Buckelew News

Message from Buckelew CEO, Tamara Player

posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018

San Rafael, November 7, 2018

Our hearts are with the staff, clients and families of those affected by the shooting at Helen Vine Recovery Center (HVRC) on November 5, 2018. We want to thank everyone for reaching out and extending compassion.  We have received an outpouring of support from our community in response to this tragic event. Neighbors, family members, community partners, former clients and staff have reached out to us, sharing in our grief and shock, and offering support.

A resident from a neighboring housing development sent us this message: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy that has befallen your agency, and the deep loss suffered by your staff, clients, and the entire Buckelew community. Please accept our sincere condolences, and know we hold you in our thoughts and prayers.”


So many comments have been made about the amazing work that our Helen Vine Center staff is doing, and what an essential part of our community’s safety net the center is. We are especially grateful to Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services for bringing in a crisis counseling team to support our staff and clients over the last couple of days.

We are deeply saddened about the loss of our wonderful colleague.  His memory and impact will live on with the staff and clients.  Our thoughts are with all of the victims and their families.


Our focus is on the well-being of our clients and staff. Those of you who have interacted with the staff at Helen Vine, you know that there is tremendous love for the work, compassion for our clients and resilience.  Even as they are coping with their own shock and trauma, our staff are determined not to let this tragedy take away the spirit of hope and recovery that is at the heart of Helen Vine.

Tamara Player,

Chief Executive Officer

Message from Buckelew CEO, Tamara Player