In the wake of the recent tragedy that unfolded in New Town on Saturday August 28th, our hearts remain heavy as we grapple with the senseless violence that occurred over the weekend. The hate-filled shooting that took place has left us all shocked and deeply saddened. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families and the entire community during this difficult time.
At Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, we have always believed in the power of community, in the strength that comes from standing together. New Town holds a special place in our hearts, as we have been serving this vibrant and resilient community for years.
Our President & CEO, Bill Brim, recently released a statement addressing the incident and reaffirming our unwavering commitment to rejecting hate in all its forms.
In the statement, Brim said, "My heart is still breaking after this weekend’s hate-filled shooting in New Town, and I continue struggling to wrap my mind around it." This sentiment resonates deeply within our entire organization.
We stand united against hate, side by side with the people of New Town. Our community-driven mission has always been rooted in fostering a sense of belonging, understanding, and acceptance.
While the road to healing may be long, we believe in the strength of our community to overcome adversity. Our prayers are with the families of the victims, and for the entire New Town community.
As we look ahead, we hold onto the hope for a brighter day—a day where we collectively take a stand against racism and hatred, where every life is respected and valued.
In the memory of those affected by this tragedy, we renew our commitment to creating a world filled with compassion and understanding.
Let us stand strong together, unwavering in our dedication to making a positive impact and fostering a sense of belonging for all.
Read the full statement below: