Our Legacy Projects

EARLY YEARS

The Jack & Jill Children’s Center is the Junior League’s oldest and longest running Legacy Project. It is also the oldest nonprofit provider of early childhood education in Broward County. Prior to its inception, former president Virginia Gamble, had a desire to focus on underprivileged children. As a Junior League advisor, Mrs. Frank Stranahan suggested that the organization try a summer project, during which members would help raise funds for clothes, food, toys, linens, and books for Mrs. Ruth Parson’s Day Nursery. This service project evolved into the Jack & Jill Children’s Center, a day-care for women who needed to enter the workforce and whose husbands went to war.

TODAY

Over the years, changes in family structure led to the center’s evolution to what it is today: a school for children of high-need working families, fighting to break the cycle of poverty in South Florida. The center strives to achieve its mission by focusing on both the child and the family unit, offering family strengthening programs so that the entire household, children and parents alike, have the tools they need to succeed in life.

jackandjillcenter.org

 

EARLY YEARS

In 1947, League members recognized the need for affordable psychiatric and casework services to families of Broward County. After conducting a needs assessment, the League asked Miss Ethel McLane, a professionally trained Social Worker and Director of the Community Service Council, to serve as their professional consultant. In 1951, a planning committee was formed to raise funds for the project. In 1953, their efforts culminated in the opening of The Family and Children’s Counseling Center. The Center operated for two years, providing clinical services with a staff that included a clinical psychologist, psychiatric social worker and a part time consulting psychiatrist.

 

TODAY

After 65 years, The Family and Children’s Counseling Center evolved into Henderson Behavioral Health (originally called Broward Mental Hygiene Clinic). The center now offers a full array of comprehensive behavioral health services. The staff of more than 700 members provide healthcare, housing, and hope for more than 30,000 people with behavioral conditions in Florida each year. They reach people of all ages, including 6,000 youth under the age of 18. They also assist and inspire those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders, helping them reclaim their lives. The organization’s Crisis Center receives more than 170,000 calls each year, providing emergency assistance to those in need. Its programs and facilities are found throughout South Florida.

Hendersonbh.org