"The Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN) is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes kind and caring volunteers with training in how to provide compassionate social support in the aftermath of tragic events. This is not a counseling or mental health program, and instead it focuses on empowering people whose resilience is being strained by the pain of loss."
The evening of May 23 saw an unspeakable tragedy in Isla Vista. The Santa Barbara Response Network learned of the situation that very night from a member of the Sheriff's Department, who is also part of SBRN's large network of volunteers. Anthony Rodriguez, chief of operations for SBRN, began to mobilize team members so that they could come into Isla Vista if they were needed. About 1 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department confirmed SBRN would need to begin its work in Isla Vista the next day.
"When the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara experienced the suicide of one of its young daycare workers, eight members of the Santa Barbara Resource Network (SBRN) assisted the children in coping with their distress. When a teenage boy was struck and killed by a train, SBRN was there to help his family process their grief. And when a young woman lost her friend to suicide, SBRN offered her strong emotional support that inspired her to raise awareness about suicide prevention at her school."