UTSA, Whataburger provide free recovery services to Sutherland Springs community

    Meredith Cooper, of San Antonio, Texas, and her 8-year-old daughter, Heather, visit a memorial of 26 metal crosses near First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Monday Nov. 6, 2017. The gunman of a deadly shooting at the small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence and sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a member of First Baptist, before the attack, authorities said Monday. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

    The University of Texas at San Antonio and Whataburger are teaming up to provide free mental wellness services to the Sutherland Springs community following a mass shooting at a local church.

    On Nov. 5, Devin Patrick Kelley entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and opened fire on those inside its chapel. Twenty-six people were killed including the pastor's 14-year-old daughter.

    In collaboration with The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Academy for Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Whataburger has pledged $150,000 to support counseling and wellness services to the community.

    “Faculty, staff and students at UTSA recognize there are tremendous needs within the Sutherland Springs and neighboring communities as they deal with this tragedy. We are dedicated to working with area partners and local officials to provide our neighbors any support we can, and to hopefully make a difference in the lives of all those impacted by these horrific events,” said Dr. Thelma Duffey, chair of the UTSA Department of Counseling and co-director of the academy.

    Whataburger's contribution will cover the costs of the services to support those in and around Sutherland Springs affected by the tragedy.

    If you'd like more information on the free services, click here or here.

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