Community of Caring

candlelight vigil (photo by Getty Images)For University faculty or staff members who have been impacted in any way by the tragic events at the Tree of Life Synagogue, please know that Pitt has resources available. (Photo: Getty Images)

Resources for support

The Office of Human Resources has arranged for on-site support on the Pittsburgh campus this week:

  • On Wednesday, Oct. 31, we will host a group support session for all Pitt faculty and staff from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the University Club, Gold Room, 123 University Place.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 1, Life Solutions professionals will be available to offer individualized support from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be located at the UPMC MyHealth@Work Center, Medical Arts Building and Scaife Hall.

These services are completely voluntary and free for those who need support during a difficult time.

For all staff/faculty, Life Solutions provides free confidential support is available 24/7 to take calls to support faculty/staff with any trauma related issues. Trained clinicians are available. Call 1-866-647-3432.

Resolve Crisis Services is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service that can be used by all residents of Allegheny County. Resolve 24-hour crisis help line can be reached by calling 1-888-796-8226.

Counselors are available for the community on a drop-in basis in room 202 at the Jewish Community Center and by appointment at Jewish Family & Community Services. Call 412-422-7200 for more information.

Events and vigils

Visit Pitt Cares online for an up-to-date listing of local, regional and national events, vigils and services that will be taking place in the coming days and weeks.

From Chancellor Patrick Gallagher

This is a time of enormous grief for our Pittsburgh community. We have lost family members, colleagues, volunteers, teachers and friends, and this reality has left many of us struggling to carry on. But, even within the darkest moments of tragedy, there is a way forward. Read Chancellor Gallagher's full statement »

Donate to the victims and families through the United Way

Faculty and staff members who wish to participate in the Pitt United Way Campaign may direct their donation to support the victims and families impacted by the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

A new United Way Impact Fund code has been established to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Our Victims of Terror Fund. All dollars collected will be sent directly to the fund and will support psychological services, support for families, general services, reconstruction, additional security throughout the community and medical bills for all those involved, as well as counseling and other services that may prove necessary for survivors in the future.

Read more about the new fund and how to direct your Pitt United Way Campaign support to it.