February 14th marks one year since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where seventeen people were killed. The lives of the families of those seventeen people have been forever shattered. The lives of all of the students, teachers, staff, first responders, and community members have been forever changed. One horrific day has created an ongoing need for support, for nurturing, for gathering together for the sake of our community and our families. We thank you for joining us in our mission to be there when support is needed and to educate professionals, individuals, and groups about trauma and grief work so our reach can be even further.
We pause on this first day of February to remember the seventeen people we lost, to think of the families and friends who are grieving, to think of those who were hurt both physically and emotionally, and to rally around all of them with our hearts full of love and hope.
Please read below about opportunities for supporting the community of Parkland on February 14th. If you are unable to attend, please contact us to inquire about other ways you can support the community.
Program Spotlight Stand with Parkland
Stand with Parkland is the organization of the parents and spouses of the victims from the shooting in Parkland. They advocate for public safety reforms. From their website: PILLARS OF CHANGE We understand this is a complex problem, and addressing it in a real and impactful way demands a holistic approach that addresses the triad of school safety: SCHOOL SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS Example: Securing the perimeters MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS Example: Identifying the kids that need help and create effective support programs for them RESPONSIBLE FIREARMS OWNERSHIP Example: Universal background checks Please read more and support the seventeen families' mission to make our schools and community safer by visiting them at www.standwithparkland.org
PU4P Updates PU4P is assisting with two events and we will be partnering with therapy dog providers for these events. The Feb 14 events are part of the Bloomberg funded initiative awarded to Coral Springs “Inspiring Community Healing after Gun Violence: The Power of Art”. Art projects will be ongoing for two years and all are temporary installations. Please check in with the person on the shift before you when you arrive to volunteer. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Judith Aronson Ramos: 561-901-3965, firstname.lastname@example.org 1. David Best, world renowned