City officials opened a counseling center at Virginia Avenue Park Wednesday to help those impacted by a rash of recent shootings.

The Community Connection and Support Center will be staffed by mental health professionals, clergy and people trained in emergency debriefings. People may stop by to grab a cookie and a cup of coffee and talk through their reactions to the shootings that took place over the last week.

One-on-one counseling will also be available, said Julie Rusk, assistant director of Community & Cultural Services.

The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday through the end of June.

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