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County Update With Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2010, and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose ( Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center and El Festival de Resiliencia N o one attending the Gilroy Garlic Festival on the after- noon of Sunday, July 28, 2019 could have imagined that they were just moments away from sheer terror. Four people lost their lives and many more were injured and deeply trauma- tized after a gunman opened fire on crowds of festival goers. For the surviving victims, the healing process can be a long road. The South County Youth Task Force – a public safety collaborative that I’m honored to chair – recognized our community’s need for a desig- nated place where people can go for support, services and to start to heal from the trauma of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting. Victims of the shooting include anyone present at the Festival who heard the shooting, families and loved ones of victims, first responders, city and county personnel who supported victims and their families, and the community at large who require comprehensive services as a result of the incident. I am very proud of the teamwork led and funded by our District Attorney’s Office that pulled together to create the new “Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center,” which provides evening services at The Neon Exchange located at 7365 Monterey Road in Gilroy. Opened in January, the Center provides the pub- lic with a vast array of both in-person and online services to help victims build strength and resiliency in the aftermath of the traumatic incident. Knowledgeable, caring and professional staff help people navigate systems, access resources, and obtain counseling and other needed services. The Center is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 – 9 pm. Expanded hours will begin in April. Coming together as a community helps people overcome trauma. In part- nership with The Disproportionality Committee of the Child Abuse Prevention Council, a May “El Festival de Resiliencia” event will celebrate the resilience, beauty and strength of our families and communities in South County. This bi-lingual, family-friendly event will offer workshops, music, Youth Resilience Awards, lunch and a keynote speech by Father Greg Boyle, the celebrated Jesuit priest and founder of the world’s largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation pro- gram, Homeboy Industries. For more information on the Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center and El Festival de Resiliencia, please contact Bernice Aguilera Toney, South County Youth Task Force Program Manager at (408) 846-0337 or [email protected]. Stay #GilroyStrong! GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SPRING 2020 65