Community Support & Recovery

Responding to the recent crises within our community

Get help.

Here are some resources to help you as you deal with recent events and for getting the latest information on conditions.


Counseling & Health Resources

  • Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • 24/7 confidential hotline
  • Employee Assistance Plan for all employees
  • Aetna Mental Health Services for all students, staff and faculty affected by the shooting 
  • Mental health services  for employees with Aetna insurance
    • HMO Deductible Plan or HMO Standard Plan:
    • OAMC (PPO) Open Access Plan:
  • Mental health services  for Kaiser members 
  • Optum's free Emotional-Support Help Line for those affected by Borderline shooting
  • Free individual and group therapy
    Engage Therapy is offering walk-in assistance and community support groups at 600 Hampshire Road, Suite 102, Westlake Village. 805-497-0605
  • Free sessions with trauma specialists
    Integrated Minds Psychological Services in Westlake Village
    818-645-3337 or 805-231-7291
  • Other community providers offering counseling 
    Contact CAPS at 805-493-3727 for a list 
  • "When People Don't Get It"- an infographic from our CAPS team to help you navigate challenging conversations with others


Other Resources

  • Office of Campus Ministry 
  • District Attorney's Crime Victims' Assistance Program
    A victim advocate is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for those affected by the Borderline tragedy at 625 W. Hillcrest Dr. in Thousand Oaks.
  • FEMA assistance
    Those who lost their home or business can apply for federal assistance at If you need help, call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT. Technical assistance is available 24/7 at 1-800-745-0243.
  • Airbnb Open Homes Disaster Relief
  • 805 Help: Connecting Help With Need
  • Disaster Relief Clinic
    Pepperdine School of Law is providing pro bono legal services to assist with FEMA applications, insurance matters and housing concerns. Request assistance here. Lawyers from the clinic and California Rural Legal Assistance will host a Community Education Session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at The Church of the Epiphany, 5450 Churchwood Dr., Oak Park. 
  • "Dreamer" assistance
    Students affected by the fires and their families can get help by contacting Nelson Cox with the Red Cross at 323-246-0396 or
  • Fire Support Group 
    Contact California HOPE of Ventura County at 805-833-9495.
  • Ventura County Fire Recovery Mentorship Facebook group
    This is a way to connect those who lost homes in the Thomas Fire and recent fires to mentor each other through the recovery process.
  • Guide to recovery resources
  • 2-1-1 Ventura County:
    Call or text for information on any resources you may need.
  • Guidelines on responding to tragedy compiled by Ginny Maril, director of Cal Lutheran Counseling and Psychology Services
  • Fire information:
  • Air quality information
  • If you have an unmet need or know of someone else in the Cal Lutheran community who does, email