The Orlando community experienced a horrendous act of violence on June 12, 2016, when a gunman attacked individuals at Pulse Nightclub killing dozens during LGBT Pride Month. Please see below for a list of resources for victims and their families, as well as information for the public on how to become involved.
To contribute to the fund to assist victims and their families, please visit the National Compassion Fund Website.
Apply to Receive Compassion Fund Assistance
All victims and their families can call the VictimConnect Resource Center (202-467-8759) to receive information regarding the National Compassion Fund. All survivors of the event are invited to share their contact information with the National Compassion Fund through this form and information will be dispersed as it becomes available.
Immediate Assistance for Victims and their Families
The City of Orlando has opened a Family Assistance Center to address the immediate needs of shooting victims and their families. Services available to victims include travel assistance, family services, counseling, funeral planning, healthcare assistance, financial assistance, legal assistance, etc. You can also reach out for services at the OrlandoFamily Emergency Hotline, (407) 246-4357.
All victims and their families are also eligible for crime victim compensation funds through the Florida Attorney General’s Office. For the online application and to contact the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services office, click here.
Receive Emotional/Crisis Support
The Center of Orlando is offering crisis support through multiple locations and a crisis hotline. You can access services at any of the following locations:
- 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.
Volunteer to Help
The city of Orlando has set up an online form to sign up for volunteering, donating, etc.
The Center of Orlando has also set up an online form to sign up for volunteering, donating, etc.
If you are interested in donating blood and are in the Orlando area, more information can be found here.
Spanish translators are needed to help translate for victims and their families. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando is collecting names and forwarding them to the City of Orlando, who will reach out to translators directly. Scripts will be provided and counselors will be on hand to assist translators. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.