Our hearts remain with the victims and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, as our community copes with the aftermath and recovery process from this senseless act of violence.
Broward County Public Schools in partnership with local and community agencies, has extended its hours to address immediate needs and provide support for those impacted by this tragedy through the Family Assistance Center (FAC). The FAC, is located at the Parkland Recreational and Enrichment Center, 10559 Trails End, Parkland, FL, 33076.
The FAC is now open Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25: noon – 5 p.m. and Monday, February 26 – Friday, March 2: noon – 7 p.m
The FAC offers expanded services, including:
• Crisis Counseling
• Counseling/Spiritual Care
• Language Translation
• Referrals to community agencies
For those needing to speak with a counselor over the phone, the BCPS hotline with family counselors is available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at 754-321-HELP or 754-321-4357. You can also email 24/7 to email@example.com
, or text FL to 741741 to connect with a counselor.
The District has also created an online Crisis Support resource,www.browardschools.com/crisissupport, which includes information on receiving assistance – as well as tips for parents and families for helping their children cope with this tragedy.
211 Broward, the comprehensive helpline for crisis and health, and human services is also available 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1.
In response to the outpouring of requests from across our community and across the nation for ways to help the victims and their families, the Broward Education Foundation (BEF), the 501(c)3 which supports Broward County Public Schools, established a GoFundMe account at gofundme.com/stonemandouglasvictimsfund
. In addition, if you would like tooffer support services for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community, it can be submitted at browardschools.com/wesupport
In addition, the BEF has launched a mobile giving text-to-donate campaign. A text sent to “20222” with the message “PARKLAND” in all caps will forward a $10 donation to support the families and victims of this tragedy.
Please continue to keep the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community in your thoughts and prayers.
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