As long-time leaders and partners in Broward County, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) and United Way of Broward County (UWB) are keenly aware your families have been devastated by the unspeakable tragedy at MSD. We have no words to adequately express our sympathy.
We want you to know that we have been working - often behind the scenes - to ensure that a variety of free therapeutic services have been available throughout the community. That said, we also know that this is a life-long trauma and we are working diligently to ensure that ongoing support is available as long as needed.
In speaking with other communities that have experienced similar tragedies and through listening extensively to the different groups that have been meeting in the community and through social media, there seems to be a clear need for there to be one safe, positive, inviting place in our community where people of all ages can call or go for support and to find out about community resources that are available to them.
We are creating just such a place which will be named Eagles’ Haven – a name selected by students. It is scheduled to officially open soon, with in-home, referral and outreach services starting as early as February. Our hope is to create a “one stop shop” where anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or does not know where to turn now has one place to call or visit and where all questions will be answered by qualified social workers, and needs will be met. It can also provide a focal point for the many meetings are trainings that have been looking for a home base.
The center will be physically located right next door to Tunie’s in The Shoppes at Heron Lakes - a location that we hope will be easily accessible to the affected families, teachers, and first responders. It will be open seven days a week, with an array of supportive services and wellness programs provided by a highly respected and competent family strengthening agency in our community for the past quarter of a century known as JAFCO (Jewish Adoption & Family Care Options).
Eagle’s Haven is being created to support you and the community. We want to try to ensure that the center reflects your needs and interests as much as possible. Therefore, we welcome your involvement in whatever way you are comfortable. Please feel free to contact any of us at the numbers below, to share your ideas or ask any questions via email as well. If you think that a meeting would be preferable, please let us know and we will set that up as soon as possible.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO, CSC
Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO, UWBC
Sarah Franco, Executive Director, JAFCO
More details about Eagle's Haven can be found HERE.
Florida Blue/New Directions 24/7 Counseling Services: 833-848-1762
Magellan Health Crisis Hotline: 1-800-327-7451
Chrysalis Health (Broward Behavioral Health Coalition)
Kenjenique Johnson: (954) 587-1008 ext.1051
(Submit referrals to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Henderson Behavioral Health
Adult Mobile Crisis Response Team: (954) 463-0911
Youth Emergency Services: (954) 677-3113 opt.3
CDC Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Trauma Tips (English Spanish)
Broward Schools Trauma Tips
Broward Schools Trauma Tips 2
Helping Children Cope
Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief
Helping Youth After Community Violence
Helping Youth After a School Shooting
Helping Children Cope After a School Shooting
Helping Teens After a School Shooting (Spanish)
Talking to Children About Violence (Infographic)
Talking to Children About Violence (Portuguese)
Talking to Children About Violence (Spanish)
The Summerspot (presented by Mobilizing MSD Alumni)
In June 2016, the CSC asked our partners at Tomorrow's Rainbow to help share information on how to talk to children about horrific events like the one that had just happened at The Pulse, in Orlando. Sadly, this information is most relevant once again, following the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.