Standing With Our Neighbors & Friends: #GilroyStrong (How To Help & Resources)


You have no doubt heard that our friends and neighbors in the South Bay have endured a tragic, senseless and unimaginable act of violence. We are taking time away from our usual Monday Market Update to instead share ways to support those impacted, to thank our first responders and to pass along resources that may help our youth cope with what is challenging for even an adult to process. If you know of additional ways to help, please email and we will be sure to share the information with our network.

HOW TO HELP (Gilroy Foundation)

In partnership with the Gilroy Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established a charitable fund to provide relief to victims of the terrible shooting that occurred July 28, 2019, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Three festival goers, a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20’s were killed and about 15 others were injured in the violent attack.

The funds collected will be distributed by Gilroy Foundation to victims and to local nonprofit organizations that provide effective relief to those affected. SVCF has contributed an initial $10,000 to the fund.

Learn More & Donate Here:



Children’s Book: ‘Breaking News’

Recommended by the Bay Area’s Sacred Heart Community Services, ‘The Breaking News’ by Sarah Lynne Reul touches on themes of community, resilience, and optimism with an authenticity that will resonate with readers young and old. With a theme of post-tragedy response, this highly-rated book offers a child-centric perspective and is an ideal resource for parents and teachers alike.

See it on Amazon:


Nationally Renowned Article: ‘Talking To Your Children About Violence’

This article, just republished on the Gilroy Unified School District website, offers tip for parents and teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists. The information includes 7 tips as well as suggested points to emphasize when speaking with youth about high profile acts of violence.

Read the article on Gilroy Unified:


Active Shooter Resources: From The FBI

This overview offers insights into what the FBI jurisdiction is for active shooters, how it changed after Sandy Hook, what the ALERRT protocols are and more. You can also view a video (made for adults) on surviving an active shooter event.

See the overview here:


Support Groups: FREE Through DreamPower Horsemanship

FREE Support Groups for anyone affected by the Garlic Festival shootings will be offered every day this week at DreamPower Horsemanship. Message DreamPower Horsemanship on Facebook or email to sign up. Children and adults are welcome. Groups are available in English and Spanish (check the schedule for language availability). Groups will be led by licensed and prelicensed psychotherapists at DreamPower Horsemanship (7460 Crews Road, Gilroy).

Follow DreamPower on Facebook:


Family Assistance Center: Services At Rucker Elementary 

The Santa Clara County DA’s Office’s Victim Services Unit, the American Red Cross and the County’s Behavioral Health Services will open a Family Assistance Center starting at 5:00 p.m. today at Rucker Elementary School in Gilroy to assist those people affected by the shootings at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Services Provided:

  • Grief counseling and emotional support
  • Assistance filing claims for state funds for payment of medical bills, counseling bills, and other assistance for victims and their families
  • Referrals to agencies and providers for medical, counseling, and other services

Free childcare will be provided on site.

Where: Rucker Elementary School
325 Santa Clara Ave.
Gilroy, CA 95020


  • Monday 7/29/19: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7/30/19: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7/31/19: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 8/1/19: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8/2/19: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Future Dates and Times: To Be Determined

For information, please call The Family Assistance Center at (408) 209-8356.

Here at the Bobbi Decker Real Estate Team, we would like to sincerely acknowledge the efforts of the Gilroy Police Department, whose prompt response is more than commendable. We would also like to thank the numerous local and national agencies who have provided support to the South County in the aftermath of this devastating ordeal. Furthermore, we offer only our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to those whom lost loved ones in the attack.

May we all support one another,


Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
BRE 00607999
p. 650.346.5352

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