Eagles’ Haven opened on March 25 ‐ a wellness center created solely to provide support, education and wellness activities to current, former and future MSD students, family members and faculty. Eagle’s Haven is compassionately funded by the Children’s Services Council and United Way of Broward County and is lovingly powered by JAFCO, an agency who has been in our community provided support to families for over a quarter of a century. At the request of the community due to the recent tragic loss of an MDS alumni and an MSD student, we were asked by the community to open Eagle’s Haven, a month earlier than planned and have welcomed over to 280 visitors who are coming by to check out the center and we are already providing support to 38 families, and have begun providing groups for both students and teachers. Our monthly calendar of groups and activities is being finalized so please check this website or our Eagles’ Haven Facebook for more information.
Eagles’ Haven is the one place to call or stop by if you need help with support or wellness needs, a quick question or a family crisis. While we are not a therapy center, our staff are trained trauma clinicians who can listen to your needs and connect those interested in seeking therapy with a qualified therapist in the community. We are so honored to meet each and every person who has come in for a visit and a cup of coffee and we are inspired by the strength of the MSD community and everyone’s desire to rediscover wellness and restore hope to the community, which is not going to be easy but is the ultimate goal of the center and this community. We were happy to respond to a request made by teachers for 170 bags of back to school healthy snacks for Monday morning following spring break, one for each classroom and then also sent in additional classroom supplies requested by teachers to have on hand for their students. Thanks to our JAFCO Parkland/South Palm Beach Chapter President Tami Isenberg for leading this effort and anyone wishing to assist can contact Tami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to our pro-bono amazing wellness provider Livewell1440, our wellness activities are scheduled to begin as promised at the end of April and include yoga, kickboxing, breathing and relaxation, stretching, acupuncture, chair massage, pet therapy, healthy eating, smoothie making, drumming, boot camp, open mic and game nights, and more. Suggestions are welcome so please let us know if you have a great idea. Support groups for teachers, parents and students will begin in the next few weeks so please check in on Facebook, Instagram or on our website. Thank you for your patience as our center is transformed into a mountain themed space over the next month courtesy of our pro-bono amazing designer Louis Cohen. Thank you to IKEA for the emergency furnishings and to City Furniture who donated $5000 in new furnishings and to Valley Forge for our window treatments, all to make our space more inviting and comfortable. Anyone wishing to lead a wellness activity should apply on our website asap and anyone with any questions should attend one of our monthly volunteer and general information sessions on May 19, June 16, July 21 or August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Eagles Haven. Please RSVP on our website homepage.
Stay tuned for more updates and thank you all for helping us bring Eagles’ Haven to life.
Your Eagles’ Haven Team