Over 500 employees returned to the Inland Regional Center’s San Bernardino campus on Monday, entering some buildings for the first time since the violent terrorist attack that left 14 dead and 22 wounded.
The employees were greeted by management and new security gates when they arrived at Buildings 1 and 2 on Monday; the building where the attack took place remains closed, according to a press release.
Since the shooting, employees at the Inland Regional Center, which serves about 30,000 people with developmental disabilities, have been working off-site and using Ipads to keep in touch with clients. The Center says they have counselors and food on hand for employees and meetings scheduled between teams and management.
“We are learning to live with a new normal here as our staff moves forward with the healing process,” said executive director Lavinia Johnson. “It’s important that we provide a sense of welcome as well as comradery so we can start this year off as best as possible.”
Plans to open Building 3 are underway, though a date hasn’t been set. The building still has to undergo renovations and there are plans to construct a memorial for the victims.