Equity in the Region

For 16 years WEDI has been working to find equity for underserved students and would be small business owners first on the West Side, now in our region. Our clients are mostly people of color, recent refugees and immigrants, and women. Our staff recognizes that it is our personal and organizational privilege to provide support to people as they work to thrive in an established, age-old, inequitable system. Our city, our region, our nation could unleash immense economic power and all that accompanies affluence: safe, well-tended neighborhoods, good public schools, blocks lit up by storefronts…  if unfettered by racism.

We grieve for the victims of the racist shooting at Tops on May 14, 2022 and their families, our friends, clients, East Side neighbors, city, region… our home. So we can heal and better connect, here are some resources to find support.

Compiled by 211WNY

Updated 9/16/2022

View a printable PDF of resources here.

FOOD & OTHER NEEDED ITEMS

COUNSELING, MENTAL HEALTH, & COMMUNITY SUPPORT

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  • Crisis Services is available for phone counseling/support 24/7 at 716-834-3131.

  • Renovated Soul Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC is offering free grief support to anyone impacted by the tragedy. Call 716-275-4264 or email Rita@RenovatedSoulMFT.com for support.

  • Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) is offering immediate mental health support and treatment in the wake of Saturday's tragic event, both virtually and in-person at 462 Grider St, available 7 days a week from 8am-10:30pm. Call the Help Center at 716-898-1594 or schedule a virtual visit at: ECMC Virtual Help Center Visits.

  • Spectrum Health & Human Services  offers free, confidential counseling and support, Monday-Friday, 8am-12 midnight; call 716-566-6506.

  • The NY Project Hope line is available for free crisis counseling 7 days a week, 9am-10pm, at 844-863-9314.

  • Free yoga classes offered by Be Well at Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium at 2 pm each Saturday running June 25-September 24.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & COMPENSATION

  • Victims' family members may be eligible for compensation to help with funeral costs. For more information, contact the NYS Office of Victim Services at 1-800-247-8035 or ovs.ny.gov

  • Victims' family members can get more information about compensation programs for victims' families from the Erie County District Attorney's Office at 716-858-2400. This line is answered Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm. Messages are monitored at other times. Alternatively, family members can call Erie County Victim/Witness Services at 716-858-4640.

CRIME VICTIM SERVICES

OTHER RESOURCES FOR IMPACTED COMMUNITY MEMBERS & FAMILIES

  • The NYS Department of Health offers the Growing Up Healthy Hotline, available 24/7 to provide information about food access, nutrition assistance, mental health care, health care, and children's needs. Call 1-800-522-5006.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

NEEDS & DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

HELPLINES

211: Available for a complete list of updated community resources. They can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or texting your zip code to 898-211

Crisis Services 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 716-834-3131

NY Project Hope: to reach the emotional support helpline call 7-844-863-9314

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press "2") to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)