Religious organizations welcomed UNC students to their locations after Monday's shooting and lockdown. Over the following days, religious leaders have continued to reach out to students, offering support and guidance.
After the University issued an "all clear" message, UNC Hillel kept its building open later than usual and offered "comfort food" to students.
"Our professional team knew exactly what we needed to do, and made sure the building was secure, and that our students were safe and that our staff was taken care of," Hannah Spinrad, the executive director of Hillel North Carolina and a UNC alumna, said.
Spinrad said she is holding a Shabbat gathering this Friday after receiving several requests from students to do so.
Nikki Michaelson, the campus director for Hillel's UNC branch, said even though classes will resume on Thursday, not everything will be back to normal. Both Michaelson and Spinrad were at Chapel Hill's Hillel location with students when the lockdown went into effect.
"People are going to deal with it really differently, and we want to be here to support folks through all of it," Michaelson said.
Hillel's Chapel Hill location also offered help from mental health professionals for students wanting to discuss the shooting.
Ryan Spurrier, a campus minister and executive director at Wesley Campus Ministry, said he's been staying in touch with students to check in on how they are processing the shooting.
"The main thing our students have asked for is to have space for community, to be together to find something healing," Spurrier said.