City Hall announced Wednesday that a support center in Virginia Avenue Park would remain open with new hours to serve Santa Monicans impacted by the mass shootings at the beginning of June.
The Community Connections & Support Center offers informal chats, a brief counseling session or referrals to longer-term assistance to help people get over the shock and grief caused by 23-year-old John Zawahri when he ripped through town, killing five people in the process, police said.
The center has been open since June 12. It offered services from local mental health professionals and the faith community as well as a place for people to get a cup of coffee, a cookie and talk about what happened.
Officials did not specify how long the center would remain open, but people who still need help may stop by Monday through Friday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
For referrals to counseling, call (310) 458-8701 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.