CORAL SPRINGS, FL - It’s been almost a year since Eagles' Haven opened its doors to serve the community around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and the health and wellness center is still going strong.
Created by public and private funds in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at the school on February 14, 2018 and two MSD student suicides a year later, the wellness center has seen roughly 1,500 students, teachers, faculty, parents and family members participate in the center’s offerings since its opening on March 25, 2019.
“It's been more successful than I ever could have thought,” Eagles' Haven Assistant Director Halle Solomon said. “We opened earlier than expected because of what happened during last year’s spring break. But it worked out in a beautiful way because we were able to start the work that was so needed in this community.”
As the center approaches its one-year anniversary, Solomon attributes the success to how open and welcoming the surrounding community has been to the wellness center, plus the ability of Eagles' Haven to tailor its services to what the community needs. Nearly every person who walks through the doors of the center, comes back again and again, according to Solomon.
“I thought we may get some push back initially, but we haven’t,” she said. “We really see a lot of healing here, and people hanging out here that normally wouldn’t hang out with each other. They are experiencing wellness together and it’s really helping.”
Solomon has seen improvements in individuals as well. One student went from having a hard time attending school, to earning better than ever grades, and another student grew from very little participation at Eagles' Haven into attending multiple classes at the center and making friends.
“[Eagles Haven] can be whatever you want it to be,” Solomon said. “It’s really up to the individual. It can be anything for anyone. It’s what you need it to be to help your wellness and healing.”
Funded by Children’s Services Council of Broward County and other organizations and run by Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO), services and classes at Eagles Haven include kickboxing, pet experiences, painting, yoga, crisis support, support groups, acupuncture, and so much more.
According to Solomon, since the goal is to keep the services fresh for the community, the center will often change when certain classes are offered. But one thing is constant, staff at Eagles' Haven are ready to help anyone in the community on their health and wellness journey, seven days a week.
“The whole team is excited to be a part of the coming year, to continue to offer wellness to help the community,” Solomon said. “We aren’t going anywhere. Eagles' Haven is here to stay.”
Eagles' Haven is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5655 Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs.
Visit www.eagleshaven.org or call 954-618-0350 for more information.