Sandy Hook Promise is an organization that has experienced inexplicable shock, pain and loss from gun violence. We feel as though a part of us is grieving in Charleston, too. That such a heinous act would occur in a place of worship is as horrifying as it was in an elementary school. Our tragedy occurred outside the realm of race, and we claim no expertise on the issue of hate crimes, but we do know this: Churches, like schools, should be a safe place for everyone and to disrupt that sense of safety in such a violent way is unimaginable. With broken hearts we reach out to all those affected in Charleston and offer any support we can.