After tragedy struck Half Moon Bay on Jan. 23, government officials at all levels set their sights on improving the status of farmworkers on the Coastside. Complementing those initiatives are the efforts of mental health counselors, nonprofit employees and social workers who work with farmworkers, including those directly impacted by the shootings, almost every day.

Workers at Coastside Hope, a nonprofit that provides social services to low-income Coastsiders, including farmworkers, have been checking in regularly with the relatives, neighbors and co-workers of the seven shooting victims and of the person who was critically injured.

April Seager is a staff writer covering events and endeavors in the Coastside community. She received a master of arts in German literature from Brigham Young University and completed graduate work in German studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  

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