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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 as the need arises. To learn more, please complete a Request Service E-Form and a member of our counseling department will reach out to you.

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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. To learn more, contact Tara Palma at tpalma@jfedsnj.org. 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. To learn more, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org. Grant funding provided by Camden County Board of Commissioners. Cafe Connection is 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. To learn more, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org. Sponsored by Samaritan Life-Enhancing Care.

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. For more information, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org. Sponsored by LifeForce Caregivers for the Elderly.

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. For more information, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org. Sponsored by Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law

SEEING IT THROUGH TOGETHER

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. To learn more, contact Mindy Elkins at melkins@jfedsnj.org. Sponsored by Bookbinder Law, LLC.

PARENTAL BEREAVEMENT GROUP

JFCS knows 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. New session forming winter 2022. To learn more or to RSVP, contact Meri Seligman at mseligman@jfedsnj.org. 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 program 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. To learn more or to RSVP, contact Gaby Marantz at gmarantz@jfedsnj.org. Grant funding provided by the Camden County Board of Commissioners.

SARAH SUPPORTS

People who have lived through domestic abuse 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 backgrounds to make connections and share their feelings with others who have gone through similar experiences. New, online session begins February 8, 2022. To learn more or RSVP, contact Hilary Platt at hplatt@jfedsnj.org

SIBSHOPS

A fun and therapeutic group for children (ages 6-12) who have siblings with disabilities. In this safe space, staff listen, support, and educate participants through age-appropriate discussions, crafts, and games. To learn more contact Jane Abesh at jabesh@jfedsnj.org. Sponsored by Bookbinder Law, LLC. Grant funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation and Steven & Stefanie Cohen.