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Support groups enable participants to make connections and share their feelings. Some of the groups are listed below with a brief description. Our Faye Manger Counseling Department is responsive to the needs of our community and offers new groups accordingly. To learn more about upcoming and ongoing support groups, please complete a Request Service E-Form and a member of our counseling department will reach out to you.

Watch: Loss of a Child Group

ADDICTION: FAMILIES IN IT TOGETHER

Addiction is often referred to as a “family disease” because one family member’s addiction affects the entire family. This supportive group is specifically intended for family members and loved ones of individuals who are actively struggling with substance abuse or are in early recovery. Sponsored by Gregg B. Wolfe in loving memory of son Justin Wolfe.

CAFE CONNECTION - A MEMORY CAFE

A social gathering for individuals affected with memory challenges and their care partners. Attendees enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. Grant funding provided by Camden County Board of FreeholdersThis program is brought to the community through a collaboration of JFCS, JSHHS, and the Katz JCC.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

Caregivers often overlook giving care to themselves. This group focuses on helping caregivers share their experiences and struggles with other caregivers, and share support and resources. Sponsored by Samaritan Life-Enhancing Care.

CORONAVIRUS GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

Deaths during the pandemic often mean that loved ones are dying suddenly and unexpectedly, without their families by their side. The inability to participate in funerals and cultural rituals such as Shiva can complicate grieving even further. Understanding your grief and the feelings attached to it are important steps in the healing process. Intended for those who have lost an immediate family member to coronavirus, this supportive group will help you care for your emotional and spiritual health in a safe environment with others walking a similar path. To learn more , please contact Rivka Shakow, MS​W, LCSW, CDP at 856-424-1333 or rshakow@jfedsnj.org.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

For individuals 60 and over who are mourning the death of a spouse or partner in the past year. This group provides a safe and supportive space for members to share a myriad of emotions and discuss ways of integrating the loss as they rebuild their lives. Sponsored by LifeForce Caregivers for the Elderly. To learn more, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333 ext. 1184 or rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org

LGBT AGING WITH PRIDE

This monthly group meets on the second Friday of each month, and offers a welcoming atmosphere for older adults to share resources, build relationships, and discuss unique LGBT issues, such as social isolation and discrimination. Sponsored by the Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law Firm (TREEL)

LOSS OF VISION

Our low vision educational and support group is for anyone coping with visual impairment, including macular degeneration and other eye diseases. Participants will get support, gain valuable resources, and hear from expert presenters in this group. Sponsored by Bookbinder Law, LLC.

PARENTAL BEREAVEMENT

We know that grief doesn’t end with Shiva. In our Parental Bereavement Group, participants are able to share emotions and help each other on the path to healing, in a warm, kind atmosphere.  Sponsored by the Sharing
and Healing
while Mourning our Children Foundation in loving memory of Matthew Bandler Minches,
Jamie Brooke Lieberman, and Joel Lawrence Weiner.

PROJECT RAINBOW

Presented in collaboration with the Katz JCC, this monthly group provides support and social opportunities for teens in grades 9 through 12 and tweens in grades 6 through 8 who identify as LGBTQ, along with their their allies. Social events are planned in conjunction with opportunities for group support and discussion. To learn more, contact Gaby Marantz at gmarantz@jfedsnj.org

SARAH SUPPORTS

People who have experienced domestic violence often don’t know where to turn. JFCS is here to help. Our SARAH Supports group provides a safe and confidential space for women of all faiths and economic backgrounds to make connections and share their feelings with others who have gone through similar experiences.

SIBSHOPS

A therapeutic group for brothers and sisters, ages 6-12, who have siblings with disabilities. In this safe space, staff listen, support, and educate the participants through age-appropriate discussions, crafts, and games. Sponsored by Bookbinder Law, LLC. Grant funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation
and Steven & Stefanie Cohen.