For release on January 22, 2020
Director of Victim Services
Grand Opening of DA’s Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center
with #GilroyStrong High School Art Contest Winners
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen is honoring the community spirit of Gilroy with the grand opening of a new center devoted to providing ongoing help to survivors of the mass shooting at the Garlic Festival last year.
The Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center will operate at the Neon Exchange at 7365 Monterey Road to provide support to survivors and those affected by the shooting. Services will include counseling, trauma education and compensation services. At the Grand Opening at 2:30 on January 28, 2020, DA Rosen will take a tour of the Center and hand out the annual awards for this year’s “Justice for All” high school art contest. This year’s theme was #GilroyStrong. A senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose will be awarded $1,500 for her powerful poster showing a community facing tragedy with strength, positivity and caring.
The entries by more than 35 Santa Clara County high schoolers will be presented at an art show at the Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center. The art will be on display for public viewing till the end of the week.
Media members are encouraged to come tour the Center and meet the three art contest winners.
"Like people, communities can crumble after a tragedy,” DA Jeff Rosen said. “Like the police officers that day, Gilroy came together and showed the world how to face hatred – with courage and caring. Today, we honor this city’s heroic spirit through our art contest and a Center that shows a continued commitment to healing.”
In its early days, the Center will be open for two evenings a week – Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Expanded services are expected in April.
Said Ana-Gabriela Cadena, whose poster will be put on permanent display at the Center: “I wanted it to be less about the act of violence that Gilroy has endured, but more about the sense of community. I read about the community coming together and how Gilroy does not want to be known for the violence, but its resiliency.”