NCTSN | Read here
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Mass Shooting, via NCTSN | Read here in English | Read here in Spanish
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief – Tips for Caregivers, via NCTSN | Read here
- Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers, via SAMHSA | Read here
- For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence, via NCTSN | Read here in English | Read here in Spanish
- Timeline of Activities to Promote Mental Health Recovery: Recommendations Before, During and Following a Mass Violence Incident | Read here.
- Tips for Community Leaders: Rebuilding Your Community | Resources here.
Recursos en Español
En caso de emergencia, marque el 911.
Línea de ayuda 211
Proporciona navegación de recursos inmediata para los miembros de la comunidad que necesitan encontrar recursos disponibles para las personas afectadas. El 211 es gratuito, confidencial, 24/7 y multilingüe, con personal que habla inglés y español y asistencia a otros idiomas a través de intérpretes en 150 idiomas.
Busque una lista actualizada de recursos disponibles en https://bit.ly/211NowHP o visite 211LakeCounty.org
Llame al 2-1-1 para la navegación de recursos al momento con un especialista del 211
Envíe un mensaje de texto con su código postal al 898211 para navegar con recursos al momento con un especialista del 211
Línea Directa de Crisis Móvil del Condado de Lake
Puede vincular inmediatamente a la comunidad con los servicios de salud mental y proporcionar referencias de salud mental, 24/7. El equipo puede ayudar a encontrar un lugar seguro para recuperarse si es necesario. Se puede proporcionar transporte de emergencia a refugios, centros de descanso para crisis, hospitales o centros de tratamiento por uso de sustancias.
Llame al 847-377-8088 para un consejero de crisis al momento.
Línea directa de socorro en casos de desastre
Brinda consejería de crisis inmediata, las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, para personas que están experimentando angustia emocional relacionada con cualquier desastre natural o causado por humanos. Cubre temas como el estrés, la ansiedad y otros síntomas similares a la depresión relacionados con un desastre.
Llame al 1-800-985-5990 (presione 2 para español)
Envíe un mensaje de texto con TalkWithUs (para inglés) o Hablanos (para español) al 66746 para conectarse con un consejero
Línea de crisis para veteranos
Brinda apoyo de crisis confidencial las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana a todos los veteranos, todos los miembros del servicio, la Guardia Nacional y la Reserva, y familiares y amigos.
Llame al 800-273-8255, seleccione la opción 1
Chatea en línea en www.veteranscrisisline.net
Envíe un mensaje de texto al 838255 para asistencia
Donations & Volunteering
To help those directly impacted by the mass shooting in Highland Park, the Highland Park Community Foundation has established a July 4th Highland Park Shooting Response Fund. All contributions to the Response Fund will go directly to victims and survivors or the organizations that support them.
Here is a direct link to the donation form. If you prefer, you may send a check, payable to the Highland Park Community Foundation, to P.O. Box 398, Highland Park, IL 60035.
Please be aware of online and email solicitations for donations as they may not be legitimate. Scammers use phone, text, mail, email, and even go door to door to target survivors of affected areas. The Illinois Attorney General has prepared tips to avoid potential scams.
Also, protecting the privacy of victims and their families is paramount. Please be considerate when sharing information on social media, and do not share personal details about the victims or their families.
The Volunteer Pool of Highland Park is maintaining a list of volunteers as a resource should there be a need for volunteers in the future. Individuals interested in having their contact information on file with the Volunteer Pool of Highland Park may email email@example.com with their name, contact information and any specific areas of expertise.
Organizations with a need for volunteers may reach out to the Volunteer Pool who will assist them in connecting with volunteers.
Should additional information become available or volunteer needs arise we will share any relevant information here.
Blood Drive at the Highland Park Country Club
The City is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 26, from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West.
Due to high interest, appointments are required. Please call 1.800.REDCROSS (1.800.733.2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: HPSC to schedule your appointment.
Blood Drive at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (1175 Sheridan Rd.) is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, July 28, from 1:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Register online.
All items from within the secure investigation area have been cleared for release. If you still need to collect any personal belongings, items of value (such as strollers) are available for pickup at the Highland Park Police Department (1677 Old Deerfield Rd.) beginning Monday, July 18. Other items, such as chairs and water bottles, are available for pickup beginning Tuesday, July 19 on the north lawn of City Hall (1707 St Johns Ave.).
Additional Information & Resources
Safeguarding Victim Privacy
Our community is deeply generous, and we understand that many individuals are working to support impacted families. Please be careful to protect the privacy of victims' families when sharing posts on social media. Avoid sharing addresses or other information.
City-Sponsored Community Events
The City has temporarily paused City-sponsored community events for this week and next, including Food Truck Thursdays (July 7 and July 14), Takeout Tuesday at The Lot (July 12), and World Music Fest at The Lot (July 16.) We anticipate resuming regular programming the week of July 17.