The Pathway Home is suspending operations “indefinitely” following last Friday’s shooting that killed three employees who acted as the program’s core clinical team.
Veterans in the program, which serves post-9/11 veterans with mental health and other combat related injuries, have been relocated and their mental health services have been transferred, the Board of Directors said in a press release Wednesday morning. Their care will be supported by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs as well as local Napa County and nonprofit providers.
The Board of Directors said Wednesday that it is looking into options to continue supporting its mission of helping veterans with mental health services and wellness support, but how it might do that was not clear on Wednesday.
Dorothy Salmon, chairwoman for the Pathway Home Board of Directors, said Saturday that they were focusing on taking care of the veterans who were still in the program.
Salmon and others associated with The Pathway Home did not elaborate on the Board’s announcement to suspend operations.
Four adults and one unborn baby died during the shooting – Executive Director Christine Loeber, 48; therapist Jennifer Golick, 42; psychologist Dr. Jennifer Gonzales (Shushereba), 32; Gonzales’ unborn child, and Albert Wong, 36, the former Pathway Home client who is responsible for the shooting. Gonzales was 26 weeks pregnant.
Wong, an Army veteran, had been in the program for nearly a year before being discharged two weeks prior to the shooting. Authorities have not disclosed the reason for his discharge or the likely motive for his rifle attack.
The future of Madison Hall, which housed The Pathway Home and was the site of Friday’s shooting, hasn’t been determined. The building is still closed while a law enforcement investigation continues. Additional details on that investigation have not yet been released by California Highway Patrol.
The program’s six remaining residents were relocated immediately after the shootings. Plans will affect the program’s seven remaining staff members.
The Pathway Home is an independent program housed on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California. Since its founding in 2008, it has provided support service to 450 veterans who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Last year, the program was relaunched as a smaller operation that supported veterans in college and vocational program while they lived in The Pathway Home’s leased facilities in Yountville.
A fund befitting the staff members’ families has been established. Donations can be made to the #3BraveWomenFund at The Pathway Home website, www.thepathwayhome.org.
A service honoring the victims will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, in Yountville.