Support groups enable participants to make connections and share their feelings. Some of the groups are listed below with a brief description. We are responsive to the needs of our community and offer 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.
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CORONAVIRUS GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
This new group is intended for individuals who have lost an immediate family member to COVID-19. Deaths during the coronavirus 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. This supportive group will help you care for your emotional and spiritual health in a safe environment with others walking a similar path. Space is limited. If you would like to join this group, please contact Rivka Shakow, MSW, LCSW, CDP at 856-424-1333 or firstname.lastname@example.org to compete a brief screening.
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 Freeholders. This 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
WIDOWS & WIDOWERS
Individuals who are recently bereaved (within the past 1 to 2 years) meet with other widows and widowers, sharing and learning from one another as they begin the journey toward healing. Sponsored by LifeForce Caregivers for the Elderly.